Events INSIDER: March 3-11, 2014

Win: Killington Ski Resort Family Packs
We have 2 Family Packs (4 tickets) to give away! Email for a chance to win. Win: Killington Ski Resort Family PacksKillington Ski Resort Killington, VT, .
Win: Bully Dance
We have 2 pairs of tickets to give away! One pair for 3/7 and one pair for 3/9. Send an email to for a chance to win! Win: Bully DanceBoston Playwrights’ Theatre Boston, MA, .
Win: Magic: The Gathering (Improv) Show
How about winning a pair of tickets for this Friday’s (3/7) Improv show? Email for a chance to win. Win: Magic: The Gathering (Improv) Show Cambridge, MA, .
Johnny’s Picks
Get the 2014 New England Guide
Mention my website to friends and get my 2013 New England Guide, with 1,200 off-beat destinations including dinosaur footprints, zoos, ziplines, where to go stargazing, and where to find an indoor water park in December! Get the 2014 New England Guide All Over, , .
Find 16 New England Regions on Twitter
Hey! I’ve split my Twitter feed into 17 regions so that you can REALLY get just the events close to home, or pick what you like. Please check it out and add me to a ‘Twitter list’ too (google it). Find 16 New England Regions on Twitter All Over, , .
IHOP National Pancake Day
FREE PANCAKES ALERT!! 7am to 10pm, any IHOP. IHOP National Pancake DayIHOP Cambridge, MA, .
Chinese New Year Banquet
It’s the Boston Chinese Neighborhood Center’s time to celebrate the Chinese New Year with a nice dinner and live & silent auctions. Yes, it’s the Year of the Horse but I doubt there’ll be one up for auction there! Chinese New Year BanquetEmpire Garden Restaurant Boston, MA, .
Somerville Maple Syrup Boil Down Festival
There isn’t much detail on what the ‘other’ activities are, but this is pretty much the whole turning sap into syrup drill with tastings and sap demonstrations. Presumably free. 10am-2pm. Somerville Maple Syrup Boil Down FestivalSomerville Community Growing Center Somerville, MA, .
Holi: Festival of Colors
There’s a festival where you can THROW AROUND COLORED PAINT? Where do I sign!? 10:30am-2:30pm. Holi: Festival of ColorsWho’s on First Boston Boston, MA, .
Boston Massacre Re-enactment
This historical re-enactment of the battle between the British and Americans before our independence is fun… and free! 7pm, arrive at least an hour early to get a good view. Boston Massacre Re-enactmentOld State House Boston, MA, .
Maple Syrup Boil Down Festival
Maple syrup fun around a bonfire. Kids activities, storytelling and all sorts of treats to try the syrup on are on the list too. 10am-2pm. Maple Syrup Boil Down FestivalThe Growing Center Somerville, MA, .
Israeli Folk Dance Fest and Ice Cream Social
The performancers at this festival have one major goal: To not let the Israeli dance tradition in the Boston Area die. Attend the annual showcase of Jewish and Israeli dance performed by dance troupes from across the US. Israeli Folk Dance Fest and Ice Cream SocialKresge Auditorium @ MIT Cambridge, MA, .
Hebron Maple Fest
Here’s a big maple sugar event. They’ll have demonstrations of woodworking and blacksmithing, a silent auction, an ice cream eating contest (weeee) and much more. Promises to be unexpensive and fun for all the family and it’s only a 2 hour drive from Boston. Hebron Maple FestVarious Locations Hebron, CT, .
Kerouac Birthday Celebration
Best known for his 1950’s novel ‘On the Road’, author Jack Kerouac was born in Lowell, MA and the town celebrates his birthday for a whole weekend. Expect movies, readings, music and other interesting activities to celebrate the life and work of Kerouac. Kerouac Birthday CelebrationVarious Locations Lowell, MA, .
Maple Sugaring
Learn how maple sugaring has evolved since the days of Native Americans 9am-12pm – Pre-register for this one. Maple SugaringParker Woodland Wildlife Refuge Coventry, RI, .
Novice Schola/Baronial Birthday: SCA Skills Day
Think you can impress Your Majesty with your creative writing skills? What have you got, joker? 9am-7pm. Novice Schola/Baronial Birthday: SCA Skills DayChurch Springfield, MA, .
St. Patrick’s Day
Cape Cod’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Cape Cod is probably the first place in New England to celebrate St. Patrick’s every year. Their parade has pirates, too! Yarr! 11 am. Cape Cod's St. Patrick's Day ParadeSchool Street & Route 28 Dennis, MA, .
The Courthouse O’Putnam 5K
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day a little differently with a race. Don’t forget to wear a cool costume! The Courthouse O'Putnam 5KDowntown Putnam Putnam, CT, .
