Boston's Event Calendar for February 2023 kicks off with the festive Chinese New Year Lion Dance parade in Chinatown, and also includes the Boston Beanpot hockey tournament, a stellar lineup of shows in Boston's Theatre District, the ever-popular annual return of Disney on Ice during school vacation week, and the huge New England Boat Show.

On the concert stage, look for shows from top national and international stars.

February 2023 holidays in Boston: 

  • Valentine's Day - February 14 (not an official holiday)
  • President's Day - Monday, February 20 (official holiday; most government offices will be closed)
  • Winter Vacation Week - Starting on President's Day, students at public schools in Boston and the rest of Massachusetts will be enjoying winter vacation for the entire week 

Weather during February can be a mix of snow and sunny, cold and warm 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.  On the warmer days, look for buds forming on trees in Boston's parks.

Indoors, 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.  And even though the New England Patriots won't return to the Super Bowl again this year, you can still watch the game and celebrate in Boston's many sports bars. 

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.  

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Special February Cruises on Boston Harbor

Boston Harbor Sightseeing and Special Event Cruises

Popular Cruises on the Northern Lights:

  • Brunch Cruise on the Northern Lights - Savor a delicious 3-course brunch on this relaxing sightseeing cruise around Boston Harbor
  • Boston Harbor Cruise on Northern Lights - Soak up Boston's unique sites and rich history on this comfortable sightseeing cruise around the Harbor - perfect friends and family experience!  Food and beverages available for purchase at the bar
  • Northern Lights Sunset Cruise - Grab a refreshments from the bar and then relax as you watch the sun set on this sail around the Harbor, just in time to catch the USS Constitution fire its cannons as the sun dips down past the horizon
  • Evening Jazz Cruise on Northern Lights - End your weekend on the perfect note by grooving to live jazz as you watch the ever-changing sunset colors as the sun sets behind Boston's city skyline

Sailing on the Adirondack III

  • Adirondack III Day Sail - Enjoy cool breezes and the afternoon sun on this relaxing sightseeing sail around Boston Harbor and the Inner Harbor Islands - Starts May 3
  • Adirondack III Sunset Sail - Relax as the setting sun turns the sky brilliant colors - Starts May 3
  • Adirondack III 90-Minute Mimosa Day Sail - Soak up the sun on this afternoon sail through the Inner Harbor and Harbor Islands with drinks available for purchase at the bar - Starts July 1

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Boston Concerts & Shows - February 2023

Boston Concert Schedule - February
Of Montreal concert at Boston's Orpheum Theatre - Photo courtesy of meuzic

Top February Concerts in Boston

Top concerts in Boston in May 2024 include (to be announced)- plus lots more to enjoy throughout the month:

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Boston shows and theater in February

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Where to stay and dine in Boston's Theatre District

Featured Hotel for February:  The Moxy in Boston's Theatre District

Moxy Hotel on the corner of Tremont and Boylston Streets, next to the Wilbur Theatre
Moxy Hotel on the corner of Tremont and Boylston Streets, next to the Wilbur Theatre

Marriott's new Moxy Hotel offers a fun vibe, a welcome cocktail, and a photo booth tucked away in a food truck in its lobby.  Located in Boston's Theatre District next to the Wilbur and just a few steps away from the Wang, Shubert, and Colonial Theatres, the 340 "micro" hotel (translation: small rooms, affordable rates) is just one block away from Boston Common.   Bonus:  a guest-only rooftop lounge with fantastic views of the Common and the Massachusetts State House.

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Valentine's Day Weekend

Pink roses for Valentine's Day in Boston
Pink roses blooming in Boston's Kelleher Rose Garden in the Fenway neighborhood in June

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. 

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. Get tickets for a romantic Boston Harbor cruise:

Romantic Boston Harbor Cruises for Valentine's Day:

Sully's Opens for the Season on Castle Island

Disney on Ice: 100 Years of Magic comes to Boston - tickets, discount tickets
Minnie Mouse in Disney on Ice - Photo credit and copyright: Moto Miwa, Moto Club4AG Miwa

The famous Sully's hot dog stand (2080 Day Boulevard, South Boston) opens on Castle Island on Saturday, February 25 - a sure sign that spring is right around the corner.  Hours through the end of March are 9am - 5pm - so line up for ice cream, fried clam strips, and lobster rolls.  It's still too early for a picnic - but stroll around or find a bench and enjoy your feast from Sully's along with the fantastic views of the harbor.  And know that summer will arrive in Boston soon!

