Boston events February 2020. Things to do in Boston.

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Boston events February 2020

Chili cook-off

February 1, 2020 (1 to 2:30 p.m.)
3.6 miles NW
Sample chili (hot, spicy, vegan, exotic, or traditional) and then vote for your favorite at Some Like It Hot Chili Cook-Off at 27 Brattle Street in Cambridge. Free.

Monster trucks

February 1 - 2, 2020
42.8 miles SW
Big trucks with big wheels create big noise and excitement at Monster Jam in Providence, RI.

Tunnel of Love

February 1 - 29, 2020
0.2 miles east
The lights may be blue, but the sentiment is Valentine’s Day red when you stroll under a trellis covered with hearts as romantic music plays at the Tunnel of Love at Christopher Columbus Park. Free.

Spirituality festival

February 7 - 9, 2020
60 miles west
A Feast of Lights is an ancient Celtic midwinter festival with rituals, workshops, and a magic winter dance at Sturbridge Host Hotel.

Science-fiction films

February 7 - 16, 2020
4.4 miles NW
See new and old sci-fi, fantasy, and horror films at the Boston Science Fiction Film Festival, which ends in a 24-hour marathon of movies at Somerville Theatre.

Run in your underwear

February 8, 2020 (12 to 4 p.m.)
3 miles west
Run through the streets without pants at 2 p.m. to support charity in Cupid’s Undie Run, with a party before and after at Game On Fenway for age 21+.

Science day at the museum

February 8, 2020
4.3 miles NW
I Heart Science has activities for all ages, led by Harvard scientists, graduate students, and enthusiastic explorers at Harvard Museum of Natural History. Parking is free but admission is not.

Valentine’s glass blowing

February 8 - 14, 2020
4.8 miles SW
Learn how to make a glass flower, heart, or tile to keep at Valentine’s Glass Party at Diablo Glass School.

Boat show

February 8 - 16, 2020
1.3 miles SE
See new boats, marine gear, and accessories plus workshops and TV celebrities at New England Boat Show at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center.

Academy Awards gala

February 9, 2020
1.4 miles SW
Dress up for your arrival at the $300 Red Carpet Gala, featuring a live telecast of the Academy Awards in Hollywood, hosted bars, chef stations, desserts, and auctions at the Fairmont Copley Plaza.

Valentine’s opera dinner

February 11, 2020 (7 to 9 p.m.)
0.3 miles NE
Amore Valentine’s Dinner Concert is “a three course Italian dinner paired with songs, duets, and trios about love” sung by four members of The North End Music and Performing Arts Center at Tresca.

Valentine’s clay sculpting

February 12 - 14, 2020
18.2 miles NW
Couples can work as a team on the wheel, decorating clay hearts or building romantic sculptures at Date Night with Clay, which includes all materials, instruction, wine, and refreshments at deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln for $105 per couple, age 21+.

Valentine’s cruise

February 13 - 15, 2020
0.5 miles SE
Romantic Valentine’s Day Jazz & Champagne Tasting Cruise “includes three champagne tastings and two chocolate-covered strawberries” plus live jazz and 1.5 hours of views aboard the Northern Lights, departing from 60 Rowes Wharf for age 21+.

Historic love letters

February 13 & 15, 2020 (7 p.m.)
0.7 miles SE
Enjoy a glass of champagne with cheese, fruit, and crackers as actors read The Letters of John and Abigail Adams at Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum.

Valentine’s Day dinner

February 14, 2020
Boston locations
OpenTable lists restaurants in greater Boston that offer special menus for Valentine’s Day. Yelp and TripAdvisor recommend romantic restaurants.

Passionate music

February 14, 2020 (8 to 10 p.m.)
4 miles NW
Hear “works brimming with emotion, passion, and seduction” performed by Neave Trio at Longy School of Music of Bard College in Cambridge. Donation.

Valentine’s Day humor

February 14, 2020 (10 p.m.)
4.2 miles SW
Adults talk about their teenage crushes and share embarrassing childhood artifacts (diaries, letters, lyrics, poems, and photos) at Mortified at Oberon in Cambridge.

