Sanctuary in downtown Boston.
First Friday - SoWa Artist Guild
If the bar scene is not your thing, Friday, May 7th is the first Friday of the month which means the South End's many artist galleries at 450 Harrison Avenue will be open to the public. Parking is plentiful and you can spend a couple of hours looking through some very unique galleries. If you get thirsty after all that walking there are several lounges and restaurants just steps away (sorry those are not free). This is a bit of a precursor to the SoWa Art Walk which will occur on Saturday and Sunday May 15 & 16 from 11:00am to 6:00pm, but I'll write more about that next week.
Fort Point Channel open studios
Continuing with the 'art' theme, on Saturday and Sunday, the Fort Point Channel neighborhood which in many ways has become the 'new' South End is having their own art walk which will include 50+ artists and artisians. For those coming in from outside the city, there is free parking across from 249 A Street. Fort Point open studios is from 4-7pm on Saturday and from 12-5pm on Sunday. Visit, http://www.fortpointarts.org/ for more details.