Boston Event Calendar - January 2016

Best Things to Do in January in Boston

Boston Event Calendar January - Snow and Sledding on Boston Common
January scene:  Walking across the snow-covered footbridge in Boston's Public Garden

Check the Boston Event Calendar for January 2016 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 2016 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 2016 official holidays in Boston : 

  • New Year Day - January 1
  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day - January 18

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Quick Links:  Boston events calendars:  December   l   February  l  Other Months


Winter Classic 2016 at Gillette Stadium

NHL Winter Classic 2016 at Gillette StadiumIt's official - the National Hockey League has announced that the 2016 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic will feature the Boston Bruins and arch-rivals Montreal Canadiens in an historic game at Gillette Stadium on January 1, 2016.

This will be THE way to spend New Year's Day, 2016!

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And don't wait to reserve your hotel room near Gillette.

Closest is the spectacular Renaissance Hotel just steps away from the stadium.

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Bruins January Schedule at the Garden

New England Bruins schedule at TD Garden in BostonStart the New Year off right by going to see the Boston Bruins on the ice at Boston's TD Garden

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January 1 vs Montreal, 1pm - Winter Classic at Gillette Stadium
January 5 vs Washington, 7pm
January 16 vs Toronto, 7pm
January 21 vs Vancouver, 7pm
January 23 vs Columbus, 7pm
January 26 vs Anaheim, 7pm


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L Street Brownies Take Their Annual Plunge

South Boston's L Street Brownies on New Year's DayAre 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:  Friday, January 1, 2016 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
Cost:  Free

More about Carson Beach and L Street Beach


New Year's Day Brunch
(aka "Hangover Brunch")

Where to go for New Year's Day brunch in BostonWhen:  Friday, 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.


Boston Baroque First Day Concert 2016

Boston BaroqueBoston 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, 2016, 3pm
Where:   Sanders Theatre, Harvard University
Parking:  Nearby garage, free
Tickets and more informationwebsite;  check Goldstar for possible half-price tickets

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Celtics Schedule at the Garden - 2016

Boston Celtics schedule and discount ticketsThe Celtics pack in plenty of excitement during home games throughout December over at the Garden.

Tickets for Boston Celtics GamesBoston Celtics schedule for October 2011 home games

January 2 vs Brooklyn - 3pm
January 6 vs Detroit - 7:30pm
January 13 vs Indiana - 8pm
January 15 vs Phoenix - 7:30pm
January 22 vs Chicago - 7:30pm
January 27 vs Denver - 7:30pm
January 29 vs Orlando - 7:30pm

Check Goldstar for discount tickets (selected dates)


Hotels near TD Garden

Bulfinch Hotel, Boston MA Holiday Inn Express near TD Garden in Boston Millennium Bostonian Hotel Swimming pool at Marriott Long Wharf Hotel in Boston

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Park: Garages near TD Garden
Celebrate: Nightlife near Celtics Games


Best Boston Tours for January, 2016

Faneuil Hall Marketplace

Faneuil Hall Marketplace Tour- This fascinating tour lets you step back in time to learn about the market's central role in Boston's history, how it was built, and how it led to Boston's importance as an international trade center.  The free tour takes place on Sunday, January 3 at 11am (weather permitting) and lasts about an hour.  Meet your guide by Pulse Cafe on South Market Street.  Find out more

Forget those New Year's Resolutions . . .

Boston Cooking Classes. . . and sign up for these special culinary classes for January and beyond (note: they almost always fill up quickly - so sign up fast if you want to participate):

- Sofra's Winter Cooking Classes - Award-winning Chefs Ana Sortun and other instructors from Oleana, Sofra, and Sarma conduct almost-weekly cooking classes/demonstrations from 6:30pm-9pm at Sofra Bakery (1 Belmont Street, Cambridge).  In addition to yummy samples including wine pairings, you get a recipe book to take home with you.  

On offer this month:  January 19, Whole Grains and the Mighty Chickpea ($110); January 26, Love Affair with Chocolate (make something special for Valentine's Day!) ($85). 

Questions?  Contact for more information

Check out more cooking classes during February and March


Half-price & discount theater, comedy, & event tickets for January

Half-price Boston tickets for January

Half price tickets usually start becoming available 3-4 weeks before an event, so check back for updates.

- Disney on Ice: World of Fantasy - Verizon Wireless Arena, Manchester, NH
- Shear Madness at the Charles Playhouse
- Improv Asylum's Mainstage Show - Boston's North End
- Speakeasy Circus - OBERON in Cambridge
- Boston Celtics for home games at TD Garden
- Odyssey dinner cruise - Boston Harbor
- Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

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MFA:  Free Open House

Field of Flags - BostonWhen:  Monday, January 19 - Dr Martin Luther King Jr Day 2015

Where:  Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave, Fenway, Boston; 617-267-9300;

MFA will celebrate Dr King's legacy with special exhibitions and free admission on Dr Martin Luther King Jr Day.  

Look for family-friendly activities and special exhibits throughout the museum celebrating Dr King, who lived in Boston while studying at Harvard and BU.

