4/9 Bruins vs. Senators, final home game (NHL)
4/11 Red Sox vs. Orioles, Fenway Opening Day (MLB)
4/13 Celtics vs. Heat, final home game (NBA)
(April ) Big Apple Circus
BOSTON IS BLOOMING
For some, April might just be the best time to come to Boston. Room rates and airfare are still affordable, flowers are blooming in every corner of the Boston Public Gardens, a revamped Red Sox lineup are about to take the field again, and the snow has finally melted. It seems Mother Nature felt repentant about the inordinate amount of storms she hit us with last year. This winter kept us waiting for a storm big enough to scrape together a snowman only to have it melt away in a day or two. But let’s move on to Spring, shall we?
THEATER – INSIDE & OUT
The month of April sees the usual bounty of world-class entertainment, including theater performances like the Wizard of Oz at the Wang Theater April 12th – 24th, the Boston International Film Festival April 14th-18th, and a huge variety of concerts—but the most exciting things to do this time of year are undoubtedly those done out of doors. Come spring, we all need some fresh air, and maybe some of those pretzels and sausages at Downtown Crossing. We’ve been cooped up all winter, and have finally run out of things to watch on Netflix…Its time to get back out there and enjoy this beautiful town.
First things first: April in Boston is synonymous with the Red Sox, and their opening day at historic Fenway Park, which falls on April 11th this year. These first games are some of the most fun, when the buzz of the baseball season reaches its fever pitch, and Sox fans are giddy with anticipation over a rejuvenated roster. We’ll finally get a look at the off-season’s biggest trade acquisitions, such as the new pitching ace, David Price, so we’ll be too excited to even wince at the $20 we’ll be shelling out for a beer and a Fenway Frank. This season will be especially important, as it’ll be our last chance to witness living legend David Ortiz, aka “Big Papi” as he wields one of baseball’s most powerful bats and biggest smiles, before retiring later this year. April will see the Sox playing home games against some of their toughest divisional rivals, including the home opening series against the Baltimore Orioles, and a three game series against the Bronx Bombers themselves, the New York Yankees, who come to town to renew their storied rivalry on April 29th.
THIS MONTH IN HISTORY. . .
The following week brings April’s big 3-day weekend, with most of the fun happening on Monday, April 18th. This is when the whole Boston area will be celebrating—no, not just “another random day off”, you cynic—Patriot’s Day, commemorating that fateful day in 1775, when the symbolic “shot heard round the world” was fired in Lexington and the Minutemen fought their first battle in at the Old North Bridge in Concord—the events that truly set the American Revolution into motion. Colorful historical reenactments will be taking place that Monday, including Paul Revere’s midnight ride, as well as the Battles in Lexington and the Old North Bridge in Concord—history buffs should not miss this unique chance to see some of American history’s most pivotal moments brought back to life!
Of course, the main event of the weekend is undoubtedly the iconic Boston Marathon, the oldest annual Marathon in the world. Show up along the route to cheer runners from around the world, as they charge up “Heartbreak Hill”, or welcome the victors at the finish line on Boylston Street, down by the Boston Public Library near Copley Square. The Marathon, of course, is now closer than ever to the hearts of Bostonians, after the tragic events of the 2013 attack; the race is now as much a symbol of our strength and unity, as it is a celebration of athletic endurance.
SHOWS & SHOWDOWNS
Also scheduled for April 18th, the Swan Boats at the Boston Public Gardens will be paddling across the park’s pond once again, opening their 2016 season. Don’t forget--throughout this month, the big tops of the Big Apple Circus will still be setting up shop over at City Hall Plaza, with their dazzling 1920’s era throwback show.
Of course, the arrival of April also means that some of our other beloved teams’ regular seasons are winding down, and if we’re lucky, getting ready for a playoff run. First, watch our NHL brawlers in black and gold, the Boston Bruins as they take on the Ottawa Senators for a final dance on the ice at TD Garden on Saturday, April 9th. Catch our boys in green, the Boston Celtics as they take the court against the Miami Heat for their last home game at the TD Garden on Wednesday, April 13th.