What To Do in Boston This Weekend

Chinese Lunar New Year celebration. Photo courtesy Museum of Fine Arts.

By Landry Harlan
BU News Service

Mild winters are godsends. As this is my first one in New England, I couldn’t be happier about it, though a little more snow to sled in would be nice. Did I just jinx it? Probably. Don’t worry, I’ve found plenty of indoor activities to keep you entertained this weekend, from celebrating the new Year of the Rooster to cheering on the Pats with a bowl of chili in hand. Who knows? I might just see you in a victory parade Tuesday. Fingers crossed!

SoWa First Fridays

On the First Friday of every month, the artists, galleries, shops & restaurants of SoWa Boston open their doors to the public for an evening of art, culture and inspiration. Meet the artists in their element and view their latest works, shop the galleries & boutiques. The event is free and plenty of parking is available.

Where: SoWa Galleries + Shops

When: Friday 5-9 p.m.

Cost: FREE

Lunar New Year Celebration

Celebrate the Year of the Rooster at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston with free admission all day long! Explore Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese art and traditions while enjoying activities, demonstrations and performances throughout the day. You might go on a tour or to a talk highlighting works of art in the Art of Asia galleries; tours will be available in English, American Sign Language and Mandarin, or maybe drop in on hands-on art-making activities to create your own masterpieces to take home — including printmaking and bok jumani. There will also be exciting presentations of of Gong-Fu, Chinese martial arts, and the chance to participate in an interactive demonstration of Saebae, a Korean New Year’s ceremony.

Where: Museum of Fine Arts

When: Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Cost: FREE

Ronan Noone’s ‘The Atheist’

Augustine Early, a crooked journalist, has made an art of clawing her way up the professional ladder. When she turns a politician’s tawdry predilections into front-page news, the scandal threatens to undo the one person she thought was immune. It’s a searing and hilarious play about the perfect headline, whatever the cost.

Where: Boston Playwrights’ Theatre

When: Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m.

Cost: $10 student tickets can be purchased here

Super Snarky Bowl/Chili Cookoff Party

You may have heard there’s a pretty big sporting match coming up on Feb. 5. Aeronaut isn’t usually a “sports bahhh,” but, since they love our local teams as much as anyone, they want to invite everyone over to their living room to cheer on Tom and the Pats.

PLUS, since they like to gamify everything, they thought it would be fun to have a CHILI COOK OFF! Bring in your best chili (plastic containers, please), give it a fun name and they’ll have Super Expert Pro Chili Tasters™ give out swag for Best Vegetarian, Most Spicy and Best Overall!

Where: Aeronaut Brewing Company

When: Sunday from 6 – 10 p.m.

Cost: FREE

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