10 things to do in Boston this weekend


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A man reaches out to touch a detail of the 20-foot-tall bronze sculpture “The Embrace,” a memorial to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King, on the Boston Common, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023. , in Boston. The sculpture, which consists of four interlocked arms, was inspired by a photo of the King and Queen embracing when MLK learned that he had won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. The statue will be unveiled during ceremonies on Friday, January 13, 2023. AP Photo/Steven Senne

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Raise a glass at the Boston Wine & Food Festival

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 here. —Cheryl Fenton

Enjoy free entry to the MFA

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 of “LIFE magazine and the power of photography.The 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,” a new public monument celebrating the work and life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King. —Natalie Gale

Listen to the BCC at Symphony Hall

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 purchased herethey range from $15 to $75. —Natalie Gale

Explore the ICA for free

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 “Rose B. Simpson: Legacies,” “Jordan Nassar: fantasy and truth” and “Starting again: artists and childhood”. Timed tickets are required and will be available 24 hours before the event begins on Monday. —Natalie Gale

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Get up close to the animals at the zoo for free

Spend time outdoors with lions and tigers at franklin zoo in 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 Winter Visits at Franklin Park Zoo Y stone zoo. —Natalie Gale

Enjoy a free BYSO performance at Faneuil Hall

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. here. —Natalie Gale

Celebrate Têt in Boston

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 Teat in Boston. 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

Sing with Cass McCombs

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 when McCombs visits the Sinclair Sunday at 7 pm —Blake Maddux

Visit MLK’s ‘The Embrace’ sculpture on Boston Common

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 can see coverage of the inauguration in NBC10 Boston from noon to 3 p.m. —Kevin Slane

Visit New England National Parks for Free

Want to explore the outdoors more in the new year but don’t know where to start? The National Park Service (NPS) is once again waived entrance fees for all national parks in five days in 2023, including MLK Day. Of the more than 400 National Parks 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 Adams National Historical Park in Quincy ($15/person), acadia national park in Bar Harbor, Maine ($15/person, $30/vehicle), and Saint-Gaudens National Historical Park in Cornish, NH ($10/person). —Natalie Gale

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