The Boston Event Calendar for February 2016 includes Boston Beanpot hockey, the huge New England Boat Show, and Chinese New Year celebrations to welcome the Year of the Goat.
February brings 2 big holidays: Valentine's Day on February 14, and President's Day on February 16, with most schools in New England on winter vacation for the entire week of the 16th.
Weather during February can be a mix of snow and sunny days.
Embrace the wintry weather by ice skating on Frog Pond, skiing or snowboarding on a nearby slope, or walking around the city when freshly fallen snow turns it white and sparkling.
Inside, the theater season continues in full swing, concerts take place almost every night, and the Boston Bruins and Celtics attract crowds of fans to TD Garden.
Boston hotels continue to give you their cheapest discount rates of the year during February. This the perfect time to enjoy the city's world-class museums, restaurants, and concerts.
More to look forward to during February: the Boston Sci-Fi Film Festival.
Boston Events Each Month
With a cast of over 50 amazing performers, Disney on Ice: 100 Years of Magic is a spectacular performance on the ice at TD Garden that will leave you smiling. Your whole family will be mesmerized as the dancing and music bring all of your favorite Disney friends to life - be prepared to enjoy every moment!
When: February 12 - 21, 2016
RESCHEDULED: Chinese New Year Events - Lion Dance Parade & Chinatown Main Street Cultural Village
NEW SCHEDULE: Due to the extreme cold and wind last weekend, the Chinese New Year Parade and Chinatown Main Street Cultural Village are rescheduled to take place on February 21.
Chinese New Year officially starts on February 8 to welcome the Year of the Red Monkey.
One of the most popular Chinese New Year activities in Boston is the huge Chinese New Year Parade in Chinatown featuring Lion Dances, drums, and firecrackers - truly an awesome event!
When: Chinese New Year Parade and China Cultural Village are RESCHEDULED for Sunday, February 21; parade will start around 11am, although sometimes speeches take place first and the parade kicks off after they finish and usually lasts about 2 hours; Cultural Village runs from 12 noon to 3pm
Where: Parade takes place on Beach Street and other nearby streets in Chinatown, Boston; Cultural Village takes place at the the China Trade Building at the corner of Boylston and Washington Streets
Closest T station: Orange Line/Chinatown (or walk over from any Downtown Boston T station
Chinatown Main Street Cultural Village features free fun activities - calligraphy, dough characters, origami, balloons, and more! RESCHEDULED for Sunday, February 21, 12 noon - 3pm
Bruins February 2016 Home Game Schedule at the Garden
Get your Boston Bruins tickets for February home games, and head over to TD Garden for some fast action on the ice.
The Garden's convenient location next to North Station and close to Faneuil Marketplace makes it super-easy to get to.
Don't miss the chance to see Boston's hockey team, winner of 6 Stanley Cup championships!
Hotels near TD Garden
Where to Stay Near TD Garden
If you're coming to an event at the Garden, spend the night or the weekend at one of the nearby hotels, such as the glamorous Onyx (shown in photo), member of the highly-regarded Kimpton hotel family:
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Half-Price & Discount Tickets for Boston Events in February 2016
Why pay full price when you don't need to? Check for half-price and discount admission to many shows, tours, and other adventures through Goldstar Events:
- Dirty Disney @ Laugh Boston - Full price $20; Goldstar $10
- Sh*t-Faced Shakespeare: The Merchant of Venice @ Davis Square Theatre - Full price $25, Goldstar Comp -$15
- BadaBingo Murder Mystery Dinner Theater @ Elephant & Castle Pub and Restaurant - Full price $55; Goldstar $39
- The Wong Kids in the Secret of the Space Chupacabra GO @ Paramount Center Mainstage - Full price $35-$75; Goldstar $18-$20
- Great American Songbook: Music of Bob Dylan @ Berklee Performance Center - Full price $22; Goldstar $6
- Hot Chocolat Walking & Tasting Tour - Full price $55; Goldstar $28
- Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse
- Mary Poppins @ Wheelock Theatre - Full price $38, Goldstar price $19
- Sh*t-Faced Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night's Dream @ Laugh Boston - Full price $25, Goldstar price $15
- Boston Bruins @ TD Garden - Full price $96-$387, Goldstar price $75-$250
- Huzzah! Tavern Nights @ Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum - Full price $45; Goldstar $34
- Nick's Comedy Stop - Boston Theatre District - Full price $20, Goldstar $0 - $10
- The Donkey Show - Oberon, Cambridge - Full price $35; Goldstar $15
- Shear Madness at the Charles Playhouse - Full price $50; Goldstar $25 - $30
- Mainstage Show - Improv Asylum - Full price $22; Goldstar $11
Boston Theatre & Shows for February 2016
Pippin - Boston Opera House - February 2-14
Love Letters - Shubert Theatre tickets - February 2-7
Disney on Ice: 100 Years of Magic- TD Garden - February 12-21
Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles - Wang Center - February 26-27
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Champagne Dinner Dance & Valentine's Brunch
The Boston Wine Festival, underway from January through early April at the Boston Harbor Hotel, offers a special Champagne Dinner Dance on February 14 featuring live music, dancing, and incredible food matches with memorable Champagnes from Moet & Chandon.
