Spanish wine, free burgers, and an epic outdoor music festival
Event of the Week: Amazingly for you, tickets are still available for this weekend's insane 18-band, two-stage Boston Calling Music Festival going down in Government Center and featuring the likes of Matt & Kim, The Shins, Of Monsters and Men, and Fun., not to mention a bevy of food trucks and full beer garden. Get seriously amped when you spy the entire two-day lineup & set times, right here!
Thursday, May 23rd: Txakoli Fest 2!!! Pronounce it correctly and go straight to the Blue Room & Belly tonight, where you'll take down five varieties of Spanish vino and "fire-cooked fare like wood-roasted pig’s head, grilled octopus and Spanish blood sausage". Say it slowly, you can do it
Intrigued by the slow food movement? Enjoy eating free BBQ? Well, guess what: Thursday is your lucky day, as people who are reeeaaalllly into waiting for their dinner to cook are throwing a gratis BBQ with live tunes in Porter Square. Kicks off at 530p, be there. Although, obviously, no rush
For the first time ever, Faneuil Hall's throwing a "Taste Of". 18 restaurants & bars. 10 craft beer sponsors. The Bruins on a big screen. Seriously, what are you waiting for
Friday, May 24th: Don't believe the rumors, 'cause they're just not true... Chez Henri is NOT being sold! In fact, starting this weekend, they'll be relaunching their uber-popular Latin Dinner Series. What, you ask, does said popular dinner entail? Click here for all of the details
Starting Friday and running through July 5th, Boston’s Baddest Burger Truck and Amstel Light are joining forces to give away FREE (noticing a theme here?) burgers across New England. First stop, Weymouth's Curtis Liquors from 3-5p. Keep tabs on all the exact times and locations
Saturday, May 25th: Want to meet Bill Belichick on the field at Gillette before the Pats play the Bucs in September and watch him struggle to pretend to be cordial towards you? How about watching the game from a VIP suite? All you have to do is bid on Boston Bites Back's celebrity One Fund auction before 5/30. Bid now...
"But wait, did you say I can also throw out the first pitch at Fenway, enjoy a private dinner at Lydia Shire's home, AND get a tattoo with Jamie Bissonnette?" Well, we didn't yet, but you can -- meeting Bill isn't the only auction going on. There are 30 other celebrity experiences to bid on here
Grab your acoustic guitar and/or enthusiasm for jamming out by the campfire and roll up on Club Passim's massive four-day, 75-plus performer, weekend festival. See the lineup, score your day pass
Throw on your finest swim trunks and grab a bottle of Coppertone, 'cause your favorite waterfront party spot, Ocean Club at Marina Bay, officially reopens for the season this weekend
It's baaaack. That's right, the SoWA Open Market is on for the season and celebrating its 10-year anniversary. Who doesn't need a sailcloth tote or necktie made out of reclaimed burlap?!?
In case you missed it, the Revere Hotel's unleashed a new roof deck bar & lounge on the city. And Sunday's forecast calls for sun. Grab a cabana and frozen cocktail here. And don't forget to wear your new hat
Monday, May 27th: No Memorial Day cookouts to hit this year? That's cool, no biggie. No one's judging. Why not grab your special lady friend and a pre-packed picnic lunch from Beacon Hill Hotel & Bistro instead and go chill out at the Public Garden. Just a suggestion
Tuesday, May 28th: By Tuesday, you'll only have a few days left to take advantage of Estelle's contribution to National Burger Month, a Big Beauty Burger loaded with "wicked hot aioli, cheddar cheese, and their signature B n’ B pickles".
Wednesday, May 29th: Enjoy a gratis Bully Boy cocktail, a selection of small bites, and a chance to win a Narragansett Beer prize pack as you mingle on the patio at Alibi and get excited about the new season of the webseries K&A. What is K&A about, you ask? Find out here
New Openings: A few new spots you should know about:
- Opening Friday in the former Caffé Graffiti on Cross Street, Bread & Butter's a 25-seat artisan bakery-cafe from longtime Hub pastry chef Lee Napoli that slings the likes of breakfast pizzas, duck confit sandwiches, and George Howell coffee. See the full menu here
- The crew behind Fenway's Church and Coolidge Corner's Regal Begal is at it again with Union Fish, a 70-seat seafood & raw bar with full lounge and patio at the Hingham Shipyard. Look inside before hopping the ferry
- Maná Escondido Café's slinging authentic Puerto Rican eats at 68 Aguadilla Street in the South End's former Cafe Miami. Unfortunately, they boast a less than helpful website.