There’s no need to stay inside as the weather grows colder. Whether you’re planning a family afternoon out, or a special date night with your hunny, outdoor ice skating is a fun way to get outside and enjoy the frigid air. So bundle up with those mittens and winter hats and show off your skating skills at one of these outdoor skating rinks in the Boston area.
Boston’s First Night festivities are almost upon us. On Dec. 31, the city will be filled with an array of art, music, and dance events, as well as ice sculptures and fireworks displays. Are you planning to head into the city and partake in the fun? We’ve put together a guide to everything you need to know about First Night Boston 2014.
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas around Boston. And the city is about to get a bit brighter with the official tree lighting in Boston Common on Dec. 5 from 6 - 8 p.m.
If you get to the area early, head over to Frog Pond, where you can see a figure skating show presented by The Skating Club of Boston at 5 p.m. This year will feature 2013 U.S. pair champions Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir, 2013 U.S. Men's silver medalist Ross Miner, and Olympic hopeful Christina Gao.FULL ENTRY
Temperatures are dropping, which means it's time to dust off your ice skates for another season.FULL ENTRY
The holiday season is upon us. And if you’re looking to get a jump on your Christmas shopping, Boston’s downtown holiday market opens Saturday, Nov. 30, in Boston's Summer Street Plaza. We’ve put together a guide to everything you need to know about the holiday market, from participating vendors under the white tent, to when to expect Santa, and more.FULL ENTRY
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The Red Sox are away, but Fenway Park is open for its first ever Movie Night. The family event features a screening of the baseball classic "The Sandlot" in honor of the movie's 20th anniversary. It'll be shown at 8 p.m. on a high-definition screen in center field. Arrive early to wander on the warning track and take photos in front of the Green Monster. Aug. 21, gates open 7 p.m. $10, $5 ages 12 and under, under 3 free. Fenway Park, Boston. boston.redsox.mlb.com
For those of you out and about, looking for ways to take advantage of the summer, we present our mobile summer guide.
Browse through six different categories: eat, drink, sun, park, cool down, and beach. Choose what you're in the mood for, and you'll see our recommendations for the best spots to enjoy the warm weather.
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Outside the Box, a free music, food, and performing arts festival, kicked off this Saturday. The nine-day outdoor festival features over 200 events at venues like City Hall Plaza and the Boston Common. Events range from live music performances, dance, theater, and a food festival. FULL ENTRY
Making plans? Short on ideas? No worries. See Milva DiDomizio and June Wulff's picks for the top things to do around the Hub this weekend.
BABBLING BROOKE Brooke Wyeth is about to dredge, and her family isn't happy about it. In the SpeakEasy Stage Company production of Jon Robin Baitz's "Other Desert Cities," the writer returns home to Palm Springs for Christmas to be with her brother, aunt, and parents and share the news that she's going to publish a memoir about a tragic family event. Jan. 11, 8 p.m. Jan. 12, 4 & 8 p.m. Jan. 23, 3 p.m. Through Feb. 9. $25 and up, $25 under age 25. Stanford Calderwood Pavilion, 527 Tremont St., Boston. 617-933-8600, www.speakeasystage.com
WINE, NO WHINE To help you get through the winter, the Boston Wine Festival offers 39 nights of wine, themed dinners, seminars, and receptions. Chef Bruce welcomes Frog's Leap, Diamond Creek, Cheateauneuf du Pape, and others. Themed dinners include Battle of the Cabernets, Meritage Madness, and Pinots: Old World, New World. Jan. 11 at 7 p.m. (through March 29). Grand Opening Reception is $100. Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston. 617-330-9355, www.bostonwinefestival.net
A PROCLAMATION A cup of coffee fuels Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to confront his and the country's destiny in Katori Hall's "The Mountaintop." After King's April 3, 1968 "I've Been to the Mountaintop" speech, a maid delivers coffee to Room 306 at the Lorraine Motel. The Underground Railway Theater production celebrates the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. Jan. 11, 8 p.m. Jan. 12, 3 and 8 p.m. Jan. 13, 2 p.m. Through Feb. 2. $15-$50, $25 students, $15 students under 18, $5 senior discount. Central Square Theater, 450 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. 866-811-4111, www.centralsquaretheater.org
