10 Best Events, Things To Do In Boston For MLK Weekend 2022
With more Massachusetts businesses and cultural institutions reinstating COVID-19 restrictions in the face of a resurgent coronavirus pandemic, residents may be torn about whether to venture out of their homes this weekend. end. With that in mind, this week’s BosTen features a mix of in-person and virtual things to do in Boston this weekend. Do you have an idea of what we should cover? Leave us a comment on this article or in the BosTen Facebook group, or write to us at [email protected].
Celebrate Betty White’s legacy at two local restaurants
Betty White – revered actress, animal advocate and absolute legend – passed away at the end of 2021, just weeks shy of her 100th birthday. To celebrate White, two restaurants are paying tribute with special menu items. At Precinct Kitchen + Bar in Back Bay, specialty cocktails will be available January 13-23. There’s the Ageless Beauty, made with bourbon, pomegranate juice, Chambord, lemon juice and maple syrup; the Betty White Russian, made with Absolut Vanilla Vodka and Kahlua Cream topped with whipped cream and golden star sprinkles; and the Golden Girl, which uses citrus vodka, canton, lemon, and simple syrup, and is topped with prosecco and golden highlights. At the City Tap House in Fort Point, the bustling hangout will host a brunch for what would have been White’s birthday — Jan. 17. With clips from her acting career streaming in the background, guests can order Golden Glitter waffles and mimosas. And in Betty White fashion, any guest who orders a shot of vodka will be served a free hot dog — a playful combo favored by the iconic star.
Tap your feet from home at the Boston Celtic Music Festival
Every January, Harvard Square is filled with the sounds of fiddles, flutes and other Celtic musical instruments for a weekend during the annual Celtic Music Festival. This year it’s a different story, as the annual festival, traditionally held at Club Passim and other nearby venues, will be virtual. Over 20 artists will perform songs and dances from Irish, Scottish, Cape Breton and other Celtic communities from January 13-16. Access to free shows and a full program (plus a link to donate) can all be found on the Passim website.
Check out Boston’s new Nashville-themed restaurant, Nash Bar & Stage
Dust off your line dancing boots: After a few weeks of soft opening events, Nash Bar & Stage will officially open on January 17 and offer free line dancing lessons at 8 p.m. to kick things off. In addition to dancing and live music at 5 p.m., diners can stock up on comfort food at the newcomer to the Theater District — think giant chicken wings, southern fried shrimp, cheddar cheese macaroni and cheese and slow-roasted Saint-Louis ribs. . To drink, there are cocktails with playful names like Watermelon Sugar High and Lei’d Up in Nash, as well as a cotton candy mimosa with the soft flavor of the day, prosecco and cotton candy.
Enjoy frozen fun at New Hampshire’s Ice Castles
Each year, tens of thousands of visitors travel to North Woodstock, NH to tour the Ice Castles, a massive frozen attraction that features jaw-dropping structures, tunnels, slides, fountains and more built from over 20 million pounds of ice. New to this year’s attraction, which is open from January 14 to March 4, is the “Winter Fairy Village” and an ice sculpture garden, which fit perfectly with exploration tunnels, sleigh rides and the illuminated mystical forest. Tickets for this weekend are still available during certain windows, but are selling out fast.
Order clam chowder for $1 at Legal Sea Foods
Any way to stay warm during these freezing temperatures? Sip on a bowl of chowder from the solid local Legal Sea Foods. On Saturdays, you’ll only need a dollar to order one: As part of the chain’s “Chowda Day” on January 15, Legal Sea Foods will be giving away a bowl of its clam chowder for just $1, profits being donated to Boston Children’s Hospital. Want more than just a cup? Bowls are $2, pints $10, and gallons of chowder $30.
Admire sculptures large and small with free entry to the ICA
The Institute of Contemporary Art is one of several institutions in Boston offering free admission for Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, giving visitors the chance to view exhibits including Deana Lawson’s photographic depictions of life black, multimedia installations by Somerville artist Renée Green and Eva LeWitt’s vibrant suspended sculptures. If you’re worried about long weekend crowds, the museum also offers free entry on Thursday evenings as part of its weekly Third Thursday schedule.
Take an Italian Wine Tour at Fat Hen’s Wine Dinner
Omicron may have put a damper on your international travel plans, but there are still ways to experience the joy of Italian wine without leaving the Boston area. Fat Hen, a Somerville restaurant focused on Italian tasting menus, will host a wine pairing dinner on Friday, featuring a multi-course menu paired with a luxurious lineup of Italian wines. Start with Katama Bay oysters and a glass of prosecco, followed by dishes like sea scallops with acorn squash, cranberries and turnips; lamb with potato gnocchi; and Black Forest Chocolate Cake, each accompanied by a glass of wine. Tickets are $125 and can be purchased here.
Get inspired by MLK’s speeches at the Gardner Museum
Like the MFA and ICA, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum will offer free admission on Monday in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The museum will present “Witness: Spirituals and the Classical Music Tradition,” a four-part video series which chronicles black American composers who found inspiration through spirituals and features the Boston ensemble Castle of our Skins. The museum will also provide take-home art kits inspired by the words of Dr. King’s speeches.
Free entry to Stone Zoo and Franklin Park Zoo
If you’d rather enjoy free admission to an outdoor attraction than a museum, Boston’s Franklin Park Zoo and Stoneham Zoo will also be offering free admission this Monday. Along with stopping by to see all your favorite animals, be sure to say hello to birthday boys Smoky and Bubba, a pair of black bears who turn 16 this weekend.
Watch a new Boston PBS documentary in “A Reckoning in Boston”
When filmmaker James Rutenbeck began work on a documentary film in 2014 in Dorchester, he sought to document the students of the Clemente Course in the Humanities, a program that gives low-income adults a free chance to learn from “big works of literature, art history, moral philosophy and American history. During the filmmaking process, however, Rutenbeck began to realize that his film’s premise was flawed and that he had to confront his own complicity in structural racism. The final result, “A Reckoning in Boston,” airs on PBS Monday night at 9 p.m. and shows how the film’s original subjects, Bostonians Kafi Dixon and Carl Chandler, turn the camera back on the filmmaker. For those who can’t catch Monday night’s premiere, “A Reckoning in Boston” will also stream on the PBS Video app.
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