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Header Photo creditsChinatown Gate by Kyle Klein; Boston Lights: A Lantern Experience courtesy of Zoo New England; Summer Salad by Jessica Mading; USS Constitution by Leise Jones; Swan Boats by Kyle Klein; Frog Pond Carousel by Jessica Mading; Truck Duck courtesy of Boston Duck Tours; and MFA Mural Project image by Jessica Mading

Local Picks

View handpicked activities and weekly highlights for your visit to the Boston area, chosen for you by a local. 

Paul PhillipsRead about Paul Phillips, the original, recently retired, author of "Paul's Picks." As we adapt to a world without Paul’s weekly list of events, the "Local Picks" team is determined to maintain the spirit of Paul's list and the key information that it provides.


Local Picks in Boston


Featured Picks

Boston Film Festival

Attend the 37th Boston Film Festival, annual event showcasing a program of shorts, documentaries,...

Night Shift Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest season is here and we are finally able to host our first Oktoberfest since 2019! This...

Sam Adams Octoberfest

We're honoring the centuries-long celebration of classic German lagers with our own traditional and...

Lucie Drink + Dine - Now Open

LUCIE drink + dine has arrived and is adjacent to the newly re-imagined Colonnade Boston on...

2021 Annual Dance for World Community Festival

FREE-to-the-Public, the Indoor/Outdoor Event takes place on Massachusetts Avenue between Harvard/Bow...

The Seaport x Black Owned Bos. Market

The Seaport x Black Owned Bos. Market will take place outside on Seaport Common and will feature...

Hurricane Diane

A clever comic whirlwind about a gardener with supernatural secrets. Batten down the hatches! A...


This fiendishly funny new play follows an alluring devil named Scratch as he arrives in the country...

Boston by Little Feet

This child's-eye view of the Freedom Trail's architecture and history is especially designed for...

Paul Cézanne: Influence

For Paul Cézanne (1839–1906), creativity grew from a fusion of observing the world, trusting...

Boston Lights: A Lantern Experience

Back by popular demand, Boston Lights will once again illuminate Franklin Park Zoo with all new...

Titian: Women, Myth & Power

Between 1551 and 1562, Titian created a series of monumental paintings for King Philip II of Spain....


Join us for our annual Oktoberfest celebrations, from Thursday, September 23rd to Saturday,...

The Sound Inside

2020 Tony Award Nominee for Best Play! In the seventeen years since she was last published, novelist...

Time for Oktoberfest!

Check out our list of celebrations in Greater Boston.

Fall for Boston, Like Never Before

Fall in Boston is bustling with big sporting events, festivals, and the return of live performing arts.

See Boston with new eyes

All Inclusive Boston

Experience a side of Boston that’s multicultural and brimming with vibrancy.

Outdoor Dining

Enjoy sidewalk, patio and roof top dining al fresco.

Fall for Boston, Like never Before

Greater Boston will feature an unprecedented amount of major events including the Boston Marathon...

Pet Friendly Activities

Explore these dog-friendly things to do in Boston.


Our Main Streets need our love, more than ever. Now is the time to find your local.

Cross Cultural Boston

Explore our many cross cultural events, exhibitions, sightseeing trails, and more!

Your Destination Classroom


Your destination classroom: explore, learn & discover in Boston.

Virtual Boston Experiences

See our list of virtual experiences happening in Greater Boston.