Boston Event Calendar - January 2014

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 2014 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! 

The 2014 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships give everyone reason to love the ice.

Watch the L Street Brownies kick off 2014 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 2014 official holidays in Boston : 

  • New Year Day - January 1
  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day - January 21

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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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Thurday, January 2 vs Predators - 7:00pm
Saturday, January 4 vs Jets - 1:00pm
Tuesday, January 14 vs Maple Leafs - 7:00pm
Monday, January 20 vs Kings - 1:00pm
Teusday, January 28 vs Panthers - 7:00pm
Thursday, January 30 vs Canadiens - 7:00pm


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Celtics Schedule at the Garden

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

Friday, January 3 vs New Orleans - 7:30pm
Monday, January 13 vs Houston - 7:30pm
Wednesday, January 15 vs Toronto - 7:30pm
Friday, January 17 vs Los Angeles - 7:30pm
Friday, January 24 vs Oklahoma City - 7:30pm
Sunday, January 26 vs Brooklyn - 6:30pm
Wednesday, January 29 vs Philadelphia - 7:30pm


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
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Forget those New Year's Resolutions . . .

Boston Cooking Classes. . . and sign up for these special culinary classes for January and beyond:

- 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). 

Questions?  Contact for more information

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Half-price theater and comedy 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.

- Venus in Fur at the Boston University Theatre
- AcousticaElectronica: Dancy Party Show at the Oberon Theatre in Cambridge
- Boston Baroque Rings in the New Year with Bach - Sanders Theatre
- The Wingman - a night of "uncouth comedy" at West End Johnnie's
- Boston's Best Comics at Dick Doherty's Comedy Den - Boston
- Comedic Fantasy Insignificance - Central Square Theatre, Boston
- Hairspray at Wheelock Family Theatre
- The Color Purple @ Calderwood Pavilion, Boston Center for the Arts
- Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse
- Brunch, lunch, and dinner cruises on the Odyssey

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Winter Trails Day at Weston Ski Track near Boston

Boston Celtic Music FestivalWinter Trails Day, on Saturday, January 11, 2014 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 if you want to spend a longer time on the trails.

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


Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebrations in Boston

Photo of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a national holiday celebrated on the 3rd Monday in January - January 20th in 2014 - 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 20, 2014.  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 20 in BU's George Shermon Union (775 Commonwealth Ave).  The 2014 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).

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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Tosca at Sanders Theatre

Tosca at Sanders Theatre - BYS The Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra presents Tosca at 3pm on Sunday, January 19 at Sanders Theatre on the Harvard campus in Cambridge.  In this semi-staged production, Puccini's soaring arias provide a lyrical focus for this melodrama about torture, murder, and suicide set in Rome in 1800.  Children under 10 not admitted.

Tickets:  $30-$40; children under 10 not admitted.  Call 617-496-2222 to order tickets.


Boston Art Shows - January 2014

Japanese Printmaking at MFA in BostonThe Creative Process in Modern Japanese Printmaking at the Museum of Fine Arts looks at printmaking as a technique as well as a fine art form as it explores how Japanese artists stretch the woodblock process to go capture the content of their imaginations.

The show runs through February 13, 2014 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 BostonChristina Ramberg, a late 20th century American artist who died at 49 in 1995, is the focus of this exhibit at ICA Boston, which focuses on her paintings made between 1971 and 1981 exploring the mutable forms, identities, and transformations of the female body.   

The show runs through March 2, 2014 at ICA Boston, on the South Boston Waterfront. 

Admission: $15 adults; free entrance with GoBoston card


Boston Concerts during January 2014

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College Nights at Frog Pond - 2014

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

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Boston Wine Festival 2014

Boston Wine FestivalWhen:  Friday, January 10 - Special Opening Celebration celebrating 25th anniversary of this epic Boston wine festival - sample more than 50 wines from the many wineries featured this year - Boston Wine Festival continues through early April
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

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Twenty five years ago, Chef Daniel Bruce of the famed 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
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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 Jake Bugg (Jan 11), Disclosure (Jan 16), Datsik (Jan 17), Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue (Jan 18), Savoy (Jan 23), Lotus (Jan 24), Panic at the Disco (Jan 30), and Aer (Jan 31). 

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Boston Celtic Music Festival - 2014

Boston Celtic Music FestivalBoston's Celtic Music Festival on January 10-11, 2014, brings together over 100 musicians in a 2-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 $12 - $28; special pricing for children for some events
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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.  An Irish band usually plays until they also jump in the water.  A large crowd of friends and onlookers cheer them 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, 2014 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

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

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


Boston Baroque First Day Concert

Boston BaroqueBoston Baroque welcomes the New Year with a thrilling performance of J.S. Bach's Brandenburg Concertos No. 3 and No. 4 featuring Soprano Kristen Watson, Tenor Matthew Anderson, and Baritone Andrew Garland.  Celebrate with complimentary champagne and chocolates during intermission. 

When:  January 1, 2014, 3pm (also December 31, 2013 at 8pm)
Where:   Sanders Theatre, Harvard University
Parking:  Nearby, free
Tickets and more informationwebsite;  check Goldstar for possible half-price tickets

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2014 U.S. Figure Skating Championships

U.S. 2014 Figure Skating Championships in Boston For the 7th time in history, U.S. Figure Skating brings the 2014 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championship to Boston's TD Garden and the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center from January 5-12.  The Skating Club of Boston will cohost the event. 

This is the nation's most prestigious figure skating event, with Massachusetts' own Nancy Kerrigan and Todd Eldredge among the past winners.  Champions will be crowned in 20 events, the final qualifying point prior to selection of the U.S. Olympic Figure Skating Team for the February 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.

Tickets start as low as $10 - Don't miss this exciting event!

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Photo of Marissa Castelli and Simon Scnapir, 2013 Pairs Champions, courtesy of Jamie Hull via CC-BY-SA-3.0 (



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


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