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Actually Fun Things To Do in Boston This Weekend

Thrillist logo Thrillist 5 days ago Meaghan Agnew

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It’s the end of February, so you know what that means: the reopening of Sullivan’s! Nothing like a hot dog and some crinkle fries to break up a bleak, neverending, pandemic winter. Of course, that’s not the only way to brighten your mood—an outdoor light installation and a Sunday brunch dedicated to Black hospitality leadership can also do the trick. And some Hamantaschen for Purim. As always, continue to support our local restaurants any way you can and give generously to local food banks and other organizations. Here is everything you must do in Boston this weekend.

Immediately brighten your mood thanks to Lights in the Necklace

Friday, February 26 - Sunday, February 28

Emerald Necklace

We could all use a dopamine rush right now. Through March 13, a select number of bridges throughout the Emerald Necklace’s 1,000-plus acres will be lit up bright green from dusk until 9 pm. Use your pandemic downtime to track them down. 

Cost: Free

Sweeten up your Purim at Mamaleh’s

Friday, February 26

Mamaleh’s

If you seek some epic Hamantaschen for Purim this year, we say place your order right now. Mamaleh’s is accepting orders Thursday and Friday for its three different fillings: chocolate and blood orange, halvah and sesame caramel, and the classic date and walnut.

Cost: $2 each

Toast our city’s Black leaders during Community through Hospitality

Sunday, February 28

Online

As a tremendous way to end Black History Month, join Douglass Williams of MIDA, TJ Douglas of Urban Grape, and Segun Idowu of BECMA as they host a virtual Italian brunch and engage in conversation around representation in hospitality. All while you simultaneously enjoy a three course brunch from MIDA and half-bottle of wine curated by Urban Grape. All proceeds go to the Greater Boston Food Bank. 

Cost: $90

Honor the Year of the Ox at The Herd

Friday, February 26 - Sunday, February 28

The Greenway

Nothing like a little gratis art to lift the spirits. Creator Andy Li has put up a large-scale textile and text installation that celebrates the ox’s most prominent attributes, including determination, honesty, and patience—all qualities we can use right about now.  

Cost: Free

Warm up for the weekend thanks to Fondue Fridays

Friday, February 26

Noir

You’ve likely been enjoying cheese, bread, and wine throughout the pandemic—why not enjoy them all in one dish?  Snag a table on Noir’s terrace under one of the heat lamps, pretend you’re in Switzerland, and savor the classic apres-ski snack.

Cost:

$15

Go south for the winter thanks to Peregrine

Friday, February 26 - Sunday, February 28

Peregrine 

It’s your go-to place for pasta—and now, it’s also your spot for Southern comfort fare. Peregrine chef de cuisine Matthew Bullock is going back to his roots to dish up something different through the end of March: shrimp and grits, crispy rice cakes, blackened white fish, and cast iron-fried chicken so popular it routinely sells out.

Cost: A la carte

Warm your cockles of your heart at Winter Warmers Day + Night

Saturday, February 27

Baramor

Give us more cozy options like this. Baramor is giving us blankets, Baramor is giving us outdoor heaters, and Baramor is giving us Thermos’ full of cider or hot chocolate, virgin or spiked, along with treats like cookies, s’mores, and even poutine. It’s only happening on Saturdays through the end of the month, though, so secure your reservation now. 

Cost: $15 to secure reservation; reserve table online

Offset all that takeout thanks to a Frost Fit Workout

Saturday, February 27

Fiedler Field

Get out of your PJs and head down to the Charles for an hour-long high intensity interval training class that’s a mix of strength training and cardio bursts.The cold weather will keep the sweat to a minimum, while the post-workout swag will keep you motivated. 

Cost: Suggested $10 donation; register online

Stock your racks for February with the Black History Month Wine Kit

Friday, February 26 - Sunday, February 28​​​​​​

The Urban Grape

Here’s what you really need to know: The store can barely keep these kits in stock, so don’t wait until February. The six-bottle collection celebrates winemakers of color from around the world, including three hailing from California. 

Cost: $178

Bring home the best raw steak in town thanks to the Grill 23 Butcher Shop

Friday, February 26 - Saturday, February 27

Grill 23

Thank the meat gods and goddesses: Grill 23 is now selling its full lineup of Brandt Beef filet mignons, ribeyes, and porterhouses, ready to cook up and top with their beef butter. And rest assured you can make a meal of it, thanks to the raw bar and side dish add-ons (hello, shrimp cocktail and taleggio creamed spinach!) Have we mentioned the cocktails to go? Order before 3 pm and you can pick up your order the same day; delivery is also available. 

Cost: Your monthly (yearly?) steak allowance (and so worth it!)

Forget your COVID cares for two hours thanks to a little snow tubing

Friday, February 26 - Sunday, February 28

Nashoba Valley Ski Area

Well, this sounds damn invigorating (for once): a couple of hours feeding your need for speed, all while keeping a safe distance from anyone not in your COVID cohort. Nashoba’s snow tubing park is now open Thursdays through Sundays for the duration of winter but book early—we aren’t the only ones desperate to get a little fresh air and freedom of mind.

Cost: $35

Support local restaurants through a little booze thanks to the #RYESUP Campaign

Friday, February 26 - Sunday, February 28

Boston Harbor Distillery

Beyond, you know, ordering tons of takeout and tipping lavishly, here’s another way to support your local restaurants. For the next while, Boston Harbor Distillery will donate $20 from every bottle of Putnam New England Whiskey sold to the Massachusetts Restaurant Association’s Education Foundation. Plus, guest stars like Andy Husbands of The Smoke Shop BBQ and Asia Mei of Moonshine 152, along with their restaurant bartenders, will be sharing their favorite Putnam Whiskey cocktails on the BHD social media channels every few days. 

Cost: $50-90 per bottle

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Meaghan Agnew was supposed to be flying to Key West this weekend. Find out how she’s pretending to vacation in the warm weather by following her on Instagram.

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