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January 2021 events in Boston

Plan out your January in Boston with our picks for the best things to see and do

Written by
Eric Grossman
&
Time Out Boston Staff
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January in Boston brings short days and colder temps, but at least there's the much-needed promise of a new year. Now more than ever, everyone wants to get outside and moving whenever they can, so make plans to check out the best ice skating rinks, snowboarding destinations and skiing spots near Boston. As with any January in The Hub, you might get a little stir crazy, so maybe you'll want to consider one of the best winter day trips from Boston. Check out one of the best museums in Boston, or bring your crew to see the best holiday lights in Boston.

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Best events and things to do in Boston in January 2021

  • Museums
  • Art and design
  • Fenway/Kenmore
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On Jan 18 at 5 pm, The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston will host its 2021 Martin Luther King Jr. Day community celebration virtually, with performances and talks that commemorate the life and work of Dr. King. The free event will be held in partnership with Citizens, which has sponsored the MFA’s annual community celebration for 19 consecutive years. The online event will stream on the Museum’s Facebook, YouTube and on mfa.org.

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On Jan 15 at 7pm, enjoy some family fun with The Jimmy Fund's Bingo Night. The live online game will be hosted by New England Patriots cheerleaders Lauren and Alexis, the team captain and a two-year veteran, respectively. The game will be played on The Jimmy Fund’s Facebook page. A donation of $10 or more is suggested to receive one bingo card. Family packages, which includes five bingo cards, are available for $40. Participants can also sponsor a Jimmy Fund patient to play for $10. Winners of each round will receive fun prizes, including exclusive Jimmy Fund items. All participants will be entered to win the grand prize.

  • Art
  • Galleries
  • South End

As the city's premier artistic hub, the 450 Harrison building is a veritable hive of artistic activity in the back of the South End. Find the perfect gift on Sundays from 11am-4pm, when the city's coolest vintage market features a rotating roster of vendors specializing in curated collections of fashion, jewelry, art, furnishings and more.

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  • Art
  • Galleries
  • South End

On the first Friday of every month (Jan 1), head to the 450 Harrison building in the the South End for a blast of art and culture. Many artists open their doors for open studios events where they greet locals and visitors. In normal times, more than 200 artists, galleries, shops and showrooms welcome everyone from art aficionados to afterwork activity-seekers for an evening of art, wine, cheese and mingling.

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  • Museums
  • Art and design
  • Fenway/Kenmore
  • price 2 of 4

Head to the MFA to check out a pair of particularly timely exhibits. “Women Take the Floor” challenges the dominant history of 20th century American art by focusing on the overlooked and underrepresented work and stories of women artists, while “Black Histories, Black Futures,” which was curated by young scholars as part of the MFA’s new partnership with local youth empowerment organizations, focuses on works by 20th century artists of color.

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