Norwich Saint Patrick’s Parade
Another early St. Patrick’s Day parade; this is the first ever here and it’s followed by a street fair. 2014:1pm. Norwich Saint Patrick's ParadeBegins at Ferry Street Norwich, CT, .
Black Mountain St. Patrick’s Day Celebration!
Black Mountain’s celebration includes a parade (costumes are encouraged!), live music, prizes and a strangely early Easter Egg hunt. all day. Black Mountain St. Patrick's Day Celebration! Jackson, NH, .
Providence St. Patrick Day Parade
Providence celebrates St. Patrick’s day early too with a parade. 12nn. Providence St. Patrick Day ParadeRhode Island State House on Smith St, route 44 Providence, RI, .
St. Patrick’s Day Parade – Worcester
Another early St. Patty’s celebration, this one’s in Worcester. Expect the parade but there’s also a breakfast and a political roast the day before. St. Patrick's Day Parade - WorcesterPark Avenue Worcester, MA, .
Maple Sugaring
Maple Sugar Festival
Experience the sugaring process from tree to table using ancient and modern techniques. 10-4pm. Maple Sugar FestivalBlue Hills Trailside Museum Milton, MA, .
Maple Festival at the South Shore Natural Science Center
Spring must be around the corner because the maple madness is beginning! See the entire process, from trees to table, and go on a woodland walk. There’ll be indoorsy activities for everyone in the family too. 11am-4pm. Maple Festival at the South Shore Natural Science CenterSouth Shore Natural Science Center Lowell, MA, .
Also Fun
Forty Shades of Green: Celebrating Ireland & Irish Culture
March is the month o the Irish but you don’t have to travel to Ireland to dive into their culture. This fenomenal traditional art exhibition includes photography, painting, sculpture, craft, and audiovisual installations A public reception for the show will be held Sunday, March 16 from 1pm to 4pm, featuring live Irish music and refreshments. Forty Shades of Green: Celebrating Ireland & Irish CultureLichtenstein Center for the Arts Pittsfield, MA, .
MassMouth semifinals – Johnny D’s
Some people have a big mouth and it’s just so much fun to hear their stories. This is the first night of MassMouth’s semifinals; have you got a favorite storyteller yet? MassMouth semifinals - Johnny D'sJohnny D’s Uptown Restaurant & Music Club Somerville, MA, .
World Music/CRASHarts presents Habib Koit
Afro-pop music or, as they describe it, a mix of Malian music along with touches of blues, jazz, and rock. 8pm. World Music/CRASHarts presents Habib Koit Cambridge, MA, .
Tick-Tock, a Tour of the Clocks
Oh my! Look at the time! You don’t have to be a watchmaker to enjoy the beauty and craftmanship of centuries old ticking clocks, all a part of the Gore Mansion collection 7:30pm. Tick-Tock, a Tour of the ClocksGore Place Waltham, MA, .
Kirsten Knisely’s Soul Mates
Do you believe in soul mates? This play explores 9 different vignettes surrounding love and this very romanticized concept. Kirsten Knisely's Soul MatesThe Plaza Black Box Theater Boston, MA, .
Free Film Fridays
Enjoy the IMAX experience for free! Each Friday in March (7, 14, 21, and 28). Free Film FridaysMuseum of Science Boston, MA, .
Flamenco Festival
Flamenco dancing is passionate, emotional and deep – and here’s a fine example of it. Enjoy the performance of talented Spanish dancers and an exclusive after party if you’re a member or have a ticket above $100. Flamenco FestivalBerklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston, MA, .
Boston Jewish Music Festival Family Concert
Well, if there’s a Jewish Film Festival, of course there had to be a Jewish Music Festival! And whaddya know, they also have a mini parade. 1pm. Boston Jewish Music Festival Family ConcertLeventhal-Sidman JCC, 333 Nahanton Street, Newton, MA, .
Jordan Hall Piano Recital featuring Constantine Finehouse
Here’s a free piano recital for Beethoven, Schumann, Chopin, Bolcom, Schemmer, and Beaudoin lovers. 7:30pm. Jordan Hall Piano Recital featuring Constantine FinehouseJordan Hall at NEC Boston, MA, .
Chocolate Chip Cookie Week
Chocolate chip cookies are delicious but did you know they also historically relevant? Yupp. And author Carolyn Wyman will share some pretty interesting details about this classic favorite. Chocolate Chip Cookie WeekCommonwealth Salon, Copley Square, 700 Boylston St., Boston, MA, .
Join the makers of ‘Juan of the Dead’ to the screening of this political satire. Also, a Cuban zombie movie? I’m in! Stage & Screen: BECOMING CUBA / JUAN OF THE DEADCoolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA, .
