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Locals mark off the seasons by checking the sports lineup. The "Boys of Summer" arrive each spring, and the Bruins come out of hibernation in the fall. But sports fans can get a fix here any time of year.

When the Red Sox play at home, ball fans are out braving the throngs along Yawkey Way, munching a Fenway Frank or sausage sub, and bellowing "Sweet Caroline" during the seventh inning stretch. Sweet indeed.

Next stop, TD Garden (in Bostonese that’s "Gah-din"). Even if you can’t score tickets to watch the Bruins or Celtics, you can see their arena via the Sports Museum. Come early on game day and you might catch players warming up.

Football fans get a kick out of Gillette Stadium in Foxborough. It is home turf for the Super Bowl–winning New England Patriots; nearby is the sprawling Patriot Place, a complex that houses the team’s high-tech Hall of Fame.

Book It to the Library

Think libraries are boring? Proper Bostonians will beg to differ. Boston is a hotbed of authors (John Updike, Junot Diaz, Robert Parker) and poets (Robert Pinsky, Sylvia Plath, Mary Oliver), and the city remains a haven for readers. Poetry slams are popular features in colleges, coffeehouses, and clubs, and libraries draw record attendances.

Bookworms adore the Boston Public Library, just as Ralph Waldo Emerson and his literary buddies did in the 1800s. The building is beautiful, and one may freely browse its vast collection, reading halls, and courtyard.

The Mary Baker Eddy Library isn’t merely full of books. It includes the Mapparium (a mammoth walk-in glass globe, the interior of which is spanned by a 30-foot bridge) plus a virtual fountain that spews famous quotations.

Even in this age of political cynicism, folks cherish the memory of JFK. So the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum in Dorchester feels like hallowed ground. Memorabilia and multimedia displays chronicle his term.

Join the Festivities

The Brits who founded Boston get a lot of attention. Yet they were only the first of many immigrant groups who helped shape this city. Locals applaud the others’ colorful legacy through equally colorful celebrations.

Irish eyes are always smiling on the Sunday closest to March 17. That’s when the St. Patrick’s Day Parade passes through Southie, thus proving that all Boston Celtics are not basketball players.

In America’s third-largest Chinatown, dragon parades and firecrackers mark Chinese New Year, while the August Moon Festival features lion dancing, lanterns, and moon cakes. Events center on Gateway Arch.

Each summer the North End hosts weekend street festivals, honoring Italy’s patron saints on their name days with processions, brass bands, and Italian delicacies like zeppoli (fried dough), pizza, and pasta creations. St. Anthony of Padua’s is the biggie, going three days in late August.

Updated: 2014-04-16

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