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New Year’s Eve In Boston!

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The big night is here!  The ball is about to drop and 2014 is almost here!  Are you ready to say goodbye to 2013?  There are tons of events going on in Boston to toast the past year and welcome the new one, and if you’re wondering where to go, check out our suggestions:

Crawl ‘Til The Ball Falls Bar Crawl – This 21+ event is sure to be fun for those of you that want to kick off the New Year with friends and a few drinks.  There are two spots to register, either at Stadium Sports Bar from 4PM – 8:30PM ($100), or Sissy K’s from 4PM – 7:30PM ($80), very limited amounts of the Sissy K’s tickets are available so make sure to act fast!  The bar crawl itself is from 4PM – 2AM and ticket price includes a cup, wristband, map of the route, and admission to all venues.

First Night – Of course this is the event that comes to everyone’s mind when you think of New Year’s Eve in Boston.  The first thing to know when it comes to First Night is that getting a button is worth it.  All outdoor events are free but the indoor ones are not.  For $10 you can purchase a 2014 First Night button that includes admission to every show on a first come, first serve basis.  You can purchase buttons at the BosTix Booth located in Faneuil Hall and Copley Square.  This day long celebration of art, music, dance, sculpture, fireworks, and of course the New Year will be fun for the whole family, and has something fun to offer that everyone will enjoy.

Frozen Fenway – This family friendly event is the perfect way to spend New Year’s Eve for Red Sox fans!  Spend the day inside the park sledding on the 20 foot Monster Sled, go ice skating, enjoy some classic Fenway food, take pictures on the warning track and in the dugouts, and take a picture with the World Series trophies!  There will also be free hot chocolate and cookies for children.  Celebrate the World Series champs and ring in the New Year with family and friends at Fenway Park! Tickets are $40 and this event is tonight, December 31st from 5 PM – 10 PM.

New Year’s At Laugh Boston – For all of you comedy fans, you won’t want to miss New Year’s Eve at Laugh Boston.  Comedian Big Jay Oakerson will take the stage for two shows, one at 7:30 and one at 10 PM and hilarity is sure to ensue.  With appearances on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon”, “Just For Laughs Comedy Festival”, and HBO’s “P.Diddy’s Bad Boys of Comedy”, Oakerson is sure to bring lots of laughs to everyone in the audience to kick off the New Year.  Tickets for both shows are still available and cost $25.

Staying in tonight?  Grab some champagne or sparkling cider (for those that are not 21) and enjoy watching the ball drop!

Whatever you end up doing tonight, we want every to have a fun but more importantly, SAFE New Year’s Eve.  This night can be extremely dangerous if you do not party responsibly, so designate a driver and make sure everyone you’re with knows the game plan for the night.  Happy Holidays!

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November Events!

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November is a fun month of the year, at the beginning we get to continue celebrating fall and all it has to offer, and towards the end of the month we begin looking forward to Christmas!  There’s a fun mix of events going on this month, and we’ve found some of the best ones in the Bay State!  November will come and go before you know it, so don’t miss your chance to take advantage of these events!

Fall Restaurant Week In Salem – If you’re a food lover, you definitely don’t want to miss out on this event!  Try the best local cuisine in Salem for a discounted price from November 3-7 and 10-14.  Participating restaurants will be offering either a two course ($18), or three course ($28), prix-fixe dinner menu.  Whether you like classic American food, steak , seafood, or ethnic dishes, you will have plenty of options to choose from!  There will be multiple appetizer, entree, and even dessert options on each menu, and reservations are recommended.  When contacting the restaurant, be sure to mention Restaurant Week.

Apples and Wine Festival – Taking place at Russell Orchards in Ipswich, this event has something for every member of your family!  From hayrides, apple crisp, cider pressing demonstrations, apple samples, and caramel apple dipping to a wine tasting for those over 21, this event is fun for all ages.  The event will be November 9th and 10th from 11 AM – 4 PM.  The cost of the wine tasting is $20 per person and includes 24 tastes of their award-winning hard ciders and fruit wines, select gourmet food pairings, wristband, and a signature glass to take home.  Reservations for the wine tasting are recommended.

Blink! A Light & Sound Extravaganza – This festive holiday event takes place in Faneuil Hall in Boston on Saturday, November 23.  Festivities begin at 12 noon with the arrival of Santa, a performance from “A Christmas Story”, and tons of additional live entertainment.  There will be dancers, music, and much more throughout the day, all leading up to the lighting ceremony which will be from 7:30 PM – 8 PM and will feature performances from the Boston Pops, and Grammy Award-Winning singer Paula Cole.  Mayor Menino will be the one to flip the switch and a portion of the ceremony will include a tribute to the long-time mayor of Boston.  Once the switch has been flipped, over 30,000 lights will illuminate the tree along with an additional 350,000 lights throughout Faneuil.  Don’t miss out on this holiday extravaganza in the city!

