Stuck in Boston During Spring Break 2018? Here’s Some Events to Keep You Busy
Colleges in Boston have spring break quickly approaching, and with it, the spring break stressors. What is there to do? Why can’t I afford to take a trip? What does Boston even have to offer that won’t cost me an arm and a leg? Many college students can’t afford to take a luxurious trip, or even travel outside the state for that matter. So, for those college students who feel pressured to find something “fun” to do during that week off, but can’t afford to “spring” for a trip to the west coast, Disney World, or Cancun, here are some fun, easily accessible, and most importantly cheap, things to take up your time during spring break.
St. Patrick’s Day happens to fall during Boston’s Spring Break this year, and with St. Patrick’s Day, comes the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in South Boston. What began as a religious feast day for the patron saint of Ireland, now has cities and people of Irish decent celebrating by partying, spending time with friends, and most notably in Boston, yelling down the streets. On Sunday, March 18, the day after St. Patrick’s Day, beginning at 1 p.m, the streets of Southie fill with horses, army corps, military vehicles, and Boston’s infamous Irish rock band the Dropkick Murphy’s.
If you can’t wait until the end of spring break week to get moving, then you could attend the Taste of Iceland Festival, happening all over the city of Boston Thursday, March 8-Sunday, March 11. With Icelandic food and drink being featured at many restaurants across the city, an Icelandic Design & Architecture exhibit at the Boston Society of Architects, and an Icelandic Short Film Festival at the Brattle Theater, there is enough events to feel like you’ve been active all spring break. Most popularly, however, is Reykjavik Calling, an Icelandic-American music festival happening at the Paradise Rock Club on Friday, March 9, at 7 pm. Free of charge, music and culture lovers should attend.
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Arts & Sciences
If those events aren’t for you, and you want to try something free, take the day to visit one or a few of the many museums Boston is famous for. Head over to the Museum of Fine Arts, the Museum of Science, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), or the USS Constitution. All open during a majority of the day, and most free to college students with a college ID, these museums never go out of a style. Who knows, maybe someone will even solve the mystery of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum art heist, the largest art heist in US history, with over $500 million worth of art stolen.
If you visit the Museum of Science, but don’t end up visiting the Planetarium, then head on over to Boston University to visit the Coit Observatory, open to the public after 8:30 pm during the spring. For less than $10, you can view the stars any night, and even make it a romantic date night if you want.
For those artists who aren’t savvy with their eyes, but with their ears, Boston has many concerts as well, and just a few big names coming to the city over Spring Break, that you may be able to buy cheap tickets to if you act fast.
- Judah and the Lion – March 10 – House of Blues
- Mat Kearney – March 12 – House of Blues
- Five for Fighting – March 14 – Wilbur Theater
- Dropkick Murphy’s – March 15-18 – The House of Blues
- MGMT – March 16 – The Orpheum
If the Arts, Sciences, or Concerts aren’t your thing, then how about sports? Boston is home to the TD Garden, which not only hosts concerts, but the home games of the Celtics and the Bruins. Balcony tickets are not extremely expensive, and may see your money well places for a good night in the West End of Boston. During Boston’s college spring break, the Celtics play the Pacers and the Wizards at home during that week, and with the way the team is heading now, it could be cool to see a potential NBA Championship winning team play towards the end of their historic season.
Did you just turn 21 years old? Are you finally able to head out drinking with your friends (legally)? Well, Boston is full of fun, unique, and raging bars that I guarantee not many people know about, and if you do, don’t remember much from that night.
- A4cade – Retro Arcade Bar in Camridge’s Kendall Square
- The Lincoln – Young bar with innovative drinks in South Boston
- Lolita – A dark, mysterious Mexican bar with great margaritas in Seaport and Back Bay
- Howl @ the Moon – A classic Boston bar with a live band, with a dance club underneath
Regardless of what any college student does during spring break, it should prove easy to keep yourself busy, staying in the city, without breaking the bank.