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Boston Travel Guide

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Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau. There's always something happening in Boston. For a full selection, consult the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau. Kiosks can be found at Prudential Center and Boston Common. MA. 888/733–2678. www.bostonusa.com.

Winter

Boston Wine Expo. Oenophiles rejoice in mid-February, when the Boston Wine Expo returns to the Seaport World Trade Center. Featured are tasting seminars, vintner dinners, hundreds of exhibition booths, and a Grand Cru Wine Lounge. Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Blvd., Downtown/Seaport District, Boston, MA, 02210. www.wine-expos.com.

Spring

Boston Marathon. Runners race 26.2 miles on Patriot's Day (www.bostonmarathon.org) from Hopkinton to Boylston Street, and horsemen reenact Paul Revere’s Ride (www.nationallancers.org.)

Summer

Boston Pops Concert & Fireworks Display. Independence Day is capped off with pyrotechnics, real and musical. DCR Hatch Shell on the Esplanade, Beacon Hill, Boston, MA. www.July4th.org.

Harborfest. Boston's six-day July 4 celebration sponsors more than 200 events—including the USS Constitution Turnaround Cruise. MA. www.bostonharborfest.com.

Fall

Boston Film Festival. Get "reel" at the weeklong mid-October Boston Film Festival at Theater 1 in Stuart Street Playhouse at The Revere Hotel. At BFF, top independent films premiere, with directors and actors adding star power, like 2013's stars George Clooney, Uma Thurman, and Val Kilmer. 200 Stuart St., Theater District, Boston, MA. www.bostonfilmfestival.org.

Head of the Charles Regatta. In mid-October, sculling crew teams compete in the world-famous Head of the Charles Regatta. The world's largest two-day rowing event draws rowers from their teens to their 80s, collegians and clubbers, from England, Australia, and worldwide. Great tents, pageantry, and carnival atmosphere pervades the river banks. Banks of the Charles River, Cambridge, MA. www.hocr.org.

Fall Outside the City

Working Waterfront Festival. New Bedford's commercial anglers, celebrating America's oldest industry, cast their nets and strut their stuff at the Working Waterfront Festival, showcasing their skills, fresh seafood, and singers of fado, Celtic, chanty, Nordic, and folk. This festival is free and held rain or shine the last weekend in September. State Pier, New Bedford, MA. www.workingwaterfrontfestival.org.

Essex County’s Topsfield Fair (www.topsfieldfair.org), happens in October; Salem hosts witch trial reenactments and other Haunted Happenings (www.hauntedhappenings.com).

Celebrate turkey day at Plymouth’s Thanksgiving Parade (www.usathanksgiving.com), or with dinner at Plimoth Plantation (www.plimoth.org).

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