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Events This January!

The new year brings new events along with it, and we’ve found some of the best happenings across the Bay State to keep you entertained this month!  As always, there is something for everyone whether you’re stepping out with family, friends, or your better half.

Murder At The Science Museum Scavenger Hunt – For all of you would-be detectives out there, this is the perfect opportunity to sharpen your skills and show everyone what you’ve got! A few museum staffers recently discovered an ancient invention of Benjamin Franklin’s, the only problem is someone has been picking them off one by one! It’s up to you to figure out whether the deaths are caused by the invention, or is a serial killer roaming the halls of the museum?  Stop by the Museum of Science this Saturday, January 5th at 2 PM to show off your sleuthing skills an solve the murder mystery! This event is 18+ and tickets are $32 and must be purchased in advance.

Winter Wildlife Cruise – Do you dare brave the cold in hopes of seeing some exotic wildlife? If you can take the heat (or lack of) hop aboard this Winter Wildlife Cruise on Saturday, January 19th.  If you’re a nature buff or just interested in doing something new, this event is perfect!  You’ll cruise along the harbor islands, Hingham Bay and the Weir River in hopes of spotting a snowy owl, harlequin duck, purple sandpipers and many more creatures.  This tour takes place on Saturday, January 19th and is $20 for adults between 13-64, $15 for children 4-11 years and seniors 65+, and free for children under 3.  The tour departs from two locations, Long Wharf North in Boston at 11 AM, and from the Fore River Shipyard in Quincy at 10:15 AM.

Great Bridal Expo – This is the nation’s leading bridal show and has been running for over 30 years!  Stop by the Park Plaza Hotel on Sunday, January 20th from 12 noon – 4 PM for a wedding extravaganza that is a must see for any bride to be!  There will be hundreds of displays for the wedding, honeymoon, and even for your home once the big day has come and gone.  Watch the choreographed fashion show, potentially win some prizes, and enjoy the day with friends!  Even if there isn’t a wedding in your near future, what girl doesn’t love thinking about and planning her big day?  This is the perfect event for a girls day out in the city! Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door.

Boston Symphony Orchestra Community Chamber Concert – Take a ride out to the JFK Library & Museum Sunday, January 20th for a concert from the Boston Symphony Orchestra from 3 PM- 4 PM.  There will be compositions by Verdi, Still, and Previn, featuring the Hawthorne String Quartet and Thomas Martin playing the clarinet.  Tickets are free but required with a reservation and there will be a free reception following the concert.  Don’t miss your chance to experience this taste of Boston culture and maybe even take a tour of the library and museum before the show begins! Tickets can be reserved by calling Symphony Charge at  617-266-1200 or  888-266-1200.

Don’t miss your chance to stop by these exciting events, they are sure to cure any case of cabin fever!

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Free Events This August!

Now that we are about to enter August, the summer will be winding down.  We are approaching the end of the summer months and soon we will be missing this beautiful warm weather!  Take advantage of this month and get out and about before there is a chill in the air! Whether you are going out with your whole family, friends, a date, or even just yourself, make the most of these sunny days and check out one of these great events!

Boston GreenFest – From August 16-19 Boston’s City Hall Plaza will host the region’s largest multicultural environmental festival, Boston GreenFest.  The event aims at celebrating the many ways we can create a better world by going green in our lives and communities.  There will be concerts, exhibitors, eco-friendly fashion, eco-art on exhibit and for sale, speakers and presentations, film festivals, food, and so much more! Kids will especially love the performances by Disney stars Olivia Holt and Dylan Riley Snyder from Kickin’ It on Saturday, August 18 from 11:30 AM-12:30 PM.

Saint Anthony’s Feast – Who doesn’t love to feast?  This month stop by Saint Anthony’s Feast in Boston’s historic North End, the streets will be lined with push cart vendors offering everything from authentic Italian food to games.  There is also a stage set up with continuous live music so even when you are roaming the streets you will be entertained.  Chefs from local restaurants will set up shop at the culinary pavillion where they will be showing off their skills to the crowd and a piazza will be set up so that guests can enjoy pasta, pizza, and beer imported from Italy.  The feast is in honor of St. Anthony of Padua and Saint Lucia, patron saint of the blind.  One of the main events takes place on Sunday and features a parade through the streets where the main focus is a statue of St. Anthony being carried down Endicott, Thacher, and North Margin Street.  This event begins Friday, August 24 and ends Monday, August 27.

Free Fun Fridays – Free Fun Fridays is an amazing program sponsored by the Highland Street Foundation which supports local non-profit institutions.  Every Friday from June-August there is FREE admission to many museums, landmarks, theaters, and local attractions.  Coming up this Friday anyone can get into the Museum of Fine Arts, Norman Rockwell Museum, Amelia Park Children’s Museum, Fuller Craft Museum, and the Arnold Arboretum totally free.  There are no restrictions on age or location unless otherwise specified by the vendor.  This is an amazing value and the perfect reason to get out of the house whether ou are on a budget or not!  Upcoming museums that will be offering free entry this month include the Cape Cod Children’s Museum, Fruitlands Museum, Concord Museum, USS Constitution Museum, Old Sturbridge Village, the Basketball Hall of Fame, JFK Library and Museum, and the Discovery Museums.  Check out their website for more information on FAQ’s and a complete listing of events.

Rick Springfield at the Hatch Shell Everyone knows the classic hit Jessie’s Girl, now here’s your chance to see Rick Springfield perform it live for free! We can’t guarantee he’ll be singing that song, but it’s a pretty safe bet if we had to guess.  Rick Springfield is one of the many acts performing this summer in the Hatch Shell’s Summer Concert Series.  He will be taking the stage this Saturday, August 4.  The concert begins at 7 PM with an opening act and comes to an end at 9:30 PM.  This event is sure to draw a crowd, and should be especially popular with classic rock and General Hospital fans so be sure to get there early!

Family Film Festival – The Family Film Festival being sponsored by Magic 106.7 will be closing out the summer with three more family friendly movies showing on the South Garden at the Prudential Center.  This coming Saturday, August 4 The Muppets will be playing, followed by Cars 2 the following Saturday, August 11, and will close out with a showing of Happy Feet 2 Saturday, August 18.  This event is perfect for families and kids will love watching a movie under the stars.  It also benefits a great cause, at each movie the nonprofit organization Cradles to Crayons will be collecting new and gently-used children’s clothing as well as new arts and crafts supplies.  Entertainment will begin before the movie at 6 PM and the film will begin at sunset.

So step out and enjoy some of these FREE events before the summer ends!  All events are family friendly and have something for guests of every age.

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