While the days are shorter and colder weather is setting in, there’s still so much to see and do on your waterfront!

Boston’s harbor and waterfront are an open and accessible resource you can safely enjoy – either in person or virtually from home. Explore miles of Boston’s Harborwalk, warm up at a local business, or tap in to virtual events at home. Take our recommendations for dining, art & light installations, and activities to help you make the most of the Waterfront these next few months, and check the Bundle Up Boston map for ideas on how to enjoy your waterfront now and all winter long. Whatever you choose, go ahead and #BundleUpBoston, and enjoy your waterfront!

Events & Activities

The 53rd Annual MLK Memorial Breakfast

The Martin Luther King Memorial Breakfast celebration is back in-person at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center! The event, “Reclaiming Our Rights: Education and Activism”, will feature political and community leaders and music by local musicians, including keynote speaker, Jelani Cobb of The New Yorker, as well as Columbia University’s Ira A. Lipman.

  • Monday January 16, 2023 | 8:30am – 12:00pm | LEARN MORE
Craft on Draft: The Suspense is Killing Me!

Join authors Dan Fogarty (Kill the Prince), Henriette Lazaridis (Terra Nova), and Lise Haines (Book of Knives) for a captivating discussion about how the crucial element of suspense can electrify your story. This hybrid event will take place in person at Porter Square Books: Boston Edition (50 Liberty Dr. Boston, MA 02210) on the GrubStreet Stage. Porter Square Books will be livestreaming this event via Crowdcast, so you can tune in virtually or watch the recording later if you can’t make the in-person event!

  • Wednesday January 18, 2023 | 7:00pm | REGISTER
Know Your Worth – Boston 2023

Join TRILLFIT for their first-ever self love conference. Now is the time to learn how to pour into ourselves and each other. Learn how to take on life’s challenges, leave inspired with a blueprint on how to shift your mindset, embrace positivity, and have an incredible year personally and professionally.

  • Sunday January 22, 2023 | 8:00am – 11:00pm | BUY TICKETS
Lunar New Year Celebration

Pao Arts Center’s interactive Lunar New Year activities are back! Experience interactive cultural activities for all ages, including: Chinese red envelope folding, Korean calligraphy, Korean dasik cookie stamping on clay, and rabbit-related crafts.

  • Sunday January 29, 2023 | 11:00am – 3:00pm | REGISTER

Explore Your Waterfront

The Great Molasses Flood: Tour with Friends of the Harborwalk

Join Mike Manning of the Friends of the Boston Harborwalk (FBHW) for a combination virtual tour and walking tour (weather permitting) to commemorate the 104th anniversary of the Great Molasses Flood of 1919.

  • Saturday January 21, 2023 | 10:00am – 12:30pm | REGISTER
Winter Wildlife Cruise

Grab your camera and join National Park Rangers and local naturalists to observe animals who make their wintertime home in Boston Harbor! Hop aboard a (heated) high speed ferry and discover how alive the harbor is in the winter months. Guest naturalists include representatives from the National Park Service and more!

  • Saturday January 21, 2023 | 12:00 – 3:00pm | BUY TICKETS
Snowport

Hold on to your handwarmers — the Seaport’s been shaken up in a giant snow globe and transformed into a magical winter getaway. Find gifts, treats, activities, and plenty of surprises in this one-stop wonderland you can enjoy all season.

Winter Pruning on the Greenway

The Greenway’s weekly pruning days are a great way to get outside and help your community this winter! Learn how to prune plant material and work side by side with our staff to care for The Greenway’s trees and shrubs. This meaningful volunteer work will help ensure that we have abundant growth in the spring!

  • Weekly on Sundays and Wednesdays through March 8 | 10:00am – 12:00pm | LEARN MORE
Boston’s Black Heritage Trail

The Black Heritage Trail® is a 1.6 mile walk through the heart of Boston’s Beacon Hill neighborhood. The trail showcases residences and community buildings associated with a Black community that thrived on, and near, the north slope of Beacon Hill before, during, and after the American Civil War.

Art & Lights

Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park Holiday Trellis Lights

Bundle up and enjoy the the ambiance of the Christopher Columbus Parks iconic trellis ablaze in blue lights to commemorate the Holiday Season!

Ship Lights at Martin’s Park

Martin’s Park at the Smith Family Waterfront is a climate-resilient park built in memory of eight-year-old Martin W. Richard, the youngest victim of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. The accessible park provides play opportunities for children, families, and visitors of all abilities. The wooden play ship is the centerpiece of the space that will be lit for the holidays.

Winter Optics: Lights on The Greenway

The Greenway Conservancy is delighted to announce a partnership with Yolanda He Yang, Timothy Kadish, and Ross Miller for the 2022- 2023 Greenway Winter Lights Installation. This tremendous trio brings 75 years of experience in custom, site-specific projects inspired by light. A series of installations, named Winter Optics, will brighten up different areas of The Greenway between November and March. Collaborating with this local team is an exciting way for The Greenway to support the larger ecosystem of Boston during the darker winter months that lay ahead.

ICA Free Thursday Nights

The ICA is free for all visitors every Thursday evening. Tickets for Free Thursday Nights will be available at 10 AM on that Thursday morning.

 

Harbor at Home: Virtual Programs

Environmental and Climate Justice in Beacon Hill

Boston’s location along the coast poses major threats as climate change continues to impact rising sea levels and coastal tides. But what is often overlooked is the further effects climate change will have on not just the physical attributes of the city but the people who are connected to Boston as well. Join the National Park Service and Boston Public Library for this program focused on Beacon Hill, the home of Boston’s Black Heritage Trail. Using the Climate Ready Boston map, we’ll explore the effects climate change will have on the sites and people in this neighborhood.

  • Wednesday January 18, 2023 | 6:00 – 8:00pm | REGISTER
Harbor Use Public Forum: Exploring the Harborwalk

Boston Harbor Now holds monthly Harbor Use Public Forums for interested stakeholders to learn about and provide feedback on waterfront developments, public planning initiatives, and other harbor projects along Boston Harbor’s waterfront and on the islands. Join us in January to learn about how to make the most of Boston’s 43 mile shoreline. Find public amenities available thanks to Chapter 91, discover the best places for views, learn about the interpretive signage, and see what happens when someone reports a problem.

  • Wednesday January 25, 2023 | 8:30 – 10:00am | REGISTER
Revolutionary Harbor Lecture Series

Join the National Parks of Boston for this special winter lecture series running monthly, February through April.

  • Environmental Justice & the Boston Harbor Islands | Wednesday February 15, 2023 | 6:30 – 8:00pm | REGISTER
  • March & April program descriptions, dates, and registration information coming soon

Fitness and Wellness

Winter Harbor Hikes or Runs

Start your year off on the right foot with a self-guided walk along Boston’s Waterfront. Check out one of four recommended routes around the harbor to get outside and get moving!

 

 

Support our programs!

Boston Harbor Now is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Our programs would not be possible without the support of our generous donors. We hope you will consider joining your neighbors with a gift in support of our community programming.