Alternately, opt for Champagne, Creole dishes, and great Boston Harbor views at the Valentine/Jazz Brunch on Sunday, February 14.
Celtics Basketball at TD Garden - February 2016
The Celtics pack in plenty of excitement during home games throughout February over at the Garden.
February - Regular Season Schedule - Home Games
February 3 vs Detroit- 7:30pm
February 7 vs Sacremento- 1pm
February 10 vs Los Angeles- 7:30pm
February 25 vs Milwaukee- 7:30pm
February 27 vs Miami - 3pm
February 29 vs Utah - 7:30pm
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Where to Stay near TD Garden
Best Boston Tours for February, 2016
Here are a few fun Boston tours for February:
- Boston Brewery Tour - The weather outside may be cold, but you'll be warm inside as you sample 15-20 different beers and ciders and visit 3 popular Boston brewpubs and gastropubs during this fascinating insiders look at Boston's thriving craft beer scene Find out more
- Wrentham Outlet Village - A luxury coach takes you to Wrentham Village Premium Outlets where everyday discounts on designer and name brands let you save 25%-65%, and sometimes even more. A frer VIP coupon book gives you even bigger savings. Find out more
- Boston Super Saver: Cambridge, Lexington, & Concord Tour plus 2 Days on the Hop-On Hop-Off Boston Trolley - plus a Bonus Mapparium Visit - This wonderful tour takes you to see Revolutionary War and Civil War sites in the areas three most important historic towns and cities outside of Boston. Then explore Boston at your own pace on the hop-on hop-off trolley with stops at 16 key locations, and enjoy the dazzling stained-glass Mapparium. Find out more
Boston Concerts for February 2016
- Lunar New Year Concert - Berklee Performance Center - Feb 9
- Monterey Jazz Festival - Wilbur Theatre - Feb 9
- Il Volo - Wang Theatre - Feb 10
- Chippendales - House of Blues - Feb 10
- Vocalosity - Shubert Theatre - Feb 16
- Sister Hazel - Paradise Rock Club - Feb 17
- Josh Ritter - House of Blues - Feb 19
- 2 Cellos - Wang Theatre - Feb 20
- Ron Pope and the Nighthawks - Royale Boston - Feb 21
- Carrie Underwood, Easton Corbin & The Swon Brothers - TD Garden - Feb 23
- The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of The Goddesses - Symphony Hall - Feb 23
- Leon Russell & Dave Mason - Wilbur Theatre - Feb 24
- Janet Jackson - TD Garden - Feb 26
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Cooking Classes for February 2016
Best way to chase away the winter blues: take a cooking class from some of Boston's top chefs, and sample the results:
- Sofra's Bakery & Cafe - Award-winning Chefs Ana Sortun and other instructors from Oleana, Sofra, and Sarma conduct almost-weekly cooking classes/demonstrations at 6:30pm at Sofra (1 Belmont Street, Cambridge). In addition to yummy samples including wine pairings of everything the chefs demonstrate, you get a recipe book to take home with you. Fees for the 3 hour classes vary, but generally are around $117.
On offer this month: February 1, Classic Turkish Cuisine; February 8, Winter Cooking with Ana - Pantry Essentials; February 15, All about Chocolate
More information: http://sofrabakery.com/classes
Black History Month in Boston: Events, Tours, Concerts, Celebrations
Events celebrating Black History Month and commemorating the important contributions of African Americans to Boston (and America) take place throughout the month of February. Here are several you should not miss:
- African American Patriots Tour - Conducted by costumed guides, the Freedom Trail Foundation offers these special tours at 12:45 on Saturdays and Sundays throughout February. You'll hear stories about famous Revolutionary Crispus Atticus (that's a reenactor portraying him in the photo at the left), writer Phillis Wheatley, and many more. Tours depart from the Visitor Information Center on Boston Common; see the Freedom Trail Foundation's website for details and ticket information.
