10 best events, things to do in Boston for MLK weekend 2022


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Ice Castles in North Woodstock, NH Robert F. Bukaty / AP

With more Massachusetts businesses and cultural institutions reinstating COVID-19 restrictions in the face of a resurgent coronavirus pandemic, residents may be torn over whether to leave their homes this weekend. end. With that in mind, this week’s BosTen features a mix of in-person and virtual things to do in Boston this weekend. Do you have any idea what we should cover? Leave us a comment on this article or in the BosTen Facebook group, or send us an email at [email protected].

Celebrate Betty White’s legacy at two local restaurants

Betty White – revered actress, animal advocate and absolute legend – died in late 2021, just weeks away from her 100th birthday. To celebrate White, two restaurants pay homage with special menu items. At the Precinct Kitchen + Bar in Back Bay, specialty cocktails will be available from January 13 to 23. There’s Ageless Beauty, made with bourbon, pomegranate juice, Chambord, lemon juice and maple syrup; the Betty White Russian, with Absolut Vanilla Vodka and Kahlua Cream topped with Whipped Cream and Golden Stars; and the Golden Girl, which uses Citrus Vodka, Canton, Lemon, and Simple Syrup, and is topped with prosecco and golden highlights. At City Tap House in Fort Point, the bustling hangout will host a brunch on what would have been White’s birthday, January 17. With clips from her acting career playing in the background, guests can order Golden Glitter waffles and mimosas. And much like Betty White, any guest who orders a glass of vodka will be served a free hot dog – a playful combo favored by the iconic star.

Tap your feet from home at the Boston Celtic Music Festival

Each January, Harvard Square is filled with the sounds of violins, flutes and other Celtic musical instruments for a weekend at the annual Celtic Music Festival. This year, it’s a different story, as the annual festival, which is traditionally held at Club Passim and other nearby venues, will be virtual. From January 13-16, more than 20 artists will perform songs and dances from Irish, Scottish, Cape Breton and other Celtic communities. Access to free shows and the full program (as well as a link to make a donation) are available on the Passim website.

Discover Boston’s new Nashville-themed restaurant, the Nash Bar & Stage

Dust off your line dancing boots: After a few weeks of smooth opening events, the Nash Bar & Stage will officially open on January 17, offering free line dancing lessons at 8 p.m. to kick things off. In addition to dancing and live music at 5 p.m., diners can stock up on comfort food at the theater district’s newcomer – think giant chicken wings, southern fried shrimp, macaroni and cheese, and with cheddar and ribs from Saint-Louis. . To drink there are cocktails with fun names like Watermelon Sugar High and Lei’d Up in Nash, as well as a cotton candy mimosa with the sweet flavor of the day, prosecco and cotton candy.

Have icy fun in New Hampshire’s ice castles

Each year, tens of thousands of visitors flock to North Woodstock, New Hampshire to visit the Ice Castles, a huge frozen attraction that features stunning structures, tunnels, slides, fountains and more built in from 20 million pounds of ice. New to this year’s attraction, open from January 14 to March 4, is the ‘Winter Fairy Village’ and an ice sculpture garden, which integrate perfectly with the crawl tunnels, sleigh rides and the illuminated mystical forest. Tickets for this weekend are still available during some windows, but are leaving quickly.

Order clam chowder for $ 1 at Legal Sea Foods

One way to stay warm despite these freezing temperatures? Sip a bowl of chowder from local mainstay Legal Sea Foods. On Saturdays, you’ll only need a dollar to order one: As part of the chain’s “Chowda Day” on January 15, Legal Sea Foods will be offering a bowl of their signature clam chowder for just $ 1, with proceeds going to Boston Children’s Hospital. Want more than a cup? Bowls cost $ 2, quarts $ 10, and gallons of chowder $ 30.

Enjoy large and small sculptures with free admission to the ICA

The Institute of Contemporary Art is one of many Boston institutions offering free entry to Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, giving visitors the chance to view exhibits that include Deana Lawson’s photographic representations of black life, multimedia installations by Somerville artist Renée Green; and Eva LeWitt’s vibrant hanging sculptures. If you’re worried about crowds along the weekend, the museum also offers free admission on Thursday evenings as part of its weekly Third Thursday program.

Take an Italian wine tour at Fat Hen’s wine dinner

Omicron may have put the brakes on your international travel plans, but there are always ways to experience the joy of Italian wine without leaving the Boston area. Fat Hen, a Somerville restaurant with a focus on Italian tasting menus, will host a wine pairing dinner on Friday, featuring a multi-course menu accompanied by a luxurious array of Italian wines. Start with Katama Bay oysters and a glass of prosecco, followed by dishes like sea scallops with acorn squash, cranberries and turnips; lamb with potato gnocchi; and black forest chocolate cake, each accompanied by a glass of wine. Tickets cost $ 125 and can be purchased here.

Get Inspired by MLK Speeches at the Gardner Museum

Like the MFA and ICA, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum will offer free admission Monday in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The museum will present “Witness: Spirituals and the Classical Music Tradition”, a video in four parts. series that chronicles black American composers who found inspiration through spirituals and features the Boston Castle of our Skins ensemble. The museum will also provide on-the-go art kits inspired by the words of Dr King’s speeches.

Free entry to Stone Zoo and Franklin Park Zoo

If you’d rather enjoy free entry to an outdoor attraction rather than a museum, Boston’s Franklin Park Zoo and Stoneham’s Stone Zoo will also be offering free entry on Monday. As well as stopping to see all of your favorite animals, be sure to say hello to birthday boys Smoky and Bubba, a pair of black bears who turn 16 this weekend.

Watch New PBS Documentary About Boston in “A Reckoning in Boston”

When filmmaker James Rutenbeck began work on a documentary film in 2014 in Dorchester, he sought to document students in the Clemente Course in the Humanities, a program that gives low-income adults a free chance to learn “greats.” works of literature, art history, moral philosophy and American history. During the process of making the film, however, Rutenbeck began to realize that the premise of his film was wrong and that he had to deal with his own complicity in structural racism. The final result, “A Reckoning in Boston,” airs on PBS Monday night at 9 p.m. and shows how the film’s original subjects, Bostonians Kafi Dixon and Carl Chandler, return the camera to the filmmaker. For those who can’t see Monday night’s premiere, “A Reckoning in Boston” will also air on the PBS Video app.

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