Winter in Boston

So Much To Do

Boston turns up the heat with a season full of culinary, cultural, sporting, theatrical, musical events and performances – all promising a festive introduction to 2019!

Seasonal Highlights

Ansel Adams in Our Time
Jan 23 - Feb 24
“Ansel Adams in Our Time” traces the iconic visual legacy of Ansel Adams...
Boston Wine Festival
Jan 23 - Mar 29
The Boston Wine Festival features an all-star lineup of intimate winemaker hosted...
Destination Mars: The New Frontier
Jan 23 - Apr 30
Ever wonder what it would be like to fly to Mars? NASA – and others –...
Jack Kirrane Ice Skating Rink
Jan 23 - Mar 4
The Skating Rink is open to the public for skating lessons, hockey leagues and...
Kendall Square Ice Skating
Jan 23 - Mar 20
Learn to ice-skate in Kendall Square! The Community Ice Skating @ Kendall Square is...
Skating on the Frog Pond
Jan 23 - Mar 30
A public private partnership with the City of Boston and The Skating Club of Boston...
Winter Skate at Patriot Place
Jan 23
Hours of Operations: Monday - Thursday: Operating hours may vary, check back for...
Igloo Bar
Jan 24 - Mar 30
A favorite for locals and visitors alike, Lookout Rooftop Igloo Bar is Boston’s...
11th Annual Taste of Chocolate Weekend
Jan 25 - 27
Harvard Square establishments pull out all the stops to celebrate all things...
Darrell Nulisch with Duke Robillard & Band
Jan 26
Blues Summit! Darrell Nulisch returns to the "R bar" Saturday night, January 26 for...
Winter Ski Train to Wachusett Mountain
Jan 26 - Mar 10
Did you know you can take the Commuter Rail to Wachusett Mountain for a day (or...
11th Annual “Some Like It Hot” Chili Cook Off
Feb 2
The illustrious 11th Annual “Some Like it Hot” Chili Cook-off returns to Harvard...
44th Boston Sci-Fi Film Festival
Feb 8 - 18
The Boston Science Fiction Film Festival(“Boston SciFi”) is an 11-day cinematic...
Mark Morris Dance Group Pepperland
Feb 8 - 10
Mark Morris Dance Group Pepperland will take the Boch Center Shubert Theatre stage...
Red Bull Crashed Ice Boston
Feb 8 - 9
On February 8 and 9, Boston will experience an exhilarating sport unlike any other...
11th Annual Boston Winter Ball
Feb 9
One night, more than a decade in the making... The Boston Winter Ball is the largest...
Celebrate! with Tanglewood Marionettes - The Dragon King
Feb 9
Journey below the sea in this story of fantasy, courage and wonder from Chinese...
New England Boat Show 2019
Feb 9 - 17
DATES & HOURS February 9–17, 2019 Saturday 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM Sunday 10:00...
2019 Quincy Lunar New Year Festival
Feb 10
Join us at our Annual Lunar New Year Festival on February 10, 2019. This festival is...
Unconditional Love: The Letters of John and Abigail Adams
Feb 14 - 16
What was love like in Colonial America? The enduring love letters of John and...
Valentine's Dinner Cruise
Feb 14 - 16
Your most memorable Valentine’s Day yet is waiting on the water, when you and your...
Boskone 56
Feb 15 - 17
Do you love science fiction and fantasy? Join us at Boskone, the longest-running...
Disney On Ice Presents Mickey’s Search Party
Feb 16 - 24
Create unforgettable memories and become part of the story when Disney On Ice...
Valentine's Lunch Cruise
Feb 16
Your most memorable Valentine’s Day yet is waiting on the water, when you and your...
Chinese New Year Parade
Feb 17
Celebrate the Year of the Pig in Boston's Chinatown with the annual Chinese New Year...
CRASHfest
Feb 23
CRASHfest, Boston's global music festival, is back at the House of Blues on February...
Rain: A Tribute to The Beatles
Feb 23 - 24
RAIN will be returning to the Boch Center Wang Theatre February 23 - 24 ! In...
Disney DCappella
Feb 24
DCappella is Disney Music Group’s new a cappella group featuring 7 world class...
Bent Knee & Maria Finkelmeier
Mar 7
Bent Knee (rock band) and Maria Finkelmeier (marimba) perform at the Benjamin...
Bourbon & Bacon Fest
Mar 9 - 10
Taste your way through a spectacular array of specialty bourbons and unique whiskeys...
Celebrate! with Greene-O'Leary School of Irish Dancers
Mar 9
Come enjoy a celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. Exuberant dancers demonstrate...
Boston Flower & Garden Show
Mar 13 - 17
The Boston Flower & Garden Show is about inspiring, educating and motivating the...
Dropkick Murphys: St. Patrick's Day Tour
Mar 14 - 17
Celtic rock series with Dropkick Murphys, The Interrupters, Stop Calling Me Frank,...
Shawn Colvin
Mar 22
Singer-songwriter Shawn Colvin, a three-time Grammy winner with a remarkable...