- Freedom Rising - This celebration of African American literature will be on display from January - May, 2016 at the Museum of African American History in Beacon Hill.
- Black Heritage Trail - Explore the heart of Abolitionist Boston in this self-guided tour of 14 sites in Beacon Hill, then home to Boston's Free Black community and numerous stops along the Underground Railroad. Pick up a map at the Museum of African American History, and head over to the Robert Gould Shaw Memorial on Beacon Street to begin your tour. Park Service Rangers conduct free tours of the Black Heritage Trail from early May through Labor Day. You can find more information about the tours and download the tour map from the National Park Service website - here is the direct url: http://www.nps.gov/boaf/planyourvisit/things2do.htm
- Boston Black - This permanent exhibit at the Children's Museum highlights contemporary Boston's diverse African heritage and Black communities and culture.
- Gospel & Blues Concert - John Liner and the Family, a unique and talented band from Berklee College of Music plays soulful renditions of blues and gospel in honor of Black History Month in this free concert (suggested donation $7) at Villa Victoria Center for the Arts (85 W. Newton Street, Boston's South End neighborhood) on February 12, 6:30-8pm. More info: 617-927-1737
MFA Lunar New Year - Free Admission
Lunar New Year Celebration - Museum of Fine Arts - February 6, 2016, 10am
- Celebrate the Year of the Monkey with free admission to Boston's MFA on February 6, and plenty of fun family activities all day to mark the Lunar New Year.
Explore Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese traditions, and enjoy activities and performances including a Lion and Dragon Dance. Special events include demonstrations of Gong-Fu (Chinese Martial Arts), Saebae (Korean ceremony), and meditation.
Extra-special this year: the MFA's new display of art from the exciting Song Dynasty (960-1279)
Can't come on the 6th? You can get free admission on other days if you have a valid Boston Discount Card.
Valentine's Day Weekend 2016
When: Friday through Sunday, February 12-14
Valentine's Day is big in Boston, with lots of different ways and places to celebrate all weekend.
Here's a quick cheat sheet for planning a celebration to remember:
1. Check out all the different Valentines Day events and celebrations going on in Boston. Find out more
2. Book a night or two in a Boston hotel for a romantic weekend in the city. Find out which Boston hotels are offering special Valentine's Day packages
3. Save money for flowers and chocolates by getting half-price or discount tickets from Goldstar for a fun event:
- CupidCon Pub Crawl @ Mija Cantina and Tequila Bar - Full price $10, Goldstar price $5
- Disney on Ice @ TD Garden - Full price $27-$37; Goldstar $20-$27
- Acoustica Electronica @ Oberon - Full price $25-$55, Goldstar price $12-$40
- Nick's Comedy Stop - Boston Theatre District
- The Donkey Show - Oberon, Cambridge
- Shear Madness at the Charles Playhouse
- Monster Jam @ DCU Center in Worcester - Full price $27-$40; Goldstar $14-$20
- Sh*t-Faced Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night's Dream @ Laugh Boston - Full price $25, Goldstar price $15
Boston Pride - Women's Professional Hockey Schedule - 2016
Boston Pride, women's professional hockey team, plays only 1home game during February at Bright-Landry Hockey Center (65 North Harvard Street, Boston) at Harvard University - so don't miss it!
Tickets are $20 and you can get them here: http://nwhl.co/tickets-pride
Here's the home game schedule for February:
February 14 vs Connecticut Whale - 3:00pm (Sunday)
Boston Beanpot Hockey 2016 - TD Garden
When: February 1 and 8
Week 1: Monday, February 1
- 5pm - Boston College vs Harvard
- 8pm - Boston University vs Northeastern
Week 2: Monday, February 8
- 4:30pm - Consolation Game starring Week 1 losers
- 7:30pm - Championship Game starring Week 1 winners
Where: TD Garden, Boston
Closest T station: Orange and Green Line/North Station
Parking: Garages near TD Garden
Find best seats: Find Beanpot tickets
In the legendary Boston Beanpot rivalry, teams from Boston's 4 major hockey schools battle on the ice during the first two Monday nights in February to determine who's the best.