Can't come on the 19th?  You can still get free admission if you have a Boston Discount Card.

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Winter Trails Day at Weston Ski Track near Boston

Boston Celtic Music FestivalWinter Trails Day, on Saturday, January 10, 2015 is a national event designed to introduce everyone to the fun of being outside during the winter on cross-country skis or snowshoes. 

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:

More places to ski near Boston:  Read our Guide to Massachusetts Ski Areas

More Winter Activities in Boston

Boston Pride - Women's Professional Hockey Schedule - 2016

Boston Pride - women's professional hockey team home game schedule

Boston Pride, women's professional hockey team, plays 3 home games during January at Bright-Landry Hockey Center (65 North Harvard Street, Boston) at Harvard University. 

Tickets are $20 and you can get them here:

Here's the home game schedule for January:

January 3 vs Buffalo Beauts - 3:00pm (Sunday)
January 10 vs New York Riveters - 3:00pm (Sunday)
January 17 vs Connecticut Whale- 3:00pm (Sunday)

Boston One-Minute Play Festival

Boston Playwrights' TheatreHere's your chance to see terrific theater from 50+ Boston area playrights - in two 2-night marathon series at the Boston One-Minute Play Festival!

Series A runs on Saturday and Sunday, January 3rd and 4th.  Series B runs on Monday and Tuesday, January 5th and 6th. The 4-day event benefits Boston Public Works, a Boston playwrights' collective and event co-sponsor, along with Boston Playwrights' Theatre.

Performances take place at the Boston Playwrights' Theatre at 949 Commonwealth Ave on the Boston University campus.  Performances start at 8pm.  Tickets cost $20 for each series.  Ticket information:


Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebrations in Boston 2016

Photo of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a national holiday celebrated on the 3rd Monday in January - January 18th in 2016 - 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 18 (date and time to be confirmed for 2016).  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:

More suggestions for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day:

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 18 (date and time to be confirmed for 2016) in BU's George Shermon Union (775 Commonwealth Ave).  The 2016 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

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 18 - 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.

See more about the Free at Last sculpture on BDG's War Memorials page

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Shen Yun 2016 at the Wang Center

Boston CelticsShen Yun Performing Arts brings their brand new show of spectacular Chinese music and dance back to Boston's Opera House on January 22-24.

With incredible costumes, a full orchestra featuring Chinese and Western instruments, talented dancers, and animated backdrops, this mesmerizing show spans 5,000 years of Chinese dynasties, legends, and regions, including ethnic and folk dances, martial arts, drums, and powerful vocalists.  You'll be dazzled by this unforgettable journey to the Middle Kingdom.

Find best seats and reserve your tickets now!


Patriots - Super Bowl!

NFL Playoff & Super Bowl TicketsWill the Patriots head to the Super Bowl again in 2016?

Too soon to tell ... but never too soon to start planning for Super Bowl Sunday.

- Find recommendations for how to celebrate Super Bowl in Boston


Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera ("The Masked Ball") at Sanders Theatre

The Masked Ball at Sanders Theatre - BYS 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.


Boston Art Shows - January 2015

MFA art show in JanuaryCourt 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)

ICA show in BostonAdriana 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


Boston Concerts during January 2015

Paula Poundstone at the Wilbur in Boston - More January Boston Concerts
Photo courtesy Paula Poundstone

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College Nights at Frog Pond - 2015

Ice skating at Boston's Frog Pond - Half price college nightsHead 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

More about Ice Skating in Boston



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Boston Wine Festival 2015

Boston Wine FestivalWhen:  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

More information

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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Music at House of Blues Boston

House of Blues BostonWhere:  House of Blues, Fenway, Boston
Closest T station: Green Line/Kenmore
If you drive:  Parking near House of Blues Boston

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). 

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Boston Celtic Music Festival - 2015

Boston Celtic Music FestivalBoston'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:

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Looking ahead to February


Quick Links:  Fun Boston Events Year Round!

Boston Events in January - Wine Festivals, Polar Bear Swim, New Year Brunch February Events in Boston - Valentines Day, Running of the Brides, Chinese New Year March Events in Boston - St Patricks Day Parade, Film Festivals, Restaurant Week April Events in Boston - Marathon, Patriots Day, Boston Garden Show Boston May Events - Memorial Day, Duckling Day Parade, Open Studios Boston June Events - Harborfest, Scooper Bowl, Dragon Boat Races
Boston Events in July - Fireworks, Harborfest, Shakespeare on the Common August Events in Boston - Shakespeare on the Common, Running of the Brides, Restaurant Week September Events in Boston - Labor Day, Fashion Week, BeanTown Jazz Festival October Events in Boston - Columbus Day Parade, Halloween, Head of the Charles Boston Thanksgiving Events - Thanksgiving, The Nutcracker, Black Friday Boston December Events - First Night, Holiday Pops, Black Nativity


January Events Posted by Others - Or Post Your Own

In addition to the January events described on this page, many other interesting events take place in and around Boston.

We hear about lots of these events directly from other visitors to Boston Discovery Guide, or from the event organizers.   Find a list of these events

Do you know about an event for January that other might enjoy?   Tell us about it here

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