What Is The Embrace Ideas Festival?

The Embrace Ideas Festival is a yearly celebration of ideas grounded in arts, culture and public scholarship. This week-long gathering brings together local, state and national leaders to amplify anti-racism and a vision for a transformed Boston by 2030. Rooted in racial equity, healing, wellbeing, and joy, the theme of Embrace Ideas 2022, occurring June 13-17 of 2022, is “Building A New Boston Together”. Keynotes, panels, and live music will shine a light on how we can interrupt our zero sum game thinking when it comes to racial justice and realizing a democracy worthy of us all. In this inaugural celebration, King Boston will also introduce a community well-being dashboard that will be revisited annually to describe measurable transformation in Boston by 2030 toward radical inclusion and equity.

When and where is the Embrace Ideas Festival taking place?

The Embrace Ideas Festival is a multi-day event spread out across multiple venues in the beautiful city of Boston, MA.


Doors Open: 11:30AM

Event Starts: 12:00 PM

Event Ends: 6:00PM

When: June 13-17, 2022

Where: Different locations in Boston, MA

June 13

The Boston Foundation

75 Arlington St # 300, Boston, MA 02116

June 14

Joseph B. Martin Conference Center at Harvard Medical School

77 Avenue Louis Pasteur, Boston, MA 02115

June 15

The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston

25 Harbor Shore Drive, Boston‎, ‎MA 02210

June 16


One Guest Street, Boston, MA, 02135

June 17

Massachusetts College of Art and Design

621 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115

Nubian Square

Blair Lot 02119

How do I get to the festival?

Please note that there is no street/very limited parking in the surrounding communities. We highly encourage using a carsharing app or public transportation.

What is the difference between a King pass and Embrace pass?

Please see King and Embrace ticket descriptions below.

What is a King pass?

The King Pass is a single day ticket which provide access to the day of your choice full day of programming, lunch and evening reception with live entertainment. This ticket does not grant access to One Night in Boston events.

What is an Embrace Pass?

The Embrace Pass is a 5-day ticket

Does my ticket include admission to Off-Site Partner events?

No. Those are separately ticketed events that are not part of your Festival ticket.

Are the Un-conferences at the festival locations?

Some are, please check the daily schedules. If no locations are stated, please plan your morning.

What happens if the Embrace Ideas Festival is postponed or canceled?

In the event a single day or multiple days of the festival are cancelled or postponed, ticket holders will be notified of cancellation and refund policy.

If the festival is postponed or cancelled your festival passes will automatically be honored at the rescheduled date. Should you be unable to attend the new date, refunds will be offered within 30 days of the announced rescheduled date.

Press/Media Inquiries

For any media inquiries and passes, please email our Media Contact, Kristen Daudelin at or 781-987-4202

General Inquiries

For questions not already addressed on this website, please email

What COVID-19 safety measures will be in place?

Embrace Boston and the Embrace Ideas Festival are committed to following public health guidelines during this challenging time.