Free show

February 14, 2020 (7:30 to 9:30 p.m.)
4.5 miles NW
The women’s group Tongue in Cheek celebrates Valentine’s Day with The Greatest Love of All: Putting the I Back in Valentine’s Day, an “evening of cabaret for lovers and those who mostly just love themselves” at The Center for Arts at the Armory in Somerville. Beer, wine, and snacks are for sale. Donation.

Valentine’s Day in a mansion

February 14, 2020 (7 to 8 p.m.)
10 miles west
Hear readings on love, romance, and singlehood by famous writers like Jane Austen at Valentine’s/Anti-Valentine’s Sips and Stories with complimentary drinks, light appetizers, dessert, coffee, and spicy hot cocoa at Gore Place in Waltham for age 21+.

Valentine’s dining cruise

February 14 - 15, 2020
1.2 miles SE
Valentine’s Weekend Cruises in Boston from Odyssey include dinner (Fri. & Sat.) and lunch (Sat.) cruises departing from Rowe’s Wharf.

Science-fiction convention

February 14 - 16, 2020
1.3 miles SE
Boskone offers discussions, readings, and workshops about science fiction and fantasy, plus gaming, music, and contests at The Westin Boston Waterfront.

Monster trucks

February 14 - 16, 2020
44 miles west
Big trucks with big wheels create big excitement at Monster Jam at DCU Center in Worcester.

Model engine show

February 15, 2020
12 miles west
Check out “incredible working model steam and gas engines, and Rube-Goldberg devices” and meet the builders during New England Model Engineering Show at Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation in Waltham.

Love Letters

February 15, 2020 (2 p.m.)
18 miles NE
A stoic man and a free-spirited woman discuss their hopes and ambitions, dreams and disappointments, victories and missed opportunities in 50 years of emotional Love Letters at Larcom Theatre in Beverly.

Eagle festival

February 15, 2020
39 miles north
Celebrate the recovery of the bald eagle at Merrimack River Eagle Festival with eagle tours, bird shows, and family activities in Newburyport and Amesbury. Free.

Cartoon festival

February 18 - 23, 2020
4 miles NW
Watch Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Tweety, and the Looney Tunes gang on 35mm film during Bugs Bunny Film Festival on the big screen at The Brattle Theatre.

Harvard comedy show

February 19, 2020 (8 p.m.)
3.5 miles NW
Hasty Pudding Theatricals is a bawdy production that promises silly plots full of crude jokes, low production values, collegiate humor, and anachronistic puns at Harvard University’s Farkas Hall.

Discount tickets $15

Little Women musical

February 19 - 21, 2020 (1 p.m.)
3.7 miles SW
Based on a popular children’s book by Louisa May Alcott, Little Women is about four sisters growing up in Civil War America, at Wheelock Family Theatre for age 7+.

Discount tickets $15

Working-class drama

February 19 - March 1, 2020
3.5 miles SW
Factory workers gather in a local bar to share laughs, hopes, and cold beer in Sweat, but when a recession and a lockout loom, lifelong friends are pitted against each other in a heart-wrenching fight to stay afloat at Huntington Avenue Theatre.

Discount tickets $22+

Jazz ballet

February 19 - March 1, 2020
10 miles north
Swan Lake in Blue “revolutionizes the concept of traditional ballet with an all-new jazz score for a 16-piece big band and nine tap dancers” at Greater Boston Stage Company in Stoneham. Set in 1940s New York, it tells the story of a Broadway producer who falls in love with a burlesque dancer.

Discount tickets $30+

Portrait of an activist

February 19 - March 8, 2020
30 miles NW
Nina Simone: Four Women tells the story of an American singer, songwriter, and Civil Rights activist, and features her music (classical, jazz, blues, folk, R&B, gospel, and pop) at Merrimack Repertory Theatre in Lowell.

Discount tickets $15

Children’s Winter Festival

February 20, 2020 (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
0.7 miles SW
Boston Children’s Winter Festival has music, winter attractions, giveaways, treats, and crafts at Boston Common (SE corner of Beacon & Charles St.). Free.

Game convention

February 20 - 23, 2020
37 miles west
Total Confusion (TotalCon) is billed as New England’s largest tabletop gaming convention, with industry guests, championships, panels, exhibitors, and hundreds of events at the Best Western Royal Plaza in Marlborough.

