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Massachusetts Events This Month!

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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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Free Events In February!

I don’t know about you guys, but personally, I’m always looking out for a good deal.  If you’re on a budget or just enjoy a good bargain, I’ve found a bunch of events going on this month in the Bay State that are all FREE!  There’s definitely something for everyone so take advantage of these upcoming events and get out and about this month!

13th Annual Lowell WinterFest – This festival is back and better than ever!  There is no admission to this event and the majority of activities are free!  Don’t miss the human dogsled competition, horsedrawn carriage rides, trivia, live firedance performances by Hydra, Lowla’s kids’ party, the live ice sculpture demonstration, or the live dog-mushing demonstration with husky dog meet and greet!  There are so many events going on that this Festival lasts two days!  It begins this Friday, February 8th with the elementary and middle school snowman competition from 10AM – 12 PM, and the opening ceremonies that officially kick off WinterFest begins at 6:30 PM.  The party continues on Saturday, February 9th and closes out with a light and laser show at 5:40 PM, although the Polar Party at Club Celsius ( 21 + after 6 PM and $5 cover) continues on until midnight.  If you do have a few dollars to spare definitely check out the All You Can Eat Chocolate Festival ($5)  or the hot roasted marshmallows ($3 per stick)!  This event won’t disappoint and there is something for every member of the family!

Mini Manis and Mimosas! – Alright ladies, grab your friends and head into Boston for a girl’s day!  Sikara & Co is a modern jewelry store at 250 Newbury St and they are partnering with MiniLuxe to host this Mini Manis and Mimosas event to assist in some Valentine’s Day prep.  Stop by on Sunday, February 10th from 11 AM – 1 PM and shop for your valentine (they have a lot of cufflinks), get your nails done, and enjoy a drink, all for free!  How can you beat that?  They will also be offering styling tips for your V-Day look and you’ll have the chance to win gift cards to Sikara and MiniLuxe!  RSVP to Boston@sikarajewelry.com to reserve your spot, you definitely won’t want to miss this event!

Tax Help – Who doesn’t have a few questions about their taxes?  Filing your taxes can definitely be confusing and frustrating to deal with which is why the Newton Free Library is offering up free assistance!  Beginning on February 16th, they will have trained volunteers from the AARP Tax-Aide Foundation on hand from 9:30 AM- 12 noon.  Volunteers will be on hand every Saturday until the Saturday in February that precedes the date taxes are due.  You’ll be in great hands as all of the volunteers are IRS certified and will be able to assist with regular (non business) taxes.  There will be general assistance for anyone needing it, however, volunteers will only prepare tax returns for people with moderate or low income (less than $40,000 if single and less than $60,000 if filing a joint return).  Patrons are asked to register at the table off of the parking lot entrance and will be helped on a first come-first serve basis.  If you’re not a tax whiz this is a great way to get your taxes filed for free!

Pilates Bootcamp – Get your butt into gear and head to the Upper Rotunda of the Quincy Market building in Faneuil Hall on Saturday, February 23rd for a free pilates bootcamp with Jennifer Phelan!  Jennifer is an award-winning and nationally certified pilates instructor that teaches classes at Equinox, North End Yoga and in private homes in Boston.  This free 45 minute class from 9:15 AM – 10 AM will kick start your day and give you the opportunity to work out with Boston’s #1 rated pilates instructor!  This event is open to all levels and ages, just be sure to bring your own mat!

Get out and get in gear this month with these fun free events!  There’s no excuse not to head out to one of these events, not only are they easy on your wallet but they are a great reason to get friends together, go on a date, and just have fun with your loved ones!

Photo By: Yellow Sky Photography

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