10 Best Events and Activities in Boston for Valentine’s Weekend 2022

10 Best Events and Activities in Boston for Valentine's Weekend 2022

10 Best Events and Activities in Boston for Valentine’s Weekend 2022


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So Sweet Chocolate and Ice Festival in Salem. John Andrews/Creative North Shore

This week’s BosTen offers a mix of in-person and virtual events in Boston this weekend. Got an idea for what we should cover?Leave us a comment on this article or the BosTen Facebook group, or send an email to [emailย protected].

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with the Boston.com Cocktail Club

Whether you’re mixing it up with a partner or sipping it alone, the Boston.com Cocktail Club will be offering some virtual Valentine’s Day-themed cocktails, be sure to lift your spirits this Thursday at 7 p.m. Join host Jackson Cannon (Hawthorne) , Eastern Standard) and guest bartender Sabrina Kershaw (Lone Star Taco Bar) teach you how to make two bourbon cocktails – a bittersweet romance and a sour patch event. Participating in Zoom is free, and you can find a full list of necessary ingredients here. โ€” Kevin Slane

Check out the new exhibit at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

After traveling the world, photographer and visual activist Sir Zanele Muholi (they/them/them) saw how systemic bias creates spaces where people cannot safely declare their entire existence. For nearly two decades, they have documented the lives of Black LGBTQIA+ individuals in their native South Africa and beyond, using imagery to create a visual archive and raise awareness of social injustice. Muholi’s work is the subject of a new exhibition opening Thursday at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (ISGM), featuring a series of recent vibrant paintings and a large bronze bust (during the pandemic) creation) and their famous photographs. โ€” Cheryl Fenton

Immerse yourself in the work of Frida Kahlo

After two lively Van Gogh exhibitions in town, a new immersive gallery has emerged – this time the focus is on Frida Kahlo. Located at the Castle on Columbus Avenue, the exhibit will document the life and artwork of the iconic Mexican painter known for his numerous portraits. In the exhibition, guests can expect to see many of Kahlo’s well-known works, filled with vibrant colors and determined emotions, such as her folk art-inspired pieces, her many self-portraits, and her surreal works. The exhibit opened to the public on Thursday, and tickets are now available online. โ€” Natalie Gale

Sing with the III original Boyz in Medford

In the early and mid ’90s, the best music was never good enough for the vocal quartet Boyz II Men. After breaking into the top three in 1991 with his first two singles, “Motownphilly” and “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday,” the golden-voiced singer was eager for No. 1. That appetite was quenched in 1992, when the proud Son of Philadelphia set a then-record 13-week number on the Billboard Hot 100 with “End of the Road.”minus the trio of original bass singers Michael McCurry, Sean Stockman and unrelated Nathan and Wanya Morris will perform at the Knights Theatre in Medford this Friday at 8pm โ€” Blake Maddox

Catch up on ‘Love Jones’ at the Black History Month Film Festival

It’s now the second year, Boston GlobeThe Black History Month Film Festival will feature a series of new and classic films throughout February to celebrate the culture, life and creativity of Black Americans.Interested audience members can visit the festival’s website to respond to virtual screenings, available on-demand ahead of virtual panel discussions Earth Writers and editors, filmmakers and talents.Watch the 1997 romance “Love Jones” at home this weekend, then join Earth Discussion with Lisa Simmons, D. Ruff, and Jene Osterheldt Monday at 3 p.m. โ€” Kevin Slane

Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth at the 20th Annual Salem So Sweet Festival

Starting this Thursday, Salem’s annual Chocolate and Ice Sculpture Festival is celebrating its 20th year. Hosted by Salem Avenue and the Salem Chamber of Commerce, the festival celebrates candy, local shops and glittering ice sculptures just in time for Valentine’s Day. This year’s festival kicks off with the “Trick or Sweet Chocolate and Wine Crawl” with snack and drink tastings on Thursdays from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. The ice sculpture installation began on Friday night, and the sculptures scattered around the city center were lit up on Saturday night. Local stores in Salem will also host the “Chocolate Heart Challenge,” a scavenger hunt-like game where participants scan each merchant’s QR code for a prize. โ€” Natalie Gale

Enjoy an “I Want You Back” Valentine’s Day Bash

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Milton native Jenny Slate enters rom-com territory opposite “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” star Charlie Day in “I Want You Back” on Amazon Prime Video this Friday. Emma (Slater) and Peter (Day) meet in a stairwell after being dumped by their spouses (Gina Rodriguez and Scott Eastwood), and the pair later hatch a conspiracy , to end their new relationship with each other’s exes. In addition to Slate and Day, “I Want You Back” features Rodriguez (“Jane the Virgin”), Eastwood (“Suicide Squad”) and Manny Jacinto (“The Good Place”). โ€” Kevin Slane

Spread the love with Black Owned Bos on Valentine’s Weekend.in the overtime market

Shop for gifts and merchandise from 10 local Black-owned businesses this Saturday at the Spread Love Valentine’s Market hosted by Black Owned Bos. in the overtime market. From decadent candles to trendy clothing and accessories, the pop-up market will include a wide variety of brands to choose from. The shopping experience will feature local DJ Slick Vick and KNSZWRTH, including the following brands: ZMakesBeads, Akosua’s Closet, BLACK LABEL, B.Royal Boutique, Sweet Glam, Stinky’s Kittens & Doggies Too, Mavology, Adorn Me Africa, Emerald City Plant Shop, and House of Arts and Crafts. After shopping, stay for a meal and drink from one of the vendors located in the Time Out Market restaurant. โ€” Jada Turner

Explore Chinatown with the Cambridge Centre for Adult Education

In conjunction with Chinatown’s annual Lunar New Year Parade, the Cambridge Centre for Adult Education is organising guided tours of the neighbourhood’s vibrant food scene at 11am this Sunday, including bakeries and bubble tea shops, as well as a live bird market and ginseng shop. The tour will end with a dim sum dinner where your guide will help you navigate the menu options. The entrance fee includes dinner and gratuity. Attendees must follow city and state COVID-19 guidelines and wear masks throughout the class. โ€” Joel Ang

To the Boston Winter Express

The Boston Winter Express brings four weeks of free outdoor winter fun to the city community this winter, including live performances, public art by local artists, free hot drinks at local restaurants, and more. The first event Sunday from noon to 2 p.m. will celebrate the Chinese New Year at Auntie Kay on the Greenway and the gates of Chinatown at Uncle Frank Chin Park. Celebrations are the result of the city’s partnership with the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy and Main Street Chinatown, and will provide free food and beverages, free books from the Boston Public Library, free COVID-19 testing kits from the Boston Public Health Commission, and municipalities on trucks hall. โ€” Christy Palma

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