Family theater

February 20 - March 1, 2020
2.6 miles north
Have a rollicking good time when Imaginary Beasts takes you “on a fairy tale journey through an enchanted forest filled with sweet adventures and delicious dangers” in its Winter Panto play Hansel & Gretel at Charlestown Working Theater.

Discount tickets $7+

Newlywed comedy

February 21, 2020 (8 p.m.)
20 miles NW
Barefoot in the Park is a comic play by Neil Simon about a straight-laced New Yorker and his free-spirited wife at The Concord Players.

Discount tickets $11

Home show

February 21 - 23, 2020
1.2 miles SE
See home improvement ideas on display at the New England Home Show at Seaport World Trade Center. See the tickets page for free admission on Friday. Children age 17 and younger are always free.

Mind-reading comedy

February 22, 2020 (7 p.m.)
0.4 miles SW
Master mentalist Jon Stetson entertains with a funny show that “blends the art of mystery with the study of psychology, the predictability of human nature, and the power of intuition” at Omni Parker House.

Discount tickets $29.50

Rock musical

February 22, 2020
9.5 miles west
Tony Award winner Hair features the music, culture, and controversy of hippies who opposed the Vietnam War at Mosesian Center for the Arts in Watertown for age 18+.

Discount tickets $36

Mardi Gras party

February 22, 2020 (9 p.m., doors 8:30)
43 miles west
Mardi Gras Masquerade Speakeasy offers dancing to “Emperor Norton’s Stationary Marching Band,” burlesque & cabaret performers, and Prohibition-era cocktails for sale in Worcester for age 21+. Dress code.

Motorcycle show

February 22 - 23, 2020
Marlborough & Wilmington
See motorcycles, accessories, exhibitors, and entertainers at the Northeast Motorcycle Shows.
  • Feb. 8 - 9 in Wilmington
  • Feb. 22 - 23 in Marlborough

Tony Award for Best Play

February 22 - March 7, 2020
7 miles SW
A black family moved to the white side of Chicago in the classic 1950s drama “A Raisin in the Sun.” Now see the same family just prior to their move (in Act 1) and 50 years later (in Act 2) of the 2010 play Clybourne Park at Footlight Club in Jamaica Plain.

Discount tickets $11

Evening jazz cruise

February 22 - March 29, 2020
0.5 miles SE
The Evening Jazz Cruise features music by the Blue Ocean Quartet and 1.5 hours of Boston Harbor views aboard the vintage Northern Lights, departing from 60 Rowes Wharf. Beverages and snacks for sale.

Brunch Cruise

February 22 - April 4, 2020
0.5 miles SE
Take a scenic two-hour Brunch Cruise through the Boston Harbor Islands while enjoying a three-course brunch aboard the 1920s Northern Lights yacht, departing from 60 Rowes Wharf.

Discount tickets $44.10

Game convention

February 27 - March 1, 2020
1.3 miles SE
PAX East features video games, tabletop games, computer games, panels, entertainers, exhibits, and contests at Boston Convention & Exhibition Center.

Golf show

February 28 - March 1, 2020
1.1 miles SE
Hit balls with the latest clubs, take seminars, learn tips, plan golf trips, and visit 100 exhibitors at National Golf Expo Boston at Seaport World Trade Center.

Ecological thriller

February 28 - March 28, 2020
0.4 miles west
After a devastating nuclear accident, two retired physicists must come to terms with their shared guilt in The Children, a suspenseful drama about responsibility and guilt, reparation and redemption, at Calderwood Pavilion. Review by The New York Times.

Discount tickets $10+

Bollywood dance show

February 29, 2020 (6 p.m.)
1.3 miles SW
South Asian Showdown [sound] is a Bollywood dance competition with high-energy Indian music, and food for sale at John Hancock Hall. The after party is in the basement of Middle East in Cambridge.

Humanity film festival

February 29, 2020
4.3 miles SW
Educational and inspirational Moving Images Film Festival explores “the lives of people with psychiatric conditions, intellectual and developmental disabilities, brain injuries, and behavioral health challenges” at Harvard Medical School. Some films are followed by discussions. Schedule. Pre-register. Donation.

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