The Boston Events Calendar for October 2016 is packed with exciting events: the huge Columbus Day Parade, Head of the Charles Regatta, Boston Fashion Week, art walks and exhibitions, fall foliage cruises, Halloween, and much, much more!
October is a perfect month for visiting Boston
Bright sunshine and crisp temperatures mean you'll enjoy being outdoors.
Fall foliage colors start appearing in early October - so enjoy the gold and crimson leaves as they light up the city.
Go on an art walk, take a cruise on Boston Harbor, or just walk around one of the city's historic neighborhoods such as Beacon Hill and the South End, where jack-o-lanterns on doorsteps and our spooky Colonial-era graveyards will remind you Halloween is on its way.
Check out all our top recommendations for fun things to do in Boston in October - and start planning your visit now!
Boston Events Each Month
Cinderella: The Musical - Rogers & Hammerstein - Boston Opera House - thru October 11
La Boheme - Shubert Theatre - October 2 - 11
Book of Mormon - Colonial Theatre - Tickets - thru October 11
The Boys in the Band - Boston Center for the Arts - thru Oct 3
Mark Knopfler - Orpheum Theatre - October 9
A Little Night Music - Huntington Theatre - thru October 11
Je'caryous Johnson's Things Your Man Won't Do - Wang Center - October 22
Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band - Wang Center - October 23
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Half-Price & Discount Tickets for Boston Events in October 2016
Why pay full price when you don't need to? Check for half-price and discount admission to many shows, cruises, tours, and other adventures through Goldstar Events:
Discount tickets for October 2016 are just beginning to become available - so check back later for more!
- Provincetown Fast Ferry to Cape Cod -
Full price $65-$88; Goldstar $46-$62
- Boston to Salem Fast Ferry - Full price $35-$45; Goldstar $25-$32
- Back Bay Chocolate Walking Tour - Full price $8, Goldstar price $24
- Sh*t-Faced Shakespeare @ Davis Square Theatre - Full price $25; Goldstar price $15
- Boston Duck Tours from Museum of Science - Full price $39; Goldstar $24
- The Donkey Show @ The Oberon - Full price $35; Goldstar price, $0 - $15
- Blue Man Group @ Charles Playhouse - Full price $57-$102; Goldstar price $31-$72
- Shear Madness at the Charles Playhouse - Full price $50; Goldstar price $25-$35
Fort Point Open Studios - Fall 2015 Boston Event
Oct 17 Preview from 4pm-7pm
Oct 18 and 19 from 12 noon - 6pm
Where: Fort Point area of the South Boston Waterfront
Nearest T station: Red Line/South Station; walk across the Congress Street bridge
Parking: Free, in the Central Parking Lot at Binford and A Street
Cost: Free...unless you buy some art!
More information: Fort Point Arts Community website; 617-423-4299
Stop by the FPAC Gallery at 300 Congress Street, pick up a map showing the more than 150 open studios in 14 buildings, plus studios and pop-up venues. Performances, free hands-on art-making activities, and other special events will also take place.
Then stroll around this area of former warehouses and explore the art studios, chat with the artists, and if you're unable to resist, buy a piece or two of memorable art from some of the area's emerging or well-known artists.
Photo of painting by Karen McFeaters
Next Fort Point Artwalk: May
Visit chef-owned restaurants in Fort Point, Boston's trendiest new dining location.
Half-Price & Discount Halloween Events, Shows, Cruises, & Crawls
Half-price, discount, and deep discount tickets to Halloween events, parties, and shows are starting to become available through Goldstar.
- Boston BeauTease Burlesque in The Wrathskellar @ Davis Square Theatre -
Full price $25, Goldstar price $5-$13
- Titanic Masquerade - Halloween Costume Party Cruise - Full price $50, Goldstar price $25
- Boston 3-Day Halloween Weekend Pub Crawl @ Hard Rock Cafe - Full price $25; Goldstar price $0 - $10
- The Woman in Black @ the Davis Square Theatre - Full price $22; Goldstar price $5-$11
- All Hallows Eve Ghost Ship - Party cruise on Boston Harbor - Full price $36, Goldstar $18
Halloween Thriller Dance Party - Hard rock Cafe - Full price $13, Goldstar price $5
Beacon Hill with a BOO! 2015
When: 6pm on October 31, 2015, Beacon Hill, Boston - arrive 10 minutes before tour starts.
