Boston comes to life in the autumn, when the city is flooded with tens of thousands of students, not to mention scores of visitors. And 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 in Boston 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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Best things to do in Boston this week
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).
On Nov 23, go to the Shubert to see Mandolin Orange, an Americana/folk duo based out of Chapel Hill, NC.
Come watch the NHL's Bruins as they defend home ice at the TD Garden on Nov 21 vs. Buffalo and Nov 23 vs. Minnesota.
On Nov 20, the Spanish superstar Rosario Flores comes to the Orpheum Theatre. The two-time Latin Grammy Award-winning singer and actress has fans on both sides of the Atlantic.
Be among the first wave to 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.