Boston events, festivals, things to do – February 2018

February 2018
best events in Boston

Beer festival

February 2 - 3, 2018

1.1 miles SE

Celebrate 60 brewers and 240 beers that push the boundaries of brewing at Extreme Beer Fest at Seaport World Trade Center.

Spirituality festival

February 2 - 4, 2018

60 miles west

A Feast of Lights is an ancient Celtic midwinter festival with ritual, workshops, and a magic winter dance at Sturbridge Host Hotel.
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Chili cook-off

February 3, 2018

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 31 Brattle Street in Cambridge. Free. [They promise to post 2018 details on Jan. 22.]

Harvard comedy

February 3 - March 4, 2018

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.

Biotech party

February 8, 2018 (5:30 to 8:30 p.m.)

0.2 miles NW

A $25 ticket to Building a Better Future is good for a glass of champagne, passed hors d’oeuvres, live jazz, and a chance to mingle with the biotech community while supporting the homeless at Ned Devine’s.

Travel show

February 9 - 11, 2018

1.1 miles SE

The Boston Globe Travel Show begins Friday evening and includes 250 travel exhibitors, talks by travel experts, culinary stages, children’s activities, and a beer pavilion at Seaport World Trade Center.

Science-fiction films

February 9 - 19, 2018

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.

Valentine’s bar crawl

February 10, 2018 (noon to 7 p.m.)

0 miles

You’re welcome to wear a theme-park costume to Mickey’s Valentine Crawl, which offers drinks specials at multiple bars in the Faneuil Hall area.

Bar crawl

February 10, 2018 (noon to 9 p.m.)

0.2 miles SE

A ticket to Boston Mardi Gras Crawl gets you a mask, Mardi Gras beads, and drink specials at bars near Faneuil Hall.

Valentine’s dinner cruise

February 10, 2018 (7 to 10 p.m.)

1.2 miles SE

The Valentine’s Day Dinner Cruise from Spirit Cruises includes a buffet dinner, a rose, a champagne toast, and romantic views departing from World Trade Center.

Free jazz

February 10, 2018

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

February 10, 2018

2.9 miles SW

The Indoor Grand Prix is a professional track-and-field meet held at Roxbury Community College.

Science day at the museum

February 10, 2018

4.3 miles NW

I Love Science has dozens of activities for all ages, led by Harvard scientists, graduate students, and enthusiastic explorers at Harvard Museum of Natural History, with free parking available.

Social Enterprise Conference

February 10 - 11, 2018

Boston & Cambridge

The Social Enterprise Conference features speeches, panels, and workshops on using business principles to improve lives and the world, at Harvard Business School on Saturday and Harvard Kennedy School on Sunday.

Adult art tour

February 10, 11, 14, 2018

2.6 miles SW

Take an unblushing look at nudity in art on the Naked at the Art Museum Scavenger Hunt at the Museum of Fine Arts. No knowledge of art is required.

Valentine’s glass blowing

February 10 & 14, 2018

4.8 miles SW

Learn how to make a glass flower and heart to keep at Valentine’s Glass Party, followed by a glassblowing demo with wine and cheese at Diablo Glass School.

Valentine’s Day with clay

February 10, 11, 14, 2018

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 $90 per couple, age 21+.

Boat show

February 10 - 18, 2018

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.

Motorcycle show

February 10 - 25, 2018

Marlborough & Wilmington

See motorcycles, accessories, exhibitors, and entertainers at the Northeast Motorcycle Expo.
  • Feb. 10 - 11 in Wilmington
  • Feb. 24 - 25 in Marlborough

Valentine’s opera dinner

February 11, 2018 (5 to 7 p.m.)

0.6 miles north

Valentine’s “Amore” Opera Dinner & Concert is “a three course dinner paired with songs, duets, and trios about love” sung by five members of The North End Music and Performing Arts Center, with a cash bar at Lucia Ristorante.

Valentine’s Day dinner

February 14, 2018

Boston locations

OpenTable lists restaurants in greater Boston that offer special menus for Valentine’s Day.

Romantic dinner show

February 14, 2018 (7 to 10 p.m.)

1.4 miles NW

Valentine’s Day Dinner and a Show includes a four-course dinner, a champagne toast, and love songs by Rich DiMare and his four-piece jazz ensemble at Royal Sonesta Boston for age 21+.

Valentine’s Day improv

February 14, 2018

3.7 miles west

Thorns features rants, monologues, original songs, and short films about the comedy of love and heartbreak at ImprovBoston in Cambridge.

Free show

February 14, 2018

4.5 miles NW

The women’s group Tongue in Cheek celebrates Valentine’s Day with Maybe, This Time? featuring “songs for the romantically delusional” at The Center for Arts at the Armory. Free.

Stories of temptation

February 14, 2018 (7 to 9 p.m.)

7.2 miles west

Hear entertaining stories about “tales of high school sweethearts, the one that got away, and love at first sight” when the show Love Me, Love Me Not takes a trip down Lover’s Lane at WGBH Studios for age 21+.

Chili competition

February 15, 2018 (5:30 to 8 p.m.)

0 miles

Boston Chili Cup is a competition among local Boston restaurants that includes tastes of chili and live music at Faneuil Hall Marketplace for age 21+.

Science-fiction convention

February 16 - 18, 2018

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 16 - 18, 2018

44 miles west

Big trucks with big wheels create big excitement at Monster Jam at DCU Center in Worcester.

Cartoon festival

February 16 - 25, 2018

4 miles NW

Watch Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and the Looney Tunes gang at The Bugs Bunny Film Festival, which has three different programs on the big screen at The Brattle Theatre.

Run in your underwear

February 17, 2018

2.4 miles SW

Cupid’s Undie Run includes a half-naked run in the street and a party at House of Blues for charity.

Eagle festival

February 17, 2018

39 miles north

Celebrate the recovery of the bald eagle at Merrimack River Eagle Festival with tours, shows, and family activities in Newburyport and Amesbury. Free.

Children’s Winter Festival

February 21, 2018

0.7 miles SW

Children’s Winter Festival has a giant slide, a maze, skating, games, and a DJ at Boston Common. Free.

Game convention

February 22 - 25, 2018

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.

Home show

February 23 - 25, 2018

1.2 miles SE

See home improvement ideas on display at the New England Home Show at Seaport World Trade Center. Children age 17 and younger are free.

Bollywood dance show

February 24, 2018 (6 p.m.)

1.3 miles SW

South Asian Showdown [sound] is a Bollywood dance competition with high-energy Indian music plus an optional after party at John Hancock Hall.