Check the Boston Event Calendar for January 2015 for the fun things to do in the city - indoors and outdoors!
Yes, Boston's January weather can be cold - so you have to embrace it!
Watch the L Street Brownies kick off 2015 with their annual Polar Plunge - or treat yourself to a New Year's Day Brunch.
Join commemorations of former Boston University student (and renowned civil rights leader) Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., savor wine and food pairings at the renowned Boston Wine Festival, cheer at a Celtics or Bruins game, and don't miss the Boston Celtic Music Festival.
Many Boston hotels give you their cheapest discount rates of the year during January. With so much going on in the city, January is the perfect time to enjoy world-class music, museums, sports, restaurants, and more.
With ice skating and sledding on Boston Common if we do get snow, plus plenty of indoor warmth in our welcoming Irish pubs, historic taverns, and superb restaurants, you'll find a city filled with excitement, fun, good food, and cheer.
January 2015 official holidays in Boston :
Are they crazy . . . or just incredibly fit and brave?
Ever since 1904, the L Street Brownies celebrate the New Year by plunging into the icy waters of Dorchester Bay and raising money for local charities. If you're visiting Boston and want to have a true "insider" experience of our real culture - head to Carson Beach/L Street Beach for this famous Boston event on January 1.
Between about 500 and 1,000 swimmers participate in the New Year event. Irish bagpipers usually play until they also jump in the water. A large crowd of friends and onlookers cheer the swimmers on while passing around towels, vitamin C, and flasks.
Many of the L Street Brownies, a polar bear swim club formed in 1902 and named after the L Street Bathhouse in South Boston, swim here daily throughout the year. Although most members appear to be 50-something or younger, a number are in their 80s and 90s and attribute their strong immune systems to the daily exercise and icy water.
When: Wednesday, January 1, 2015 at 9:30am (Registration for those making the plunge starts at 8am)
Where: L Street Bathhouse at Curley Community Center (617-635-5104), 1663 Columbia Road, Carson Beach, South Boston
Closest T station: Red Line/JFK-UMass Station; walk half a mile to the Curley Community Center. Alternately, take the T Red Line to Broadway Station and transfer to the #9 or #11 City Point bus.
Note: MBTA subway and buses run on a holiday schedule in New Year's Day; expect more of a wait than usual
Parking: Available along Day Blvd
When: Tuesday, January 1
So, you partied all night to greet the New Year and slept until noon . . . but now you're awake and starving!
What Boston restaurants serve New Year's Day brunch?
Fortunately, more than you might imagine:
Be sure to make advance reservations, as lots of Boston locals as well as visitors go out for brunch on New Year's Day to get a good start on the New Year.
Start the New Year off right by going to see the Boston Bruins on the ice at Boston's TD Garden
Saturday, January 3 vs Senators - 1:00pm
Thursday, January 8 vs Devils - 7:00pm
Tuesday, January 13 vs Lightening - 7:00pm
Thursday, January 15 vs Rangers - 7:00pm
Saturday, January 17 vs Blue Jackets- 7:00pm
Saturday, January 31 vs Kings - 7:00pm
The Celtics pack in plenty of excitement during home games throughout December over at the Garden.
Friday, January 2 vs Dallas Mavericks - 7:30pm
Monday, January 5 vs Charlotte Hornets - 7:30pm
Monday, January 12 vs New Orleans Pelicans - 7:30pm
Wednesday, January 14 vs Atlanta Hawks - 8pm
Friday, January 16 vs Chicago Bulls - 7:30pm
Friday, January 30 vs Houston Rockets - 7:30pm
. . . and sign up for these special culinary classes for January and beyond (note: these classes are from last year - 2015 info will be available soon):
- Sofra's Winter Cooking Classes - Award-winning Chefs Ana Sortun and other instructors from Oliean, 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.
On offer this month: January 13, Roots (tasty ways to cook root veggies) ($110); January 27, Getting to Know Your Knives (and taste a feast prepared with knives) ($110).
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Half price tickets usually start becoming available 3-4 weeks before an event, so check back for updates.
- The Teaseday Club - Davis Square Theatre, Somerville
- Boston Baroque Rings in the New Year with Mozart, Chocolates, & Champagne - Sanders Theatre
- Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse
- Brunch, lunch, and dinner cruises on the Odyssey
Weston Ski Track, located only 30 minutes west of Boston, offers free snowshoe events between 9am and 2pm. You get a free snowshoeing trail pass, free snowshoe demos, and a free guided tour. Although some free snowshoes are available, they can only be used for 15-20 minutes per person in order to give everyone a chance to try them, but you can rent snowshoes and a pole at the regular rate of $13 ($7-$10 for kids & teens) if you want to spend a longer time on the trails.
More information: www.skiboston.com
More places to ski near Boston: Read our Guide to Massachusetts Ski Areas
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a national holiday celebrated on the 3rd Monday in January - January 19th in 2015 - to commemorate Dr. King's role in ensuring civil rights, peace, and equality in America. Dr. King lived in Boston for several years while he studied at Harvard and Boston University, where he received his Ph.D. in systematic theology in 1955.
