Boston February Events

Boston Events for February 2019

Find Out What to Do in Boston in February

The Boston Event Calendar for February 2019 includes the Boston Beanpot hockey tournament, Disney on Ice, School of Rock at the Boston Opera House, Boyz II Men at the Orpheum, the huge New England Boat Show, and Chinese New Year celebrations to welcome the Year of the Dog.

The New England Patriots return to the Super Bowl again this year - so find out where to watch and celebrate in Boston.  UPDATE Feb 3 - CONGRATS to the Patriots on their 6th Super Bowl win!

February 2019 holidays in Boston: 

  • Chinese New Year - February 5 (not an official holiday)
  • Valentine's Day - February 14 (not an official holiday)
  • President's Day - Monday, February 18 (official holiday; most government offices will be closed); most public schools in New England will be on winter vacation for the entire week 
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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.

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. 

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.   And after the Pats' Super Bowl win, another Victory Duck Boat Parade!

More things to do and see in Boston in February.

Special Promos on Winter Cruises - Boston Harbor

Boston Harbor Sightseeing and Special Event Cruises

Special Promo on Northern Lights Winter Cruises of Boston Harbor!

Enjoy the cozy comfort of Boston's Northern Lights yacht as you enjoy these special Winter Cruises around Boston Harbor. 

Enter BDGWinter50 at checkout to get 50% off your tickets for these popular cruises (valid now though March 30th):

  • Winter Sunset Cruise - Celebrate the end of the day with this fabulous Boston Harbor sunset cruise (and perhaps a drink from the bar)
  • Winter City Lights Cruise - This romantic cruise features glittering city lights around Boston Harbor, soft classical music, and a fully stocked bar - perfect way to relax at the end of the day!
  • Winter Harbor Cruise - Family-friendly cruise with wonderful sightseeing around the Harbor and hot New England Chowder, other food, and beverages at the bar

Boston Theater & Shows for February 2019

Boston shows and theater in February

Top February Shows in Boston

Schedules & Tickets

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More shows for February

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Where to stay and dine in Boston's Theatre District

Top Hotels near Boston's Theatre District

Enjoy your Boston performance or show experience to the fullest when you stay in one of the nearby Theatre District hotels, such as the hip and glamorous Revere Hotel:

Revere Boston Hotel, top choice near Boston's Theatre District

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Chinese New Year Events - Lion Dance Parade & Chinese Cultural Villages - 2019

Chinese New Year parade in Boston

Chinese New Year officially starts on February 5th to welcome the Year of the Pig. 

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!  

Two Cultural Villages also take place each year to celebrate the New Year.

When & Where:  

- Chinese New Year Lion Dance Parade:  Sunday, February 17, 11am- 4pm - Parade kicks off at the main stage in Philips Square (corner of Harrison Ave and Beach Street), and continues on Essex Street and other nearby streets in Chinatown, Boston

- Chinatown Main Street Cultural Villages take place also on February 17 at Phillips Square (11am - 2pm) and China Trade Building at the corner of Boylston and Washington Streets (11am - 3pm) 

Closest T station: Orange Line/Chinatown (or walk over from any Downtown Boston T station
Cost: Free

Both Cultural Villages feature free fun activities - calligraphy, dough characters, dance, music, origami, balloons, and more, with a different mix at each location.   

MFA Lunar New Year - Free Admission 

Lunar New Year Celebration during February

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

- Celebrate the Year of the Pig 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 10th?  You can get free admission on other days if you have a valid Boston Discount Card.

Lunar New Year Celebration - Peabody Essex Museum

Lunar New Year Celebration in Boston - photo courtesy Peabody Essex Museum

2019 welcomes the Year of the Pig in the Lunar Calendar, and the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem celebrates the New Year with a family fun day filled with art, performances such as Lion Dances and drumming, and activities.  Take the opportunity to explore the museum's rich collection of Asian art and the Yin Yu Tang house acquired from China. 

When:  Saturday, February 16, 10am - 4:30pm    
Cost:  Free, with museum admission - adults $20, Students with valid ID $12, 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

Boston's February 2019 Disney on Ice Show:  Mickey's Search Party

Disney on Ice: 100 Years of Magic comes to Boston - tickets, discount tickets

Disney on Ice's brand-new Mickey's Search Party show will dazzle you as its cast of over 50 world-class performers performs exciting acrobatics, expert skating, and fantastic stunts on the ice and in the air. 

You'll relive exciting moments from Aladdin, Toy Story, and The Little Mermaid, sing along with Elsa in her magical world in Frozen, and will be thrilled by the magic of all the other scenes in this spectacular show.

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Boston Concerts & Shows - February 2019

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

Top February Concerts in Boston

Look for shows by Boyz II Men at the Orpheum Theatre, Disney's DCappela at the Colonial Theatre, Beirut at House of Blues, and Lyle Lovett & John Hiatt at the Shubert Theatre.

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More Concerts & Shows for February

Boston Concerts & Shows throughout the Year  

Bruins February 2019 Home Game Schedule at the Garden

New England Bruins February schedule at TD Garden in Boston

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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More about TD Garden:  Schedule, directions, best ticket prices

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Hotels near TD Garden

Coming to an event at the Garden?  Spend the night or the weekend at a nearby hotels, such as the glamorous Onyx (shown in photo), part of the Kimpton hotel family:

Onyx Hotel, top choice near Boston's TD Garden

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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!

