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The best things to do in Boston this week

Find the very best events and things to do in Boston this week including cool events, lively shows and more

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By Eric Grossman and Time Out Boston Staff |

It might be getting dark out on the early side and the temps might be plunging, but there are still plenty of hot things to do in and around Boston. 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 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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Check out the action at Time Out Market Boston


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). This week, check out the Springdale Flavor Takeover (Feb 21-23).

Best things to do in Boston this week

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Museums, Art and design

Kusama’s LOVE IS CALLING at the ICA

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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.

Boston Wine Festival
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Boston Wine Festival


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, and there's also Uncorked for a Cause on Feb 28 (an evening partnering with Share our Strength to benefit the No Kid Hungry campaign).

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Theater, Performing arts space

Plaza Suite at the Emerson Colonial Theatre


From Feb 5-22, Neil Simon’s Plaza Suite returns to the Colonial, the same theater where it had its 1968 world premiere. Two-time Tony Award winner Matthew Broderick and two-time Emmy Award winner Sarah Jessica Parker star in the pre-Broadway engagement of the first Broadway revival of Neil Simon’s classic comedy about marriage. The production is directed by Tony Award winner John Benjamin Hickey.

Boston Common Frog Pond
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Things to do

Hit the ice and go skating

Wintry weather means it's time for ice skating in Boston. Here are our picks for the best places for lacing up some skates and taking a spin around the ice. 

Jake Shimabukuro
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Jake Shimabukuro at Center for the Arts in Natick

The incomparable ukulele master Jake Shimabukuro—touring in support of his new studio album, Trio—will play the Center for the Arts in Natick on Feb 19. Accompanying Shimabukuro will be longtime bassist Nolan Verner and guitarist Dave Preston.