Boston is a fantastic destination any time of year. The large and lovely parks, the historical sites worth seeing, countless museums, sports galore, and oh, the seafood! To top it all off, Boston's cultural calendar is always overflowing. Take the events below, just for starters. And Kimpton situates you nicely amid the action. Nine Zero Hotel is directly across from Boston Common and in the heart of the city. Onyx Hotel is also downtown and near Faneuil Hall. Across the Charles River, Hotel Marlowe is minutes from Harvard Square, MIT and downtown Boston. Each is ready to be your restful oasis after a full day of...well, it's up to you. Choose a reason and we'll look forward to seeing you soon.
SEPTEMBER: A Boston landmark, The Museum of Science is non-stop entertainment with more than 500 interactive exhibits, 100-plus live animals, a planetarium and the only domed IMAX screen in all of New England. Be here in September when the new Shipwreck! exhibit takes you through millenia of maritime history. You'll feel hurricane-force winds, snag treasures using a robotic arm, see real gold and silver artifacts and witness the amazing science and technology used in the ocean depths. The Museum of Science is close to our Hotel Marlowe, just across the bridge in beautiful Cambridge.
OCTOBER: Tennis, rowing, hockey and basketball converge during one very athletic month. Let’s start with the Staples Champions Cup, where you can watch legendary tennis champs like Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras and John McEnroe (just to name a few) battle it out on the court in a nail-biting, one-night tournament. Our own Hotel Marlowe is the Official Hotel of this event. Next up is the Head of the Charles Regatta, billed as the world’s largest two-day rowing event, bringing 9,000-plus athletes and spectators who enjoy watching the races from various hospitality areas along the scenic Charles River. Hockey and b-ball fans: the Boston Bruins and the Boston Celtics kick off their seasons this month. They both play at TD Garden, which is conveniently near Kimpton’s Onyx Hotel.
NOVEMBER: (Nov. 23-30) Boston Ballet’s award-winning rendition of The Nutcracker is always one of New England’s favorite holiday traditions. This season, we’ll all be treated to an entirely reimagined production, with exquisite new sets and costumes. All with one of the world’s best dance companies and live music from Boston Ballet Orchestra. So whether this is your first Nutcracker or your fiftieth, this one promises to take you on an enchanted journey with Clara and company.
TD Garden Concerts: From Pinball Wizard to Cinnamon Girl
NOVEMBER: What do Bob Dylan, Justin Bieber, Neil Young and The Who have in common? They’re all playing concerts at the TD Garden this November. More than 3.5 million people flock to the TD Garden every year for the best concerts and games, and November’s lineup is a music-lover’s dream. Conveniently, Kimpton’s Onyx Hotel is around the corner from all the action—literally. So whether you’re in love with Mr. Tambourine Man or the Biebs himself (we won’t tell), come by for a visit and see your favorite act belt it out in Boston.
Boston Pops Holiday Concert: A Winter Wonderland for Your Ears
DECEMBER: (Dec. 7-11) The Boston Pops came on the scene in 1885 as sort of an alter ego to the Boston Symphony Orchestra, drawing many of the same musicians but playing light classical and popular music. During the Boston Pops Holiday Concert, the Pops perform the classic Christmas music we all know and love. The seating in historic Symphony Hall is adjusted to banquet/cafe set-up for a more intimate experience. We've heard that on Opening Night, Peter Fiedler (son of the beloved Arthur Fiedler, former Pops conductor for 50 years) will conduct Sleigh Ride, and children's author Jan Brett will narrate The Night Before Christmas. It won't be a silent night, but it'll be magical.
DECEMBER: (Dec. 31) Every year, a million people pour into downtown Boston to welcome the year ahead with 1,000 artists and 200 performances and exhibits of art, music, drama and film. The daylong First Night Festival of the Arts is the oldest and largest of its kind. Be sure not to miss the ice sculptures around the city. (They take “cool” to a whole new level.) The festival is capped off with fireworks at midnight, so you can say goodbye to the old and usher in the new in a way that’s perfectly Boston: unique, artsy and festive.
JANUARY: (Jan. 11-12) Follow the sounds of the fiddle, flute, mandolin and smallpipes to Boston's Celtic Music Fest. The celebration is fun for everyone, whether you're a Celtic music and dance enthusiast or someone who doesn't know the difference between a bouzouki and a Bazooka. (One is a stringed instrument, the other an antitank weapon. You can figure out the rest.) By the end of the weekend, you might just find yourself pining for the shores of bonny Ireland or craving fish and chips. We can't help with the first one, but feel free to ask a Kimpton concierge about good nearby pubs.
FEBRUARY: (Feb. 16-17) The Boston Wine Expo—the largest consumer wine expo in America—brings you the world’s best wine and Boston’s best food, all in a single weekend. You’ll sip offerings from more than 185 wineries hailing from 15 different countries, attend educational seminars hosted by industry experts, and watch cooking demonstrations by local and national celebrity chefs. You could taste a rare vintage, find the latest nifty aerating gadget or learn how to select the perfect pairing with oysters. So sophisticated, you’ll have to resist the temptation to drink with your pinky out.
