Liven up winter by taking a No Pants Subway Ride in your underwear. Meet in Pemberton Square at 1 p.m., ride at 1:30 p.m., and then head to the after party at McGreevy’s.
January 15 - 18, 2021
1.3 miles SE
Arisia is a science-fiction and fantasy convention with costumes, dancing, gaming, films, vendors, and an art show at Westin Boston Waterfront.
MLK gospel concert
January 16, 2021
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.
January 16 - 17, 2021
2 miles SW
Hear talks by travel experts (including Samantha Brown, Peter Greenberg, and Pauline Frommer) and shop from travel industry vendors at the Travel & Adventure Show in Hynes Convention Center.
January 18, 2021
1.3 miles SE
Hear live gospel music and distinguished speakers (governor, mayor, and senators) at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Breakfast at Boston Convention Center. The reception begins at 7:30 a.m. and the breakfast at 8:30 a.m.
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.
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.
1.5 miles SW
Celebrate 32 brewers and 92 beers that push the boundaries of brewing at Extreme Beer Fest at the Cyclorama for age 21+.
2.9 miles SW
The Indoor Grand Prix is a professional track-and-field meet held at Roxbury Community College.
Taste of East Boston
3 miles east
Taste of Eastie includes samples from 30 local restaurants, entertainment, a cash bar, and free parking at Hilton Boston Logan Airport.
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.
Outdoor games festival
3.6 miles NW
Plaza WinterFest opens today and runs through March 13 with giant outdoor games (chess, foosball, ping pong, cornhole, and ice lanes for curling, shuffleboard, and bowling), fire pits, and food vendors at Harvard Science Center Plaza in Cambridge. Free.
Be among the first to browse used books at the week-long sale and “sample delicious chocolate treats” during Books and Bon Bons at Gore Place in Waltham. Free.
Edgar Allan Poe show
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 for age 16+.
Fly Fishing Show
29 miles west
The Fly Fishing Show has casting demonstrations, classes, celebrity speakers, fly-tying materials, rods, and reels in Marlborough. The International Fly Fishing Film Festival (IF4) on Friday evening requires a separate ticket.
41 miles SE
A ticket to South Shore Food & Wine Expo includes samples of wine and food pairings, plus live music and a vendor marketplace at Plymouth Memorial Hall.
42.8 miles SW
Big trucks with big wheels create big noise and excitement at Monster Jam in Providence, RI.
Boston University commemorates alumnus Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with speeches and a performance of the music of Aretha Franklin at Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration in the ballroom at George Sherman Union, Boston University. Free and open to the public.
MLK concert & tribute
3.6 miles west
Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra performs “a moving array of classical music, spirituals, and freedom songs” at its annual MLK Tribute Concert at Faneuil Hall Free.
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. See the separate page for opening day. Free.
8.2 miles north
See trees covered with lights, live reindeer, decorated animals areas, and Santa at ZooLights at Stone Zoo. The last day with Santa is Dec. 24. Closed on Thanksgiving & Christmas.
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