Belmont World Film Festival
International Film Festivals are a great way to see the world through other people’s eyes… Enjoy a new different film, a different world, and a discussion afterwards every Monday from March through May. You can check the whole program on their official site. Belmont World Film FestivalStudio Cinema Belmont, MA, .
Millennials Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day
If you were born between 1980 and the late 90’s you already know what a millennial is and this is a party for you. It doesn’t say why, though. Hmm. Millennials Celebrate St. Patrick's DayThe Common Market Restaurant Quincy, MA, .
Year Rounders’ Festival
Here’s a fun indoors festival! There’ll be a raffle, a large art exhibition, a pet parade and costume contest, music and much more! Year Rounders' FestivalTown Hall Provincetown, MA, .
Seal Watch – Thimble Islands
Cute little seals start arriving in December and now’s the best time to pay them a visit with these guided tours. Seal Watch - Thimble IslandsThimble Island Sea Mist Ferry Branford, CT, .
Can-Am Crown 250 International Sled Dog Races
The title says it all: International Sled Dog races and I suppose some hot cocoa. Can-Am Crown 250 International Sled Dog Races Fort Kent, ME, .
Maine Restaurant Week
Because eating is also a Winter sport. Maine Restaurant WeekVarious locations All Over, , .
Winter Fun Day
This is a full day of snow related activities and it’s also a fundraiser to help the Dempsey Challenge, so if you were already planning on going skiing why not help a good cause too? Winter Fun DayBlack Mountain Ski Resort , 39 Glover Road, Rumford, ME, .
Maine 100 Cross country Snowmobile Race
Ready… Set… Go! Hop on your snowmobile and make everyone else eat the snow dust 😉 You don’t have to be a pro to race and can sign up the very same morning of the event, so don’t sweat it too much. Maine 100 Cross country Snowmobile RaceMoosehead Lake Greenville Junction, ME, .
Free Day at the DeCordova Museum
The DeCordova Sculpture Museum is one of my favorites, not only for their indoor exhibits, but also for their amazing park dotted with some pretty cool sculptures that you can walk around. And every first Wednesday of the month you can go for free! 10am-5pm. Free Day at the DeCordova Museum Lincoln, MA, .
SMART Gals: Amelia Earhart
Wait, in this one you don’t only get to hear about Amelia Earhart, the first woman to every fly solo across the Atlantic, you get to build your own little plane too! SMART Gals: Amelia EarhartScience Discovery Museum Acton, MA, .
AAA Travel Marketplace
If you’re thinking about going on vacation this might be the place to find a sweet deal and/or traveling ideas . Free parking. AAA Travel MarketplaceGillette Stadium Foxborough, MA, .
New Hampshire Special Olympics
It’s not Sochi but Winter Olympics are super fun! There’ll be Alpine Skiing, Cross Country Skiing, Snowboarding, and Snowshoeing competitions. New Hampshire Special OlympicsWaterville Valley Ski Resort Waterville Valley, NH, .
Granite State Snowshoe Championship
Oh yeah, we sure know how to have fun even when snow is all that seems to be around. The course will be 75% singletrack and the remainder split between doubletrack and snowmobile trail. Fun! Granite State Snowshoe ChampionshipBear Brook State Park, Hiker/Biker Lot Allenstown, NH, .
Moonlit Snowshoe Tours
The beauty of this snowshow tour is the only light you’ll use will be provided by the moon to enhace your senses and get you in touch with nature. Moonlit Snowshoe Tours Gorham, NH, .
Moonlit Snowshoe Tours
No flashlights! An AMC Naturalist helps you find your way through the trails with only the full moon for light. That’s either terrifying or enthralling. Maybe a bit of both! January 18, February 15, February 22, and March 8. 7pm. Moonlit Snowshoe ToursGreat Glen Trails, Route 16, Pinkham Notch Gorham, NH, .
Salem Film Festival
Seven’s a lucky number and that’s how many years this all-documentary festival has been running. A lot of filmmakers attend this week long show and offer Q&A sessions after the screening, too. Salem Film FestivalCinemaSalem Salem, MA, .
Saturdays at the Sugar Shack
The best thing of maple tours is tasting the syrup on top of delicious pancakes afterwards, right? 11-3pm. Saturdays at the Sugar ShackAppleton Farms Ipswich, MA, .
Ice Age Trail at Ravenswood Park
Still think the Earth is only 6000 years old? Well, the ice trails at Ravenswood Park will prove you wrong. This is a guided walk tour through the Park; where history is told by the marks time leaves behind. It’s a fascinating spot for taking pictures too. 1-3pm. Ice Age Trail at Ravenswood ParkRavenswood Park Gloucester, MA, .
