From igloos at the Envoy to ice-skating on the Common, wine festivals and decadent chocolate tastings, Dine Out Boston and Chinese New Year, Boston serves up unique seasonal activities that invite you to see the Hub as never before – as an experiential winter wonderland!
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The grandfather of wine festivals, the Boston Wine Festival celebrates its 31st 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 . Harvard Square will satisfy your taste buds with 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 March 1-13, when over 165 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.
Boston offers an extensive selection of theatre productions from the award winning Fiddler on the Roof to new favorites such as Mean Girls. The Boston Symphony Orchestra features a large lineup of performances with guest artists, while the city's several jazz clubs and other concert venues ward off the winter blues.
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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 history. Firecrackers, lion dances, music and Asian delicacies define Boston's annual Chinese New Year Parade on February 2. 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.
Boston museums offer a remarkable selection of exhibitions. Fall in love with Kusama’s Love is Calling or celebrate the MFA's 150th anniversary, with a once-in-a-generation chance to see all 35 of the Museum’s oil paintings by Monet.
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Home to both Bruins and Celtics, the TD Garden captivates winter sports spectators and animated Boston fans. For the more activity oriented, outdoor ice skating is a must, especially on Boston Common’s Frog Pond. New to Boston’s winter is Seaport Rink with an outdoor deck & warming tent and the Rink at 401 Park in the Fenway featuring theme nights, live DJs, skating lessons, sporting events, and more. 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.
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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.