Take a moment to exhale this weekend. We’ve curated plans for couples, friends and families so you don’t have to! This is all the information you need in a step-by-step guide to make your planning easier.
It’s a Date!
Friday, Jan. 18
Start the night in the Seaport District to experience the new interactive light exhibits along Seaport Boulevard. Six, illuminated, moving cylinders comprise “The Loop.” If you sit inside and move the handlebar, an animated, musical narrative unfolds before you on the interior of the pod. The speed of the images and the tempo of the music are all controlled by you. This and other installations are on view through February 17.
Dawn to dusk
60 Seaport Blvd., Boston
Limited street parking, Court House T stop
From there, walk two minutes for dinner at Gather, an industrial-chic restaurant that’s now debuting its winter menu. Sample charred octopus with a roasted garlic aioli or duck tacos tossed lightly in barbecue sauce and a bok choy slaw. All of Gather’s ingredients are sourced locally so you can feel good about whatever you eat, including the decadent bread pudding with caramel sauce.
11:30 a.m.–11 p.m.
Appetizers $7–$19, Entrees $16–$27
75 Northern Ave., Boston
Limited street parking, Court House T stop
After dinner, walk seven minutes to the Seaport World Trade Center for the Northeast Craft Beer Pavilion. Part of The Boston Globe Travel Show, the pavilion features nearly 100 different beers from over 40 breweries. Tickets include an unlimited number of beer samples, and food samples will also be passed around, and also entrance to the travel show so you can scout our your next vacation destination.
Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center
$35 per person
1 Seaport Lane, Boston
Limited street parking, World Trade Center T stop
Saturday, Jan. 19
Make your mark on our political landscape by attending the 2019 Boston Women’s March on the Boston Common. Organized by March Forward Massachusetts, the daylong event will feature a march in the morning ending at the Boston Common, where the audience will hear speeches and performances by local activists and artists. This year’s march focuses on multicultural inclusion, and falls just prior to Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
10 a.m.–1 p.m.
139 Tremont St., Boston
Limited street parking, Park T stop
Marching for political change sure works up an appetite! Head five minutes down Charles Street to have brunch at The Paramount, a local favorite for classic breakfast dishes. For a savory dish try the Avocado Sunrise toast with two eggs sunny side up, Applewood smoked bacon, cheddar cheese and a sriracha drizzle. If sweet is more your thing consider the banana and nutella waffle with strawberries. Expect to wait in line at this popular joint, but don’t worry, it moves quickly.
8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Breakfast plates $9–$13, Toasts $13–$14, Pancakes and French Toast $8–$12
44 Charles St., Boston
Limited street parking, Charles T stop
Sunday, Jan. 20
Take your partner and the kids to the 16th Annual Belmont World Film Festival. The action-packed program features family friendly films from all over the world, in addition to live music and performances. Films in languages other than English will have subtitles, and young readers can listen to the dialogue in English through headphones. Pop by to see the animated renditions of Mo Willems’s children’s books, narrated by the author, or to introduce the kids to a film from China or Serbia. Passes are available for single events or the whole weekend.
12 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
$10 per person full-length films, $6 per person shorts, $12 per person live events, $50 per person festival pass
7 Medford St., Arlington
On-site parking .50/hour, Massachusetts Ave at Franklin St stop on the 77 bus
Walk five minutes down the street to La Victoria Taqueria, a neighborhood hot spot for Mexican street food and the perfect compliment to a day of multicultural films. Enjoy a classic taco or quesadilla, or go for a full-on Plato Mexicano with rice, beans, meat of your choice, pico de gallo and sour cream. They also offer traditional Mexican tortas in eight different styles.
La Victoria Taqueria
11 a.m.–8 p.m.
Tacos $3, Burritos $6.50, Tortas $7.50
12 Medford St., Arlington
Regent Theatre parking .50/hour, Massachusetts Ave at Franklin St stop on the 77 bus