Where: Boston's Beacon Hill neighborhood
For more information: Boston by Foot website
Cost: $20 ($10 for Boston by Foot members) - Purchase tour tickets directly from your guide - no reservations are required
Murders, mysteries, mayhem, and the occasional ghost haunt this special 90-minute walking tour of Beacon Hill featuring (mostly) true tales. Your guide for this ghoulish annual event, a volunteer with local tour group Boston by Foot, will show you the dark side and even darker alleys of this charming neighborhood. Wear comfortable walking shoes and your favorite costume!
Can't make this tour? Catch Boston by Foot's "The Dark Side of Boston" tour - features tales of crime, disease, death, and disaster as you walk around the North End. Takes place earlier in October and throughout the year - check BBF's website for details.
Fun Boston Tours for October
New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium - October 2015
Week 5 - Sunday, October 11, 4:25pm at Cowboys
Week 6 - Sunday, October 18, 8:30pm at Colts
Week 7 - Sunday, October 25, 1pm vs New York Jets - Gillette Stadium
Week 8 - Thursday, October 29, 8:25pm vs Dolphins - Gillette Stadium
Getting to the game: How to get to Gillette Stadium from Boston on the Patriot Train
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More Tours & Cruises to see Fall Foliage in Boston . . . and Beyond
Celtics Basketball at TD Garden - 2015
You can cheer the Boston Celtics home games at TD Garden in October - so be sure to get your tickets, wear green, and cheer our home team!
Pre-Season Schedule - Home Games
October 19 vs Brooklyn Nets- 7:30pm
October 22 vs NY Knicks - 7:30pm
October 23 vs Philadelphia 76ers- 7:30pm
October - Regular Season Schedule - Home Games
October 28 vs Philadelphia - 7:30pm
October 30 vs Toronto - 7:30pm
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Bruins & Hockey Return to TD Garden for the Regular 2016 Season
Get your Boston Bruins tickets for October home games, and head over to TD Garden for some fast action on the ice.
The Garden's convenient location next to North Station and close to Faneuil Marketplace makes it super-easy to get to.
Don't miss the chance to see Boston's hockey team, winner of 6 Stanley Cup championships!
Hotels near TD Garden
If you're coming to an event at the Garden, spend the night or the weekend at one of the nearby hotels, such as the stylish Boxer (shown in photo):
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Columbus Day Parade 2015
Boston's Columbus Day Parade honors Christopher Columbus and his explorations of the Americas, Boston's military commitments to freedom from Colonial times through today, and the city's Italian heritage.
The parade alternates between the North End (odd years) and East Boston (even years).
When: Sunday, October 11, approximately 1pm - normally lasts about 2 hours
Where: North End for 2015 - the parade kicks off at City Hall Plaza, crosses the Greenway, and marches around the North End on Atlantic Ave, Endicott Street, and Hanover Street
Closest T stations:
- North End: Blue Line/Aquarium or Green Line/Haymarket
- East Boston: Blue Line/Maverick
Where to Stay In or Near Boston's North End
Boston Halloween Pumpkin Festival - 2015
Put on your Halloween costume and head over to Boston Common's Frog Pond on Saturday, October 17 for a Halloween Pumpkin Festival, refreshments, music, and lots of child-focused activities. This free family event takes place from 4:30 - 6:30. (time to be confirmed for 2015)
Bring an 8 inch or smaller hollowed out carved pumpkin - it will be lit and then floated on Frog Pond for a spectacular display from the glowing pumpkin luminaries.
More information: bostonfrogpond.com/2015/03/pumpkin-festival/
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Best Fall Foliage Tours Departing from Boston
Leaves may still be mostly green in Boston in October, at least during the first couple of weeks - so if you want to see gorgeous foliage, head outside of the city where you'll start to see lots of spectacular colors by mid-month.