Here's how it works: Week 1 features 2 games, as the teams pair off against each other. In Week 2, winners battle each other for the championship and #2 slot, while the losers play each other to see who will be in 3rd place.
How do the schools stack up? Here are the number of Boston Beanpot Hockey Championships won by each team during the 64 years since the tournament began in 1952:
- Boston University - 30 Championships
- Boston College - 18 Championships
- Harvard - 10 Championships
- Northeastern University - 4 Championships
Boston University won in last year, breaking BC's 5-year winning streak...who will triumph in 2016?
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Boston Sci-Fi Film Festival - 2016
When: February 5 - 15, 2016 ("The 'Thon" runs from noon on the 14th through noon on the 15th)
Where: Somerville Theatre, Davis Square, Somerville
Closest T (subway) station: Red Line/Davis
Parking: Forget parking around Davis Square. If you must drive, park at the Alewife parking garage in Cambridge, only 1 T stop away from Davis Square
Cost: Single ticket prices TBD ($8 last year); $65 for fanatics attending the "24-hour 'Thon'"; $125 for 11-day Festival
More information: www.bostonsci-fi.com
The 41st annual Boston Sci-Fi Festival features 11 days of features and shorts from all over the world, plus a 24-hour marathon, "The 'Thon," that separates mere fans from committed fanatics on the final day of the fest. Can you sit through 1,440 minutes of sci-fi classics, premiers, cartoons, and more? The 'Thon is not for the faint-hearted!
If you're coming to the Sci-Fi Film Festival from out of town, you'll find the most convenient hotel options close to the Red Line of Boston's subway in Cambridge.
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Boston Art Shows - February 2016
Museum of Fine Arts
Stop by MFA during February to the wonderful work of premier fashion illustrator Kenneth Paul Block (1925-2009) at Museum of Fine Arts (runs through August 14, 2016).
Block's work appeared in Women's Wear Daily and W Magazine, and featured real people such as Jacqueline Kennedy, Babe Paley, and Gloria Guinness. The 30 works in the show span Block's career from the 1950s into the 1990s.
Museum admission: $25/adult; free entrance with GoBoston or Boston CityPASS discount card
College Nights at Frog Pond - 2016
Head over to Frog Pond every Tuesday Night (except for major holidays, and school breaks / vacations) from 6pm - 9pm for College Nights. Show your current college ID and get half-price admission (bring your own skates or rent them at the rink) - it's the best Cheap Date in Boston!
When: Mid-November through mid-March (but not during school breaks or vacations), depending on the weather
Where: Frog Pond, Boston Common
Closest T station: Red & Green Line/Park St
Lunar New Year Celebration - Peabody Essex Museum, 2016
2016 welcomes the Year of the Monkey in the Lunar Calendar, and the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem celebrates the New Year with a family fun day filled with performances such as Lion Dances, drumming, and music, storytelling, ribbon dances, crafts, and a chance to explore the museum's rich collection of Asian art and the Yin Yu Tang house acquired from China. Perfect for children, teens, and adults.
When: Saturday, February 13, 10am - 4pm
Cost: Free, with museum admission - adults $18, seniors $15, Students $10, Youth (16 and under) and Salem Mass residents admitted free; or get free admission with GoBoston card
Where: Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex Street, Salem, MA
More information: 978-745-9500
Stay: Enjoy a night in a Salem hotel and have another day to explore Salem's witch museums, the House of the Seven Gables, and other attractions
Bugs Bunny Film Festival - 2016
Just in time for school vacation week (in case you need an excuse), Brattle Theatre in Cambridge will their 21st Annual Bugs Bunny Film Festival. The festival features 3 different programs:
- All Bugs Revue
- Daffy Duck & Friends
- Looney Tunes Review
Even if you're not a Bugs Bunny fan, there's plenty more to love at the Brattle during this same time period - don't miss 1984 on Feb 19, The Princess Bride on Feb. 13-14 (just in time for Valentine's Day), and Trash Night on Feb 16.
New England Home Show at Seaport World Trade Center
When: February 26-28, 2016
Where: Seaport World Trade Center, South Boston Waterfront
Stay: South Boston Waterfront Hotels
Admission: Adults, $12 (kids 17 and under free)
More information: Home Show website
If home remodeling or building is in your future, this is your chance to see hundreds of products and services exhibited in one convenient space, talk to the experts, and collect business cards and brochures for follow-up.
