We’re all staying home to do our part by social distancing and self-isolating. Fortunately, technology has given us an abundance of ways to stay entertained while we stay inside. Now is the perfect time to catch up on some movies filmed in Boston, learn a bit more about the city, or check in on some recent shows from local chefs and celebs you may have missed the first time around. Order up some food from these restaurants offering takeout or delivery (maybe even pick up some brews curbside from Boston’s best breweries), and check out these online entertainment options. If you’re the active type and having withdrawals, many fitness studios are also streaming classes online.
Follow Top Chef Season 17
Local faves Karen Akunowicz (Fox & the Knife) and Stephanie Cmar are two of the Top Chef All Stars back to compete on the show’s 17th season. Stream on BravoTV.com on Thursdays.
Re-live the Patriots’ best moments
NFL Game Pass, which usually costs $99/yr, is free until May 31. For Pats fans in mourning over a certain quarterback’s move to Tampa, this provides a happy distraction. Watch iconic games like Super Bowl XLIX (Patriots vs. Seahawks) and Super Bowl LI (Patriots vs. Falcons), as well as documentaries like "Do Your Job III," which recaps the 2018 season, which culminated in the franchise’s sixth Super Bowl win.
Catch up on WGBH’s You & Julia series
In this longtime series, local chefs such as Will Gilson (Puritan & Co.), Andy Husbands (Smoke Shop BBQ), and Adrienne Wright and Chris Coombs (Deuxave) discuss Julia Child while cooking some of her most famous recipes. The most recent episode features Jody Adams.
Learn the history of the Boston Marathon
Matt Damon narrates this feature-length documentary tracing the origins of the Marathon’s 120 year history from a small, 15-person race to the renowned competition of today.
Check out live performances from Boston musicians
The Boston Calendar is hosting a Live at Five Virtual Happy Hour concert series every Friday at 5pm. Each week features a local artist performing a short set live on Facebook and Instagram.
Catch Will Dailey’s Isolation Tour and help out local music venues
Local musician Will Dailey is live-streaming his performances on Facebook from various independent music venues around town while raising money for those venues. Upcoming performance locations/benefactors include The Paradise, The Sinclair, and Atwood’s Tavern.
Watch the BSO's Concert For Our City
On Sunday, April 5 at 3pm, the Boston Symphony Orchestra will be releasing the (previously recorded) Concert For Our City to a worldwide audience via YouTube at bso.org/athome. Thomas Wilkins will lead the BSO through music by Tchaikovsky and Brahms, among others.
Get in a workout
Whether you want to keep up your regular practice or have made a commitment to get in shape, there’s no better time than now. These local studios and gyms will help you work up a sweat without leaving home.
Down Under School of Yoga has a library of free audio classes as well as live-streaming of its full schedule of classes via Zoom.
Asana Charlestown is offering virtual classes to members via Zoom. Non-members can purchase a virtual class pass to participate.
Boston Body is hosting free pilates classes via Zoom plus a digital subscription series.
Upward Spiral Studio is hosting online conditioning, Gyrokinesis, and Pilates group classes via Zoom.