Boston events January 2019. Things to do in Boston.

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Boston events January 2019

Holiday light show

January 1, 2019
0 miles
See “the largest tree in the northeast” decorated with lights synchronized to music at Blink Light & Sound Show at Faneuil Hall every half hour from 4:30 to 10 p.m. Free.

New Year’s jokes

January 1, 2019 (7 and 9 p.m.)
2.6 miles west
Hear 50 comedians tell their brand-new jokes during each half of 100 First Jokes at ImprovBoston.

New Year’s swim

January 1, 2019 (9 a.m.)
2.7 miles SE
Run into cold Boston Harbor to celebrate the new year at New Year’s Day Swim sponsored by the City of Boston and L Street Brownies at Curley Community Center in South Boston for age 16+. Free.

Historical reenactment

January 1, 2019 (11:30 a.m.)
3.2 miles NW
Join a parade from Somerville City Hall to Prospect Hill to watch the Grand Union Flag Raising, which reenacts George Washington raising the American flag on the same spot on January 1, 1776. Free.

New Year’s baroque

January 1, 2019
3.3 miles NW
The New Year’s celebration by Boston Baroque features Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 and Vivaldi’s Violin Concerto, with champagne and chocolates at intermission in Sanders Theatre.

New Year’s race

January 1, 2019
15 miles NW
Kick off the new year with a 5K run or walk on Commitment Day in Burlington.

Austrian music & dance

January 4, 2019 (8 p.m.)
2.1 miles SW
Salute to Vienna New Year’s Concert brings the waltzes of Strauss to life with costumed dancers, singers, and a full orchestra in Boston Symphony Hall.

Celtic music festival

January 17 - 20, 2019
4 miles NW
Boston Celtic Music Fest (BCMFest) features musicians, singers, and dancers from Irish, Scottish, Cape Breton, and other Celtic traditions in Cambridge.

Travel show

January 18 - 20, 2019
1.1 miles SE
The Boston Globe Travel Show begins Friday evening and includes 140 travel exhibitors, talks by travel experts, culinary stages, children’s activities, and a beer pavilion at Seaport World Trade Center.

Fly Fishing Show

January 18 - 20, 2019
29 miles west
The Fly Fishing Show has casting demonstrations, classes, celebrity speakers, fly-tying materials, rods, and reels in Marlborough. The Fly Fishing Film Festival on Friday evening requires a separate ticket.

MLK gospel concert

January 19, 2019 (7:30 p.m.)
3.3 miles NW
The Harlem Gospel Choir makes a Joyful Noise with music and dance to celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at Sanders Theatre in Cambridge.

Edgar Allan Poe show

January 19, 2019 (3 & 5 p.m.)
10 miles west
A historian dressed as Edgar Allan Poe brings the American author to life with readings, biographical details, and dark humor at Edgar Allan Poe: Master of the Macabre at Gore Place in Waltham.

Birding festival

January 19, 2019
38 miles north
Superbowl of Birding is a competition to find the most species of birds, with categories for families and kids at Mass Audubon’s Joppa Flats Education Center. The registration fee includes a pizza party afterward.

Tasting event

January 19, 2019 (1 to 8 p.m.)
41 miles SE
A ticket to South Shore Wine & Food Expo includes samples of wine and food pairings, plus live music and a vendor marketplace at Plymouth Memorial Hall.

MLK Day celebration

January 20, 2019 (2:30 to 4:30 p.m.)
7 miles south
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy Concert and Discussion features students playing classical music, a discussion about Martin Luther King’s legacy and the impact of his work, and a reception at All Saints Church in Dorchester Center. Free.

Family Film Festival

January 21, 2019
multiple locations
Belmont World Film: Family Film Festival shows a variety of entertaining films from around the world (subtitled if foreign) in Arlington, Belmont, and Cambridge.

Sci-fi convention

January 21, 2019
1.2 miles SW
Arisia is a science-fiction and fantasy convention with costumes, dancing, gaming, films, vendors, and an art show at Boston Park Plaza Hotel.

Auto show

January 21, 2019
1.3 miles SE
The New England International Auto Show displays a wide range of vehicles, from vans and crossovers to hybrids and SUVs at Boston Convention & Exhibition Center.

RV show

January 21, 2019
1.3 miles SE
Meet RV dealers and manufacturers, and see the latest models of motorhomes, fifth wheels, campers, and travel trailers at the Boston RV and Camping Expo at Boston Convention & Exhibition Center.

MLK Day in Cambridge

January 21, 2019 (11 a.m.)
3 miles west
Martin Luther King Day Commemoration features music, a speech, and readings of Dr. King’s works at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, followed by an informal lunch. Free.

MLK commemoration

January 21, 2019 (1 p.m.)
3.6 miles west
Boston University commemorates alumnus Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with speeches and music at its MLK Day Commemoration in George Sherman Union, which is free and open to the public.

MLK concert & tribute

January 21, 2019 (1 p.m.)
3.6 miles west
Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra performs its annual MLK Tribute Concert at Faneuil Hall. Free.

