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11 things you need to do in Boston this winter

Published On 12/17/2014 Published On 12/17/2014
Boston Wine Expo
The Salty Pig

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Dec 31 Wed

The Salty Pig New Year’s Eve Party The kings of salty pork parts take you back to the '90s for a very retro NYE celebration. It'll only set you back $65 and includes all-you-can-eat snacks, a drink ticket, and a Champagne toast at midnight. Prizes will be awarded for the "Most Radical" outfit, so don’t go chasing those waterfalls unless you’re wearing some Zubaz.

The Salty Pig

The Salty Pig New Year’s Eve Party The Salty Pig The kings of salty pork parts take you back to the '90s for a very retro NYE celebration. It'll only set you back $65 and includes all-you-can-eat snacks, a drink ticket, and a Champagne toast at midnight. Prizes will be awarded for the "Most Radical" outfit, so don’t go chasing those waterfalls unless you’re wearing some Zubaz.

Taza Chocolate

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Jan 1 Thu

2nd Annual Boston Hot Chocolate Experience After its breakout first season last year, the Boston Hot Chocolate Experience is back all winter long at MET Back Bay. Warm yourself anytime with a flight of four artisan hot cocoas made from local choco-obsession Taza Chocolate, with flavors like salted almond and peppermint. Yes, you can upgrade to adult versions.

The MET Back Bay

2nd Annual Boston Hot Chocolate Experience The MET Back Bay After its breakout first season last year, the Boston Hot Chocolate Experience is back all winter long at MET Back Bay. Warm yourself anytime with a flight of four artisan hot cocoas made from local choco-obsession Taza Chocolate, with flavors like salted almond and peppermint. Yes, you can upgrade to adult versions.

Kelsey Roth/Olde Magoun’s Saloon 

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Jan 1 Thu

New Year’s Day All-You-CanEat Hangover Buffet Last night probably seems a bit blurry, but you can regain your focus (or some of it) with New Year’s Day All-You-Can-Eat Hangover Buffet brunch at Olde Magoun’s Saloon. From 10am to 4pm, chow down on endless whiskey-soaked French toast, biscuits & gravy, pulled pork hash, and the like for just $14. Bonus: Bloody Marys are $6 until 2pm.

Olde Magoun’s Saloon

New Year’s Day All-You-CanEat Hangover Buffet Olde Magoun’s Saloon Last night probably seems a bit blurry, but you can regain your focus (or some of it) with New Year’s Day All-You-Can-Eat Hangover Buffet brunch at Olde Magoun’s Saloon. From 10am to 4pm, chow down on endless whiskey-soaked French toast, biscuits & gravy, pulled pork hash, and the like for just $14. Bonus: Bloody Marys are $6 until 2pm.

The Foundation To Be Named Later

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Jan 10 Sat

15th Annual Hot Stove Cool Music Boston Benefit Concert Emceed by comedian Mike O’Malley (Yes, Dear), the annual charitable bash features Hall of Fame baseball writer Peter Gammons and his Hot Stove All-Stars, Bill Janovitz (Buffalo Tom), Tanya Donelly (Throwing Muses, The Breeders) and Key Hanley (Letters to Cleo)... plus other surprise guest performers and sports memorabilia auctions.

Paradise Rock Club 

15th Annual Hot Stove Cool Music Boston Benefit Concert Paradise Rock Club  Emceed by comedian Mike O’Malley (Yes, Dear), the annual charitable bash features Hall of Fame baseball writer Peter Gammons and his Hot Stove All-Stars, Bill Janovitz (Buffalo Tom), Tanya Donelly (Throwing Muses, The Breeders) and Key Hanley (Letters to Cleo)... plus other surprise guest performers and sports memorabilia auctions.

Castlerock Pub

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Jan 18 Sun

Castlerock Pub Beer Dinners begin Once a month this winter, the ski resort’s culinary team will assemble a four-course spread featuring seasonally-inspired dishes matched with refreshing Vermont beers. That’s a no-brainer after a day at the slopes. Call 802.583.6594 for additional info and reservations. 

Sugarbush Resort

Castlerock Pub Beer Dinners begin Sugarbush Resort Once a month this winter, the ski resort’s culinary team will assemble a four-course spread featuring seasonally-inspired dishes matched with refreshing Vermont beers. That’s a no-brainer after a day at the slopes. Call 802.583.6594 for additional info and reservations. 

GEM Italian Kitchen Nightclub & Lounge

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Feb 1 Sun

Super Bowl Brunch Party There’s nothing like day-drinking and brunch to properly commence your Super Bowl Sunday. Put on your Pats gear (whether they're playing or not) and head to GEM Italian Kitchen for the Super Bowl edition of their NFL Sunday Brunch Series for colossal waffles, $3 sliders, and other base-laying goodness.