Lowell City Of Lights Parade And Holiday Celebration – Taking place on Saturday, November 30th, in downtown Lowell, this is event will be a fun way to celebrate the holiday season.  Festivities begin at 11 AM with holiday shopping, live performances, pictures with Santa, trolley tours, and the Annual Hot Chocolate Competition!  These festivities all lead up to the main event, the City of Lights Parade and City Hall Lighting!  Spend the day with friends and family and enjoy the start of the holiday season!

All of these events are perfect for friends or the whole family!  Kick off the holiday season and enjoy these fun filled celebrations!

Charity Events This Month!

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We know you enjoyed our last post, “Events This August!” and now we’re back with even more events but this time you can give back to the community while you have a great time!  What better excuse to go out than for a great cause?

Cheap Pub Party Fundraiser – Head to the Wild Rover right next to Faneuil Hall in Boston this Saturday, August 10th from 7 PM – 10 PM for a fundraiser supporting Project Bread; an organization fighting to end hunger.  Tickets are $9 at the door but less if you purchase online in advance.  If you plan on buying at the door be sure to bring exact change, and if you purchase tickets online you need to print it out.  VIP tickets are also available and will guarantee a larger donation to Project Bread.  Admission to the event also includes a free drink before 8:15 PM and free appetizers until 9:30 PM.  Free movie passes will also be raffled off, don’t miss out on this fun night out!

Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament – Like to golf?  Then there’s no better way to spend Monday, August 12th than by taking part in the NVCC’s annual golf tournament at the Easton Country Club from 11 AM – 7 PM!  Not only will it be a beautiful day for golf, there will also be prizes, tons of fun, and delicious food!  A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Massachusetts Hospital School; an organization dedicated to providing habilitative, rehabilitative, recreational, educational and vocational services to children and young adults with multiple disabilities, assisting them to achieve their maximum level of independence in all aspects of life. The cost of this event is $135 per golfer or $540 per foursome.

New England Revolution Collect School Supplies for Cradles to Crayons – The New England Revolution have been conducting a series of charity donation drives including one on Saturday, August 17th before their 7 PM game against Chicago Fire.  The match is at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro and tickets for a game range from $23 – $45 and are fun events for the whole family.  If you haven’t experienced one of these games, you definitely need to check it out and you can make a difference in the life of a young child.  School supplies will go to Cradles to Crayons; an organization that gives low-income and homeless children in Massachusetts and Philadelphia items they need to learn and thrive.

Are there any other great charity events going on this month that we haven’t mentioned?  Be sure to let us know in the comments!

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Events This November!

Can you believe it’s already November?  Time flies when you’re having fun, and it will go by even faster with these events to look forward too!  Before the Christmas rush begins, take some time to relax and enjoy these events this month, there’s something for everyone whether you want to go out with friends, family, or out for date night, we’ve got you covered!

Fall Wine Fest – Sounds good already doesn’t it?  Get your tickets before they sell out!  This wine tasting event is this Saturday, November 3rd at the Cyclorama, Boston Center for the Arts in Boston and there are three tasting sessions to choose from.  The matinee tasting is from noon-2:30 PM, followed by the afternoon tasting from 3PM-6PM (recently sold out), and final tasting is from 7PM-10PM.  Prices vary depending on which tasting you want to attend, but you can get more information here.  Guests will get their “passport” to guide them through the event and the different regions of wine.  There will also be music from DJ Karl and food samples to enjoy with your wine.  This event is limited to members or guests of members, but membership is free and you can subscribe here.  This event is 21+ and we want all attendees to enjoy responsibly and designate a driver!

Royal Tea At The MFA – Beginning this Sunday, November 4th the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston is hosting an afternoon tea session to compliment the exhibition “Mario Testino: British Royal Portraits“.  It will run each Sunday from November 4th until December 16th from 3PM-4:30 PM and is $28.00 per person.  There will be a wide assortment of finger sandwiches, pastries, and scones whipped up by their pastry chef and guests can also add in a glass of wine, sherry, or brandy for an additional fee. Reservations are recommended and can be made through Open Table or by calling (617) 369-3474.  This event sounds like a great way to relax on a Sunday afternoon with friends or family.  Who doesn’t love a warm cup of tea and some pastries on a fall afternoon?

