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Jan 17

This Weekend: Honoring MLK, Hitting the Slopes & Cheering On the Pats

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Posted by the Mass Office of Travel and Tourism

Long weekends are always a good time to do something a little extra, whether it’s traveling, sightseeing or just relaxing. And this weekend in Massachusetts will be an especially busy one, with some special events on tap, the Patriots in the AFC Championship Game, and, most importantly, the celebration of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

No matter what you’re looking to do, making last-minute plans for the long weekend won’t be any trouble. Here’s a rundown of what’s happening.

Boston.com scoped out some family-friendly ways to spend the day honoring MLK’s legacy. All events, several of which are free, take place on Monday, January 20, 2014. For information on public transportation and holiday train, bus and subway schedules, be sure to check out our travel tips and the MBTA website.

1. A Day On, Not a Day Off at the Children’s Museum in Easton, MA

Make the most of Monday’s day off from school by learning more about Dr. King’s meaningful speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. $9/person; under one and members free.

2. Children of the World Doll Workshop at ArtBeat in Arlington, MA

What better way to celebrate our differences than by creating your own dolls from around the world? Call (781) 646-2200 to make reservations for groups of 3 or more. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. $15/person.

3. MLK Day Open House at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, MA

The MFA is featuring 10 one-of-a-kind events, including live Afro-Brazilian music performances, an MLK story hour and a community art showcase. 10 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. Free!

4. Celebrate the Life of Dr. King at Discovery Museums in Acton, MA

Create a dove to remember MLK’s dreams and add yours to the Dream Tree! 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. $11/person.

5. Celebrate Dr. King Day at the Spellman Museum of Stamps and Postal History in Weston, MA 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Adults, $9; seniors, $5; ages 5-16, $3.

7. Tribute to Dr. King at Faneuil Hall in Boston, MA

Enjoy inspirational speeches from community leaders and celebrate with music. 1 p.m. Free!

8. 11th Annual Boston Children’s Chorus MLK Concert in Boston, MA

A powerful performance by Boston’s talented youth will spread messages of love and peace through music. Mon., 7 p.m. $25 – $45/person.

That about covers Monday! Now, going in reverse order, what might be on the itinerary for Saturday and Sunday?

Nashoba

Photo: Nashoba Valley via MOTT

Maximize your time on the slopes!

Getting to the best ski trails and mountains this weekend doesn’t mean you have to sit in hours of traffic. Our list of 12 local ski areas can help keep you from spending a fortune on gas. Making a further trip? Hit the highway as early as 6 a.m. this Friday or Saturday and check Mass DOT’s real-time traffic reports here to beat peak traffic times.

Cheer on the Pats with a little local flavor.

It’s always a good time to be in Massachusetts when the Patriots are in the playoffs. All across the Commonwealth, there are plenty of places to watch this Sunday’s big showdown between Tom Brady and Peyton Manning; survey your options with our list of sports bars. Whether you seek the best bar food in town, kid-friendly options or to cheer along with other diehards, there’s no shortage of options.

Battery Park

Photo: Battery Park Bar & Lounge via Facebook

Celebrate our rich history and multiculturalism with nearby tours and exhibits.

In the spirit of celebrating this Civil Rights milestone, there are also numerous ways to appreciate the vast cultures that make Massachusetts and the United States itself so special. Take a look at our suggestions on how you can celebrate diversity right around the corner, such as the Black History Trail on Nantucket or a walking tour to discover the rich African American history in Roxbury, MA.

African American museum

Photo: Museum of African-American History on Nantucket during spring

After the long weekend and Martin Luther King Day have passed, it will only be a week or two until Black History Month arrives as well. For a look ahead to the educational and historical events that will be taking place across the Commonwealth to recognize Black History Month, click here.

How are you planning to spend the upcoming long weekend? Let us know in the comments!

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  • Margit Hotchkiss

    Special MLK program at Norman Rockwell Museum on Monday. See Nrm.org

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