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Oenophiles, gather around and raise a glass to the return of the annual Boston Wine & Food Festival starting this Thursday. The nation’s oldest food and wine festival (running 34 years) is back, led by David Daniels, Executive Chef at the Boston Harbor Hotel, Nancy Bean, longtime food and wine festival expert, and Nick Daddona, the Boston Harbor Hotel sommelier. The three-month-long festival kicks off Thursday night with a special soiree featuring one of Napa’s most iconic wineries, Staglin Family Vineyard, and continues with an all-star lineup of intimate winemaker-hosted dinners, seminars, themed receptions and celebratory luncheons at the iconic waterfront Boston Harbor Hotel. For a full list of events, see. —Cheryl Fenton
For the twenty-first year, the Museum of Fine Arts is offering free admission to all Massachusetts residents on Monday in honor of MLK Day. In partnership with Citizens Bank, the museum hosts an open house commemorating the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Tickets are available in person on a first-come, first-served basis. Exhibit highlights will include “Frank Bowling’s Americas,” “Making Past Present: Cy Wombly,” and the last day ofThe day will also include interactive painting and music by DJ WhySham in the Shapiro Family Courtyard, a short talk and presentation at the “Touching Roots” exhibit at 1:00 pm and 2:30 pm, and a midday discussion on how to became “The Embrace,” celebrating the work and life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King. —Natalie Gale
The Boston Children’s Chorus will perform “Becoming King,” their 20th annual MLK tribute concert, at 4 pm Monday. The singers of the Boston Children’s Chorus will reflect on King’s life and legacy, including his years spent studying philosophy in Boston. The concert takes place in Symphony Hall and tickets, which can be purchasedthey range from $15 to $75. —Natalie Gale
The Institute of Contemporary Art once again offers free admission on Monday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Exhibits available that day will include “,” “ ” and “Starting again: artists and childhood”. Timed tickets are required and will be available 24 hours before the event begins on Monday. —Natalie Gale
Spend time outdoors with lions and tigers atin Boston or bears and reindeer at Stone Zoo in Stoneham, both offer free admission on Monday for MLK Day. Zoos offer educational programming throughout the year. The New England Zoo offers a list of animals normally seen during Y . —Natalie Gale
In collaboration with the Museum of African American History, the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra will perform its annual free tribute concert at 1 p.m. in Faneuil Hall on Monday. The concert will be directed by Marta Zurad. Although the event is free, tickets must be reserved in advance.. —Natalie Gale
Têt is the Vietnamese Lunar New Year celebration, and each year the Vietnamese American Community of Massachusetts (VACM) and the New England Intercollegiate Vietnamese Student Association (NEIVSA) host. This year’s celebration takes place on Sunday at the Flynn Cruiseport at 1 Black Falcon Ave. from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and includes dozens of food and art vendors, plus information booths, kids’ activities, photo ops, and both traditional and modern Vietnamese performances. . Admission to the festival is $3 online or $5 at the door. —Natalie Gale
2022 marked the 20th anniversary of Cass McCombs’ debut EP, “Not the Way”, and the release of her 10th LP, “Heartmind”. In a 2016 New York Times article titled “Imagine Beckett as a Cranky Singer-Songwriter,” music journalist Ben Ratliff anointed McCombs as “one of the great songwriters of his time.” Based on the critical acclaim garnered for him throughout his career, it’s unlikely Ratliff is the only person who thinks so highly of the 45-year-old. In fact, “Heartmind,” which features appearances by, among many others, Wynonna Judd and Danielle Haim, may very well be McCombs’ most lauded effort to date. Concert-goers are likely to hear a lot about their new release whenSunday at 7 pm —Blake Maddux
On Friday, a long-planned 22-foot statue honoring Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King will be unveiled on Boston Common, near the site of a 1965 demonstration led by the civil rights leader. “The Embrace” will be one of the nation’s largest new memorials dedicated to racial equality, where Martin and Coretta first met as students in 1952. After a private unveiling ceremony Friday, the statue will be open to the public. public. You also canof the inauguration in —Kevin Slane
Want to explore the outdoors more in the new year but don’t know where to start? The National Park Service (NPS) is once againin five days in 2023, including MLK Day. Of the Nationwide, 110 parks charge entrance fees ranging from $5 to $35. New England parks that typically charge a fee that will be free for the designated five days include in Quincy ($15/person), in Bar Harbor, Maine ($15/person, $30/vehicle), and in Cornish, NH ($10/person). —Natalie Gale
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