America’s Hometown Thanksgiving – Plymouth Rock put Massachusetts on the map when the pilgrims landed and celebrated the first Thanksgiving with the Native Americans.  Take a drive to Plymouth from November 16th-18th and prepare for Thanksgiving at a celebration aimed at preserving the history of the holiday as well as remembering those that have fought and sacrificed to protect the American dream.  There will be a parade, military reenactments, a food festival, entertainment, and much more.  This is a great event for the whole family this fall as it celebrates the holiday while also remembering the important history behind it.  There will also be crafts, a Harvest festival, and a Wampanoag pavillion set up to teach visitors what the first Thanksgiving between the Natives and Pilgrims was really like.  Take a drive down to Plymouth this weekend, check out the Mayflower, and enjoy the holiday season while also keeping in mind the origins of Thanksgiving!

Blink! Launch Event – Join Mayor Thomas M. Menino and the Boston Pops for the first annual Blink! Launch Event!  This exciting tradition features the music of the Boston Pops and the lighting of the Christmas tree in Faneuil Hall!  This is the perfect event to kick of the holiday season and will definitely get you in the spirit!  Stop by with the family and enjoy this festive event that begins at 5:30 PM on Saturday, November 17th.  There will be food vendors, plenty of shops to check out, and entertainment before the main performance begins!  The Faneuil Hall Tree Lighting is a Christmas tradition and Blink! is a new spin on this classic outing that is perfect for family and friends of all ages.  Be sure to arrive early so you can get a good spot!

Head out to one of these events this month before the Christmas madness begins!  Whether you’re looking for the perfect girls night, family event,  or for a taste of some culture there is an event for you this month!  There’s plenty of time to enjoy the holiday season before the pressure’s on, so head out with family and friends this month, there is something for everyone to enjoy!

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Free Events This October!

We already posted about events going on this October in Massachusetts, but in case you’re trying to stay budget friendly and save up for the holidays, here are some free event listings going on this month.  What’s better than walking around Boston, taking in some art, trying some new food, or watching a famous sporting event?  Not much, especially when these events are all free!

Boston Local Food Festival – Taking place this Sunday, October 7th from 11AM – 5 PM the Boston Local Food Festival is hosting their 3rd Annual Event which promotes the joys and health benefits of eating local food.  Presented by Teddie Peanut Butter, this free food festival will feature demos and samples from local farmers and some of the best restaurants in New England.  There will also be live music, a Fishstock and Seafood showdown, and a family fun zone for those with youngsters.  For a program with the complete schedule activities at the festival, click here.  Head over to the Rose Kennedy Greenway in Boston this weekend (right near the aquarium and State St) and support some great local businesses and enjoy some fresh fruit!

Opening Our Doors 2012Opening Our Doors is an annual event in the Fenway that celebrates some of Boston’s best cultural and academic institutions, community organizations and business partners.  Families, students, and friends are encouraged to celebrate this event on Monday, October 8th (Columbus Day) which begins at 10 AM with their opening ceremony and performance and ends that day at 4 PM.  Throughout the day, participants will be able to take part in a variety of free, culturally diverse activities.  Events range from historical tours, music and dance performances, lectures, walking tours of Fenway, indoor kite flying, glass blowing demonstrations, and much more.  For a complete list of the day’s events, click here.

Head of the Charles Regatta – This is the world’s second largest two-day rowing event and you can watch it all happen for free October 20-21st at Boston’s Hatch Shell.  This event is expected to have over 9,000 rowers competing in over 56 races, and over 300,000 spectators there watching, so get there early if you want a good seat!  Participants vary in age and skill level, competitors will range from collegiate athletes to club members to Olympic athletes so competition will be fierce.  The route is 3.2 miles and has many sharp turns that are difficult to naviagate along the way.  Winners from each race are given the title “Head of the Charles” which is taken from English tradition.  This event benefits multiple local charities so is a great cause to support and there will be food trucks as well as free give aways from sponsors.  Stop by this world-famous event this month, it will be a memory you definitely won’t forget!

1st Annual Faneuil Hall Marketplace Street Theater Festival – This exciting event celebrates some of the world’s most talented street performers.  Saturday, October 20th and Sunday, October 21st take a stroll around Faneuil Hall and watch some of these amazing shows.  There will be acrobats, contortionists, jugglers, magicians, musicians, and even more.  The event begins at 11 AM each day and ends at 7 PM each night.  Acts will be taking place throughout the day, so use these exciting, culturally enhancing shows as an excuse to get out, do some window shopping, or grab a bite in Quincy Market, you definitely won’t be bored!

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Whatever you’re interested in, there are budget friendly events going on all month.  For those of you into art, music, sports, or food then we’ve got you covered this month!  Head out with family, friends, or yourself and soak up some local culture while enjoying the city, there’s no reason not to especially since all of these events are free!

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