Destination Resources: Annual Events

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January:

Boston Wine Festival

Regional wineries exhibit their wines during the last week in January. Each night, a winery provides dinner and the perfect wine to go with it. All dinners are prepared by one of Boston’s chefs. Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston. Call (617) 439-7000 for more information.

Jazz Festival

Listen to world famous jazz musicians during mid-January. The Charles Hotel, 1 Bennet Street, Cambridge. Call (617) 876-7777 for more information.

Cookbook Dine Around

Beginning the third Friday of every January, join Chefs and food critics from all over the country when Boston restaurants bring out their best in this gourmet event. Sample some of Boston’s best food and watch the pros prepare their famous dishes. Le Meridian Hotel, address. Call (888) SEE-BOSTON for more information.

February:

NTDTV Chinese New Year Gala

The NTDTV Chinese New Year Gala takes celebrants on an exhilarating journey back to the ancient Chinese Legend and Myth. Call (617) 880-9061 for more information.

Boston Wine Expo

As the nation’s largest consumer wine event, the Boston Wine Expo uncorks an unparalleled wine and food experience. The Grand Tasting showcases more than 440 wineries from 13 countries pouring some 1,800 wines. Highlights include a Grand Cru Wine Lounge, seminars, celebrity chef demonstrations and two Vintner Dinners. Call (877) 946-3976 for more information.

Black History Month

Interesting and cool event paying tribute to black history. Events published annually.

The Beanpot

The first two Mondays of February are host to a key social event for Boston winter sports. An annual hockey tournament that gathers Boston College, Boston University, Harvard University and Northeastern University has taken place for almost sixty years. Don’t miss out on the Women’s Beanpot, which features the finest women’s hockey teams on the Tuesdays following the men’s tournament.

March:

St. Patrick’s Day

On March 17, come out to watch one of the largest St. Patrick’s Day parades. The parade, focused in the famous Irish enclave of South Boston, starts on Broadway at the MBTA Station, City Hall Plaza. Call (617) 635-4500 for more information. The parade features 2-3 hours of continuous entertainment from troupes to bands to intriguing novelty acts.

International Boston Seafood Show

In the middle of March, delight in fresh fish and explore new seafood products at the annual exposition of seafood vendors. The Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston Street, Boston. Call (207) 842-5599 for more information.

New England Spring Flower Show

View some of the most beautiful local flowers and gardens at the Bayside Expo and Conference Center. Sponsored by the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, this event takes place in the middle of March. Bayside Expo and Conference Center, address. Call (617) 536-9280 for more information.

Major League Soccer: The New England Revolution

There’s no end to the excitement each season as Major League Soccer teams from both the eastern and western conferences vie for glory in regular season matches, on to the play offs and cup finals. Come out to cheer on the New England Revolution from March to October. The Revs’ largest rivals are none other than the New York Red Bulls. Several games are played each month at Gillette Stadium located in Foxborough. Where do they play?

April:

Major League Baseball: The Boston Red Sox

Nothing signals advent of spring more than baseball with a capital B, tightly meshed into American culture with historic firsts, icon performances, record-setting events, and traditions from hot dogs slathered in mustard to unexpected curveballs, and seventh-inning stretches. Every season opens against Boston’s biggest rival, the New York Yankees at this oldest baseball park in America, Boston’s own Fenway Park.

Boston Marathon

Join other runners in the annual Patriots’ Day race, starting at noon from Copley Square, Boylston and Dartmouth Street. Sponsored by The Boston Athletic Association, this event takes place during the middle of April. Call (617) 536-4100 for more information.

Art in Bloom

Local garden clubs and area florists’ show off their flowers at this annual convention. View hundreds of flower arrangements and garden galleries. Hosted by The Boston Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntingdon Avenue, this event takes place on the last Friday in April. Call (617) 267-9300 for more information.

Easter Egg Hunt

Bring the family and enjoy the fun at the annual Easter Egg Hunt. Sponsored by the city, this event is usually held on a Saturday in the middle of April. Buttonwood Park, Rockdale Avenue and Route 6, New Bedford. Call (508) 991-6295 for more information.

