Things To Do In Massachusetts

Swimming Safety Tips

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Who doesn’t love taking a swim on a hot summer day?  Whether you’re at the pool, the beach, or a lake, fun is sure to be had, but it can quickly turn into a dangerous situation if parents and children don’t know proper swimming safety.  We’ve listed a few tips below that everyone should keep in mind whether they’re in or around the water.

  • The best thing to do for your family when it comes to water safety is to make sure that everyone knows how to swim and respects the water.  Signing children up for swimming classes at a young age will ensure that they learn proper swimming techniques and learn water safety at a young age.
  • Teach children to always ask for permission before going in the water.  You should always know when they’re swimming so that you can be there to supervise.
  • Make sure swimmers are ALWAYS supervised.  Children should never be left alone in the water for any reason, and whether it’s by you, another adult, or a lifeguard, there should always be someone nearby to jump into action if they’re needed.
  • Even if there is supervision, children should not swim alone.  Make sure they use the “buddy system” and have a friend with them at all times, but do not trust their safety to another child alone, the buddy system should be used in addition to adult supervision.
  •  Children that are still learning to swim should always wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket when in or around water.
  • There should always be an adult in the water with non-swimmers, and children should always be within an arms reach of them.
  • Make sure all pools are completely enclosed by fences that are at least five feet tall.  The gates should be self-closing and self-latching, and there should not be anything nearby for children to climb on that can enable them to climb over the fence, such as outdoor furniture, toys, etc.
  • Always keep rescue equipment nearby, such as a life preserver, rope, or solid pole.  In an emergency you don’t want to be searching for something to use, it’s best to make sure they are always in the same place and immediately put back when not in use.  It’s also a good idea to keep a first kit nearby for minor cuts and bumps.
  • Make sure children understand not to run, push, or horse around near water.  Not only can they endanger themselves, they can also cause harm to others if they were to slip and fall.
  • If you’re swimming in open water, only swim in approved areas.  Check the depth of the water, and make sure there isn’t an undertow, which can be extremely dangerous and potentially fatal for even the most experienced swimmers.
  • If you’re swimming at a public place, such as a beach or public pool, use a brightly colored towel or umbrella so that children can easily spot you.
  • If your child goes missing, check the water first.  If they are struggling in the water, seconds can make all the difference in this life or death situation.
  • In case of an emergency, make sure there is always a phone and emergency numbers nearby.
  • It’s a good idea for all parents, but especially those that own a pool to be trained in CPR.
  • Avoid drinks with alcohol in them when you’re swimming yourself or supervising others.
  • Make sure that children take breaks from swimming to rehydrate and reapply sunscreen.

With these tips, you and your family will be having fun in the sun and water all summer long!

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Massachusetts Events This June!

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The sun is shining, the weather is beautiful, so that means it’s time to get out and about!  June is the perfect time of year to enjoy some events outdoors with friends and family, and there are tons to choose from.  We’ve narrowed down the list for you and chosen some of the best things going on this month, and trust us when we say you won’t want to miss out!

Salem Arts Festival – This is an event the whole family will enjoy!  Visit Salem from June 6th – 8th for their annual arts festival, which will turn downtown Salem into a giant showcase for all types of artists to display their work.  Thousands of guests will stroll through the streets looking at all types of art including paintings, photographs, sculptures, performers, and much more.  There will be tons of food, entertainment, and fun for the entire family at this event.  If you need a break from the crowds, take a stroll down to the waterfront and catch some rays or grab a bite to eat at one of the local watering holes.  We guarantee you won’t be bored if you stop by this event, and the best part is, it’s FREE!

Martha’s Vineyard Restaurant Week – If you love fresh seafood, or any type of food for that matter, you won’t want to miss this event.  Not only does it give you an excuse to visit beautiful Martha’s Vineyard, it’s also an excuse to stop by restaurants that you wouldn’t normally visit.  You can enjoy either 3 or 4 course prix fixe meals at most restaurants on the island, with lunch being priced between $10-$20 and dinner being priced between $25-$45.  Restaurant week will take place from Sunday, June 15th – Thursday, June 19th, so take advantage of it before it’s gone!

