Take a plunge into the new year with these fun-filled events.
Stories Caitlin Moakley
Take a plunge for the new year, indulge in coffee and chocolate, and get friendly with winter. January’s packed with fun things to do—and many of them are free.
January is the month for setting goals, branching out, and rediscovering ourselves and our passions in preparation for the new year ahead. With a creative scene that’s bursting with character, the Boston area is the place to be. Looking to hop on an open mic? Incorporate more plants into your beauty routine? Learn how to plan budget-friendly meals? Take part in a local restaurant’s menu development? There’s something for everyone here. Whether you want to dive deeper into an existing love or explore the possibility of a new hobby, the city is waiting for you to take advantage of all it has to offer.
New Year’s Day Plunge
L Street Bath House, South Boston
Gather at the L Street Bath House in South Boston for this annual New Year’s Day event—is 2020 the year you take the plunge?
Cooking on a Budget: SNAP-ED Nutrition Workshop
Boston Public Market, Boston
The UMass Extension Nutrition Education Program is teaming up with the Boston Public Market for this free SNAP-friendly event to teach families how to eat healthy while on a budget.
Poetry Open Mic Night
Cafe Zing!, Porter Square, Cambridge
Cafe Zing! hosts a monthly open mic night for folks to sip their favorite coffee, swap creativity, and support the local community.
Clover Food Development Meeting
Clover HUB, Cambridge
What do you wish to see on future Clover menus? This free event offers you the chance to cook it up and present it.
Update on Invasive Plants
Lexington Field & Garden Club, Lexington
Join naturalist Peter Alden in a free discussion about biodiversity and plants that could be taking over your garden or local greenspace.
Counter Culture’s Tasting at Ten
Counter Culture, Somerville
Coffee connoisseurs and caffeinated novices, take your palate on a free tasting of Somerville’s Counter Culture Coffee.
Boston Travel & Adventure Show
Hynes Convention Center, Boston
Now is the perfect time to plan your escape out of
Winter Wellness Walk
The Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain
Learn about winter in Boston and enjoy a peaceful walk around Harvard’s arboretum.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Spend MLK day reflecting at the Museum of Fine Arts, where the doors are open all day for free.
Seafood Supply Chain Open Forum
Red’s Best, Boston
Chat about New England’s fishing industry with Red’s Best founder Jared Auerbach during a free evening of enrichment.
Taste of Chocolate Festival
Brattle Plaza, Cambridge
Join some of Harvard Square’s favorite vendors for a free chocolate-filled graze fest on Brattle Plaza from 1 to 2 p.m.
Skin Food x Face Food
Face Food Natural Beauty Market & Spa, Newburyport
Join holistic nutritionist Mary Taylor and holistic esthetician Khaki Paquette for an evening of plant-based knowledge for mind and body.