Campus MovieFest

Colleges and universities across Boston have created amazing short movies during Campus MovieFest, the world’s largest student film festival. Here’s a chance to see the best of the best, with door prizes from plane tickets to iPods.Call (404) 849-2611 for more information.

May:

Farmers’ Markets

Come out and enjoy the local produce, located at two locations in Boston. The City Hall Plaza market opens on May 20, and the Market at Copley Square, Boylston and Dartmouth Streets, opens on May 28. Call (617) 635-4500 (City Hall) and (617) 626-1700 (Copley Square) for more information.

PublishingGame.com Workshop

PublishingGame.com offers insight into securing literary agents, self-publishing and book promotion. Also staged in October and at other intervals, this workshop featuring Publishing Game author/publisher Fern Reiss includes continental breakfast. Call (617) 630-0945 for more information.

Expertizing.com Workshop

Held in May and September, this workshop, featuring Expertizing.com’s Fern Reiss, provides insights in achieving fame for your expertise and media attention for your business enterprise. Call (617) 630-0945 for more information.

Tuesday Night Skate

Skate the night away with Boston’s inline skaters. Start at the Hatch Memorial Shell on Storrow Drive and skate through the city streets. Every Tuesday evening, beginning at 7 PM. Helmet and wrist guards are required. Bright clothing is recommended. Call (617) 727-8855 for more information.

June:

Free Friday Flicks at the Hatch Shell

Watch a classic movie, on Friday nights, for free at the Hatch Memorial Shell on Storrow Drive. Call (617) 227-0627 the day before, to find out what’s playing or for more information.

Party in the Plaza

The last weekend in June, enjoy a number of events and free concerts during Harbor Fest. City Hall Plaza’s North Stage. Call (617) 635-3400 for more information.

Children’s Day at the Harbor fest

The last weekend of June, children between 4 and 11 will be entertained with history and marine science displays, games and a face-painting party all celebrating Harbor Fest. City Hall Plaza. Call (617) 635-4500 for more information.

Midsummer Revels

Free to the public, this outdoor Summer Solstice celebration at the Children’s Museum has a Grand Parade followed by a 90-minute stage show filled with music, dance and songs from around the world. The evening ends with lighting of a Midsummer Beacon along Boston’s waterfront. Call (617) 972-8300 for more information.

American Liver Foundation Walk for Research

There’s free parking and no registration fee for a 3.1-mile walk along the scenic Charles River, with pledges supporting millions of children and adults affected by liver disease. Refreshments, entertainment, music, face painting, clowns and more take place at Artesani Park in late June, off Soldiers Field Road in Brighton. Call (617) 527-5600 for more information.

Tall Ship Cruises

If you want to experience the romance of a traditional sailing ship while enjoying modern comforts, watch dolphins jump or join in hoisting the sails, you will love the tall ship cruises. In Boston, Liberty Fleet is the major charter which offers tall shop cruises aboard the majestic Schooner Liberty Clipper, a 125 foot replica of an 18th century clipper ship which is docked alongside the New England coast from June to September. Call (617) 742-0333 for more information.

Dragon Boat Festival

The Dragon Boat Festival is an exciting cultural and sporting event that takes place on the Charles River in Boston every late May to mid June. Traditionally this event is held on the fifth day of the fifth moon on the lunar calendar. The Dragon Boat Festival commemorates the life and death of the ancient patriot-poet Qu Yuan who lived from 340-278 B.C. Visitors can enjoy the boat races, arts and crafts demonstrations and tasty Asian foods.

July:

Chowderfest

On July 1st, from 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., come out and watch the best chefs in Boston compete for the title of “Boston’s Best Chowder.” Taste the recipes and decide for yourself. Tickets are $5 to $7. City Hall Plaza. Call (617) 635-4500 for more information.