Day Out With Thomas – The kids will love this event at Edaville, USA where they get the chance to meet Thomas the Tank Engine and his boss Sir Topham Hat!  Thomas will be stopping by from June 14th-15th and June 20th-23rd.  Take a 20 minute ride aboard a 15-ton replica of Thomas and afterwards enjoy unlimited use of all of their amusement rides and play spaces!  Sounds like a kid’s dream come true if you ask us!  The event will be from 9 AM – 5 PM and tickets are $20 per person, ages 2 and under are free.

Nashua River Brewer’s Festival – This is the perfect opportunity to enjoy some of the region’s best craft beers, while also doing something good for others.  The Nashua River Brewer’s Festival brings together some of the region’s best craft brewers at Riverfront Park in downtown Fitchburg and it’s all for a great cause!  All proceeds will benefit the Gardner Visiting Nurses Food Pantry and Fitchburg Civic Days, two local charities that benefit many nearby residents.  Tickets are only $10 in advance and $15 the day of the event, and you’ll even get a free tasting glass to keep!  There will be great entertainment and plenty to eat and drink all day long.  This event is 21+ so grab some friends and make your way over on Saturday, June 28th from 1 PM – 7 PM.

We definitely can’t wait to stop by some of these events, what about you?  We hope to see you there!

Photo By: Alexis Fam



Massachusetts Events In May

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It’s official, the weather we love is finally here!  What better way to celebrate than by checking out some of the exciting events taking place this month?  There are plenty of fun happenings going on to fill up your social calendar this month, and we’re sure you won’t want to miss out on these!

Duckling Day – This family-friendly event comes just in time for Mother’s Day, and celebrates the literary classic Make Way For Ducklings by Robert McCloskey.   This event takes place on Sunday, May 11th from 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM at the Boston Common and children are invited to dress up as their favorite character from the book.  There will be face painting, a puppet show, and much more to keep the kiddos entertained all afternoon.  Following the celebration, guests will march through the common behind the Harvard Band to the Public Garden.  Admission for a family of any size is $35 in advance, and $40 the day of the event.

Brimfield Outdoor Antiques Show – You never know what treasures you may find while out antiquing!  This event will feature thousands of dealers from across the country, so we can only imagine how many items there will be to search through until you find the one(s) that will look perfect in your home.  Ranging from heriloom-quality silver, to country collectibles, you’re sure to find exactly what you’re looking for, and you may even find something you didn’t know you needed!  This massive showcase will take place from May 13th-18th, and there will also be additional shows in July and September.

Nantucket Wine Festival – For those of you that are 21+, can you think of a more relaxing way to spend a spring afternoon than by sipping some wine by the sea?  There will be over 100 wineries and restaurants on site for different seminars, tastings, and dinners in various Nantucket homes.  This annual event will take place from May 14th-18th and ticket prices vary depending on the event.

Newburyport Spring Festival – We can’t think of a better way to spend a warm spring day than by this picturesque coastal town.  Join them for their annual Spring Festival, taking place May 25th and 26th, the Sunday and Monday of Memorial Day Weekend.  There will be entertainment for the whole family, live music, art, fine crafts, and food from local restaurants.  If you need a break from the crowd, take a stroll down by the water and enjoy the fresh sea air.  The event will be from 1o AM – 5 PM, rain or shine and is sure to be a good time for the whole family.

Don’t these events sound like the perfect way to kick off spring? Grab your friends, family members, and enjoy!

Photo By: Charles Hoffman

Massachusetts Events This April


Now that spring is finally here it’s time to get out and about to celebrate!  There are many events going on this month, and the weather is starting to warm up so there’s no better time than the present.  Whether you’re looking for something to do on a day out with the family, or want an idea for a fun time with friends, we’ve got you covered.

