I’ve been crowing about the promise of Spring for months and lo, it’s finally here. Now that the snow is behind us, what are you most looking forward to? Over here, I can’t wait to take our nine-month-old daughter to her very first Boston Marathon. The thought of starting a new tradition with her at an event she will hopefully be going to for decades is almost enough to make me misty-eyed. These 20 events may not hit you right in the same kind of feels, but they will get you out of the house and kick off the new season in style.
April 2 through May 28 — 6 p.m. — 500A Commonwealth Ave., Boston — Molly Ford and Sarah Jesup (founders of the awesomely delicious website The Food Lens) want you to make better cocktails. And who are you to deny them? This Airbnb experience will be led by The Hawthorne’s bar team, and when it’s over you’ll know how to mix up three classic cocktails. They’ll even send you away with recipe cards for your home bar, so you won’t have to fake it ‘til you make it. $65.
April 3 — 6 p.m. — 40 Brattle St., Cambridge — For as long as I can remember, Meredith Goldstein’s “Love Letters” column has been one of my first online stops of the day. In addition to dishing out hilarious-but-effective advice, Goldstein recently launched her own podcast and is currently celebrating the release of her new book, Can’t Help Myself: Lessons & Confessions from a Modern Advice Columnist. She’ll talk about the book and the wonders of dating at the Brattle Theatre with Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Sacha Pfeiffer. A limited number of tickets are still available at Harvard Book Store or over the phone at 617-661-1515.
April 3 — 6 p.m. — 84 Beacon St., Boston — Have you ever attended a Red Sox Opening Day? Me either! Truth be told they are a bit overrated because the weather is still crummy and the game is meaningless. Luckily you can get into the spirit for — and stay warm — two days earlier. Cheers is hosting a Red Sox vs. Marlins viewing party complete with giveaways, photos with a World Series trophy, and appearances by Wally and Tessie. Guests will also learn more about Cheers Night, which will take place at Fenway May 14 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the final episode of “Cheers.” Free.
April 4 — 7 p.m. — 290 Harvard St., Brookline — Some movies deserve to be seen in a crowded theater, and “Get Out” is definitely one of those movies. Fresh off Jordan Peele’s Oscar win for Best Original Screenplay, the zeitgeist-grabbing film will screen in the The Coolidge’s majestic Moviehouse 1 theater. After the credits roll, Boston University’s Dr. Raul Fernandez will lead a discussion on race and micro-aggressions. $12.75.
April 5 — 6 p.m. — 321 A St., Boston — In my house, Rosé Season starts on January 1 and ends December 31. Oak + Rowan will celebrate the more traditional beginning of Rosé Season with a New England clam bake. After being greeted with a glass of sparkling rosé and a variety of raw bar offerings, guests will be seated for a family-style clam bake replete with rosé pairings. The event will close with a selection of pastry samplings and Frosé. $55.
April 6 through April 8 — 56 Seaport Blvd., Boston — To the delight of outdoor enthusiasts and Maine transplants, L.L. Bean is opening an 8,600 square foot superstore in the Seaport and they are celebrating their arrival with a weekend of events. Friday will feature appearances from Red Sox legends and Wally the Green Monster, and Saturday and Sunday will offer free yoga, live music, and family-friendly fun. Free.
April 8 — 8 a.m. — 50 Milk St., Boston — A little birdie tells me that 80% of consumers feel they get conflicting information about what to eat, and more than half believe this conflicting information makes them doubt their food choices. On April 8, Dr. Rachele Pojednic will host a one-day wellness forum that will feature three curated panels of scientists, farmers, journalists, athletes, clinicians, and innovators. Come ready with questions. $279.
April 8 — 10:00 a.m. — 11 Broad Canal Way, Cambridge — The home of the best breakfast sandwich in Boston (Mike & Patty’s) is teaming up with one of the most unique restaurants in Cambridge (Commonwealth) to take brunch to the next level. This pop-up event will offer up over-the-top brunch offerings like a koji fried chicken sandwich, loaded hash browns, a secret sandwich, and a CBD espresso martini. All proceeds will benefit The Steppingstone Foundation. Free.
April 8 — 6 p.m. — 1 Seaport Ln., Boston — The Southie and Seaport/Fort Point food scene has been on fire the past few years, and here’s an opportunity to try a host of new and established restaurants all in one night at the Seaport Hotel. The 16th Annual Taste of South Boston will feature bites from more than 30 of the neighborhood’s best restaurants, including Blue Dragon, Capo, Lola 42, The Punk & Poet, and The Smoke Shop. Proceeds will support the South Boston Neighborhood Development Corporation. $55.
