Spring is in the air...well, almost!
It’s March in Boston! Spring is almost kind of in the air, and everything is coming up green, regardless of whether or not that giant rodent in Pennsylvania saw his shadow last month. Sure, any stoic Bostonian knows not to put away the snow shovels just yet, but one thing is certain—its time to paint the town green, and kick off that big party down in Southie. Don’t miss the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday, March 20th at 1:00 PM, for a true glimpse of South Boston’s proud and storied Irish American community, with its boisterous celebrations that play like a Fat Tuesday parade in green. To join in on the fun, take the Red Line down to Broadway in Southie, so you can concentrate on safely celebrating your newly found Irish pride, and not worry about driving. In the days leading up to the festivities (March 16th- March 18th). You can get a head-start over at the House of Blues on Lansdowne Street, by singing along with local legends the Dropkick Murphys as they tear up the stage with their raucous brand of hard rock, peppered with traditional Irish musicality. Watching the Dropkicks belt out “Shipping Up to Boston” on St. Patty’s Day weekend, across from the house that Ruth built, Fenway Park—I don’t think your weekend could get anymore “Bawstin” unless Ben Affleck and Matt Damon were handing out bottles of Sam Adams at the door, or you were to get beaned in the parking lot by a stray home run ball from David “Big Papi” Ortiz’s bat. Unfortunately for you, that’ll have to wait until opening day in April…
Beyond that churning sea of green shirts and floppy Leprechaun hats, there’s actually quite a lot going on this month, folks. The city has got some big events planned for food lovers, like the beloved Dine Out Boston (formerly “Restaurant Week”), where some of the city’s best dining institutions offer up promotional, fixed-priced lunches and dinners for a real bargain—don’t miss the special menus at places like the North End’s Bacco, where you can gorge yourself on 3 courses of goodies like spicy calamari, butternut squash ravioli, and cannoli or tiramisu, among a long list of regional Italian specialties. These enticing offers will be running from March 6th - March 11th, and again from the 13th - the 18th. At the “Castle” @ Park Plaza, be sure to grab a ticket for another edible event, showcasing everybody’s favorite things ever (okay, maybe that’s just an opinion), the Bourbon and Bacon Fest, on March 12th. I’m not sure what else you need to know, aside from the fact that copious amounts of sweet, smooth bourbon and smoky, salty bacon are going to be there, for your enjoyment.
March also sees a bevy of world class touring acts, making their obligatory beantown appearances. On March 6th, don’t miss rock’s original mod gods, The Who, as they bring their 50th anniversary tour to Boston’s TD Garden. Yep, that’s 50 years of eardrum punishing, guitar-smashing goodness, though I’m guessing they may have toned it down a bit these days—but I hear the kids are still alright. Later this month, pop-blues icon Bonnie Raitt will be taking the stage at the Orpheum Theater on March 29th. Aside from big name musical acts, let’s not forget that this city is a known breeding ground for comedic talent, so its no surprise to find folks like funnyman Bob Saget gracing the stage of the Wilbur Theater on March 4th. Just don’t come expecting Full House’s “Danny Tanner” or Saget’s family-safe “America’s Funniest Home Videos” material—no, this guy can get a little twisted, with humor blue enough to make the Blue Man Group blush. Speaking of the those strange Blue Men, you can catch their colorful, theatrical antics over at the Charles Playhouse, in the midst of their 2016 performance season. And speaking of quirky costumes, if cosplay conventions are your thing, you can head to the Hynes Convention Center in Back Bay, from March 25th through March 27th, to unleash your inner otaku at the Anime Boston Convention—the biggest of its kind in the northeast, featuring famed artists, voice actors, and industry workshops.
Last, but certainly not least, Boston welcomes the Big Apple Circus, as it makes a stop in Boston as part of their Grand Tour. This dazzling cast of international performers will be setting up shop from March 24th through May 8th, right in City Hall Plaza! I wonder if the big top circus tents are big enough to block out City Hall—voted world’s ugliest building in 2008—and hey, we’re not going to argue with that title. Take the Green Line to Government Center, assuming the ongoing renovations to the station are completed on time. The T…on time… on second thought, taking the Orange Line to State Street is a convenient backup plan. Like all good things, our beautiful city is still a work in progress!