For more ideas,  see our Things to Do page

 

Performing Arts - Front Row & Center

Boston offers an extensive selection of theatre productions from the award winning BeautifulThe Little Foxes and An Inspector Calls to family favorites Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, Disney’s DCappella and American Girl LIVE.  The Boston Symphony features a robust lineup of performances with guest artists, while the city's several jazz clubs ward off the winter blues.

Performing Arts

Pablo Sáinz Villegas
Jan 23 - 24
A native of La Rioja, Spain, and a Sony recording artist, Pablo Sáinz Villegas has...
The End Of TV
Jan 23 - 27
Back by popular demand after enchanting Boston audiences with the lo-fi magic of...
Lizz Wright and Lean on Me: José James Celebrates Bill Withers
Jan 25
Lizz Wright has garnered widespread attention as one of the most respected jazz and...
Darrell Nulisch with Duke Robillard & Band
Jan 26
Blues Summit! Darrell Nulisch returns to the "R bar" Saturday night, January 26 for...
Juanjo Mena conducts Haydn and Mendelssohn featuring violinist Julian Rachlin
Jan 31 - Feb 5
The popular Spanish conductor Juanjo Mena collaborates with Lithuanian violinist...
Thomas Hampson & Luca Pisaroni: No Tenors Allowed
Feb 1
Baritone Thomas Hampson returns for his fourth Series appearance alongside his...
Andris Nelsons conducts Wilson, Szymanowski, and Copland featuring violinist Lisa Batiashvili
Feb 7 - 12
The Georgian violinist Lisa Batiashvili joins Andris Nelsons and the BSO as soloist...
Mark Morris Dance Group Pepperland
Feb 8 - 10
Mark Morris Dance Group Pepperland will take the Boch Center Shubert Theatre stage...
Castle of Our Skins Performs in A Fiddlefest
Feb 9
Castle of our Skins is a concert and educational series dedicated to celebrating...
Mnozil Brass, Cirque
Feb 9
Mnozil Brass has established itself as one of the world's premiere brass ensembles...
School of Rock: The Musical
Feb 12 - 24
School of Rock is a New York Times Critics’ Pick and "An inspiring jolt of energy,...
Andris Nelsons conducts Schumann and Bruckner featuring pianist Yuja Wang
Feb 14 - 16
Andris Nelsons and the BSO are joined by the firebrand Chinese pianist Yuja Wang for...
Unconditional Love: The Letters of John and Abigail Adams
Feb 14 - 16
What was love like in Colonial America? The enduring love letters of John and...
The Little Foxes
Feb 15 - Mar 17
Lillian Hellman’s riveting drama captures the story of a Southern family whose...
American Girl Live
Feb 22 - 24
Experience American Girl® in an all-new musical, coming to the Boch Center Shubert...
Rain: A Tribute to The Beatles
Feb 23 - 24
RAIN will be returning to the Boch Center Wang Theatre February 23 - 24 ! In...
Disney DCappella
Feb 24
DCappella is Disney Music Group’s new a cappella group featuring 7 world class...
Beatrice Rana, Piano
Feb 27
LIMITED AVAILABILITY! Just 24 years old, this protégé of Martha Argerich -- and...
Andris Nelsons conducts Dvořák Stabat Mater
Feb 28 - Mar 2
Andris Nelsons leads the BSO, Tanglewood Festival Chorus, and four internationally...
Joyce DiDonato: SONGPLAY
Mar 1
The “perfect 21st century diva” ( New York Times ) is a proud Kansan, a fierce arts...
What Makes It Great?: Bands of The Swing Era
Mar 2
The swing era was the high point of jazz’s popularity with the public. These bands...
The Illusionists: Live From Broadway
Mar 5 - 10
This mind blowing spectacular showcases the jaw dropping talents of the most...
Thomas Adès conducts Liszt, Adès and Tchaikovsky featuring pianist Kirill Gerstein
Mar 7 - 9
BSO Artistic Partner Thomas Adès returns for a concert featuring the world premiere...
The Rape of Lucretia
Mar 11 - 17
RARELY-SEEN MASTERPIECE | POWERFUL AND SENSITIVE | LYRICAL SCORE Unflinching and...
An Inspector Calls
Mar 15 - 24
Hailed as the theatrical event of its generation and winning more awards than any...
Hagen Quartet
Mar 23
Celebrity Series audiences will remember the Hagen Quartet’s thrilling Boston debut...
South End Stringfest
Mar 23
Soul Yatra Trio, Boston String Academy and Josiah Quincy Orchestra in a South End...
Thomas Wilkins conducts Hailstork, Sierra, Price and Ellington with saxophonist James Carter
Mar 23
Thomas Wilkins, the BSO's Germeshausen Youth and Family Concerts Conductor, makes...
Danilo Pérez’s Global Messengers and Amir ElSaffar’s Two Rivers Ensemble
Mar 29
Led by Panamanian pianist and composer Danilo Pérez, the Global Messengers draws its...

