Posted By: Noreen Anastasia
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Don't let the brisk weather of Junetober get you down! This weekend in Boston is a flurry of activities. March in the 46th Boston Pride Parade, eat yourself sick on delicious ice cream, look at some gorgeous gardens, or take in some history for Bunker Hill Day, have we got the events for you! Take a look at what's going on in your neighborhood this weekend.

Boston Pride

Officially a month long event, Boston Pride's flagship events primarily take place from June 3rd through June 11th. The flag raising ceremony was June 3rd at City Hall. The rainbow flag was first used as a symbol of gay pride and diversity in San Francisco in 1978. It has been widely used in Pride parades since the 1980s. June 11th is the culmination of Pride month, with the parade starting at noon at Boylston & Clarendon and finishing in the Pride Festival at City Hall Plaza. For more information and a full calendar of events, please visit bostonpride.org.

Scooper Bowl

Founded in 1983, the Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl is a fun and fundraising (see what I did there) event whose proceeds go entirely to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Held over three days, from June 7th – June 9th, ten dairy vendors come together to offer over fifty different flavors of ice cream to an adoring public. This is a perfect event for families and singles alike, with constant entertainment happening each day. Having raised more than $5 million in its 34-year history, the Scooper Bowl is a staple in Boston charity and culture.

South End Garden Tour

2016 marks the 23rd year of the South End Garden Tour. Centering on the Ellis Neighborhood of the South End, the tour will feature both public and private spaces, including roof deck gardens, neighborhood pocket parks, and private backyards. In addition to viewing the beautiful gardens, tour goers will also be treated to music in the community gardens, as well as the opportunity to purchase paintings of the gardens. For tickets or to volunteer as a "garden sitter", please email pbowne@thetrustees.org.

Bunker Hill Day

On June 17th, 1775, the Battle of Bunker Hill was fought in Charlestown during the American Revolutionary War. The battle is known as a Pyrrhic British victory (meaning the British won, but at a great loss of life), as well as the first battle of the American Revolution. Bunker Hill Day is celebrated solely in Suffolk County in Massachusetts, and more specifically in Charlestown. Every Sunday before June 17th, Charlestown hosts a parade. This family event begins at 12:30 at the intersection of Vine and Bunker Hill Street. If parades aren't for you, but running is, the parade is preceded by an annual road race. With slush, ice cream, kids toy carts, cotton candy, and so much more, families have been enjoying Bunker Hill Day for years. This year's event commemorating American victory takes place on Sunday, June 12th.

Copa America Centenario

Celebrating 100 years, the Copa America is the oldest international continental football (soccer for the US fans out there) competition. 32 matches are being played all around the USA from June 3rd – June 26th. This is the first time the competition is being held outside of South America, and we're lucky enough to be hosting matches at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough. 16 teams from the Americas will be competing, with us hosting three of the games – Chile vs. Bolivia on June 10th, Brazil vs. Peru on June 12th, and a quarterfinal match on June 18th. These matches will be viewed by millions around the world. To learn more about this historic event (and become a huge soccer fan!), please visit www.ca2016.com.