These luxury 1-day fall foliage tours take you to the best viewing locations in New Hampshire, Maine, and Cape Cod. Sit back and relax while someone else drives and you get to enjoy all the scenery!
Enjoy Fall Foliage during your Boston Trip
Want to enjoy brilliant fall colors right in the city? Boston is filled with trees. Book a room in these hotels, and you'll see these views of stunning autumn color across the street or less than a block away.
Here's how to find the brilliant fall foliage near these hotels: Colonnade Hotel - Walk across Huntington Ave to Christian Science Plaza. Find a comfortable bench by the reflecting pool, and enjoy the golden leaves on nearby trees. Verb Hotel - Cross Boylston Street and enter The Fens, where you'll find the famous Victory Gardens and Kelleher Rose Gardens. Charlesmark Hotel - Walk half a block to Copley Square. Soak up some sun by the pool, explore the weekly Farmer's Market, and tour Trinity Church. Taj Boston Hotel - Cross Arlington Street and enter Boston's Victorian-era Public Garden. Stroll by lush flowers, admire the Make Way for Duckling statues, and go for a Swan Boat ride in the Lagoon.
Here's how to find the brilliant fall foliage near these hotels:
Colonnade Hotel - Walk across Huntington Ave to Christian Science Plaza. Find a comfortable bench by the reflecting pool, and enjoy the golden leaves on nearby trees.
Verb Hotel - Cross Boylston Street and enter The Fens, where you'll find the famous Victory Gardens and Kelleher Rose Gardens.
Charlesmark Hotel - Walk half a block to Copley Square. Soak up some sun by the pool, explore the weekly Farmer's Market, and tour Trinity Church.
Taj Boston Hotel - Cross Arlington Street and enter Boston's Victorian-era Public Garden. Stroll by lush flowers, admire the Make Way for Duckling statues, and go for a Swan Boat ride in the Lagoon.
New England Coastal Tour
These special 1-day New England Lighthouse Tours on a luxury bus give you the chance to see spectacular beaches, wetlands, harbors, and lighthouses along the North Shore, New Hampshire, and Maine.
When you go during October, you will probably see the displays of brilliant fall foliage along the New England coast.
You'll visit Hampton Beach and have plenty of time to photograph 19th century Nubble Light in York, Maine.
Don't miss this chance to see New England's glorious coast at its best!
Fall Foliage Cruises from Boston
Want to see gorgeous fall foliage along the New England and Eastern Canadian coastlines - and enjoy a few days relaxation and touring? Fall foliage cruises depart throughout October from Boston's Black Falcon Cruise Terminal located in the convenient South Boston Waterfront neighborhood.
When: Departures throughout October
Where: Depart from Boston's CruisePort - head up along the New England and Canadian coast
Cost: Varies according to length of tour and cruise line
More information: Fall foliage cruises
Boston Concerts & Shows - October 2015 - Tickets
- Wavves - Paradise Rock Club - Oct 5
- Iggy Azalea - TD Garden - October 6
- Mark Knopfler - Orpheum - Oct 9
- Marc Anthony & Carlos Vives - TD Garden - October 9
- Arlo Guthrie - Berklee Performance Center - Oct 9
- Luna - Paradise Rock Club - Oct 10
- War & The Family Stone - Wilbur Theatre - Oct 13
- Elvis Costello in Conversation - Berklee Performance Center - Oct 17
- Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band - Wang Theatre - Oct 23
- Jackie Evancho - Boston Symphony Hall - October 23
- The Who - TD Garden - October 29
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Street Performer Fall Festival at Faneuil Marketplace
Bring the whole family over to Faneuil Marketplace for the annual Fall Street Performer Showcase on October 19 and 20, from 11am to 9pm.
You'll see dancers, a brass band, jugglers, magicians, acrobats, excerpts from Canobie Lake Park's SwingShift SlideShow, and the Might Mike Show. Marketplace "regulars" such as Paris the Hip Hop Juggler, Alacazam, and Jason Escape will be performing, along with plenty of musical acts such as Tatu Mianzi and Elisabeth Lopez.
