Boston has a huge cross section of museums. The scene is anchored by the MFA and the more contemporary ICA, but be sure to explore some of the smaller gems like the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, deCordova, and Peabody Essex. Many of the museums open for several hours a week free to the public. For instance, the MFA is open for voluntary contribution Wednesday evenings after 4 p.m. Although the traditional gallery scene is centered on Newbury St., the South End houses many high-profile exhibits as well. Don’t miss the recently completed Os Gemeos mural on the Big Dig ventilation building if you’re in the Dewey Square area. The Wang Theatre is home to an impressive array of theater, music, and dance; the Boston Opera House hosts the Boston Ballet. Check out the Berklee Performance Center for global jazz festivals and much more.

Year-round festivals are a source of pride in Boston. The Boston Wine Expo starts off the year in February. Restaurant Week is in March, and the Boston Marathon falls on Patriot’s Day in April. June begins three months of festivals in the North End. The Rose Kennedy Greenway plays host to summer activities including the Boston Harborfest and Outside The Box, nine days of free performing arts. Fall finds Head of the Charles Regatta and Local Craft Brewfest. Holiday music sends us into the New Year with the Boston Pops. Every Sunday May through October, the SoWa Open Market hosts a huge gathering of farm-fresh vegetables, craft vendors, food trucks, and an indoor vintage market. Explore the surrounding areas of New England, and you’ll find many more themed celebrations throughout the year.