Boston Beer Summit – Love craft beer?  Then you won’t want to miss the Boston Beer Summit, taking place from April 4-5 at the Park Plaza Castle.  This giant beer tasting will feature over 60 brewers and have more than 200 different beers to sample.  The best local, regional, national, and international brewers will all be there including Angry Orchard, Atwater, Backlash, Berkshire, Blue Hills, Blue Moon, Harpoon, Narragansett, Sam Adams, Sierra Nevada, and many more.  Tickets are $50 and include entrance, entertainment, tasting mug, and beer samples.  Get your tickets while they last!

Patriots Day Celebrations – Head to Minute Man National Park in Lexington and Concord the weekend of April 19-21 for some historical fun.  Remember our nation’s journey to freedom at the very starting point of the Revolutionary War. These towns are extremely proud of their heritage, and in honor of Patriots Day weekend they will be celebrating with parades, re-enactments of Revolutionary battles, commemorative ceremonies, socials, a pancake breakfast, and much more! This event is perfect for families, history buffs, and anyone that wants to learn more about our country’s history.

Party For The Planet – Do you carpool, recycle, bring reusable bags to the store, or take other steps to go green?  Then you won’t want to miss out on celebrating Earth Day! Head to the Franklin Park Zoo with friends, family, and of course some furry friends for their Earth Day celebration, “Party For The Planet”!  This family friendly event takes place on Sunday, April 27th from 10AM – 3 PM and will raise awareness for the planet with fun events including animal enrichment activities, a chance to meet the zookeepers, entertainment, eco-friendly exhibitors and more.  What better way to celebrate planet Earth than  by getting up close and personal with some of it’s creatures?  Learn more about our planet and what you can do to make a difference every day at this exciting event.

Nantucket Daffodil Festival – The Nantucket Island Chamber of Commerce will be holding their Daffodil Festival from April 25-27.  This annual event celebrates the beginning of spring on the island of Nantucket with an antique car parade, community picnic, art shows, tours, exhibitions, contests, lectures, a Daffodil Flower Show, 5K, and much more.  All are welcome at this exciting event, even your furry friends!  What more could you ask for at a family event?  Many festival-goers dress up for this event, so break out your brightest yellow and enjoy this day of fun in the sun!

The start of spring is always exciting, the weather warms up, flowers are in bloom, and it becomes enjoyable to be outside again!  These events are a great way to kick off the start of the season, so grab your friends, family, flip flops, and enjoy!

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Join Us In Supporting A Great Cause!

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We are very excited to announce that we will be a Milestone Sponsor in this year’s Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) signature walk event!  “Walk Like MADD” is a non-competitive, family and pet friendly 5K Walk and also a MADD Dash, certified 5K Run which seek to raise awareness and funds for MADD.  This organization has a simple mission; they seek to stop drunk driving, support the victims of it, and prevent underage drinking.

Drunk driving not only risks the life of the driver and any passengers in their car, it also risks the lives of everyone else on the road.  The scary thing about that is that drunk driving and underage drinking are more common than you would think.  For example, did you know:

  •  If all 17 million people who admitted to driving drunk in the past year had their own state, it would be the fifth largest in the U.S.
  • On average, one in three people will be involved in a drunk driving crash in their lifetime.
  • Every 90 seconds, a person is injured in a drunk driving crash.
  • Every day in America, 30 people die as a result of drunk driving crashes.
  • Teen alcohol use kills about 6,000 people each year, more than all illegal drugs combined.
  • An average drunk driver has driven drunk 87 times before a first arrest.
  • One in three 8th graders has tried alcohol.
  • Drunk driving remains the primary cause of deaths on our highway.