Enjoy the entertainment, shop in the stores, and eat dinner in the Marketplace or along the Waterfront.
Boston Fashion Week - 2015
Boston Fashion Week is bigger and better than ever this year - 7 days packed with celebrations of Boston style. Enjoy runway shows, exhibitions, special events, and parties as Boston's fashion professionals, retailers, and talented design students explore ideas, innovations, and new directions a venues throughout the city.
When: September 27 - October 3
More information and a list of events, participants, and sites: BFW website
Head of the Charles Regatta - 2015
When: October 17 and 18, 8am - 4:30pm
Where: Charles River between Boston and Cambridge, MA
Cost: Free (for spectators); $5 to enter Reunion Village, the food/drink/networking area
For more information, including best viewing spots and hotels: Head of the Charles Regatta
More than 8,000 elite athletes from around the world compete in 55 events as part of the Head of the Charles Regatta, an exciting 2-day rowing meet held on the Charles River. If you're visiting Boston this weekend, join the more than 300,000 spectators watching from the bridges and banks of the Charles. Fall foliage along the river is usually near peak on this weekend - so bring your camera!
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Boston Book Festival in Copley Square - 2015
Where: Copley Square
Nearest T Station: Green Line/Copley Square or Commuter Line/Orange Line/Back Bay
Cost: All daytime events are free; a few evening events require tickets; donations appreciated
More information: website
Margaret Atwood, Amanda Palmer, Colum McCann, and Atul Gawande are just a few of the huge array of 150+ renowned and mostly local writers, scholars, NPR hosts, publishers, and thought leaders including Nobel Prize, Newbury, and Pulitzer Prize winners converge in dozens of forums, presentations, and discussions to celebrate our local culture of reading and ideas, making the Boston Book Festival the largest literary event in New England. In addition to exhibitions, discussions, and presentations, you'll find live music, booksellers, food, and kids activities.
Within the space of just a few years, Boston Book Festival has gone from being the city's fastest growing new event to one of the biggest book fests in the U.S. - don't miss it!
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ICA Boston Art Show Opening in October
Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933-1957
October 10, 2015-January 24, 2016
This exhibition features works by 90+ artists associated with the Black Mountain College between 1933 and 1957, when it brought together artists, musicians, poets, and performers from all over the world, including Robert Rauschenberg, Anni and Joseph Albers, John Cage, Merce Cunningham, Robert Motherwell, Elaine and Willen de Konning, and Buckminster Fuller.
The exhibit examines the college's critical role in shaping post-war concepts, art, democracy, and globalism. In addition to the art works, it features a soundscape and a dance floor for performances.
Cape Ann Artisans Open Studio Tour
Don't miss this wonderful excuse to tour artist studios along the beautiful Rockport and Gloucester coast on Columbus Day weekend! 21 artists and artisans will welcome you to view their paintings, sculpture, mosaics, photography, pottery, jewelry, and other wonderful creations.
You can easily rent a car and drive up from Boston for the day - or spend the weekend and go for walks along the beach, dine on lobster dinners, and browse in local boutiques, galleries, and antique shops. View Rockport Hotels
Open Studio Tour: October 10, 11, 12, 10am - 5pm
Where: Open Studio Tour map and more information at www.capeannartisans.com. You can also pick up brochures with route maps at the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, the Rockport Information Booth on Rte 127, and at each studio. Look for the bright magenta Studio Tour banner at each location
More information: 978-546-6186
Painting in photo by Rob Diebboll, 1 Camborne Way, Rockport
More Columbus Day Events in and near Boston
MFA Show: In the Steps of the Master Pupils of Hokusai
Japanese artist Katshushika Hokusai ("Big Wave Off Kanagawa," 1820, and "36 Views of Mount Fuji," 1831) brought woodblock prints to new levels of artistry and popularity during the Edo Period.
This fascinating show at MFA examines his impact on his contemporaries and students in this exhibit of superb woodblock prints and paintings from the early 1800s.