Bastille Day in Boston

Celebrate this French national holiday with a street party featuring Francophone musical guests: Ricardo Lemvo and Makina Loca, Emeline Michel, and Ousmane Toure, as well as food and other street vendors. Sponsored by the French Library Alliance Francaise (53 Marlborough Street, Boston). Call (617) 912-0400 for more information.

Multicultural Arts Expo

Boston’s Reggie Lewis Track Center on Tremont Street is the site for this multicultural arts extravaganza where crafters, performers and business owners band together to provide an array of ethnic artwork and performances. Call (617) 442-9912 for more information.

August:

Chinatown Festival

Explore Asian culture featuring exhibitions of a variety of arts and foods and martial arts displays. Located in Chinatown (between South Station and the Boston Common), 10 AM – 6 PM, during the first week of August. Call (617) 635-3485 for more information.

August Moon Festival

Celebrate, in Chinatown, the 1368 overthrow of the Yuan dynasty. Enjoy authentic moon cakes with hidden messages. Located at the Gateway Arch on Harrison Avenue, on the 3rd Sunday of August. Call (617) 635-3485 for more information.

Summer Nights: Fenway Lights

Boston Cares celebrates community service with Summer Nights: Fenway Lights, a festive soiree and benefit including complimentary hors d’oeuvres and live entertainment to accompany the silent / live auction action. Call (617) 422-0910 for more information.

Latin Nights

Starting the first week in August, dance to the Latin beat featuring live bands and dance instructors. Located at the Faneuil Hall Marketplace, on South Market Street every Thursday night from 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Call (617) 523-1300 for more information.

Massachusetts Farmers’ Market Week

Celebrate the beginning of the harvest season at Salem Farmers’ Market in late August, which opens each Thursday afternoon through early evening until late October, featuring cooking demonstrations by local restaurants using fresh seasonal ingredients, live entertainment, and presentations by local celebrities. Salem Farmers’ Market, 265 Essex Street, Salem. Call (978) 744-0004 for more information.

September:

National Football League: the New England Patriots

If it’s Fall and you’re ready for some football, count on the National Football League to deliver non-stop grid action, leading to playoffs, and the incomparable Super Bowl. The New England Patriots are long standing champions in Boston as they have won three Super Bowls between 2001 and 2005 and three League Championships.

College Football

NCAA Football, created in 1997 to promote college football ideals, makes no bones about the importance of each game.

New England Conservatory

Beginning the first week of September, enjoy free concerts hosted by the New England Conservatory. Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough Street, Boston. Call (617) 536-2412 for more information.

Taste of Boston

City Hall Plaza is the scene for the Taste of Boston, a culinary spectacular for more than two decades featuring music, wine and food from many of Boston’s most famous restaurants. A Grand Tasting Area includes more than 20 wineries. Call (617) 779-3496 for more information.

National Recovery Month Picnic

Six Flags New England in Springfield, in conjunction with the Fresh Start Recovery Coalition including the Salvation Army, Saugus and Plymouth House, invites participants to join in this picnic celebration. Tickets include theme and water park admission, an all you can eat buffet, and more. Call (781) 338-9300 for more information.

Boston Film Festival

During the first two weeks of September, view this exhibition of new films where many popular movies have premiered. Loews Copley Place, 100 Huntington Avenue. Call (617) 266-2533 for more information.

MSPCA-Angell Walk for Animals

In mid-September, hundreds of pets and their owners take a 1.5 mile walk around Boston Common, featuring Frisbee demos, raffles and contests, and an agility ring where you can teach your dog some new tricks. Call (617) 522-WALK for more information.

Fall Foliage

Join several million people as they observe the change of seasons. From the middle of September through the middle of October, drive through New England and enjoy the colors of autumn. Farm stands, self-pick groves, country fairs and festivals are in abundance this time of the year. Call (800) 227-MASS for more information.

New Beginnings Art Show

At the Reggie Lewis Track Center, the New Beginnings Art Show is based on the premise that everyone should start anew after domestic violence, major illness, job loss, and other setbacks that affect women from all walks of life. Call (617) 442-9912 for more information.