MLK tribute

January 21, 2019
8.1 miles NW
“An evening of inspiration, celebration, and community,” Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Observance begins with a reception at 6:45 p.m. followed by a keynote speech at 7:30 p.m. and then a chorale performance in Arlington Town Hall. Free.

Cutting-edge audio/video show

January 22 - 27, 2019
0.6 miles SW
With vintage projectors, shadow puppetry, actors, live-feed cameras, and a music ensemble playing R&B-inspired pop songs, Manual Cinema: The End of TV presents two sides of the American Dream: the slick promise of TV commercials vs. real life in a post-industrial Rust Belt city, at the Paramount Center.

Ticket deal $19 to $25

Dramatic comedy

January 23 - Feb. 2, 2019
0.2 miles west
Described as “smart, absorbing, and original” by The Boston Globe, Small Mouth Sounds follows six strangers as they confront internal demons and seek peace at a wellness retreat, at Calderwood Pavilion.

Ticket deal $15 to $35

Girls’ soccer drama

January 23 - Feb. 3, 2019
1.4 miles SW
The Wolves keeps you on the edge of your seat” says The New York Times, as a team of women warriors overcomes obstacles on and off the field in a smart and funny play at Lyric Stage Company of Boston.

Ticket deal $18 to $37

Smart comedy

January 23 - Feb. 3, 2019
3.5 miles SW
Continuing where the original left off, A Doll’s House: Part 2 follows Nora after she leaves her husband and children to pursue the life of an author, winning rave reviews for its humor, at Huntington Avenue Theatre.

Ticket deal $35 to $49

Taste of East Boston

January 24, 2019 (6 to 9 p.m.)
3 miles east
Taste of Eastie includes samples from 30 local restaurants, entertainment, a cash bar, and free parking at Hilton Boston Logan Airport.

Marching band revue

January 24, 2019 (7:30 p.m.)
46.7 miles west
Lose those winter blues at the “thrilling spectacle” DrumLine Live, which promises dazzling choreography and explosive percussion performed by a “world-class cast of percussionists, musicians and dancers” at The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts in Worcester.

Ticket deal $15

Broadway musical

January 24 - Feb. 9, 2019
20 miles NW
Winner of four Tony Awards, Hedwig and the Angry Inch is an innovative, heartbreaking, and wickedly funny rock ‘n’ roll saga about seeking love at Umbrella Center for the Arts in Concord.

Ticket deal $17

Home show

January 25 - 27, 2019
16 miles north
See home improvement products, services, and demos at Suburban Boston Spring Home Show at Shriners Auditorium in Wilmington. Repeats in Sept.

Antarctic explorer

January 25 - Feb. 9, 2019
12.4 miles north
Leaving behind a young wife, British naval officer Robert Scott set off for the South Pole in 1912 on a brave but ill-fated expedition chillingly recreated in Terra Nova at Quannapowitt Players Theater in Reading.

Ticket deal $11

Family theater

January 25 - Feb. 10, 2019
2.6 miles north
Have a rollicking good time when Imaginary Beasts presents its Winter Panto play Paul Bunyan and the Winter of the Blue Snow, featuring the adventures of young hero Paul Bunyan on an epic journey to the Candy Mountains at Charlestown Working Theater.

Ticket deal $6 to $12

Mind-reading comedy

January 26, 2019 (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.

Ticket deal $20 to $50

Modern dance

January 26, 2019 (8 p.m.)
1.2 miles SE
Prometheus Dance performs four works at Dance Up, with a director talk prior to the show and questions & answers with the performers afterward at The Institute of Contemporary Art.

Ticket deal $30

Free jazz

January 26, 2019
2 miles SW
Hear big bands, combos, and vocal jazz ensembles perform and compete at the Berklee High School Jazz Festival at Hynes Convention Center. Free.

Track meet

January 26, 2019
2.9 miles SW
The Indoor Grand Prix is a professional track-and-field meet held at Roxbury Community College.

Chocolate Festival

January 26, 2019 (1 to 2 p.m.)
3.6 miles west
Arrive on the early side to sample chocolate from 10 businesses at the Taste of Chocolate Festival at 31 Brattle Street in Cambridge. Free.


January 26, 2019 (10:30 a.m.)
7.6 miles NW
Emmy-nominated magician Matt Roberts brings his humorous and astounding interactive magic show for all ages to the Regent Theatre in Arlington.

Ticket deal $8

Funny magic

January 27, 2019
1 mile SW
Four-Handed Illusions promises “intimate magic and comedy” by talented magicians Joel Acevedo & Steve Kradolfer at Hampshire House.

Ticket deal $65

Mythological rock musical

January 31 - Feb. 3, 2019
46.7 miles west
“An action-packed musical with heroic battles and mythological beasties” [New York Post], The Lightning Thief features a hero who “has newly discovered powers he can't control, has monsters on his trail and is on an epic quest to find Zeus’s lightning bolt to prevent a war between the gods” at The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts in Worcester.

Ticket deal $20 to $54

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