April 10 — 12 p.m. — various locations — Since 1979, this eight-hour event has been the Ben & Jerry’s way of thanking their fans for another year of support. Plan ahead and find the closest shop, as there are four in the immediate area (Seaport, Newbury St., Prudential Center, and Harvard Square). Free.
April 10 and April 11 — 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. — 321 Arsenal St., Watertown — As part of Branch Line’s focus on staff training and education, the restaurant has created a “Build Your Own Restaurant” project. Dividing the staff in half, each team has been tasked with designing a restaurant from scratch and now their creations will open to the public. On April 10, Mulberry Wine Bar will serve up wood-fired fare and domestic wine and beer in a communal dining format. Then on April 11, Early Bird Café will focus on lighthearted hospitality and local ingredients in a counter-service fast-casual setting. Free, no reservations required.
April 14 — 11 a.m. — 14 Tyler St., Somerville — Aeronaut has some of the best beer in the area. So good, in fact, that I would exercise with strangers just for an excuse to go there. Certified trainer Nate Witkowsk’s e60-minute class will include stretching, three circuits, an ab finisher, and a cool down. Then comes the best part: Aeronaut beer, snacks, and games. $20.
April 15 — all day — Created after the Boston Marathon bombings, One Boston Day will once again honor Boston’s resilience, generosity and strength. The day encourages random acts of kindness and spreading goodwill, and activities across Boston will encourage individuals to give back to their community. Individuals and organizations are encouraged to share their plans for on the official website and on social media using the hashtag #OneBostonDay. Free.
April 16 — 10:00 a.m. — Hopkinton, Mass. — What else is there to say? It’s the the best day of the year in Boston, period. Whether you’re running in the race, watching the race, going to the 11:05 a.m. game at Fenway , or staying home and watching everything on television, let’s all hope for mild weather and nice breeze at the runners’ backs. Free.
April 17 — 7 p.m. — 535 Albany St., Boston — Cookbook authors Jerrelle Guy (Black Girl Baking), Maggie Battista (Food Gift Love), and Lindsey Smith (Eat Your Feelings) are teaming up for an evening focused on food, feelings, and cookbooks. The panel will discuss their food philosophies and how their feelings about food have grown, evolved or changed over the years. They’ll also be serving snacks and drinks, including samples from their cookbooks. $15.
April 18 — 2:30 p.m. — 11 Fan Pier Boulevard, Boston — If you’ve got kids, you‘re probably already stressing about what to do during school vacation week. Babbo Pizzeria e Enoteca in the Seaport has the middle of the week covered with a family-friendly pizza-making class. For two hours, a certified Pizzaiolo will teach your little ones how to create a delicious pie, from making the dough to choosing toppings. There will be plenty of soda on hand to keep them awake, as well as gelato for dessert. $12 for kids, $16 for adults.
April 19 — 6 p.m. — 535 Albany St., Boston — Over the last decade, a food innovation community has been established in Boston. Think of ezCater, a nationwide marketplace for corporate catering. Think of Toast, which raised a total of $134 million for its restaurant point of sale and management system. Think of Drizly, a.k.a. “Amazon for liquor.” BostInno has compiled a list of the early-stage food tech companies you need to know right now. Join BostInno at The Food Loft’s unique South End space to mix and mingle with local innovators over, obviously, food and drink. $20.
April 24 — 6 p.m. — 125 Summer St., Boston — DraftKings and She Geeks Out are teaming up for a night of learning, networking, eating, and drinking. Scheduled speakers include Elaine Milardo, Director of Data Platform at DraftKings, Virginia White, People Operations Lead at Formlabs, and Emily Bernard, Co-Founder of PlacePass. You’ll hopefully walk away with more knowledge, a full belly, and a slew of connections with smart, talented women. $10.
April 27 through April 30 — Did you know there are 8.7 million species on Earth? I didn’t! And that’s why Zoo New England needs your help with the Boston Area City Nature Challenge, a competition across the world designed to document as many species as possible. The challenge is an international citizen science project with cities worldwide competing to explore and record all kinds of plants, animals, fungi, and microorganisms in their area. Last year, Boston came in 8th out of 16 participating cities in the United States. Help Boston win it all this year while keeping your kid’s brain going as the school year begins to winds down. Free.
April 29 — 8 a.m. — 598 Assembly Row, Somerville — In honor of Autism Awareness month, Legoland Discovery Center Boston is hosting a sensory-friendly event. The facility will make special modifications around the attraction, including designated quiet areas, lowered music, and adjusted lighting. These special changes will only be in effect until 10:00 a.m., but once attendees are inside they are welcome to stay as long as they would like. All adults must be accompanied by a child. $20.