If these statistics surprised you as much as they surprised us, you’ll understand why Mothers Against Drunk Driving is such a worthy cause to support.  Victims of drunk driving are more common than you think, they could be your neighbor down the street, a friend’s parent, or perhaps someone in your own family or group of friends.

We at MassDrive are proud to sponsor MADD’s event this year because their mission of keeping families and communities safe is one that we support as well.  We want everyone to drive responsibly, and if you plan on drinking alcohol make sure that you have a designated driver to get you home safely.  That’s a mission we can all support right?  If you want to join this year’s event, there are a few ways you can do it.  You can either register to walk, donate to MADD’s team, or volunteer!

The walk will take place on Sunday, April 26th at Lake Quannapowitt in Wakefield.  Registration begins at 10 AM and the opening ceremony will take place at 10:45 after a warm-up with Fitness Together.  Runners will take off at 11 AM followed by the walkers, and everyone is invited to join in on the fun and entertainment taking place after the 5K.

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Statistics provided by Mothers Against Drunk Driving


St. Patrick’s Day Events In Massachusetts


Who doesn’t love Saint Patrick’s Day in Massachusetts?  The state is known for it’s Irish heritage and for one day of the year, everyone gets to be Irish!  The celebrations aren’t limited to one day, either!  There are events taking place all month long celebrating the Irish heritage, and we’ve found a few of the best ones to help you decide what to do to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Massachusetts!

Harpoon St. Patrick’s Day Festival – How about celebrating St. Patrick’s Day at the largest brewery in Boston?  Kick off the celebration a bit early at this event taking place on Friday, March 7th and Saturday, March 8th.  Harpoon Brewery knows it’s been a long winter, so get out of the house and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with them and their large selection of beers, including Harpoon Irish Stout.  The celebration will also have food vendors selling corned beef and cabbage, among other options.  There will be bands on hand to keep you entertained, heated tents to keep you warm, and plenty of food and drinks to keep you full.  Make sure to bring cash with you, there’s a $20 entry fee and everything for sale inside is cash only.  There is no parking at the event, but there will be complimentary shuttles running to the festival from South Station.  This is a 21+ event so grab your friends and head to Harpoon Brewery for a day of food and fun, make sure to wear your green!

A Little Bit Of Ireland – Head to the Reagle Music Theatre in Waltham for this homage to all things Irish!  This is one of the largest Irish shows in New England and will feature everything from Irish tenors, Riverdance, a look inside Irish cottage life, a visit to an Irish Pub, Irish step dancing, and jokes from an Irish comic.  This show will give you a glimpse into the Irish heritage and will ensure you kick off St. Patty’s Day on the right foot!  There will be three showings, two on Saturday, March 16th at 2 and 7 PM, and one show on Sunday, March 17th at 2 PM.  Get your tickets for this entertaining display of Irish culture while they last!

St. Patrick’s Day Parade In South Boston – Brought to you by the Allied War Veteran’s Council, this is without a doubt one of the most popular St. Patrick’s Day events in the state.  South Boston is the most Irish neighborhood in the country, so what better way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day than by wearing your green and heading to Southie for the parade?  Perhaps even enjoying some green beer for those of you 21 and over.  This year the parade will be on Sunday, March 16th and will begin at 1 PM.  It’s the perfect event for friends, families, and anyone out to have a great time.  The parade begins at West Broadway near the Broadway T Station and will loop throughout the neighborhood, but make sure to get there early if you want a good spot!

Green Day Celebration At Mt. Wachusett – If you’re not ready to let go of winter yet, head to Mt. Wachusett on Monday, March 17th for a celebration of St. Patrick’s Day and all things green!  There will be lift tickets for only $17 for those wearing visible green outerwear.  You can also get the discounted lift ticket by thinking green, and carpooling to the event or driving a hybrid.  After a day of skiing, head to the back deck in Coppertop for live Irish music from 4 PM – 6 PM.  There will be corned beef and cabbage for sale, more traditional food options if you prefer, and of course plenty of drinks to go around for those over 21.  Grab your green and enjoy the day while we still have a bit of ski weather left!

