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View handpicked activities and weekly highlights for your visit to the Boston area, chosen for you by a local. 


Paul PhillipsRead about Paul Phillips, the original, recently retired, author of "Paul's Picks." As we adapt to a world without Paul’s weekly list of events, the "Local Picks" team is determined to maintain the spirit of Paul's list and the key information that it provides.

 

Local Picks

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Featured Picks

VALENTINE'S DAY SOIRÉE

Step up your Valentine's (or Galentine's!) Day festivities with your main squeeze or best amici as you indulge in heavenly pairings. Explore our marketplace while enjoying over a dozen vini, artisanal cheeses, sweets, and more. We’re enjoying the holiday of love the Italian way:...

70th Annual Men's Beanpot

The Beanpot, TD Garden’s annual college hockey tournament, will return in February 2023. The 70th annual Beanpot tournament will take place on the first two Mondays in February. It has become Boston's "social event of winter season." The first two Monday nights of February in...

MADE IN CHINA 2.0

If you think you know exactly what comes from China, you haven’t seen this show yet. Wang Chong is recognized around the world as one of Beijing’s most creative, provocative theatre directors, celebrated for his visionary experiments with classic and contemporary plays. In Made...

Hamilton

HAMILTON is the story of America then, told by America now. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, R&B and Broadway, HAMILTON has taken the story of American founding father Alexander Hamilton and created a revolutionary moment in theatre—a musical that has had a...

The Art of the Brick

Experience The Art of the Brick, World’s Most Popular Display of LEGO® Art! Discover over one million LEGO bricks transformed into more than 70 sculptures by artist Nathan Sawaya. This critically acclaimed collection includes Sawaya’s original sculptures as well as re-imagined...

Folk Americana Roots Hall of Fame at the Wang Theatre

Visit the historic Boch Center Wang Theatre and take a behind-the-scenes tour of one of Boston’s most prominent landmarks - plus get an exclusive look at The Music Hall, part of the Folk Americana Roots Hall of Fame (FARHOF)! Led by legendary musicians and music executives...

Chill Over the Charles igloo experience

The Chill Over the Charles Rooftop Igloo Bar is back for 2022/2023! Set on the 16th floor of the DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Boston-Cambridge, enjoy a laid-back atmosphere while taking in stunning views of the scenic Charles River and Boston city skyline at this outdoor rooftop...

SNOWPORT in Seaport

Hold on to your handwarmers -- we shook Seaport up in a giant snow globe and transformed the neighborhood into a magical winter getaway. Find gifts, treats, and plenty of surprises in this one-stop wonderland you can enjoy all season. WELCOME TO SNOWPORT, A.K.A WINTER IN SEAPORT....

How Do You See the World? + Mapparium™ experience

How Do You See the World? features compelling stories about global progress—how individuals worldwide have overcome challenges and found hope. Located on the Christian Science Plaza, the space encourages you to reflect on this question while exploring the interactive exhibits....

SelfieWrld Boston: Instagrammable Moments

Arguably one of the most instagrammable places in the East Coast, here you can immerse yourself into our fun, eye-catching, interactive art installations with over 20 rooms and 35 photo opportunities. Experience many unique themes knowing we had your best selfie in mind. Bring...

ICA Free Thursday Night

The ICA is free for all visitors every Thursday from 5 to 9 PM. Tickets for Free Thursday Nights will be available at icaboston.org/tickets at 10 AM on that Thursday morning. Beginning May 29, in line with the latest guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and...

EMERALD NECKLACE CONSERVANCY LIGHTS CHARLESGATE PARK TREES GREEN

The lighting of Charlesgate Park began in 2021 and the Emerald Necklace Conservancy is excited to bring its signature emerald green color lighting to the park again this winter. Complementing the annual lighting of the Commonwealth Avenue Mall, ten Japanese zelkova trees will be...

Boston is always in Season

Boston never gets old...in the winter! See our guide to this magical season.

Cross Cultural Boston

Explore our many cross cultural events, exhibitions, sightseeing trails, and more!

Pet Friendly Activities

Explore these dog-friendly things to do in Boston.

MyLocalMA

Our Main Streets need our love, more than ever. Now is the time to find your local.

Virtual Boston Experiences

See our list of virtual experiences happening in Greater Boston.

Header Photo credits: Wang Theatre courtesy of Boch Center Wang Theatre; Ink Block mural image by Jessica Mading; USS Constitution by Leise Jones.