Where: Boston's Museum of Fine Arts
When: Now through February 15, 2016
Admission: $25 general admission; free entrance with GoBoston Discount card and Boston CityPASS card on Wednesday nights after 4pm (voluntary contribution of $25 suggested)
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Halloween Pet Parade
Does your pet love to dress up and strut around? If so, bring out your favorite (pet) Halloween costume and head over to Faneuil Hall Marketplace on October 25 from 12 noon to 3pm to show off your holiday spirit. (date and time to be confirmed for 2015 - please check back!)
The Pet Parade takes place at 1pm. At 2pm, your pet could win a prize. Categories include Best Owner and Pet Combo, Best Local Boston Representation, and Most Creative.
Fort Point Channel Carved Pumpkin Contest
Vote on your favorite carved pumpkin at the Fort Point Channel for Halloween Pageant at the Boston Children's Museum on Friday, October 30 from 12 noon-4pm (date and time to be confirmed for 2015).
Local companies carve the pumpkins, and you get to vote for Funniest, Scariest, Most Original, and Overall Favorite. Plus, you can enjoy warm cider, snacks, face painting, and free sugar pumpkins in this family-friendly Halloween activity.
Pru Boo at Prudential Center - 2015
When: Sunday, October 25 - 11am-1pm
Where: Prudential Center
Cost: $4 donation per child (12 and under) - purchase bag at Customer Service desk starting Oct 1 or check in at the Food Court or Center Court as early as 9am on the date of the event to beat the crowds; donations benefit non-profit Room to Grow
More information: Halloween in Boston
Every year, the Shops at Prudential Center sponsor Trick or Treating for Charity, with proceeds going to a non-profit partner to benefit the neediest babies and children in Boston. Kids come dressed in their cutest Halloween outfits and enjoy trick-or-treating, face painting, pumpkin decorating, and more, while helping other children.
Cranberry Harvest Festival on Columbus Day Weekend - 2015
When: October 10-11, 10am - 4pm, rain or shine
Location: A.D. Makepeace Company, 158 Tihonet Road, Wareham, MA
Admission: $10 adults, $5 seniors, free for children under 7; free parking
More information: Festival website or call 508-322-4000
Celebrate the fall cranberry harvest season at this annual Cranberry Harvest Festival open house, located at the nation's largest cranberry grower south of Boston. This popular event attracted over 32,000 visitors last year. Cranberry bog tours, family-oriented games and entertainment, and fresh cranberries to buy!
Salem Halloween: Haunted Happenings Grand Parade - 2015
The Haunted Happenings Grand Parade officially kicks off the season of witches, ghosts, and goblins with a lavish pageant of costumes, music, and entertainment - but that's just the beginning of Salem's Halloween festivities.
- Luxury motorcoach tour from Boston
- Newburyport/Rockport Commuter Rail from North Station
- Fast ferry from Boston's Long Wharf to Salem
- #450 bus from Haymarket Station in Boston
Columbus Park Fall Festival on Columbus Day
When: Monday, October 12, 2015, 11:45 - 4pm
Location: Christopher Columbus Park, Boston's North End (100 Atlantic Ave - next to the Marriott Long Wharf Hotel)
Public Transportation: Blue Line/Aquarium; about a 3 minute walk north on the Greenway
The Columbus Park Fall Festival features a children's parade through the park, a variety of music and entertainment by local groups, plus family activities to celebrate Boston's Italian heritage and the Columbus Day holiday in this gorgeous park overlooking Boston Harbor.
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Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus
Get ready for the greatest show on earth - conveniently located at Boston's TD Garden. Clowns, acrobats, and animals add up to loads of fun at this annual family-oriented event.
When: October 8-12, 2015
Location: TD Garden
Nearest T stop: Orange Line/North Station
Parking: Boston Parking Garages near TD Garden
Stay: Hotels near TD Garden
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Photo courtesy Yvonne E.
John Coltrane Memorial Concert - 2015
The 38th Annual John Coltrane Memorial Concert will play tribute to Ornette Coleman as well as John COltrane. Featured guests include Carl Atkins, Leonard Brown, Yoron Israel, and Bobby Tynes.