However you plan on celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, there’s no doubt that the day is going to be filled with friends, food, and fun!  Enjoy the day and don’t forget your green!

Photo By: John and Carolina

Events In Massachusetts This March


We’ve almost made it to spring, and that deserves a celebration, don’t you think?  With only a few short weeks left of winter, we’re all looking forward to warmer weather and longer days, and that means more time to have fun and go to awesome events!  We know that when people think of events in March, Saint Patrick’s Day comes to mind, and don’t worry we haven’t forgotten about that special day, but it will be getting its own event posting later this month.  In the mean time, check out all of the other events going on across the state this March!

Boston Flower and Garden Show – This is the perfect event to get you ready for spring!  Take in the beautiful sights and smells of the Boston Flower and Garden Show at the Seaport World Trade Center from March 12th-16th.  This year’s theme is “Romance in the Garden” and there will be garden writers, landscaping professionals,master gardeners, and local chefs will all be on hand for daily lectures, demonstrations, floral arranging workshops, children’s activities, and cooking demonstrations.  Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for children, and $17 for seniors and are valid for one day only.  Don’t miss out on this fun event, it’s perfect for friends, families, or even a romantic outing, and is a great way to kick off spring!

Worcester Boat Show – This is another great event to get you ready for warmer weather!  Head to the DCU Center in Worcester from March 14th-16th for the Worcester Boat Show!  Whether you own your own boat or are dreaming of it one day in the future, you won’t want to miss this event.  All of the latest 2014 models will be on display, there will fishing boats, pontoon boats, sports boats, boating accessories, and much more.  You can touch and experience each boat to find your favorite, and if you’re in the market to purchase a boat you’ll want to take advantage of the special show prices and manufacturers incentives.  Tickets are $10 for adults and children 16 and under are admitted free as long as they are accompanied by an adult.

Paradise City Arts Festival – If you’re an art lover, this is the event for you.  There will be over 175 artists and their creations on display during this elegant event, and the diverse creations are guaranteed to catch your eye.  There will be a variety of different pieces, all showcasing the talent and innovation of American craftsmanship.  This event will be at the Royal Plaza Trade Center in Marlborough from March 21st-23rd.  Ticket prices vary but if you plan on going more that one day, you’ll definitely want to purchase their three day pass for $16.  If you’ve been trying to expand your cultural horizons and do something new, this is the event for you.

Dine Out Boston – If there’s a restaurant you’ve been wanting to try in the Boston area, you’re in luck!  Dine Out Boston takes place once a year and gives diners the opportunity to sample prix fixe menus for lunch and dinner from participating restaurants.  Prices for lunch are either $15, $20, or $25, and dinner prices can be $28, $33, or $38, depending on what you order.  Prices are per person and do not include drinks, tax, or gratuity.  Sample meals from chain restaurants, locally owned bistros, from tapas to Italian, Mexican to sushi, Asian food to seafood, and much more as options you won’t know where to start!  Luckily you have a few days to take advantage of this event, it’s going on from March 16th-21st, and March 23rd – 28th.  For a full list of participating restaurants, click here.

These events will make the last few weeks of winter fly by, so get out and about and enjoy!

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Stuck Inside? Avoid Cabin Fever With These Tips


With all the snow storms we’ve been getting lately we’ve all had to spend more time indoors than we would probably like.  Staying inside for too long can result in a case of cabin fever if you’re not careful, that’s why we’ve come up with a list of activities to keep you occupied indoors until the warmer weather arrives.

