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Actually Fun Things To Do in Boston This Weekend

Thrillist logo Thrillist 4 days ago Meaghan Agnew

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Hey ho, it’s March. Then again, it’s been March for the past 369 days. Poor March will never recover from its pandemic reputational beating. So how to hate this month a little less? A road trip to Maine for tacos, for starters. (We’ve already told you why Kennebunkport is so awesome this time of year.) A winter forest walk sounds pretty nice as well, as does a little late-season skiing for a good cause. 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.

Book your meal now for Let’s Talk Womxn of Boston

Thursday, March 4 - Monday, March 8

Online

Monday is International Women’s Day, and we can think of no better way to celebrate than by toasting 17 of the city’s preeminent female chefs through a surprise multi-restaurant tasting dinner for pickup. You must order it today for pickup on Monday ahead of a nighttime dialogue around power, parity, and the promise of collaboration. 

Cost: $85; pickup is at Darryl’s Corner Bar & Kitchen

Head north for your taco fix thanks to this Yellow Door Taqueria residency

Friday, March 5 - Saturday, March 6

Kennebunkport Inn

Have a newly minted negative COVID test in your back pocket, or the ability to get a rapid result in the next 24 hours? Then satisfy your wanderlust for a two-day “Cinco de Marzo” pop-up menu that includes an exclusive Maine lobster taco. Sure, you can get Yellow Door tacos in town, but why stay local when the inn is also offering a 20 percent room discount and welcome bottle of margarita mix?

Cost: Tacos a la carte; make reservations online

Try and reset with an Ocean Therapy Winter Walk

Saturday, March 6

Webb Memorial State Park

One year into the pandemic, and you know what you need? Some ocean air and little convening with nature. The guided therapy walk asks that you slow down, lean into your surroundings, and forget about everything except what’s right in front of you for 75 minutes (sounds pretty divine).

Cost: $25

Strap on those skis for a good cause during the Jimmy Fund Snow Challenge

Saturday, March 6

Nashoba Valley

If you’ve been looking for an excuse to take up a new hobby, here you go: $5 of all lift ticket proceeds go to the revered Dana Farber Cancer Institute Fund on this day only. Just buy your tickets online in advance 

Cost: $35-55

Immediately brighten your mood thanks to Lights in the Necklace

Friday, March 5-Sunday, March 7

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

Honor the Year of the Ox at The Herd

Friday, March 5-Sunday, March 7

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, March 5

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, March 5-Sunday, March 7

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

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

Friday, March 5-Saturday, March 6

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!)

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