The concert will take place on Saturday, October 24 at 7:30 at Northeastern University's Blackman Theatre, 360 Huntington Ave.
Tickets: $25-$40 - call 617-373-4700
Boston Columbus Day Weekend Events - October 2015
Dates for Columbus Day Weekend: Saturday, October 10; Sunday, October 11; Monday, October 12
The 3-day Columbus Day Weekend holiday packs in lots of fun events in and around Boston. You'll find plenty to do all weekend - plus big Columbus Day sales in all the stores!
Boston Columbus Day events to check out:
- Christopher Columbus Day Parade
- Spirit of Boston Buffet Cruise in Boston Harbor (check now for half-price tickets)
- Local Food Festival on the Greenway
- Opening Our Doors - Free arts and culture celebration in Fenway
- Cape Ann Artisans Open Studio
- Cranberry Harvest Festival
- HONK! Festival
Opening Our Doors Day in Fenway - 2015
Fenway Alliance presents "Opening Our Doors," Boston's biggest single day of FREE arts, cultural, and educational events when its members invite you to 60+ activities, performances, tours, music, and games from 10am - 4pm.Festivities start on the Mass Ave side of the Christian Sicence Plaza at the intersection of Huntington Ave and Mass Ave. The kick-off celebration features a Kids Parade with the Hot Tamale Brass Band, performances, and free cupcakes, with fun activities for all ages all day.
Added plus: Free admission to several top Fenway museums, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and the Mary Baker Eddy Library Mapparium.
HONK! Street Music Festival on Columbus Day Weekend
When: October 9-11, 2015
Where: Davis Square, Somerville; Harvard Square, Cambridge
More information: www.honkfest.org
HONK! Festival of Activist Street Bands fills streets in Cambridge and Somerville with celebratory music, colorful attire, and lots of fun during Columbus Day weekend. Participants come from around the U.S. and other parts of the world. Expect to hear a cacaphony of sounds reminiscent of New Orleans brass bands, European Klezmer, Brazilian-Afro music, Romani and Balkan music, and much more.
On Saturday, 25 street bands will perform from 12:30pm-9pm at various outdoor venues around Davis Square (just follow the sound of the music to find them. On Sunday from noon to 2pm, the musicians parade from Davis Square down Mass Ave to Harvard Square, where they'll play at the Octoberfest throughout the afternoon.
OctoberFest at Harpoon Brewery 2015
Harpoon Brewery's 22nd annual German-style OctoberFest boasts 3 stages with live music, a big selection of Harpoon beers and ales, and lots of bratwurst and other German food sold by a local restaurant. Come do some Chicken Dancing, keg bowling, and enjoy 3 stages filled with German Oompah bands at one of New England's largest OctoberFests.
Try your luck at this year's new events: a German chocolate-eating contests!
- October 2 - 5:30pm - 11pm (doors close at 9pm)
- October 3 - 1pm - 7pm (doors close at 5:30pm)
Where: 306 Northern Ave, South Boston Waterfront
Nearest T station: Red Line/South Station; take Silver Line 2 or 3 and get off at Harbor Street, or catch the free shuttle behind Federal Reserve building next to Fort Point Channel off Summer Street
Parking: None at the Brewery - so catch the shuttle from South Station (Summer St going toward Fort Point Channel)
Cost: $20 - includes one drink ticket and a souvenir cup (additional cost for food and additional drinks); bring a designated driver who will receive complimentary non-alcoholic beverages - or stay over in a nearby South Boston Waterfront hotels so that everybody can have fun). Tickets are not sold in advance - so pay at the door (cash only)
Age: 21+, and you must have proper ID
More information: Harpoon Brewery website; 888-HAR-POON, ext 3
Blessing of the Animals Ceremony
The annual Blessing of the Animals Ceremony takes place on Sunday, October 4 at 3pm (time to be confirmed for 2015) in the Prado (Paul Revere Mall) in Boston's North End. Clergy from nearby Old North Church (where Paul Revere hung his famous lanterns) will be there to welcome you and bless your pets.
This gives you the perfect excuse to explore the rest of the Freedom Trail with your pet (assuming it's on a leash).