  • Have a dance party.  Come up with a playlist of your favorite songs and dance your little heart out.  Look up dance moves you’ve always wanted to learn and practice until you’re ready to showcase them on your next night out.  It may sound silly but not only is dancing a great way to relieve stress, it’s also good exercise, killing two birds with one stone!
  • Movie marathon.  Enough said right?  Who doesn’t love getting into their PJ’s, making some popcorn, and hibernating on the couch all day?  Netflix has tons of great movies, and it only costs $7.99 per month for their instant streaming subscription.  If you don’t have Netflix but know in advance that a storm is coming and you’ll be stuck in the house, head to the nearest RedBox machine and stock up.  You can usually find great movies in the $5 bin at Walmart too, as long  as you don’t mind digging around a bit.
  • Bake, eat, repeat.  Have a recipe you’ve been wanting to try? What better time to try it than when you’re stuck inside for hours on end?  Plus when you’re done you’ll have a delicious snack to eat for the rest of the day.
  • Get organized.  Spring isn’t here yet but it’s never too early to start on spring cleaning.  Been meaning to clean out your closet or organize the items you have around your house?  Days like this are perfect for that.  Put on your favorite playlist and get to organizing!  When you’re done find a way to reward yourself, whether it’s with a nice glass of wine, some online shopping, or a movie marathon, do something to relax after getting organized!
  • DIY day.  Creating something on your very own can be very rewarding, especially if it comes out the way you actually wanted it to.  With so many different ideas floating around on Pinterest, you’ll have a hard time deciding what you actually want to make, but if you’re stuck inside all day you may not have to choose and might have time for all of them!  Make a collage, experiment with canvas art, learn how to make different types of jewelry, the options are endless.
  • Read a book.  With so many different things to read on the various social media sites, news outlets, etc it can be hard to find the time to sit down and read a book the old-fashioned way.  Snow days are perfect for combing through your bookcase and finding an old favorite, or a book you’ve been meaning to read for a while.  Once you’ve made your selection, get comfy with a cup of hot chocolate and enjoy being unplugged for a while.
  • Redecorate.  Been wondering how your couch would look on the other side of the living room?  Now’s your chance to find out.  Be careful if you’re moving large pieces of furniture and don’t try to lift anything too heavy on your own.
  • Catch up with an old friend.  Sometimes it’s hard to keep in touch with friends that you don’t see very often or that are usually hanging out in a different circle of friends, but snow days are the perfect time to call up an old friend and see what’s new in their life.

We hope these ideas can help you fight off a case of cabin fever!  Try to make the most of these snow days while they last, spring is on its way!  If you’re stuck inside all day with the kids, check out these ideas to keep them entertained.

Photo By: Kara Michele

Valentine’s Day In Boston


Valentine’s Day is almost here!  Whether you’re excited to spend a romantic evening with your significant other, or are single and plan on spending the night with friends, Boston is a fun destination with tons of events going on for everyone.  Since there are so many events to choose from, we thought we’d narrow down the list and make it easier to decide, so check out our tops picks for Valentine’s Day events in the city!

Fenway Park Winter Lights Show – Who wouldn’t love to spend Valentine’s Day at “America’s Most Beloved Ballpark”?  Lucky for you Fenway is offering daily tours and a light show through the month of February, so you can spend Valentine’s Day at the park taking in a romantic display of lights with the Boston skyline in the background!  Show your valentine how creative you are by heading to this unique event instead of a typical dinner date. Tours are at 4, 5, and 6 PM and cost $15 per person.  Tickets are available on a first-come,  first-served basis and are for sale on the day of the event at the Gate D Ticket Booth.  This event is perfect for couples, friends, or even families on Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day Dinner Cruise – If you’re really trying to impress someone special this year, take them on a harbor cruise around Boston aboard the Odyssey.  Not only will there be amazing views of the Boston skyline, there will also be live music paired with a DJ, and an impressive dinner and dessert menu.  What could be more romantic than floating around the harbor, dancing to live music, and enjoying a top of the line meal?  This event is a bit pricey with tickets starting at $109.90 per person but also includes a champagne toast and rose for each couple.  Boarding begins at 6 PM and the cruise lasts from 7 – 10 PM.  To make a reservation for this event call (866) 307-2469.

