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The best things to do in Boston this weekend

From pop-ups to performances, each week we round up our favorite things to do in Boston for a fun weekend in the city.

JQ Louise
Katie McAleer
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Whether you want to get outside and enjoy the season on a local ski mountain or stay inside at one of the coziest restaurants in town, we have got you covered. But if nothing on this list sounds about right, check out the best cheap things to do or the best free things to do in Boston for fun all month long. And we have also rounded up all the best things to do this weekend right here in the city!

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Things to do in Boston this weekend

The Grand Kyiv Ballet is launching its 60-city national tour of GISELLE in Boston on Friday, Feb. 23, at 7pm at the Emerson Colonial. The Grand Kyiv Ballet is not just an amazing dance company but an incredible story of resilience and inspiration. Principal Dancers Kateryna Kukhar and Alex Stoianov, who now call Seattle their temporary home because of the conflict in Ukraine, were continents away when the war erupted. Kateryna was in Berlin with her students from the Kyiv State Ballet College, where they achieved remarkable success, winning six medals for Ukraine. Meanwhile, Alex was in France, preparing for their final performance in Menton. Just prior, they had rehearsed GISELLE together, a poignant moment amidst the turmoil unfolding back home. Originally planning to return to Kyiv, their lives were upended when they received news of the war's outbreak and bombings.

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Enjoy a cold plunge and a wood-fired sauna right on the Rose Kennedy Greenway across from the Boston Harbor Hotel! Moki, a modern wellness experience bringing the Nordic sauna and cold plunge experience to urban environments. Book a session, grab a swimsuit and head down to enjoy your two-hour session. Each session is $55 and includes a sauna session and a cold plunge, you will also have access to private rinse stations, changing area and will be able to relax in the dome lounge where they also have convenient lockers to store your belongings. Get all the details and book your session here.

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Get out of the city and drive north to see the magical New Hampshire Ice Castles. Experience ice slides, crawl tunnels, caverns and archways of ice, the Ice Castles are fun for the whole family, there is even a Polar Pub so the adults can grab a drink. Spots are limited each day, buy your tickets as soon as possible!

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The Boston-based brewery just launched Harpoon Slopeslide in the heart of Seaport, a three-lane snow tubing hill made by Artificial Ice Events, to create the ultimate snowy summit. Tickets are only for sale in person and available first come, first serve day of! Under 21 can ride, but must have an accompanying 21+ adult. Height requirement: you must be at least 42’’ to sled. Get all the details here.

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Hit a local ski slope! We are so lucky to have plenty of ski mountains near Boston. Take a winter getaway this season at a nearby ski resort to enjoy some exhilarating runs, cozy drinks in the lodge and plenty of stunning views from the top. 

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The 50 best things to do in Boston
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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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People visit New England every fall to see the gorgeous, colorful display that lights the region up with rich colors. Even if you’ve lived in the area your whole life, there’s no reason not to embrace the season, so get out and enjoy the vibrancy of autumn as much as possible, before the sad gray season shows up to put a damper on the fall foliage. You’ll definitely want to book a weekend getaway from Boston to see the leaves in other areas of New England or, if you’re visiting, to try a stay in a cozy Airbnb cabin near Boston. And don’t forget to pair your foliage adventures with the best hot chocolate in Boston to really get in the awesome out of autumn.

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One of the most charming joys of fall in New England is ditching the city to head for an orchard to pick your own bag full of crunchy apples. A regional tradition like no other, apple-picking is a celebration of the season that brings us cozy sweaters, cider donuts, and crisp autumn air. If you’re looking to embrace the season within a reasonable distance from Boston, there are plenty of farms that welcome guests to wander the rows of their orchards and come home with plenty of fruit in tow. From Cortlands to Macouns and everything in between, here’s some spots to hunt down your favorite apples this autumn near Boston. As we enter those cozier autumn months, be sure to also check out where to see the best fall foliage in Boston, where to go hiking near Boston, where to go pumpkin picking near Boston and where to get the best hot chocolate in Boston.

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Can you feel the crisp autumn breeze cascading through your hair as you toss your scarf over your shoulder? If so, that means it’s New England in the fall, when the foliage is fiery and the apple cider is hot. While there’s countless activities that will let you bask in the beauty of autumn, pumpkin picking is a must-do for all card-carrying New Englanders and visitors alike. Ditch the pre-picked varieties at the grocery store checkout counter and head to one of these local farms near Boston, where you can hitch a ride on a wagon and choose your own stylish squash. For more seasonal activities, check out where to see the best fall foliage in Boston, where to go apple picking near Boston, and where to get the best hot chocolate in Boston.

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