Boston turns up the heat with a season full of culinary, cultural, performing arts and sporting events – all promising a festive introduction to the new year! There's so much to do, you simply have to stay over!
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 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.
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 history. Firecrackers, 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.
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.
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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.