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Disney on Ice February Show in Boston:  Let's Celebrate!

Disney on Ice: 100 Years of Magic comes to Boston - tickets, discount tickets
Mickey Mouse & friends in Disney on Ice - Photo credit: Leigh Caldwell

Get ready to celebrate magical moments as Disney on Ice presents Let's Celebrate! (also know as "100 Years of Disney") at top Boston arena TD Garden.  You'll join Mickey and over 50 of his Disney character friends from some of his recent best-loved shows as they bring together holidays, celebrations and festivals from around the world, including a Halloween haunt-fest with all your favorite Disney Villains.

You'll love the high-spirited adventures, unexpected surprises, and fast action on the ice as you get to see and know your favorite Disney characters all over again. 

Disney on Ice Tickets for Boston Shows - February

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Bruins February Home Game Schedule at the Garden - 2023

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!

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Park: Garages near TD Garden
Celebrate: Best sports bars and clubs near TD Garden
More about TD Garden:  Schedule, directions, best ticket prices

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Special February Tours of Boston

These fun trolley tours, bus tours, and indoor destinations will let you enjoy the best of the Boston even when February weather is chilly!

Winter Break Week Activities in Boston

Public schools throughout Massachusetts and much of the rest of New England close for a week's holiday during the week that includes President's Day - so look for lots of fun family-friendly activities in Boston all week.  Find out more

Celtics Basketball at TD Garden - February 2023

Boston Celtics playing at TD Garden
Boston Celtics playing at TD Garden - Photo courtesy of Yzukerman

Get your Boston Celtics tickets for February home games, and head over to TD Garden for some fast action on the court from Boston's champion basketball team..

The Garden's convenient location next to North Station and close to Faneuil Marketplace makes it super-easy to get to.

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Where: TD Garden
Nearest public transportation: 
Green Line/Orange Line or Commuter Rail to North Station, next to the Garden
Where to stay:  Hotels near TD Garden

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$10 Weekend Ticket Special - Boston's Commuter Rail

Ride Boston's Commuter Rail trains as much as you want for just $10 each weekend. Take it into Boston, or use it for a day (or overnight) trip to Salem, Rockport, Wachusett (take an uber to Wachusett Mountain for skiing or snowboarding), Concord, and other destinations. 

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Winter Break Week Activities in Boston

Ice skating on Frog Pond in Boston Common
Ice skating on Frog Pond in Boston Common during school vacation week

When public schools through New England close for a week's holiday in February, Boston is the most popular destination. 

The annual Children's Winter Festival will take place on Boston Common on Wednesday, February 19 from 10am to 3pm (to be confirmed).  Look for snow slides, toboggans, a snow maze, snowshoeing lessons, music, snacks, games, and arts and crafts. 

The Highland Foundation will sponsor free ice skating at Frog Pond on the Common throughout the week as part of their Winter Camp.  (to be confirmed) You can find more details on their website:

Faneuil Marketplace is hosting a free movie series at 6:30pm from Monday to Thursday.  More details here

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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Shopping Tour for February - On Hold

Boston's Mapparium

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 free VIP coupon book offers you additional savings. 

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Boston Beanpot Hockey 2023 - TD Garden

Photo of Northeastern Huskies vs Boston University ice hockey
Northeastern Huskies vs Boston University ice hockey - Photo credit:  Derek Yu

The legendary Boston Beanpot rivalry pits teams from Boston's 4 major hockey schools against each other in a battle on the ice at TD Garden during the first two Monday nights in February.  The winner gets ... (drumroll) ... the Beanpot trophy. 

Here's how it works:  Week 1 features 2 games, as the teams pair off against each other for the semi-finals.  In Week 2, winners battle each other for the championship and #2 slot, while the losers play each other in a "consolation" game to see who will third in 3rd and who will "win" the last-place slot.

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How do the schools stack up?  Here are the number of Boston Beanpot Hockey Championships won by each team since the tournament began in 1952:

  • Boston University - 30 Championships
  • Boston College - 20 Championships
  • Harvard - 11 Championships
  • Northeastern University - 7 Championships (ok, not impressive - but with 2 wins in the last 2 years, this is the team to watch!)