For more,  see our Performing Arts page

 

Cheers to Food, Wine & Craft Beers

The grandfather of wine festivals, the Boston Wine Festival celebrates its 30th year and like wine - it’s getting better with age. Prefer craft beers? Then drink up at the ultimate craft beer throwdown, Extreme Beer Fest and the Boston Beer & Cheese Fest. Harvard Square will satisfy your taste buds with the Taste of Chocolate Festival and the Some Like It Hot Chili Cook-Off, where you can vote on hot, spicy, vegan, traditional or exotic varieties. The biannual Dine Out Boston returns in March, when over 150 area restaurants offer special prix fixe menus.  Want to lose yourself in the experience, but not the crowd? The season serves up a menu of wine dinners, tastings, cooking classes, tours, and fireside dining.

Food, Wine & Craft Beer Events

A Trio of Wines at TAMO
Jan 23
TAMO Bistro & Bar has the trick for getting over the hump day blues with their...
Boston Wine Festival
Jan 23 - Mar 29
The Boston Wine Festival features an all-star lineup of intimate winemaker hosted...
Burgers and Burgundy
Jan 23
Experience Boston’s best burger with a glass of Burgundy. Join us each Wednesday for...
City Winery Tours & Tasting
Jan 23
Come explore the winery and sample the latest wine fresh from the barrel. City...
Hands-on Cooking Classes and Wine Tastings
Jan 23
Get your chef's hat on and come join us at Eataly for daily cooking classes and wine...
Reunion Dinners for Chinese New Year
Jan 23 - Feb 18
During Chinese New Year, families reunite to celebrate the lunar year with loved...
Samuel Adams Brewery Morning Mash In
Jan 23
Warm bread, toasted caramel, wafting pine and spritzed lemon. Nothing like the smell...
Shrimp Classic
Jan 23 - Feb 13
Check out Legal Sea Foods’ shrimp-tacular feature menu, available January 17 –...
Social Hour
Jan 23 - May 15
Join us every Wednesday through May 16 in Tidemark Lounge for special cocktails and...
Whiskey Wednesdays
Jan 23
Whiskey Wednesdays with Jim Beam & live music with Martin & Kelly starting...
Winter is Coming Back to Precinct Kitchen + Bar
Jan 23 - Feb 1
Winter is coming AGAIN….on January 11. The Patio at Precinct Kitchen + Bar will be...
Après Ski Festival
Jan 24 - Feb 28
This winter, step inside a cheerful Italian ski resort during the return of our...
CASK BEER THURSDAYS
Jan 24
Cask ale or cask-conditioned beer is the term for unfiltered and unpasteurized beer...
Murder Mystery Dinner
Jan 24
Grab your most righteous 80's concert gear to rock out in style while enjoying a...
Samuel Adams: Beyond the Brewhouse
Jan 24
Duration: 55 minutes Time: Mondays at 1:00 pm & 6:00pm, Tuesdays Thursdays &...