Flirt Fest At The Bell In Hand – For all of you singles out there, this is the place to be on Valentine’s Day.  Have an amazing pick-up line or one that’s equally as horrible?  You might just win their Best & Worst Pick-Up Line Contest, and best case scenario it might even get you a date.  This Anti-Valentine’s Day event will feature a reception, a DJ, dancing, and awards for Boston’s biggest Male and Female Flirts.  The event will last from 7 PM – midnight and tickets range from $10-$20, get them while they last!

Tasting At The Wine Bottega – For those of you that are over 21, you won’t want to miss this event on Valentine’s Day.  Everyone loves a nice glass of wine, especially when it’s free!  This is the perfect way to start your night before going out to a nice dinner, stop by from 5-8 PM and sip on their unique selection of wines that have been carefully selected for this event.  The Wine Bottega is located right on Hanover Street in Boston’s North End so there will be plenty of options to choose from for a nice meal after you enjoy a few samples of wine.

If you plan on having a low key Valentine’s Day, you can always grab a bottle of wine, some take out, and stream your favorite romantic comedies on Netflix, but if you ask us these events sound too fun to miss!

Photo By: Chris Sloan


Massachusetts Events This Month!


We may be in the middle of winter, but that’s no excuse to hibernate!  There are tons of fun events going on despite the cold, so don’t be afraid to get out and about this month and take advantage of them!

Ski Ward 75th Anniversary Party – Join Ski Ward Ski Area for their 75th Anniversary Party on Saturday, February 1st.  There will be a complimentary BBQ for season pass holders, which will also be open to the public.  There will also be tons of fun activities, an appearance by the L.L. Bean Bootmobile, appetizer specials at the Slopeside Bar & Grill, beer & wine tastings, live music, a night parade, and fireworks.  The whole family will enjoy this event so don’t miss out!

Beanpot Hockey Tournament – This is one of the biggest events going on in Boston this month.  This hockey tournament takes place the first two Monday nights in February, the 3rd and the 10th at the TD Garden.  Boston College, Boston University, Harvard, and Northeastern will go head to head to compete for the coveted Beanpot trophy and bragging rights for the rest of the year.  The first game is on Monday, February 3rd at 5 PM where Northeastern will take on Harvard and the two will compete to advance to the next round.  The same evening at 8 PM, Boston College and Boston University will play each other.  On Monday, February 10th at 4:30 PM there will be a Consolation Game followed by a Championship game at 7:30 PM. Ticket prices vary but make sure you get yours before it’s too late!

Holyoke Winter Carnival – This 10 day long celebration of winter themed activities begins on February 7th and brings together a variety of groups from the community.  This year the Carnival will have two themed weekends.  The first, from February 7th-9th will focus on recreation and sport to go along with the start of the Winter Olympics.  There will be hockey matches, a curling demonstration, an outdoor walk, polar bear swim, and much more.  There will also be plenty of food, live music, family movie night, dog show, and even a wine tasting for those 21 and over. The second weekend, February 13th – 16th will focus on Holyoke arts and entertainment with a night parade, chili cook-off, cake decorating, quilt show, free community pancake breakfast, and much more.  This family friendly event is the perfect reason to get everyone out of the house and trying something different.

New England Music Awards – Who doesn’t love a good toe-tapping tune?  Now’s your chance to see some of the best musicians in New England perform live!  Get tickets to the New England Music Awards taking place on Saturday, February 22nd at 7PM at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium in Lowell.  The event will be hosted by comedian Steve Sweeney and also happens to coincide with the Lowell Winterfest taking place the same weekend!  There will be tons of events going on during the day for families and after the concert those that are 21+ should stop by the Polar Party inside Club Celsius downtown for drinks and more live music.

Bundle up and get out and about with family and friends this winter, there are too many fun events going on to miss out!

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