St. Patrick's Day Parade in Boston: History, Heritage and Green Beer
MARCH: (Mar. 17) What better city to celebrate St. Patrick's Day than Boston? We're proud of our strong Irish heritage and our unique place in American history. To wit: on St. Patrick's Day in 1776, General Washington won his first victory when British forces were driven from Boston. (Read up on Evacuation Day—Boston's "other" St. Patrick's Day.) The city has been celebrating ever since. Join us in 2013 at the St. Patrick's Day Parade for the jaunty floats, the bands of bagpipers, the firefighters, the school drum corps. But whatever you do, don't forget to wear green!
Boston Marathon: The Run of a Lifetime Starts Here
APRIL: (Apr. 15) Months of grueling preparation and training. Hours upon hours of pounding the pavement and pushing through the pain. Everything comes down to this: the Boston Marathon. It’s the oldest marathon in the world—an intense 26 miles and 385 yards of skill, athleticism and sheer willpower. Join us in April as we cheer on the runners racing to the finish line at Copley Square, just a little over a mile from Kimpton’s Nine Zero Hotel. In case a five-minute walk is more your speed.
MAY: (various dates) With multiple colleges and universities in the Boston metro area, you can't swing a scrolled diploma without hitting a student of higher education. Brainiacs abound. And come May, they are turned loose to change the world through that annual rite of passage called commencement. If you have a family member or friend graduating this year from Boston University, UMB, Boston College, Harvard, Northeastern, Tufts, Emerson, Brandeis, or MIT, Kimpton would love to be your Dean of Hospitality.
JUNE: (May 31-June 9, 2013) The LGBT community loves to party, and the Boston Pride Week agenda barely stops to take a breath. From Pride Day at Faneuil Hall to the Royal Pageant, the Parade, the Festival and three Block Parties, Pride Week is over the top with activities. There's also a Human Rights & Education Discussion amid all the festivities, with the goal of stirring up the mind along with shaking up the dance floor.
JULY: (July 2-7, 2013) Lest you think Boston Harborfest is a local affair, this annual Fourth of July event has grown to a national celebration featuring more than 200 daily events over five days—all in honor of Boston's colonial and maritime heritage. Harborfest remembers the past with reenactments and historical tours, while reveling in the present with concerts, children's day, parties and the Boston Chowderfest—an all-you-can-eat clam chowder competition where your vote helps determine the winner. As the cradle of the American Revolution, Boston is the perfect spot to wish our country "many more."
AUGUST: (Aug. 23 - 25) If Italian food makes your taste buds happy, join us in the North End for Saint Anthony's Feast, dubbed the "Feast of All Feasts" by National Geographic. Honoring Boston's patrons Saint Anthony and Saint Lucy, this authentic Italian street festival has it all – parades, strolling singers, live entertainment, even an open-air mass. Plus lots of food that's fun to say to out loud (with an Italian accent): calamari, zeppole, cannoli, gelato. The highlight of the festival is the Grand Procession, when a statue of Saint Anthony is lifted high and carried through the streets. Definitely a sight to behold.
SEPTEMBER: (Sept. 27 - Oct. 5, 2013) Every fall, Boston's most talented fashion designers show off their latest creations during a city-wide celebration of haute couture. During Boston Fashion Week, you can catch a dazzling runway show, party with Boston's best dressed or snag a hot deal on the Boston Fashion Trail-an extension of Fashion Week providing special offers and in-store events from fashion-friendly retailers, restaurants, salons and spas. Come see Boston dressed to the nines-and then return to your stylish Kimpton room, where you'll find a chic animal-print bathrobe screaming your name.
OCTOBER: (Oct. 6, 2013) One glorious Sunday in October, foodies and farmers will unite to celebrate all-things-local and all-things-delicious at the Boston Local Food Festival. Picture it: Food trucks. Live music. Chef competitions. The freshest produce and seafood, artisan cheeses, baked goodies and other tasty treats. Plus, the festival is a zero-waste event, which means at least 90% of its waste is diverted from landfills. Last year, the festival composted or recycled enough waste to save the equivalent of eight trees, five barrels of oil and 115 cubic yards of landfill real estate. Now that's indulgence you can feel good about! The food and fun is just a five-minute walk from Kimpton's Onyx Hotel.
NOVEMBER: (Nov. 8 - 16, 2013) Knock, knock. Who's there? If you're at the Boston Comedy Fest, the answer is the funniest comedians Boston has to offer, plus national comedy stars like Lewis Black, the Smothers Brothers, Joan Rivers, Denis Leary and CK Lewis. This sidesplitting festival features stand-up routines as well as improv and sketch comedy, topped off with some handpicked indie films-all in the hopes of making you laugh out loud.
DECEMBER: (Dec. 4, 5 and 20, respectively) Premier sports and entertainment venue TD Garden knows how to put on a show, and this December, three notable music acts will rock out in this state-of-the-art facility. On December 4, Rod Stewart brings his "Live the Life" tour to Beantown. Stewart has busted out of a nearly two-decades-long case of writer's block (we like to say it was just a long wind-up). In addition to a new original album and tour, he's now got a bestselling memoir under his belt. Add that to the 100 million career records sold, plus the Grammy, the star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the enduring and epic hairstyle... you get the picture. The next day, Dec. 5, pop-rocker P!nk will fill the arena with a performance that's been called "showstopping" and "spectacular" (we hear there are acrobatics involved). And on December 20, superstar Beyoncé will bring the Mrs. Carter Tour back to Boston for a second visit. The ambitious, larger-than-life world tour-which has stirred up quite a bit of buzz and even a healthy dose of controversy-is not to be missed.