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Boston Sci-Fi Film Festival 

Boston Sci Fi Film Festival

When:  February 15 - 21 ("The 'Thon" runs from noon on the 7th through noon on the 21st)
Where:   Live and virtual this year:  Somerville Theatre, Davis Square, Somerville, and virtually streaming
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 $15; $75 for fanatics attending the "24-hour 'Thon'"; $180 for 11-day Festival (see more options on website)
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The 47th annual Boston Sci-Fi Festival features 11 days of features and shorts from all over the world (live and virtual), plus a 24-hour marathon (live), "The 'Thon," that separates mere fans from committed fanatics on the fest's final day.  Can you sit through 1,440 minutes of sci-fi classics, premiers, cartoons, and more?  The 'Thon tests your courage and stamina!

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. 

Check rates at these hotels near Cambridge T stations:

More Things to Do in Boston in February

Events and things to do in Boston in February

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This neighborhood map should help you get oriented. You can find a list of top attractions in each neighborhood here.

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Black History Month in Boston:  Events, Tours, Concerts, Celebrations

Black History Month events in Boston

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.
  • African American History Month: Special Talks & Tours - Boston's Museum of African American History in Beacon Hill is planning special talks and tours focusing on the pioneering activists, entrepreneurs, journalists, educators, artists, and authors who organized campaigns to advance the cause of freedom.  See their website for details.
  • 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:
  • Boston Black - This permanent exhibit at the Children's Museum highlights contemporary Boston's diverse African heritage and Black communities and culture.

What to See in Boston's Museums & Aquarium - February 2023

Museum of Science Exhibits

Museum of Science Boston Exhibit
Museum of Science Butterfly Garden - Photo credit: Ted

Special Exhibits

  • New England Climate Stories - Meet fascinating New England animals
  • All Aboard! Trains at Science Park - Visit miniature landscapes with fantasic model trains - through January 16
  • Gaia - View our planet in a new way through UK artist Luke Jerram's artwork with NASA images of Earth's surface
  • Mental Health: Mind Matters - Get insights into understanding mental health through this interactive exhibit

With fascinating permanent exhibits for all ages, there's always something to see, do, and learn.  Here are just a few of the most popular: Engineering Design Workshop, Colossal Fossil: Triceratops Cliff, Cosmic Light, Dinosaurs, Arctic Adventure, Hall of Human Life, Live Animal Care Center, Mathematica, Exploring AI, Natural Mysteries, New England Habitats, Project Vaccine.

Where:   Boston's Museum of Science
When:   Daily, 9am-5pm; open until 9pm on Fridays
Admission:  $29 general museum admission ($24 for kids; children under 3 free).  Get free museum admission when you have a GoBoston Discount card or Boston CityPASS card. 
Imax Theater and Planetarium:  Additional fees apply

New England Aquarium

Harbor seals and seal lions, a giant 4-story ocean tank with hundreds of Caribbean reef animals, an Amazon rain forest, sharks, Myrtle the green sea turtle, and frisky penguins are just a few of the thousands of aquatic animals you'll experience here. 

Get your tickets in advance, or find out more about the Aquarium.  Admission also available through the Go Boston Pass, Explorer Pass, and Boston CityPASS discount cards.

Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum

Watch the famous tea party event come alive with live actors, immersive exhibits, and a visit to the full-scale replica 18th century sailing ships at this unique living history museum.  Get advance tickets.

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MFA Boston - Current & Future Shows

  • Frank Bowling's Americas: Powerful color-saturated abstracts by this BritishGuiana-born artist who has spent much of his career in London and New York - Through April 9, 2023
  • Weng Family Collection of Chinese Painting: Art Rocks - Over 25 works exploring how the aesthetics of rocks permeate Chinese architecture, landscape design, and painting styles - Through May 3, 2023
  • Touching Roots Black Ancestral Legacies in the Americas - Exhibition tracing the ways in which 20th century Black artists trace their African roots in their art - Through May 21, 2023
  • Making Past Present: Cy Twombly - Explores Twombly's fascination with antiquity and its influence on his art - January 14-May 7, 2023
  • Hear Me Now: The Black Potters of Old Edgefield, SC - Focuses on the work of 19th century Black potters in Old Edgefield, a center of stoneware production before the Civil War - March 4 - July 9, 2023
  • Hokusai: Inspiration and Influence - A new look at the impact of Japanese artist Hokusai on other artists; features over 90 woodblock prints, paintings, and illustrations by Hokusai - March 26-July 16, 2023

Museum (and show) admission: $27; some special exhibits require a timed-entry reservation and/or additional fee; free entrance with Boston Discount Cards (GoBoston card and Boston CityPASS).  Free admission on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Lunar New Year Celebration Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, & Indigenous Peoples' Day.  MFA is open Thursday - Monday and closed Tuesday & Wednesday.

Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston - Current & Future Shows

  • To Begin Again: Artists & Childhood - Works depicting childhood by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Paul Klee, Faith Ringgold, and other artists from the early 20th century through today - Through Feb 26, 2023
  • Barbara Kruger - Large-scale commissioned work on the Fineberg Art Wall- Through Jan 21, 2024

Admission: $20 adults, 18 and under free; free entrance with GoBoston card and Boston CityPASS.  Closed on Mondays.  Free admission on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Presidents' Day, Memorial Day, Juneteenth, Labor Day, & Indigenous Peoples' Day, and every Thursday from 5-9pm.  For free days and nights, you must have timed tickets for free admission.

College Nights at Frog Pond

Ice skating on Frog Pond in Boston Common

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

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Romantic Classics & the Bugs Bunny Film Festival 

Just in time for Valentine's Day and school vacation week (in case you need an excuse), Brattle Theatre in Cambridge will show The Princess Bride on February 13 and Casablanca on February 14, followed by their Annual Bugs Bunny Film Festival on February 17 - 26, with multiple viewing times.

Closest T station: Red Line/Harvard
Tickets:  Brattle Theatre website
Hotels:  Harvard Square Hotel, Charles Hotel, Hotel Veritas

New England Boat Show - 2023

When:  February 15-19
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
More information: Boat Show website

New England's biggest boating event has something for everyone, and is bigger than ever this year.  Check out the informative exhibits, attend free casting demos, try stand-up paddle boarding, test your docking, turning, and stopping skills with a hands-on simulator, and find out everything you need to know about owning and enjoying a boat. 

Stay in nearby hotels, and enjoy Boston Harbor views from the top floors: 

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Weekly Noon Concerts on the Freedom Trail 

Boston Lyric Opera night at Boston Public Library

When:  February 4 - 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
More information: 617-227-2155

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. 

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.

King's Chapel also hosts an annual concert series of monthly performance.  More information here

Special Valentine's Day Hotel Packages

Valentine specials at hotels in Boston MA

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 "All You Need is Love" Valentine's Day package at Verb Hotel, "Romance on the Harbor" at the Battery Wharf Hotel, the "Romance Getaway" special at Boston Harbor Hotel, or the "Romance on the Hill" package at the Fifteen Beacon Hotel - plus many more!

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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 Valentine's Dinner Dance on February 16 featuring live music, dancing, and incredible food matches with memorable Champagnes from Moët & Chandon.  

Alternately, opt for Champagne, a lavish brunch buffet, a New Orleans jazz band, and great Boston Harbor views at the Valentine/Jazz Brunch on Sunday, February 17.

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MFA Lunar New Year - Free Admission 

Lunar New Year Celebration during February

Lunar New Year Celebration - Museum of Fine Arts - February 1, 10am-5pm

- Celebrate the Year of the Rat with free admission and plenty of fun family activities all day to mark the Lunar New Year. 

Explore Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese traditions, and enjoy music and dance performances including a Lion and Dragon Dance. 

Can't come on the 1st?  You can get free admission on other days if you have a valid Boston Discount Card.

Super Bowl Parties & Celebrations in Boston

Banners - Boston sports bar next to TD Garden
The 40-foot screen at Banners

Super Bowl may be more fun when the Patriots play, but there are plenty of welcoming Boston sports bars with big screens, tasty brew, and even parties where you can watch the game and have some fun even when the Pats aren't involved.

Kickoff happens at 6:30pm EST on Sunday, February 2.  Here are tips about where to watch, plus other things to do.

Super Bowl in Boston - Best places to watch the game (or not)

Boston bars with Super Bowl parties this year, plus other awesome bars with big screens

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