Narragansett Restaurant Week
Another excuse to not put the fork down. Narragansett Restaurant WeekAll over Narragansett, RI, .
How I Became a Pirate
I guess there never really is a time in life when pirates stop being cool so this is the perfect excuse to go to the theatre, like an adult, and learn fun piratey songs like a child. How I Became a PirateOcean State Theatre Warwick, RI, .
Women’s Film Festival
Films by and about women over the course of two weeks. There’s an opening gala on March 7th and you should dress up as your favorite alter ego in their everyday clothes, fun fun! 7pm. Women's Film FestivalNew England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat Street, Brattleboro, VT, .
NATO Telemark Festival
A skiing championship + live music + a buffet competition all in the same place; sounds like a good weekend plan, huh? NATO Telemark FestivalMad River Glen, 57 Schuss Pass Road, Waitsfield, VT, .
The Flick
A heartwarming story for his fast-paced world. It’s been widely praised and, well, February is the best month for this kind of story. The FlickSuffolk Theatres Boston, MA, .
The Cherry Orchard
Although they lived in different times, Chekhov and Shakespeare shared a thorough understanding of human nature and emotions. This beautiful and deep play captures the tragedy of our missed connections and opportunities — so don’t miss it. Presented by Actors’ Shakespeare Project. The Cherry OrchardThe Dane Estate at Pine Manor College Chestnut Hill, MA, .
Death of a Salesman
An American classic presented by The Lyric Stage Company of Boston. Death of a SalesmanThe Lyric Stage, 140 Clarendon Street, Copley Square Boston, MA, .
Something’s Afoot
This is a satirical spoof of great mystery tales. Think of an Agatha Christie story played by comedians. Something's AfootStoneham Theatre Stoneham, MA, .
Witness Uganda
Press Opening is on Wednesday, February 12 @ 7:30pm. Witness UgandaLoeb Drama Center Cambridge, MA, .
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
‘The course of true love never did run smooth.’ Shakespeare’s magical play comes to life yet again, this time by the hands of two amazing companies: Bristol Old Vic and the Handspring Puppet Company. A Midsummer Night's DreamArtsEmerson Boston, MA, .
Revels FRINGE with Carlos Nuez and Friends
It’s not real Celtic music unless there’s a bagpipe, right? Just kidding! This one’s interesting because it takes traditional folk music and mixes it with interesting different genres, like jazz! 7:30pm. Revels FRINGE with Carlos Nuez and FriendsCenter for the Arts at the Armory Somerville, MA, .
MassMouth Semi finals
MassMouth’s season is about to finish and now the very best will share their awkward, funny and outraging stories again for a chance to win first place. MassMouth Semi finalsDoyle’s Caf Jamaica Plain, MA, .
Equally Divided
MRT presents ‘Equally Divided’. Equally DividedThe Nancy L. Donahue Theatre Lowell, MA, .
Rabbit Hole
Go down the rabbit hole in Concord this week. Rabbit HoleEmerson Umbrella Black Box Concord, MA, .
Review: Antigone by Sophocles
Antihere today, Antigone tomorrow. Click for our review! Review: Antigone by SophoclesSea Change Theatre Company, 10 Dane St, Beverly, MA, .
Portland Flower Show
One of the biggest flower shows on the East Coast; this one kicks off with an opening gala and ends with a plant auction. Portland Flower ShowPortland Company Complex Portland, ME, .
Murder Mystery at The Governor’s Inn
Why are Gonzo’s hands covered in blood? Be a part of a very intriguing musical evening. This year, the Mystery Dinner is also a tribute to the Muppets Show! All Fridays-Saturdays 6:30pm until March 23. Murder Mystery at The Governor's Inn Rochester, NH, .
Killington Winter Pride Festival
Some celebrate Mardi Gras this weekend but Killington’s throwing their second Winter PRIDE weekend, an LGBT event with on and off the snow activities to have a fabulous time! Killington Winter Pride FestivalKillington Resort, 4763 Killington Road, Killington, VT, .
Mountain Mardi Gras
Why have just a parade when you can celebrate Mardi Gras for an entire week? This resort will have different fun activities like making your own silly hat and twisting baloons but they’ll also offer a wide variety of super yummy food in case you’re just interested in relaxing while wearing a party hat. Mountain Mardi GrasJay Peak Resort, 830 Jay Peak Rd, Jay, VT, .
Vermont Chili Festival
Vermont holds it’s very own chili festival. You know how it goes: a lot of restaurants trying to prove their recipe is THE best but they thrown in other cool stuff like face painting and live music performances. Vermont Chili FestivalStreets of Downtown Middlebury Middlebury, VT, .