11th Annual Taste of Chocolate Weekend
Jan 25 - 27
Harvard Square establishments pull out all the stops to celebrate all things...
Sun, Wine and Food Fest
Jan 25 - 27
Wine connoisseurs and food aficionados rejoice! The Sun Wine & Food Fest is back...
Pasta and Wine Pairing at Viale
Jan 27
Start your week off on the right foot with Viale ’s Sunday and Monday night pasta...
Sushi Unlimited at Empire
Jan 28
When it comes to Wednesday night sushi at Empire , the limit does not exist! The...
Historic Pub Crawl
Jan 29
Revolutionary ideas may have come from speeches at Faneuil Hall or a meeting of the...
Extreme Beer Fest: Boston
Feb 1 - 2
Extreme Beer Fest® is the ultimate throwdown of craft beer creativity. Join...
11th Annual “Some Like It Hot” Chili Cook Off
Feb 2
The illustrious 11th Annual “Some Like it Hot” Chili Cook-off returns to Harvard...
Bourbon & Bacon Fest
Mar 9 - 10
Taste your way through a spectacular array of specialty bourbons and unique whiskeys...
Boston Beer and Cheese Fest
Mar 29 - 30
Boston Beer and Cheese Fest is back for it's fifth year! Join us March 29th and 30th...
Grand Craft Beer Tasting with Hopsters
Mar 30
Grand Craft Beer Tasting with Hopsters Presented by The Trustees Find your perfect...
Pinot in the City
May 2
60 wineries from Oregon's Willamette Valley are barreling to Boston on May 2, 2019...
2019 Taste of Cambridge
Jul 10
Each year foodies descend upon the Taste of Cambridge to sample the delicious,...
Boston Seafood Festival 2019
Aug 4
The Boston Fisheries Foundation welcomes you to join us for the 8th Annual Boston...

Winter Holidays

The third Monday in January honors Martin Luther King, Jr. with many notable events including an annual concert with the Harlem Gospel Choir. Throughout February, you can uncover, discover and celebrate all that Boston has to offer during Black History Month. Take in numerous lectures, performances, readings, gospel concerts, exhibitions, children’s activities and special tours such as The Black Heritage Trail and The Freedom Trail Foundation’s African American Patriots Tour, honoring the role of African Americans in American historyFirecrackers, lion dances, music and Asian delicacies define Boston's annual Chinese New Year Parade.  Valentine’s Day brings romantic moonlit cruises, exhibits and candlelit dinners. February School Vacation begins with Presidents Day and continues for a week with special events, activities and exhibits across the city. Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day  -  enjoy the 116th Parade as it winds through South Boston, walk the Irish Heritage Trail and step dance from pub to pub for Irish music, fare and drink.