Although numerous events take place around Boston to honor Dr. King, one of the biggest is at Faneuil Hall on Boston's Freedom Trail at 1pm on Monday, January 19, 2015. This event features a tribute by the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra's Intensive Community Program of talented young musicians, and readings and tributes by distinguished guests. More information: http://www.afroammuseum.org/events.htm
Visit the Free at Last sculpture (shown in the above photo) honoring Dr. King in front of Marsh Chapel at Boston University, where he studied from 1951-55. Then attend BU's annual Commemoration of MLK Day (another of the city's biggest MLK Day events) at 1pm on January 19 in BU's George Shermon Union (775 Commonwealth Ave). The 2015 event will include readings, talks, and dramatic pieces that reflect on the power of words to empower social justice and civil rights. More info: 617-353-4126 (Dean of Student's office).
Martin Luther King Jr Day of Service - Honor Dr. King's memory by participating in this event to make a better America by volunteering, part of the United We Serve initiative. Find more details on mlkday.gov
Visit Boston's Museum of African American History in Beacon Hill and walk along the Black Heritage Trail (the Museum is an excellent starting point). The museum will also host their Annual Tribute Concert to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on January 19 - time to be announced later (more info: 617-725-0022 x22)
Enjoy free admission on MLK Day at the Museum of Fine Arts, plus films, performances, and art activities to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr Day.
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The Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra presents Un Ballo in Maschera at 3pm on Sunday, January 18 at Sanders Theatre on the Harvard campus in Cambridge. In this semi-staged production, Verdi's soaring arias provide a lyrical focus for this melodrama about intrigue, love, jealousy, and betrayal.
Tickets: $30-$45; children under 5 not admitted and recommended ages 10 and older due to the 3+ hours length. Call the Sanders Theatre Box Office at 617-496-2222 to order tickets.
Court Ladies or Pin-Up Girls at the Museum of Fine Arts explores the various images of women in Chinese art from the 11th through the 20th century, and includes paintings, prints, poster, and photographs from many different regions in China.
The show runs through July 19, 2015 at the Museum of Fine Arts, in Boston's Fenway neighborhood.
Museum (and show) admission: $25 adults; free entrance with Boston Discount Cards (GoBoston card and Boston CityPASS)
Adriana Varajão, a leading Brazilian artist, presents her first solo museum show in the US at the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston. In this show, she uses a series of self-portraits and color wheels to explore the complexities of skin color and mixed-race identity in post-colonial multicultural Brazil.
The show runs through April 5, 2015 at ICA Boston, on the South Boston Waterfront.
Admission: $15 adults; free entrance with GoBoston card
Photo courtesy Paula Poundstone
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Head over to Frog Pond every Tuesday Night (except for major holidays) from 6pm - 9pm for College Nights. Show your current college ID and get half-price admission for $2 - it's the best cheap date in Boston!
When: Through mid-March (depending on the weather)
Where: Frog Pond, Boston Common
Closest T station: Red & Green Line/Park St
When: Friday, January 9 - Special Opening Celebration celebrating 26th anniversary of this epic Boston wine festival. Sample more than 50 wines from the many wineries featured this year, and enjoy seminars, receptions, and brunches as well as the world-famous dinners. Boston Wine Festival continues through March 27
Where: Meritage, Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston Waterfront
Closest T station: Red Line/South Station
Cost: Tickets for dinner and wine range from about $145 - $290, depending on what's being served. Brunches start at $75
Almost 3 decades ago, Chef Daniel Bruce of Meritage Restaurant located in the luxurious Boston Harbor Hotel launched the Boston Wine Festival, now the longest-running and most famous food and wine event in the United States.
What is it about? For 3 months, Chef Bruce pairs some of the world's finest wines with his innovative cooking overlooking Boston's waterfront.
Chef Bruce, whose wine knowledge is exceptional even among Boston oenophiles, gathers bottles from the best boutique wineries around the world for events such as the Battle of the Cabernets, Super Tuscans, and Rising Pinots, as well as nightly dinners profiling the best from particular wineries or labels.
If you love excellent wine and superb food, this is a must-not-miss event.
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Chase the January blues away at House of Blues Boston near Fenway Park to hear an interesting mix of locally and nationally known indie musicians playing blues, jazz, R&B, and sometimes Gospel. January performers include Devil Makes Three (Jan 10), The Tragically Hip (Jan 24), August Burns Red & Mas May 1 (Jan 25), London Grammar (Jan 26), Ben Howard (Jan 27), and Dr. Dog (Jan 31).
Boston's Celtic Music Festival on January 9-11, 2015, brings together over 100 musicians in a 3-day event to spotlight Boston area Celtic musicians and singers. Expect to hear lots of Irish fiddle music, Scottish, Cape Breton, Quebecois, and even New England music as the musicians explore Celtic music from Europe to the New World.
The festival kicks off on Friday with a parade and concert at Club Passim in Harvard Square (yes, despite having "Boston" in its name, the festival actually takes place in Cambridge), and music and traditional dancing at the Atrium. Music continues throughout Saturday at several venues, ending in a rousing concert of music and dance on Saturday night.
Closest T station: Red Line/Harvard Square
Cost: Tickets required for various events, with prices ranging from $15 - $28
More info and full schedule: www.clubpassim.org
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Boston Baroque welcomes the New Year with a thrilling performance of Domenico Cimarosa's Il Maestro di Cappela and Mozart's Arias and Duets. Celebrate with complimentary champagne and chocolates during intermission.
When: January 1, 2015, 3pm (also December 31, 2014 at 8pm)
Where: Sanders Theatre, Harvard University
Parking: Nearby garage, free
Tickets and more information: website; check Goldstar for possible half-price tickets
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