CELTIC CAMBRIDGE Stay away from Harvard Square if you're not a fan of Irish, Scottish, Cape Breton, and other Celtic music and dance, because that's what Friday and Saturday are all about. The 10th Boston’s Celtic Music Fest kicks off at 7 p.m. with the "New Tunes from Boston" showcase of young, innovative local talent. Jan. 11, 7 and 8 p.m. (through Jan. 12; see website for full schedule). $28 (7 p.m.), $15 (8 p.m.). Club Passim (7 p.m.; 47 Palmer St., Cambridge), The Atrium (8 p.m.; 50 Church St., Cambridge). 617-492-7679, www.passim.org
HAPPY WINTER TRAILS Did you know that a 130-pound adult can burn up to 475 calories an hour by snowshoeing at a moderate pace? Give it a try at Winter Trails Day and take a guided tour of the trails - a great way to walk off those holiday cookies. Jan. 12, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free (limited snowshoes available; rentals available for walks more than 20 minutes). Weston Ski Track, 200 Park Road, Weston. 781-891-6575, www.wintertrails.org
HE'S BACK Theo Epstein is back for Hot Stove Cool Music with baseball journalist Peter Gammons. The Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations returns for his Foundation To Be Named Later fundraiser featuring Tanya Donelly, Parkington Sisters, Boston Music Award winners Christian McNeill & Sea Monsters, and the Chad Hollister Band. Jan. 12 doors at 6 p.m. $40. Paradise Rock Club, 967 Commonwealth Ave., Boston. www.foundationtobenamedlater.org
TAP TRIBUTE This tapper extraordinaire made his Broadway debut at age 12 in "The Tap Dance Kid." Movies, "Sesame Street," and more Broadway followed, and Tony winner Savion Glover is in town with Marshall Davis Jr. to dance a tap tribute titled SoLe Sanctuary. Jan. 12, 8 p.m. $40 and up. The Boston Opera House, 539 Washington St., Boston. 617-876-4275, www.worldmusic.org
BROTHERLY MUSIC Growing up on a dairy farm near the Adirondacks, Eric Gibson had two ambitions. On the band website for The Gibson Brothers, he says "I either wanted to pitch at Yankee Stadium or play at the Grand Ole Opry..." One outta two ain't bad, and neither is the list of awards bestowed on him and his brother Leigh. Recent honors from the International Bluegrass Music Association include Entertainers of the Year, 2011 Album of the Year (for "Help My Brother"), and Vocal Group of the Year. Their concert presented by the Boston Bluegrass Union also features Mike Compton and Joe Newberry. Jan. 12, 7:30 p.m. $27, $15 student rush. National Heritage Museum, 33 Marrett Rd., Lexington. 781-782-2251, www.bbu.org
JUMPIN' JEDI BASH In October, Trend threw its first planet party (Hoth Rave). The second, W.A.R.P Dagobah, simulates the swamp planet of Dagobah, home to the cutest Jedi master of all, Yoda. Dress up in a "Star Wars" costume, watch "Star Wars" visuals, and dance to "Star Wars" edits, hip hop, and more by DJs tRick, RePsycle, Tony Moreno, Coral Cola, and DJ 7L. Jan. 12, 9:30 p.m. $5. 21+. The Good Life, 28 Kingston St., Boston. 617-451-2622, www.goodlifebar.com
PET TALES Have a real-life pet story you’ve been itching to share? Bark it out at the pet-themed massmouth story slam where you sign up for 1 of 10 coveted slots to share your five-minute tale (or is that tail?). Judges will award prizes based on the story's narrative arc, presentation, and connection to the theme. Jan. 13, 6:30-9 p.m. $8, $10 at the door. Doyle's Cafe, 3484 Washington St., Jamaica Plain. www.massmouth.ning.com
TWINNING On her record "Castor, The Twin," rapper/singer Dessa, a member of the hip-hop collective Doomtree, offers up reworked versions of previously released tunes. Hear the new sound when she visits Boston with a band featuring stand-up bass, viola, piano, vibraphone, mandolin, and timpani. The concert will also feature tracks from Dessa's upcoming Spring 2013 release. Jan. 13, 7 p.m. doors. $13-$15. The Sinclair, 52 Church St., Cambridge. 800-745-3000, www.boweryboston.com
The Summer Olympics may have come and gone, but you can still enjoy some impressive displays of diving prowess this weekend when the Institute of Contemporary Art again plays host to the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series.
On Saturday, Aug. 25 at the ICA, divers will take the plunge from a specially built platform on the museum's roof, some 80 feet above the water. This is actually the only US destination for the diving series, which previously made stops in four European cities.
The main event starts at 4 p.m. with an award ceremony at 7 p.m. Famed diver and Olympic gold medalist Greg Louganis will be on hand to help judge the event. Boston.com's own news editor Angela Nelson took not one but two test jumps into the chilly waters by the ICA on Aug. 23, where she also got tips from Louganis himself. (Watch her high-diving skills in the video above.)
We're told the best place to watch the diving is inside the museum (admission is $15, $10 for students), from the John Hancock Founders Gallery on the fourth floor. There are also great viewing areas at the ICA Grandstand and from the Water Cafe, which can be accessed for free.