October:

National Hockey League: The Boston Bruins

The National Hockey League’s rough and tumble world packs a mother lode of milestones, from 1917’s NHL opener, to when Maurice Richard was first to score 50 goals in one season in 1944-45, to when Clint Benedict was the first goalie to put on a mask after a shot knocked him unconscious, to when Manon Rheaume made headlines in 1992 as the first woman playing in one of the four major sports leagues, goaltending for the Tampa Bay Lightning against the St. Louis Blues. From October on, it’s non-stop action in the world of hat tricks — three goals in a game by a player — and sudden death overtime.

An Evening With Champions

Benefitting the Jimmy Fund of the Dana Farber Cancer Institute for pediatric cancer research, this ice skating exhibition at Harvard’s Bright Hockey Arena has been a hit for nearly 40 years with such stars as Nancy Kerrigan, Oksana Baiul, Scott Hamilton, Michelle Kwan, Kristi Yamaguchi, Brian Boitano and others. Call (617) 493-8172 for more information.

Vegetarian Food Festival

Mid-October, enjoy this exhibition of food and cooking for the vegetarian lifestyle hosted by the Reggie Lewis Athletic Center. 1350 Tremont Street, Boston. Call (617) 541-3535 for more information.

Mayor’s Cup Cross-Country Races

The last weekend in October, join the U.S. Track & Field Association’s East Region championship in the one-day cross-country run in Franklin Park. This event is hosted by The Boston Athletic Association, which also sponsors the Boston Marathon. Franklin Park, 1 Franklin Park Road. Call (617) 236-1652 for more information.

Head of the Charles

Head of the Charles Regatta is the world’s largest two-day rowing event, first held on October 16, 1965. Since 1965, rowers have come from far and near to the banks of the Charles River to take part in the world’s largest regatta. But the fun isn’t limited to competitors – there are many ways for spectators to get involved in the weekend’s activities. Call (617) 868-6200 for more information.

November:

National Basketball Association: The Boston Celtics

With 17 NBA Championships – the most for any NBA franchise – the Boston Celtics are one of the most elite professional basketball teams in the country. The Celtics are home to some of the greatest players to ever lace up a pair of sneakers and the greatest coaches to ever blow a whistle. Thirty three men with Celtic ties have been enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame, the most of any NBA team and the Celtics have retired 21 numbers, the most of any professional sports franchise in North America. With the LA Lakers and Miami Heat as primary rivals, you’ll be sure to catch an exciting game! TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston. Call (617) 624-1050 for more information.

Cyberposium

Harvard Business School’s Cyberposium facilitates networking of current and future business leaders for provocative dialog on technology and its impact. Call (801) 362-2200 for more information.

Peaceful Expressions

Peaceful Expressions, an annual benefit concert honoring area Nobel Peace Prize nominees, provides an opportunity to recharge emotional batteries. Call (617) 262-1831 for more information.

Avaland

Dance all night at the city’s largest dance club. Call ahead to find out which famous DJs and guests will be appearing. Avalon, 15 Lansdowne Street. Doors open at 10 PM. Admission is $15. Call (617) 262-2424 for more information.

December:

Boston Tea Party Re-enactment

Dress up in a Colonial outfit and see a re-enactment of the December 16, 1773 protest of taxation without representation. Hosted by The Old South Meeting House. Admission is free if you come in costume; otherwise it is $1. Call (617) 482 6439 for more information.

Chanukah Celebration

Join in the celebration of the festival of lights. Downtown Crossing, Boston. Call (617) 266-1492 for more information.

First Night

Celebrate New Year’s Eve, in Boston, at First Night. There is partying in the streets and something for everyone at this fun filled party. Call (617) 542-1399 for more information.

Matzo Ball

From a humble start in a Boston bar, Boston’s Matzo Ball bashes at the Boston Avalon have expanded to more than a dozen cities from Washington, D.C. to San Francisco and Seattle as a holiday party for Jewish singles on the night before Christmas. Call (617) 262-2424 for more information.

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