Enjoy the mouth-watering Chef Fest and demonstrations by experts at this year's Furniture Project, where you can meet the craftspeople behind New England's finest locally-made furniture.
Throught the show, you can expect to find everything from green energy options to outdoor furniture to fixtures, cabinets, appliances, flooring, windows, and more.
Winter Break Week in Boston
When public schools through New England close for a week's holiday in February, Boston is the most popular destination.
Hotels offer their lowest rates for the year during the winter months, you'll find plenty of winter outdoor activities, lots of shows and performances, museums, shopping, and more. Find our recommendations for what to do in Boston during winter break week.
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To make your Valentine's Day celebration extra-special by staying over in the city, check out the super savings packages offered by many of Boston's top hotels.
Opt for the "Lovers Rock" Valentine's Day package at Verb Hotel, "Be Mine in Beantown" at The Boxer, the "Romance Package" special at the Revere Boston, or the "Boston is for Lovers" package at the Midtown Boston Hotel - plus many more!
Boston Wine Expo - 2016
When: February 13-14 (perfect for a Valentine's Day date!)
Where: Seaport World Trade Center and Seaport Hotel (look for special Wine Expo rates), 164 Northern Ave, South Boston Waterfront
Closest T station: Silver Line to World Trade Center (Seaport Hotel)
Tickets: Seminar-only tickets start at $25, and wine tasting tickets start at $89
Must be: 21+
Visitors from across the U.S. and around the world gather annually for Boston's biggest wine-tasting event - in fact, the largest consumer and trade wine event in the United States.
Choose tasting samples from among 2,000 wines from 200 international wineries, and watch cooking demos by local celebrity chefs such as Daniel Bruce, Rachael Klein, Michael Lombardi, Chris Coombs, Barbara Lynch, Karen Mitchell, Ming Tsai, and lots more!
Seminars by wine experts cover a wide range of wine and other topics, including how to select the perfect cheeses for pairing, and a special presentation on New England cider and Vermont artisanal cheeses.
SailFest: New England Boat Show 2016
When: February 13-21
Where: Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, 415 Summer Street, South Boston Waterfront
Closest T station: Silver Line from Red Line/South Station
Stay: South Boston Waterfront Hotels
Cost: $15 adults, Children 15 and younger free (when accompanied by adult); cash only accepted for ticket purchases at the show (ATM in lobby)
More information: Boat Show website
New England's biggest boating event has something for everyone, and is bigger than ever this year. Check out all 250+ exhibits, attend free hands-on docking and line-handling demos, and find out everything you need to know about owningand enjoying a boat.
Stay in nearby hotels, and enjoy Boston Harbor views from the top floors:
- Westin Boston Waterfront - Closest to the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, connected to it by a skywalk.
- Seaport Hotel - Just a block or two away from the BCEC.
- Renaissance Boston Hotel - Also a block or two away from BCEC.
Get a head start on the season - check out best places for sailing lessons in Boston
Opera Night at the Boston Public Library - 2016
When: February 25, 6-7pm
Where: Boston Public Library, Copley Square, Boston's Back Bay neighborhood
Closest T station: Green Line/Copley
For more information: website
Don't miss the Boston Lyric Opera's special 1-hour presentation at BPL about their production of Jules Massenet's bittersweet romance, Werther. BLO Music Director and Conductor David Angus provides insights about this beautiful opera, along with live selections by Boston Lyric Opera Artists.
Be sure to also check out BLO's exciting production: Jules Massenet's Werther - March 11-20, 2016
Weekly Noon Concerts on the Freedom Trail
When: February 2 - and every Tuesday throughout the year at 12:15pm
Where: King's Chapel on Boston's Freedom Trail
Closest T station: Red and Green Lines/Park Street
Cost: Suggested donation of $3 at the door; your donations are given to the performers
If you're touring the Freedom Trail on a Tuesday, drop by King's Chapel at noon to hear a 35-minute concert. Performers vary each week, and perform a wide variety of music ranging from jazz to folk, medieval to modern. Particularly special are those featuring King's Chapel's renowned C.B. Fisk organ.
For example, concerts this month include:
- February 2 - Works by Bach, Kurtag, Hoffmeister on viola and flute
- February 9 - A selection of Early, Folk, and Classical Music
- February 16 - Bach, Rachmaninov, rheinberger, Joplin on violin and organ
- February 23 - Irish favorites
King's Chapel's music programs date back to 1713 when it became the first church in New England to get an organ. The current C.B. Fisk organ is its sixth.