The Institute Of Contemporary Art Summer Block Party

Organized by norm.g
This is a 21+ event, sorry. Tickets: Free for ICA members / $15 nonmembers.

To celebrate the start of the summer season, First Fridays features artist-designed mini golf, as well as the debut of ICO at the ICA! Island Creek Oysters (ICO) will launch their new Pop-Up Oyster Bar at the ICA—which will continue on Friday evenings throughout the summer. Enjoy tours of our current exhibitions as well as an art-making demonstration inspired by the work on view in Barry McGee.

(P.S. First Fridays: Summer Block Party is weatherproof! They have a TENT! With oysters and mini golf inside.)


Island Creek Oysters on the Harborwalk from 5:00 to 9:00 PM. Ocean-fresh oysters available for purchase. Shucking demonstrations throughout the evening. Island Creek Oysters return to the ICA every Friday evening this summer! For more info, visit

Spotlight talks in Barry McGee and Expanding the Field of Painting. Talks alternate exhibition galleries every 30 minutes from 6:30 to 8:00 PM. Signage in the galleries will indicate where the next tour will begin. Galleries open until 9:30 pm.

Sign-painting demonstration in the Bank of America Art Lab from 7:00 to 8:00 PM. Meredith Kasabian and Josh Luke—co-founders of Boston’s Best Dressed Signs and the Pre-Vinylite Society—demonstrate the art of lettering as inspired by Barry McGee.

Lawn games from 5:00 to 9:30 PM. Try your hand at mini golf, or play a round of bocce with friends! Artist-designed mini golf greens by Maria Molteni and Pat Falco.

Music from 5:00 to 10:00 PM. DJs Leah V and Silent Partner to spin pop music favorites

The ICA is located at 100 Northern Avenue on Boston’s Waterfront, a short walk from downtown and easily accessible by public transportation. We are also just two blocks from the I-93 and Mass Turnpike off-ramps.
There is limited on street parking, but there are plenty of parking lots in the area.

Take the MBTA Red Line to South Station and transfer to the Silver Line Waterfront. The ICA is short walk from either World Trade Center or Courthouse station.


Exit left onto Congress Street. Walk one block to the corner of B Street and turn right, crossing Congress Street. Follow B Street for one block. At the corner of B Street and Seaport Boulevard cross the street and turn left. At the next corner, turn right onto Northern Avenue. The ICA is on the right. You will pass the entrance to Anthony’s Pier 4 and two parking lots before coming to the driveway leading to the ICA entrance.


Exit the station onto Seaport Boulevard and follow it, walking away from downtown. Just before the first traffic light, there will be a pedestrian opening in the fence on your left—walk through it to the walkway that runs alongside the Chapel of Our Lady of Good Voyage. This will lead you to Northern Avenue. The ICA is across the street to the right at 100 Northern Avenue.
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