Although the problem of the BC Bubble and the need to transcend it is often discussed, it is seldom remedied. Thanks to social media, a wide variety of options are opened up to BC students to do just that, from King Richard’s Faire to free movies on the harbor. These Facebook and Instagram pages and accounts can help Boston College students break the curse of The Bubble—and, not to mention, plan the best weekend ever.
The Boston Calendar
Self-proclaimed propagator of “events that don’t suck happening around Boston,” TBC posts a comprehensive list of art, music, fitness and other random events happening in or near the city on a weekly basis. Most of the events cost nothing to attend and are appealing to college students. From a free Bollywood Workout to Wednesday Night Blues JAM, this page has lots of creative options any time of the week.
With photos of street art around Boston and dogs riding motorcycles, Secret Boston showcases the city’s weirder side. Secret Boston focuses more on the art and music scene around the city, featuring events like a Sunset Jazz Festival and the Poetry World Cup. It also posted about an open casting call for Ted 2, so aspiring actors ought to keep up with this one.
Boston Bike Party
For anyone looking for fellow quirky bike riders, Boston Bike Party is an essential page to “like.” The group hosts monthly themed events around the city of Boston. This summer included Bike Prom, where participants (and their bikes) put on their most formal attire and biked around the city, and the Boston T party, where riders dressed as their favorite line on the MBTA. For those with bikes, this may be a game changer; for those without, maybe it’s time to rethink.
This is the official Instagram of The Bacon Truck, a mobile kitchen featuring a bacon-centric menu. With frequent photos of deliciousness and, on very lucky days, the location of The Bacon Truck, this page is a must for foodies.
Although not solely dedicated to Boston, @the_newenglander often takes weekend trips in his frequently photographed Saab 900 to Castle Hill and Cohasset. This account is a great find for those wishing to vicariously live the dream life of a New Englander via social media.
Many BC students know of the popular Trident Café & Booksellers on Newbury Street. The shop, which is Boston’s Only Independent General Bookstore, according to Boston Magazine, also hosts events like painting and poetry nights. The shop’s Instagram account keeps followers up to date on upcoming events, features photos of authors who have visited, and offers book suggestions at least once a week. Have at it, bookworms.