GEM Italian Kitchen

Super Bowl Brunch Party GEM Italian Kitchen There’s nothing like day-drinking and brunch to properly commence your Super Bowl Sunday. Put on your Pats gear (whether they're playing or not) and head to GEM Italian Kitchen for the Super Bowl edition of their NFL Sunday Brunch Series for colossal waffles, $3 sliders, and other base-laying goodness.

Feld Entertainment

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Feb 13-15

Monster Jam FRIDAY, SATURDAY, and... wait for it... SUNDAY, SUNDAY, SUNDAY! Monster Jam returns to the DCU Center with endless smash-‘em-up monster truck carnage... and just in time for Valentine’s Day. Bonus: there’s a Pit Party on Saturday (2pm), and for an extra $10 you can meet the insane drivers and check out their rides.

DCU Center

Monster Jam DCU Center FRIDAY, SATURDAY, and... wait for it... SUNDAY, SUNDAY, SUNDAY! Monster Jam returns to the DCU Center with endless smash-‘em-up monster truck carnage... and just in time for Valentine’s Day. Bonus: there’s a Pit Party on Saturday (2pm), and for an extra $10 you can meet the insane drivers and check out their rides.

Boston Wine Expo

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Feb 14-15

24th Annual Boston Wine Expo The Boston Wine Expo takes over the World Trade Center for two tannin-filled days of sampling 2,000 wines from around the world, along with food pairings, chef demos, and grape geek seminars. There's a variety of ticket packages depending on your oenophile level. 

Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center

24th Annual Boston Wine Expo Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center The Boston Wine Expo takes over the World Trade Center for two tannin-filled days of sampling 2,000 wines from around the world, along with food pairings, chef demos, and grape geek seminars. There's a variety of ticket packages depending on your oenophile level. 

Daytona International Speedway

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Feb 22 Sun

Great American Party 13 Get your motor running early for Daytona 500 action (and support local charities) with live music, free swag, auctions, a few surprises, and to top it off... Garden legend Rene Rancourt will sing the National Anthem. And yes, there are "Best Mustache" and Miss NASCAR contests. Check their Facebook page soon regarding ticket sales.

Ned Devine’s

Great American Party 13 Ned Devine’s Get your motor running early for Daytona 500 action (and support local charities) with live music, free swag, auctions, a few surprises, and to top it off... Garden legend Rene Rancourt will sing the National Anthem. And yes, there are "Best Mustache" and Miss NASCAR contests. Check their Facebook page soon regarding ticket sales.

Drink Craft Beer

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Feb 27-28

Drink Craft Beer’s Boston Beer & Cheese Fest Your $50 ticket goes a long way with unlimited samples of 70+ New England craft beers and ciders and unfettered access to cheeses from eight regional creameries, such as Cabot, Vermont, and The Cellars at Jasper Hill. There will also be 20 suggested pairings of beers and ciders to go with those cheeses, so prepare yourself.

Space 57

Drink Craft Beer’s Boston Beer & Cheese Fest Space 57 Your $50 ticket goes a long way with unlimited samples of 70+ New England craft beers and ciders and unfettered access to cheeses from eight regional creameries, such as Cabot, Vermont, and The Cellars at Jasper Hill. There will also be 20 suggested pairings of beers and ciders to go with those cheeses, so prepare yourself.

Olé Restaurant Group

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Mar 12 Thu

BCAE’s 4th Annual Chew on This Fundraiser Help support the BCAE’s ongoing mission with an evening of mind-melting food and beverages starting at 6:45pm. Rub elbows with celebrity chefs like Michael Scelfo (Alden & Harlow) and Erwin Ramos (Ole), as they dazzle you with amped-up diner-style eats and signature drinks. Tickets are $85 for GA (for all-you-can-eat and -drink) and $130 for VIP (early admission, a reception, a Wusthof Gift Bag, food, and drink).

Boston Center for Adult Education

BCAE’s 4th Annual Chew on This Fundraiser Boston Center for Adult Education Help support the BCAE’s ongoing mission with an evening of mind-melting food and beverages starting at 6:45pm. Rub elbows with celebrity chefs like Michael Scelfo (Alden & Harlow) and Erwin Ramos (Ole), as they dazzle you with amped-up diner-style eats and signature drinks. Tickets are $85 for GA (for all-you-can-eat and -drink) and $130 for VIP (early admission, a reception, a Wusthof Gift Bag, food, and drink).