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The best things to do in Boston this week

Find the very best things to do in Boston this weekend including cool events, lively cultural offerings and much more

Written by
Eric Grossman
Time Out Boston Staff

Despite the current climate, there are still plenty of cool things to do in Boston. And while The Hub might not be the biggest city around, its cultural calendar is one of America’s strongest. In normal times, there are plenty of noteworthy shows and events taking place on any given night across the metro area. If nothing on this list strikes your fancy, take a peek at our guide to the 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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Baby, it’s cold outside—so let’s all raise a cozy cocktail and toast the season at Time Out Market Boston’s outdoor winter Après Bar starting Friday, Dec. 10. The Fenway establishment has transformed the bright blue van parked outside its patio into a wonderland of warm beverages. Conveniently located right beside The Rink at 401 Park Drive, the Après Bar will be serving up hot cocktails and cold beer to folks stepping off the ice (and people who don’t even bother lacing up those skates) on weekends throughout the winter.


Best things to do in Boston this week

ZooLights, presented by National Grid, offers a winter wonderland in which visitors take a socially distanced, one-way stroll along tree-lined paths lit by twinkling lights. Spanning the Zoo's 26 acres, walk through the beautifully lit Yukon Creek and see black bears, a bald eagle, Canada lynx, arctic foxes and reindeer. (Through Jan 17; 4pm-9:30pm)

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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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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. Stop by Sundays from 11am-4pm for the city's coolest vintage market, featuring a rotating roster of vendors specializing in curated collections of fashion, jewelry, art, furnishings and more.

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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.

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After a long winter (and spring) enduring the cold—while occasionally enjoying the Boston’s best winter activities and best indoor activities—it’s time to get outside and soak up the sun. Whether it’s enjoying nature, taking in some historical sites, getting out on the water, attending an outdoor concert or having a picnic, there are plenty of top-notch summer activities in Boston. If you have little ones, check out our lists of the best things to do with kids in Boston and the best beaches in the Boston area

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No matter where your interests lie, you can always find something to get excited about in the Hub. The best things to do in Boston run the gamut—from seriously fun to awesomely educational.

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