Aug. 25 from 4-7 p.m., rain or shine. Free. Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston (100 Northern Ave.) and along Fan Pier, Boston. 617-478-3100. www.icaboston.org
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You've heard of a flash mob -- those impromptu, choreographed dance parties that happen out in public -- but what about a flash feast? On Aug. 16, diners across the city will converge at a yet-to-be-released location for an impromptu outdoor picnic event called Le Diner en Blanc. These public picnics have already happened in places like New York, Montreal (above), Sydney, Mexico City, and Paris -- the event on Aug. 16 will be the first in Boston. Those looking to take part in the fun can purchase tickets for $25-$35 prior to the event at the Diner en Blanc website, and will be assembled at various "rallying points" before organizers escort them to the exact location. Participants must pack all the ingredients for their feast with them -- food, tables, chairs, silverware, white linens, etc -- and must dress all in white (Diner en Blanc means "dinner in white" in French). Aug. 16, 6:30 p.m., $25-$35, 21+ boston.dinerenblanc.info
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BOSTON COMMON FROG POND While your ice skates wait for winter, the bathing suits get a workout at the Frog Pond. Kids 12 and under are invited to wade in the spray poolunder the watchful eyes of lifeguards. Daily from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. until Labor Day. Free. Boston Common Frog Pond, 84 Beacon St., Boston. 617-635-2120. www.bostonfrogpond.com [June Wulff]
The Boston Harbor Hotel has opened another outdoor space perfect for after work gatherings and a quick bite. The Alley Bar features craft cocktails, beer, wine and savory items such as chilled grilled shrimp, New England Clam chowder, and smoked salmon bruschetta. The restaurant is nestled in the alley between the harbor and Atlantic Avenue. Open Monday-Friday, 4-10 p.m. Rowes Wharf, Atlantic Avenue, Boston. 617-748-1857
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Whether you prefer catching the sights of the tall ships by land or by sea, we've got you covered. Here's our round-up of some places to watch the tall ships and naval vessels in town. And for more about the event, like where to park, information on the ships, and guidelines for touring the vessels, here's our guide to the tall ships in Boston.FULL ENTRY
Here are the arrival times and berths for naval vessels and tall ships in Boston.
Friday: naval vessels
8:45 a.m. - USS Gravely, Black Falcon Cruise Terminal
9:30 a.m. - USCGC Juniper, Pier 4, Charlestown Navy Yard
9:45 a.m. - USCGC Marcus Hanna, Coast Guard Station, Commercial Street, North End
10 a.m. - FGS Hessen (Germany), Black Falcon Cruise Terminal
10:30 a.m. - HNOMS Thor Heyerdahl (Norway), Pier 4, Charlestown Navy Yard
11:10 a.m. - HMCS Preserver (Canada), Black Falcon Cruise Terminal
11:40 a.m. - HDMS Esbern Snare (Denmark), Pier 4, Charlestown Navy Yard
12:10 p.m. - HMCS Iroquois (Canada), Black Falcon Cruise Terminal
12:45 p.m. - RFA Argus (Great Britain), Black Falcon Cruise Terminal
1:30 p.m. - HMCS Kingston (Canada), Pier 2, Charlestown Navy Yard
2 p.m. - HMCS Summerside (Canada), Coast Guard Station, Commercial Street, North End
2:30 p.m. - HMCS Goose Bay (Canada), Pier 2, Charlestown Navy Yard
3 p.m. - HMCS Moncton (Canada), Coast Guard Station, Commercial Street, North End
Saturday: The tall ships
9 a.m. - Cisne Branco (Brazil), Fish Pier
9:20 a.m. - Guayas (Ecuador), Fish Pier
10 a.m. - USCGC Eagle, Pier 1, Charlestown Navy Yard (next to the USS Constitution)
10:30 a.m. - Gloria (Colombia), Fish Pier
10:50 a.m. - Dewaruci (Indonesia) Fish Pier
For more travel information, visitor tips, and photos, here's our guide to the tall ships in Boston.
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The easiest way to enjoy the arrival of both the Navy Week vessels and the OpSail Boston tall ships -- in town from June 29 - July 6 -- is just to get outside, take a seat along the water, and watch. Some of our favorite viewing spots to take in the sight of the ships include Castle Island, Charlestown Navy Yard, the dock outside the ICA, and Christopher Columbus park in the North End.
If you're looking for a bit more organized fun, don't fret. This weekend actually involves the overlap of Boston Harborfest, War of 1812 bicentennial celebrations, Navy Week, and OpSail Boston, so there's a ton going on. Here are some of our favorite events:
Mock Sea Battle: A battle reenactment called the "Duel of the Privateers" will see the Lynx face off against the Pride of Baltimore II. July 1-3 at 2 p.m.
Re-enact the Boston Tea Party: Relive local history by tossing some tea into the Boston Harbor and firing the cannons while aboard the Liberty Clipper. Reservations recommended, 617-742-0333, $24-$35, www.libertyfleet.com
Naval Gun Drill on the USS Constitution: A full gun drill aboard the undefeated vessel that saw action in the war of 1812. June 28 - July 2 at noon, July 3 at 2 p.m.
Rum & Revolution at Sea: This spirited sail (pun!) features role-playing by historical actors who sing songs, dance, and teach you all about the rum trade. Bottom's up! 21+, $35, 617-742-0333, www.libertyfleet.com
Tall Ships Singles Cruise: Mingle with others in search of love aboard a boat, which will afford single sailors a great view of the ships at sunset. Boat leaves from Rowes Wharf at 7:30 p.m. June 30, $35, 781-446-0234, www.se-4u.com/events.php
For even more event information about the tall ships and OpSail Boston, plus Navy Week and more, check out our special section to all the fun happenings on the Waterfront through July 6. See the full schedule here.
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