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6 Ways to Have Fun in Boston This Weekend

By Madison Duddy | January 26, 2021 | Culture

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Put your Netflix on pause and attend one of these six activities and events around the city— in-person or virtually. From cooking and baking classes to live music, wine tastings and Valentine’s shopping, there’s something to peak everyone’s interest and palette.

Boston Wine Festival

Explore the wines of France’s famous Châteauneuf-du-Pape region at the Boston Harbor Hotel this Friday or Saturday night at 7p.m. In addition to an exclusive selection of wines, The Rowe Wharf Sea Grill’s Chef Daniel Bruce has curated a dinner menu with dishes inspired by the culture of this commune in Southeastern France. $185, 70 Rowes Wharf, 617.439.7000, bostonwinefestival.net

Local Love Market

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, take the weekend to do some shopping for your loved ones at this female-powered virtual market. Artisan chocolates, organic skincare, candles, clothing and punny cards are just a few of the goodies you can browse. Each vendor represents one of Boston’s beloved women-owned businesses like Vibes Candles and ACouplePuns. Virtual, bostonwomensmarket.com

Boston Festival Orchestra’s Chamber Series: Bach and the Violin

Calling all classical music lovers: If you’re looking for Saturday night plans, the Boston Festival Orchestra has you covered. Featuring two of the city’s talented musicians and J.S. Bach's revered chaconne, the virtual concert is a perfect chance to listen to one of the most magnificent solo violin works in history. Virtual, free admission, bostonfestivalorchestra.org

Selfup Boston Italian Cooking Class

Learn how to cook some of the tastiest Italian dishes from scratch with seasoned North End chef Rudy Donalson. Along with five other students, each person will prepare a multicourse meal, including plates like a traditional Italian salad, hand shaped bulbs of fresh mozzarella cheese, homemade pasta and tiramisu. Sip while you cook by bringing your favorite wine to this three-hour class on Friday or Saturday at 6p.m. $100, 19 Kingston St., 857.219.2519, selfup.com

Noir Bar Après Ski Party at The Charles Hotel

You may be far from the slopes, but an Alpine party awaits at The Charles Hotel. Don your best 1980s-inspired, neon ski gear this Saturday night for an evening filled with steaming cocktails, mouthwatering Raclette, chocolate-almond ski slope sake and decadent Bunny Slope Valrhona hot cocoa. From 5-9 p.m., guests will be socially distanced at tables indoors and on the heated outdoor patio. Free admission, 1 Bennett St., 617.661.8010, noir-bar.com

Baking, Love and Macarons Class

Nothing quite says “I love you” like freshly baked macarons, so impress ton cherie on Valentine’s with these sweet treats. On Saturday from 10-11:30 a.m., Boston's French Cultural Center is offering a virtual class with French baker Sandradine Wallace. Purchase your ingredients and be prepared to learn the best tips, tricks and from-scratch recipes for the most delectable chocolate and raspberry macarons. Virtual, $15, frenchculturalcenter.org



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