Valentine's Day Weekend

Candy hearts for Valentine's Day in Boston

When:  Wednesday through Sunday, February 14-18

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. Get tickets for a fun show, concert, or game:

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Boston Harbor Valentine's Day Sightseeing Cruises

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Champagne Dinner Dance & Valentine's Brunch - 2019

Boston Harbor Hotel

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.

More info about the Wine Festival

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Celtics Basketball at TD Garden - February 2019

 Boston Celtics playing at TD Garden
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.

Get your tickets now:

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Find more Celtics tickets:  Check for great prices, great seats, and sometimes discounts
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

Boston Harbor Sightseeing and Special Event Cruises

From now through June 30, 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. 

Find out more:  www.mbta.com/projects/10-weekends-commuter-rail

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Winter Break Week Activities in Boston

Ice skating on Frog Pond in Boston Common

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 Thursday, February 23 from 10am to 3pm.  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.  You can find more details on their website: www.highlandstreet.org/programs/community-events/winter-camp

Faneuil Marketplace is hosting a free movie series at 6:30pm from Monday to Thuraday.  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

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. 

Find out more

Boston Beanpot Hockey 2019 - TD Garden

Photo of 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.  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.

Beanpot Schedule & Tickets:


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 - 5 Championships

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Boston Sci-Fi Film Festival  - 2019

Boston Sci Fi Film Festival

When:  February 8 - 18 ("The 'Thon" runs from noon on the 17th through noon on the 18th)
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'"; $130 for 11-day Festival
More information:  www.bostonsci-fi.com

The 44th 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. 

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

Not Sure about Boston Neighborhood Locations?

Map of Boston showing central neighborhoods

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

Need a more details?  Here are our favorite free and low-cost Boston maps.

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Cooking Classes for February

Boston Cooking Classes

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 Sofra and Sarma conduct almost-weekly 2 1/2-hour cooking classes/demonstrations at 6:30pm at Sofra (1 Belmont Street, Cambridge).  In addition to yummy samples including beverage pairings, you get recipes to take home with you.  

On offer this month: 

- February 4 - Liquid Gold -  Taste special olive oils from different regions of the world, and see a demonstration of how olive oils enhance flavor and texture in your dishes

- February 11 - Basic Pantry 101 - Find out how staples such as heirloom whole grains, dried beans, legumes, spices, and special condiments like pomegranate molasses and tahini transform your winter cooking - and sample thr results!

Register for Sofra classes 

- Boston Wine School - "Wine and Chocolate:  Making the Perfect Match" - February 13 and 14.  Boston Wine School teams up with Lantera @ Boston Landing for a workshop on Feb 13 and VINOvations for a class plus dinner on the 14th for these fun wine and chocolate tasting events.  See Boston Wine School's event calendar for more information.

 

More to See and Do in Boston during February

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:  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.

Boston Art Shows - February 2019

Museum of Fine Arts

Exhibit at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts

MFA's "Made Visible: Contemporary South African Fashion and Identity" exhibit features works depicting South Africans historically denied their rights, and exploring how clothing communicates identity. 

Museum of Fine Arts - February 2 - May 12. 

Museum admission: $25/adult; free entrance with GoBoston or Boston CityPASS discount card

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College Nights at Frog Pond - 2019

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 - 2019

Bugs Bunny Festival at Brattle Theatre

Just in time for Valentine's Day and school vacation week (in case you need an excuse), Brattle Theatre in Cambridge will show Casablanca and The Princess Bride on February 13 and 14, followed by their 24th Annual Bugs Bunny Film Festival on February 15 - 23, with multiple viewing times.

The Bugs Bunny Festival features 3 different programs:

- All Bugs Revue
- Daffy Duck & Friends 
- Looney Tunes Review 

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

New England Home Show at Seaport World Trade Center - 2019

High-end kitchen with stainless steel appliances and granite counters'

When:  February 22-24
Where:   Seaport World Trade Center (200 Seaport Blvd, 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, the New England Home Show is where you can see hundreds of products and services exhibited in one convenient space, talk to the experts, and collect business cards and brochures for follow-up. 

Throughout the show, you can expect to find everything from green energy options to outdoor furniture to fixtures, cabinets, appliances, flooring, windows, and more. 

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 "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!

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New England Boat Show

Sailboat in Charles River Basin, Boston MA

When:  February 9-17
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: $16 adults, Children 12 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: 

Get a head start on the season - check out best places for sailing lessons in Boston

Weekly Noon Concerts on the Freedom Trail 

Boston Lyric Opera night at Boston Public Library

When:  February 5 - 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

New England Patriots - It's Official:  Super Bowl 53!

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New England Patriots @ Gillette Stadium - Photo credit: Alan Kotok

The Patriots are heading to the Super Bowl again this year - so get your tickets now!

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CONGRATS to the Patriots!!!  Super Bowl Victory Parade in Boston's Duck Boats 

Patriots won the Super Bowl for 2019, so a huge Patriots Super Bowl Parade in Boston's Duck Boats kicks off at 11am on Tuesday, February 5 to celebrate the Patriots' Super Bowl victory. 

The parade route starts on Boylston Street at Prudential Center, continues down Boylston Street past Boston Common, turns left on Tremont, and winds its way over to City Hall Plaza where the parade ends.

Take public transportation; rush hour service will be in place all day.  Bikes (even folding bikes) will not be allowed on the trains due to expected crowds.  There will be street closures and parking restrictions near the route, and towing starts at 6am. 

With temperatures expected to reach balmy (for February) low 50s by 11am, crowds are likely to be bigger than ever!

The Patriots' Super Bowl Victory Parade will be their 6th since 2001

Looking Ahead to Future Events in Boston

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