Are you planning a day out in Boston? The city is as alive as ever this weekend. The holiday is over, but Boston is still celebrating something.
Check out this list and plan your weekend now.
At the Boston Wine & Food Festival, raise a glass.
Join other wine lovers and raise a glass to mark the start of the annual Boston Wine & Food Festival on Thursday. The nation’s longest-running wine and cuisine festival, which has been going strong for 34 years, is returning. Nick Daddona, the hotel’s sommelier, Nancy Bean, and executive chef David Daniels will be in charge.
One of Napa’s most famous wineries, Staglin Family Vineyard, will start the three-month festival with a special night on Thursday. Then, at the historic waterfront Boston Harbour Hotel, there will be an all-star lineup of small dinners hosted by winemakers, seminars, themed receptions, and celebratory brunches. Visit this page for a full schedule of activities.
Watch the BCC perform in Symphony Hall.
The 20th annual MLK tribute concert, “Becoming King,” by the Boston Children’s Chorus, will start at 4 p.m. on Monday. Members of the Boston Children’s Chorus will think about King’s life and legacy, especially his time studying philosophy in Boston.
Tickets for the concert, which can be purchased online, range in price from $15 to $75 and will be held at Symphony Hall.
Free exploration of the ICA
Monday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., will once again be a free admission day at the Institute of Contemporary Art. The exhibits that day include “To Begin Again: Artists and Childhood,” “Jordan Nassar: Fantasy and Truth,” and “Rose B. Simpson: Legacies.” On Monday, timed tickets will be accessible 24 hours before the event’s commencement.
Free access to close encounters with animals at the zoo
Spend some time outside with bears and reindeer at Stone Zoo in Stoneham or lions and tigers at Franklin Park Zoo in Boston. Both offer free entry on Monday in honour of Martin Luther King, Jr.
All year long, the zoos provide educational programming. Zoo New England gives a list of the animals that are most often seen at Franklin Park Zoo and Stone Zoo.
Free entrance to national parks in New England
Want to spend more time outside in the new year, but need help figuring out where to begin? On five days in 2023, including Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the National Park Service (NPS) will once again waive entrance fees for all National Parks. One hundred ten of the nation’s more than 400 national parks impose entrance fees ranging from $5 to $35.
Adams National Historical Park in Quincy ($15/person), Acadia National Park in Bar Harbour, Maine ($15/person, $30/vehicle), and Saint-Gaudens National Historical Park in Cornish, New Hampshire ($10/person), are three New England parks that typically charge admission but won’t on the five designated days.
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