Part of the Boston Marathon experience is the build up of excitement, starting the weekend before, as tens of thousands of visitors come to Boston ahead of the race, which takes place this Monday. One of those events that is fun to check out (and free) is the three-day John Hancock Sports & Fitness Expo at the Hynes Expo in Back Bay. Last year, more than 100,000 attendees participated.
In addition to possibly meeting some of the world’s top runners and fitness enthusiasts, the Expo also offers an opportunity for bargain shoppers looking for health and fitness related apparel and products.
Where: Hynes Convention Center
900 Boylston Street, Boston
When: Friday, April 17: 2:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Saturday and Sunday, April 18 – 19: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Mark your calendars because on Friday, June 19th City Hall Plaza will once again play host to a Donna Summer Memorial Roller Disco.
Friday, June 19th Boston to host Donna Summer Roller Disco
Similar to last year when more than 4,000 people came down to Government Center, the event will be free and open to the public, with skates for rent, food on hand and of course some excellent music courtesy of DJ Kon.
Check out these pictures from last summer’s inaugural Memorial Roller Disco to Boston native, Donna Summer. #HotStuff
Clearly Mother Nature is a harlot who has it bad for Old Man Winter. Since it is too cold to enjoy the outdoors, head inside on Sunday, March 29th from 12 pm – 5 pm and check out “Salon Sunday in SoWa” at 450 Harrison Avenue. More than 80 artist studios will be open for you to peruse.
More details are available on the SoWa Artist Guild Facebook page.
Earlier this week BostInno reported that Boston’s Ink Block would be hosting four one hour pilates bootcamp sessions run by: Lauren Hefez who currently teaches at Equinox (Franklin and Dartmouth) and Somerville’s Soul Train; Eliza Shirazi who teaches at The Club by George Foreman III, Equinox at Chestnut Hill and numerous locations for BeGritsy; and Meagan Fitzgerald who teaches at Barre.
The first free pilates class is Saturday from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
The hour-long classes run from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. on March 21 and 28 as well as April 4 and 11 in the lobby of 300 Harrison Avenue at Boston’s Ink Block in SoWa. They hope to expand the program to the pool deck at the Ink Block when the weather warms up.
Now that I have your attention…
It appears that the organizers over at Lawn D in Southie (near the convention center) are taking Dale Carnegie’s quote, “If life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” to heart. Originally scheduled for Valentine’s weekend, the Lawn on D in Southie moved Slopefest to this weekend.
Friday, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, downhill winter sport exhibition
Saturday, 11:00 am – 8:00 pm, snow tubing downhill winter sport exhibition
Sunday, 11:00 am – 8:00 pm, snow tubing
A custom-designed illuminated bar carved out of ice will be present alongside the 70′ long slope that is made of fresh, packed powder snow. The MCCA will supply snow tubes for anyone who buys tickets. Tickets will be sold on site for $3 a run or $5 for two runs. For all you voyeurs out there you can check out the Snow Riders exhibition on Friday and Saturday where experienced skiers and snowboarders will show off their moves.
DJs will be playing music and you can enjoy food and alcohol by fire pits. Finally a use for all this snow. More details about is available here.
Did you know that this is the year of the Goat? Neither did I, but you can learn a lot more about Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese traditions and cultures at the MFA Boston on Saturday, February 21st because admission is FREE.
More information about the Year of the Goat.
More information about the MFA Boston.
Are you lucky enough to have the day off in observance of the MLK holiday? If so, you may want to consider heading over to the MFA Boston which is open and free to the public on Monday, January 19, 2015. Special events and tours will be available to all who visit the museum between 10 – 4:45pm so take advantage of this opportunity. The colder, winter months are the perfect time to check out and support these local institutions. You just might be surprised by how much you enjoy yourself if you’ve not visited the MFA recently.
More about the MFA Boston events on MLK Day Open House, here.