UPDATE: Events on this list have been affected due to the ongoing situation surrounding the coronavirus—if you’re unsure, please call ahead to confirm. Keep tabs on the latest local cancellations and postponements here.
While The Hub might not be the biggest city around, its cultural calendar is one of America’s strongest; at any given time, there are plenty of noteworthy shows and events taking place across the metro area. If nothing on our list here strikes your fancy, take a peek at our guides to the best places to see live music or best free things to do in Boston. If you’re looking to get out of the elements, consult our guides to where to see art in Boston, including the best art galleries and the best museums in Boston.
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Boston’s newest destination for all things food and drink has burst on to the scene, attracting hordes of ravenous foodies and a diverse mix of locals and visitors to its jaw-dropping home at 401 Park in the Fenway. Keep an eye on the @timeoutmarketboston IG handle for specific events, including DJs (every Fri and Sat from 7-10pm) and live jazz (most Sundays from 11am-1pm).
Best things to do in Boston this week
Running from Mar 12-22, Boston Ballet’s 2019–2020 spring season offers Carmen at the Citizens Bank Opera House. Celebrate the creativity, power, and beauty of women onstage and behind the scenes. Jorma Elo’s Carmen updates the anti-heroine for the 21st century, joined by George Balanchine’s Serenade.
Come watch the high-flying Bruins as they defend home ice at the TD Garden against Columbus on Mar 16.
The NBA's Celtics have won more world championships than any team in league history. Come watch the green as they battle New York on Mar 18.
Come and experience the new anchor of the ICA Boston’s collection. LOVE IS CALLING (2013) is the largest and most immersive of the iconic Japanese contemporary artist Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirror Rooms, which have thrilled museumgoers across the globe. Visitors enter a darkened, mirrored room illuminated by inflatable, tentacle-like forms—covered in the artist’s signature polka dots—that extend from the floor and ceiling, gradually changing colors. The installation is accompanied by a continuous recording of Kusama reciting a love poem in Japanese.
The Boston Harbor Hotel presents the 31st annual Boston Wine Festival—the nation’s longest-running wine and food pairing series—through late March. Executive Chef Daniel Bruce and the hotel have invited renowned winemakers from around the world to participate; the public can choose from numerous seminars and themed dinners.
There's no better place to practice social distancing than the city's best parks. Boston may have notoriously fickle weather, but when the time is right to get outside, the city has plenty of beautiful green space to enjoy some fresh air and nature. The so-called Emerald Necklace—the nation’s oldest linear park system—links several of Boston's best parks, including The Fens, Boston Common, and the Public Garden. Other options include the celebrated Arnold Arboretum and the multi-use Rose Kennedy Fitzgerald Greenway.
Now that spring is upon us, next time you're jonesing for some fresh air, check out one of these top local hiking spots. Serious local hikers may head farther afield to the White Mountains or the Appalachian Trail, but when you just need a little bit of nature, there are plenty of quality hikes near Boston that are easy to get to.