Black History Month

African-American Patriots Tour
Feb 2 - 24
Tales of intrigue and bravery, poetry and defiance by black Bostonians unfold during...
Talking About Slavery at Historic Sites and Museums
Feb 13
Listen in on a dynamic conversation, as museum educators from Boston's Freedom...
Celebrate! with Flying Ship Productions - Rosa's Ride
Feb 20
This moving production with original songs, inspirational scenes, and exciting...

Sports & Recreation

Home to both Bruins and Celtics, the TD Garden captivates winter sports spectators and animated Boston fans. Fenway Park gets in on the winter fun when downhill skaters race to the finish line for Red Bull’s Crashed Ice. For the more activity oriented, outdoor ice skating is a must, especially on Boston Common’s Frog Pond. Or ski at one of the many excellent mountains, notably Wachusett Mountain which is only an hour west of the city, accessible via Ski Train running on weekends.

Sporting & Recreational Events

Boston Celtics vs Cleveland Cavaliers
Jan 23
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Curling at the Liberty Hotel
Jan 23 - Feb 27
The Liberty Hotel, one of Boston’s most unique and historic hotels, is bringing...
Fenway Park Tours "America's Most Beloved Ballpark"
Jan 23
"America's Most Beloved Ballpark" is uniquely nestled in the city of Boston. Fenway...
Kendall Square Ice Skating
Jan 23 - Mar 20
Learn to ice-skate in Kendall Square! The Community Ice Skating @ Kendall Square is...
Run Club on the Esplanade
Jan 23
Meet up at Marathon Sports every Wednesday to go running with others! No matter what...
Skating on the Frog Pond
Jan 23 - Mar 30
A public private partnership with the City of Boston and The Skating Club of Boston...
Winter Skate at Patriot Place
Jan 23
Hours of Operations: Monday - Thursday: Operating hours may vary, check back for...
Boston Celtics vs Golden State Warriors
Jan 25
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Boston University Men's Hockey vs. Arizona State Sun Devils Hockey
Jan 25
The Five-Time National Champion Boston University Terriers represent college hockey...
Boston University Men's Hockey vs. Arizona State Sun Devils Hockey
Jan 26
The Five-Time National Champion Boston University Terriers represent college hockey...
Winter Ski Train to Wachusett Mountain
Jan 26 - Mar 10
Did you know you can take the Commuter Rail to Wachusett Mountain for a day (or...
Boston Celtics vs Brooklyn Nets
Jan 28
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Boston Bruins vs. Winnipeg Jets
Jan 29
The Boston Bruins take on the Winnipeg Jets. The puck drops at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday,...
Boston Celtics vs Charlotte Hornets
Jan 30
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Boston Bruins vs. Philadelphia Flyers
Jan 31
The Boston Bruins take on the Philadelphia Flyers. The puck drops at 7:00 p.m. on...
Boston University Men's Hockey vs. UMass Amherst Hockey
Feb 1
The Five-Time National Champion Boston University Terriers represent college hockey...
Boston Celtics vs Oklahoma City Thunder
Feb 3
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Superbowl Viewing Party: City Tap x Bud Light x '47
Feb 3
Sunday, February 3rd, join City Tap x Bud Light x '47 in the ultimate viewing...
67th Annual Beanpot Hockey Tournament
Feb 4 - 11
Since the Beanpot first debuted in December of 1952, the four-team tournament for...
Boston Bruins vs. New York Islanders
Feb 5
The Boston Bruins take on the New York Islanders. The puck drops at 7:00 p.m. on...
Boston Celtics vs LA Lakers
Feb 7
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Red Bull Crashed Ice Boston
Feb 8 - 9
On February 8 and 9, Boston will experience an exhilarating sport unlike any other...
