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The Gavel's BC Culture Guide: Fall Edition

Returning to school often starts with a lull. The full homework load has yet to kick in, and midterms have yet to cross students' minds, which results in an unusually large amount of free time for students who are accustomed to a packed schedule. Instead of using this time for sleep and Netflix, (which, admittedly, have their own merits), why not seize the opportunity to explore what BC and Boston have to offer?

Check out the art. “Being Social Before Social Media,” an art exhibit in the Burns library, is a perfect way to feel social on your first days back while avoiding awkward hellos with people you kind of know from last year. The exhibit continues through Oct. 6. Additionally, stop by the first floor of O’Neill Library to check out the artistic submissions of the library staff, and make it a priority to visit BC’s McMullen Museum.

Multi-faith mixer. All are welcome to share their religious views and explore others at the Multi-Faith Center (66 Commonwealth Avenue Residence Hall) on Aug. 27 from 3:00-4:30 p.m. (After all, you decided to come to a Jesuit school.)

Get to the games. The BC football season opens on Sept. 1 against Northern Illinois University, and the first home game is on Sept. 9 against Wake Forest. But believe it or not, the school has other sport teams—and late summer evenings are the perfect time to catch a game.

Student Involvement Fair. This should be mandatory for freshmen, and it’s a great chance for all students to find something they’re passionate about. It takes place on Sept. 1 from 10:00 a.m  to 2:00 p.m. on Stokes Lawn.

Open-air Markets. Trying to explore to the city—or just looking for some premium kale? Check out the Copley Square Farmers Market, Boston Public Market, and SoWa Open Market for a lively open air setting with food and artisan products.

Go to the movies (but forget the theaters). Catch free Friday flicks in an outdoor setting at the Boston Harbor Hotel on Aug. 25, Sept. 1, and Sept. 8. The MFA is also screening the indie movie “Get Out” on Sept. 14.

Hit the city beaches. If you’re looking to hang on to summer for one more day, some of the beaches near Boston (like Revere Beach) aren’t half bad, and they’re only a T-ride away.