Start your engines and head over to Ned Devine’s this Sunday for the 18th annual Great American Party from 11am – 8pm with The Great American Foundation and Team Frate Train! Tickets start at $10 for general admission and $20 for Budweiser VIP Pitcher. Race day will be filled with music all day from BearFight, Boston’s premier party band, an elaborate Post Photo booth, raffles, betting, signature contests, Miss DAYTONA and The Mustache Championship. Also, a special appearance from Todd Angilly, the Boston Bruins anthem singer, will kick off the day with The Star Spangled Banner. Don’t forget to come dressed in your favorite USA-themed/Daytona themed gear! Proceeds from The Great American Party will be donated to Team Frate Train to help their legendary fight against ALS. (Ned Devine’s, 1 Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Faneuil Hall, Boston, MA 02109 // (617) 248-8800)
The Boston Wine Festival features an all-star lineup of intimate winemaker hosted dinners, seminars and receptions taking place from January through March at the Boston Harbor Hotel. Join in on one or several exciting events featured at the Boston Wine Festival including many of the best wineries and top personalities from the world of wine. With a historical count of more than 75,000 bottles of wine opened, Chef Daniel Bruce, the founder of the festival, has never repeated a menu. Throughout the impressive life of this festival – now in its 31st year – Bruce has created a total of 3,000 different dishes at 750 events. (Boston Harbor Hotel, 27 Rowes Wharf, Boston, MA (617) 330-9355).
Enjoy the Boston views without the cold wind blowing out your night life. Glass House Igloo Pop-Up, located at Kendall Square, offers the comfortability of a transparent igloo tent complete with a heaters, cozy blankets, and a great menu of food, and cocktails, beer, and wine list. Reservations can be made for any day of the week, except Sundays, during two hour time slots. Enjoy music, games, and more in a cozy igloo that fits up to ten people. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 617.945.9450 to reserve. (The Glass House, 450 Kendall Street in Cambridge // (617) 945-9450).
Similarly, Envoy Hotel’s Lookout Rooftop offers a Winter Pop-Up Bar that features views of Boston’s skyline from the comfort of a heated igloo that can hold up to ten people and can be reserved for two hours. Couldn’t reserve a spot? Not to worry, Envoy is also debuting its new heated enclosure main bar to add to the winter rooftop experience. Make sure to read the dress code. (Lookout Rooftop, Envoy Hotel, 70 Sleeper Street, Boston // (617) 530-1559).
Start planning for the summer sun at the New England Boat Show as they host its 65th year event, showcasing highly-anticipated marine expo. Held at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, the show runs through February 16th. It holds a roster of name brand boats and is showcasing more than 700 new boats and watercraft. Those that attend will have the advantage of meeting with industry experts and even get a few insider tips. There will be educational activities for all ages, opportunities for those looking into a boating career, and for the kids, ride a 40’ life-size inflatable Humpback whale named Salt (New England Boat Show, Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, 425 Summer Street, Boston // (617) 472-1442).
Jam with Citizen Cope at The Wilbur on Friday night, February 14th, 2020. Born Clarence Greenwood, Citizen Cope is the radically mashed-up product of Greenville, Mississippi; Memphis, Tennessee; Vernon, Texas; Austin, Texas; Washington, DC; and Brooklyn, New York. These locations are felt everywhere in his stories. His sounds are southern rural, big sky lonely, concrete urban, and painfully romantic. (Wilbur Theater, 246 Tremont St, Boston, Massachusetts 02116 // (617) 248-9700)
The Boston Black Restaurant Challenge is an annual Black History Month celebration promoting community, culture, and economic development. During the month of February Boston residents are encouraged to visit at least one black-owned restaurant or bar every week. Explore Boston’s Black Restaurants and follow the challenge on social media: @BostonBlackRestaurantChallenge #BostonEatsBlack
Restaurants include: 50Kitchen, Bon Appetit, Juice and Jazz Cafe, M & M BBQ, Wingz & Tingz, and many more great places across the city.
In honor of those who work in Retail & Hospitality, LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Boston is offering free admission from now till February 29. Guests of those professionals will receive a 25% discount. Proof of employment necessary. Tickets available in-store (LEGOLAND, 598 Assembly Row, Somerville, MA // (855) 323-4008).
Head north for great deals this weekend at The Kittery Outlets as they host a huge President’s Day Sale from February 14-17. Sales on winter clearance and extra savings on name brands (The Kittery Outlets, 306 State Road, Kittery, ME // (888) 548-8379).
The MFA is hosting its third annual Boston Festival of Films From Japan from February 12-23. They’re showcasing the best recent films produced in Japan, including a free screening of Okko’s Inn, an anime ghost story. Other films include First Love, a neo-noir thriller, and Dance with Me, an award-winning musical adventure. Many more are being showcased, come experience them for yourself! (Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA // (617) 267-9300).
Head to Emerson Colonial Theatre to witness history as two-time Emmy Award winner Sarah Jessica Parker and two-time Tony Award winner Matthew Broderick perform together for the first time in over 20 years in Neil Simon’s Plaza Suite. (617) 902-6130See the classic broadway comedy from February 12-22 ( Emerson, Majestic Theater, 106 Boylston Street, Boston, MA // (617) 902-6130).
Yellow Door Taqueria, the award-winning Cali-Mex inspired restaurant in Dorchester opened its 2nd location in the South End this week. Co-owned by restauranteur Brian O’Donnell & Dropkick Murphy’s frontman Ken Casey, the venue offers the same authentic Cali-Mex taqueria experience Boston diners have come to love.
Yellow Door’s new location, which was decorated by renowned interior designer / TV personality Taniya Nayak, offers a selection of more than 12 seasonal tacos, including meat, seafood, and vegetable options, as well as some gluten-free selections.