New England winters seem to go on forever sometimes--perhaps that’s why we see quite a number of families coming to town for winter school holidays. Skiing, ice-skating, sledding are all still possible this time of year in the hilly and mountainous areas of our beautiful countryside, but for those of you aren’t reveling in the winter wonderland--don’t worry! Whether you’ve got the kids in tow, or you’re out on your own, there’s still a whole lot for you to do this time of year! The theater and concert seasons start to cater to Bostonians’ growing sense of cabin fever, and all of the special dining deals and other great activities on Valentine’s Day will find ways to melt the coldest of hearts. Two of our favorite expositions also happen this month--the big, bad Boat Show, and the Home Show are two of our favorite times to vicariously live out a few champagne wishes and caviar dreams. For cultural events, of course, we’ve got Lunar New Year in the middle of the month, with different fascinating activities happening in and around Boston!
Of course, first thing’s first: deja vu! Yes, as usual this time of year, your favorite sports dynasty has again found themselves on the cusp of another possible championship. What’s that? You...hate the Patriots? Well, friends--have it your way. Perhaps you can route for their downfall at one of these fine, family-friendly establishments, as the New England Patriots take on the spirited underdogs, the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, February 4th!
If the NFL is not your sport of choice, well, every other sport in Boston seems to have heated up lately--the Boston Celtics back in contention for NBA domination, the NHL’s Boston Bruins are carving up the ice quite furiously these days. For something more local, why not catch some of the Boston Beanpot Hockey Tournament? Some of our legendary collegiate rivals will struggle for the title at TD Garden on February 5th and 12th.
Another way to heat up winter in Beantown? Try the kitchen! One of the city’s most esteemed chefs, Ana Sortun of Sofra, will teach you how to spice up your kitchen with some of her much loved Mediterranean-inspired dishes, like spiced-lamb and turkish cacik--and did we mention Valentine’s DAy is coming? You should probably up your kitchen game to include some of pastry sous-chef Alex Artinian’s confections, which he’ll be teaching on February 12th!
It may be a bit too cold to set sail, and perhaps you may be a bit light in the pocket to splurge on a new yacht...Fear not, friends! Join us down at the Boston Convention Center as they host the spectacular Sailfest: New England Boat Show from February 10th through the 18th. You really won’t believe what kind of luxury you can cram onto a floating vessel--later in the month, the Boat Show’s sort of companion piece, the equally as opulent New England Home Show, will take place from the 23rd through 25th of the month, at the Seaport World Trade Center.
As we mentioned, Lunar New Years celebrations abound this time of year, including one at the Museum of Fine Arts, who will be open for FREE and include Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese cultural activities to welcome the Year of the Dog. Check out the details for this event on February 10th.
February brings plenty to the theater, the stage, the screen--and even the ice. Somewhere in between, you have Generation X’s gothic icon, Marilyn Manson, still shocking adoring audiences after all these years, at the House Of Blues on February 12th. For something a bit more wholesome and romantic--and of course, right in time for Valentine’s Day, you should head with your sweetheart to the Brattle Theater in Harvard Square. For some good old classic Bogie-Bergman romance (Bo-mance? Ber-mance? No? No.), you’ll always have Casablanca--or at least this Valentine’s Day,February 14th, you will. A tale of resistance, romance, and perhaps the most misquoted line in the history of cinema--this one does stand the test of time. On the 13th, you 90’s fanatics, and those on the search for a six-fingered villain, will no doubt love the Brattle’s presentation of the cult romance/fantasy/comedy classic, The Princess Bride.
Speaking of Valentine’s Day--there’s nothing more romantic than food (or maybe that’s just us--but we’re pretty sure it’s not), so make sure you check out the Valentine’s Day @ Boston Restaurants page at bostonchefs.com. If there’s sweeter than sharing a meal, it’s getting a good deal at one of Boston’s hotspots! And possibly desserts, desserts are probably as sweet as you can get here, folks, but we discussed this already.
Later in the month, there’s plenty more entertainment coming your way, fear not! Families in town for the winter break will love Disney on Ice @ TD Garden, from February 16th through the 25th, and if the kids want to get out on the ice themselves, take them down to the Boston Commons for the Children's Winter Festival on February 23rd, where they’ll have the chance to ice skate on the Frog Pond, sled, and take part in all kinds of other great, family-friendly activities.
For more on the film-frontier--and who doesn’t love to take advantage of our February weather to binge watch something?--check out Somerville’s Boston Science Fiction Film Festival, which includes an actual overnight marathon of some of the genre’s best and brightest new shorts and feature films.
Last, but certainly not least, Chinatown will hold their usual Lunar New Year celebration on February 25th with the usual lion dances, food stalls, musical performances, and more, to celebrate East Asia's biggest holiday
As you can see, yes, the weather may still be unpredictable this time of year, but there is truly something going on in February, regardless if you’re planning a date night on Valentine’s Day, a winter vacation holiday, or just you’re just finding yourself in the city and trying to stave off that invasive Cabin Fever!