50 things to do this spring
Fly a kite
Little known fact: the kite’s first use was as a weapon by the Chinese military some 3,000 years ago. We don’t recommend this. National Kite Flying Day is actually in February. We don’t recommend this either. Don’t be a fool, do it when it’s warm! With all the handy beaches and fields, there are lots of great locales around Boston. Find nifty suggestions here and here.
Chihuly, “Through the Looking Glass”
Blowing glass isn’t only for crunchy types in Vermont. The form has firmly established itself in the art world through the efforts of some truly spectacular master craftsmen. At the top of the heap is eyepatched Washington native Dale Chihuly, who’s exhibiting his ethereal, Willy Wonka-like glass gardens in 13 countries. On April 10, he arrives at the with an exhibition that runs through August 7.
Drink & Hunt
Just when you thought you’d run out of things to do on your smartphone, now you can add bar-hopping. Drink & Hunt is a new business that makes the time-honored tradition of wandering bar to bar into a high-tech scavenger hunt. Using a web-based application, you and your team can compete for prizes as you drink your way through five bars. Customized, thematic and private tours are available if you want to get fancy about it. (drinkandhunt.com)
April 8 is a red-letter date for Boston this year—literally. It’s opening day in —and we’re playing the Yankees. The boys of summer are back and what better way to feel the warmth of the season than to get over to the Green Monster? Tickets earlier in the season are also much easier to get at reasonable prices ($30 and up).
2nd Annual Cambridge Poetry Festival
Hey, did you know that April is National Poetry Month? Neither did we. But thankfully the Cambridge Arts Council is on the ball. Lyrical festivities start at noon on April 3, curated by the Poet Populist Jean-Dany Joachim. Showcasing homegrown poets, writers, performers and singer/songwriters throughout the day, there will also be readings by the four final candidates for the next Cambridge Poet Populist to be elected on Apr. 29. Free performances continue throughout the month, with open-mic poetry and musical performances at different venues throughout Cambridge.
Boston's hippest wine experts the Second Glass are going national with their (massive, chaotic and unpretentious wine tastings), but that doesn't mean that they've forgotten about their hometown. The team will bring it all home this April 22 and 23, with the same wine-soaked mayhem we've come to expect: 250 wines from 90+ cellars, tasty bites from local eateries, a DJ, temporary tattoos, Crash Courses for those who want to learn more and a photobooth that only gets better as the night rolls on.