Boston Bruins vs. Los Angeles Kings
Feb 9
The Boston Bruins take on the Los Angeles Kings. The puck drops at 1:00 p.m. on...
Boston Celtics vs LA Clippers
Feb 9
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Boston Bruins vs. Colorado Avalanches
Feb 10
The Boston Bruins take on the Colorado Avalanches. The puck drops at 3:00 p.m. on...
Boston Bruins vs. Chicago Blackhawks
Feb 12
The Boston Bruins take on the Chicago Blackhawks. The puck drops at 7:00 p.m. on...
Boston Celtics vs Detroit Pistons
Feb 13
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Boston University Men's Hockey vs. UConn Huskies Mens College Hockey
Feb 16
The Five-Time National Champion Boston University Terriers represent college hockey...
Boston Bruins vs. San Jose Sharks
Feb 26
The Boston Bruins take on the San Jose Sharks. The puck drops at 7:00 p.m. on...
Boston Celtics vs Portland Trail Blazers
Feb 27
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Boston Bruins vs. Tampa Bay Lightning
Feb 28
The Boston Bruins take on the Tampa Bay Lightning. The puck drops at 7:30 p.m. on...
Boston Celtics vs Washington Wizards
Mar 1
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Boston Bruins vs. New Jersey Devils
Mar 2
The Boston Bruins take on the New Jersey Devils. The puck drops at 7:00 p.m. on...
Boston Celtics vs. Houston Rockets
Mar 3
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Boston Bruins vs. Carolina Hurricanes
Mar 5
The Boston Bruins take on the Carolina Hurricanes. The puck drops at 7:00 p.m. on...
Boston Bruins vs. Florida Panthers
Mar 7
The Boston Bruins take on the Florida Panthers. The puck drops at 7:00 p.m. on...
NCAA DIII Indoor Track & Field Championship
Mar 8 - 9
Boston hosts NCAA DIII Indoor Track & Field Championship, March 8-9, 2019.
Boston Bruins vs. Ottawa Senators
Mar 9
The Boston Bruins take on the Ottawa Senators. The puck drops at 7:00 p.m. on...
Boston Celtics vs. Houston Rockets
Mar 14
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Boston Bruins vs. Columbus Blue Jackets
Mar 16
The Boston Bruins take on the Columbus Blue Jackets. The puck drops at 7:00 p.m. on...
Boston Celtics vs Atlanta Hawks
Mar 16
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Boston Celtics vs. Denver Nuggets
Mar 18
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Boston Celtics vs. San Antonio Spurs
Mar 24
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Boston Bruins vs. New York Rangers
Mar 27
The Boston Bruins take on the New York Rangers. The puck drops at 7:30 p.m. on...
Boston Celtics vs Indiana Pacers
Mar 29
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Boston Bruins vs. Florida Panthers
Mar 30
The Boston Bruins take on the Florida Panthers. The puck drops at 1:00 p.m. on...
Boston Celtics vs Miami Heat
Apr 1
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Boston Bruins vs. Tampa Bay Lightning
Apr 6
The Boston Bruins take on the Tampa Bay Lightning . The puck drops at 1:00 p.m. on...
Boston Celtics vs Orlando Magic
Apr 7
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May 2 - 5
Poet-performer Marc Bamuthi Joseph’s love of soccer is a heritage story. As a child...

Winter Weather

Month Avg  High Avg  Low Avg  Precipitation
 December    42°  28°  3.9"
 January  37°  22°  3"
 February  39°  24°  3.4"

Temperatures are Fahrenheit

What to Wear:

Bostonians dress smartly and simply. It's cold and often snows. Full winter gear is a must.

Day: If you're touring, you'll want comfy sneakers or waterproof boots. Most tourist venues don't have dress codes, but check to be sure.

Evening: Consider your agenda; the theater tends to be dressier and some upscale restaurants require jackets.