• Marissa

May Events Around Boston

Memorial Day isn't the only exciting event this month!

Wednesday, May 1: If you're a fan of Puritan & Co. (which you should be) then you'll love this pop-up café from chef and owner Will Gilson. Debuting in the former Rabottini’s space at 182 Western Ave. in Allston, Café Beatrice will serve delicious breakfast sandwiches, colorful toasts, creative coffee drinks, and other café favorites in the morning. Later in the day enjoy noodle bowls, salads, gooey grilled cheeses and toasted sandwiches. It will be open Tuesday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m through the fall.

Wednesday, May 1: There's nothing like an ice cold beer, but trust me when I say it tastes even better when you're drinking for a good cause. At the Widowmaker Beer Dinner at Idle Hour, you'll enjoy a five-course beer and food pairing, as well as a tasting glass to take home, all benefiting Chef Ashley's fundraising efforts for Chefs Cycle, a 3-day, 300 mile bike ride raising money for No Kid Hungry. Menu items include Butter-poached Lobster Johnny Cake with Greenbush Pale Ale and a Ribeye with Dry Wall Puree IPA. Tickets start at $160.

Thursday, May 2: In beer garden news, City Hall Plaza will reopen The Patios with Wachusett Brewing Company as well as mini golf. There will also be frequent food trucks Monday through Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m., and daily from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Saturday, May 4: Enjoy beer tastings from 60+ breweries at the Power Beer Fest, which supports the Mass Brewers Guild non-profit. Confirmed breweries include Exhibit 'A' Brewing Company, Mighty Squirrel Brewing Co., Tree House Brewing Company, and Widowmaker Brewing Co. as well as bites from Shuck Truck, Jaju Pierogis, Brato Brewhouse & Kitchen, and more. The event will be in two sessions, 1 to 4:30 p.m. and 6 to 9:30 p.m., at the Park Plaza Castle with GA tickets starting at $60.

Saturday, May 4: Become Willy Wonka for a day at the annual Taza Chocolate Cinco de Mayo Block Party. Enjoy plenty of live entertainment along with delicious food, including Bartleby's Seitan Stand and North East of the Border, as well as drinks from Far From the Tree Cider and Notch Brewing's Mobile Biergarten. This event is free and open to the public with the food and beverages available for purchase. Rain date is May 5.

Sunday, May 5: Are you a buffalo fanatic? Then why not chow down for charity! In another event supporting Chefs Cycle, the 300 mile bike ride benefiting No Kid Hungry, Tony Maws from Craigie on Main is whipping up buffalo flavored bites (and not just wings y'all) in an effort raise $7,500 before his incredible ride. This is an all-you-can-eat event that will feature the Craigie on Main buffalo menu and craft beer. Tickets start at $50 and if you can't make the event, you can still donate here.

Sunday, May 5: Stroll through the South End enjoying delicious shellfish at the Oyster Invitational thrown by B&G Oysters. Restaurants like The Butcher Shop, Waypoint, Uni, and Neptune Oyster will have oyster-centric food stations and there will be cooking demos by Stir Boston. Enjoy a live DJ, a shucking competition, specialty cocktail stations, unlimited bites, wine and beer bars, and an auction to benefit the Barbara Lynch Foundation starting at $141 per ticket.

Sunday, May 5: It isn't spring without SoWa! Open every Sunday May through July, this amazing outdoor market will fill with excited Bostonians ready to explore its artist studios, galleries, boutiques and vintage shops. Once again the Beer Garden will be in full swing, surrounded by food trucks, and each Sunday will have a different New England brewer taking over the taps and pouring some exclusive beers.

Saturday, May 11: Inspired by night markets in Asia, the 2nd Annual Boston Night Market will be a spectacular evening of lights, food, games, and entertainment. Enjoy fabulous bites from Moyzilla, WOW BBQ, Koy, Dakzens, and more while spending the day in the heart of Boston. Tickets start at $10.

Saturday, May 18: Did you know Remnant Brewing is turning one year old? Looks like the perfect time to celebrate! Join them at the Remnant Brewing One Year Anniversary Beer Fest in two outdoor beer gardens at Bow Market. Enjoy a four-hour tasting session, an exclusive anniversary glass, and first access to barrel-aged bottles of Exquisite Corpse, their collaboration brew with Dancing Gnome. Guest breweries will include Cambridge Brewing Co, Aeronaut, and Mystic, among others, and you'll be surrounded by the delicious food of Bow Market. Tickets start at $40.

Thursday, May 23: Right in front of the Rowes Wharf Hotel you'll find the bustling Brewer's Alley beer garden featuring a new brewery every month. Kicking it off will be Devil's Purse followed by Jack's Abbey, Night Shift, and Lord Hobo. It'll be open from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday, weather permitting.

Thursday, May 23: Ice cream is not just for the kiddos during this adults-only ice cream fest. At the WGBH studios experience The Gourmet Ice Cream Bowl to try delicious combinations of homemade, craft ice cream. This event would be an awesome date night or a fun night with friends, especially with tickets starting at only $25 (and a cash bar).

Keep an Eye Out

Though official dates aren't confirmed, keep an eye out for the following events and I'll make sure to update these as we learn more information:

Starting in May: Enjoy wines on tap from City Winery while basking the sunshine of Dewey Square from 3:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday and Friday, 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. There will be beer and cider options from Harpoon as well as charcuterie, olives, nuts, and cheeses.

As Soon as May: Katrina Jazayeri and Josh Lewin of Juliet will open their second restaurant called Peregrine right in Boston's Whitney Hotel. This Mediterranean-style restaurant will draw inspirations from the flavors of Sardinia, Sicily, Corsica, and Catalonia.

May or June: Speaking of the Union Square food scene, the masterminds behind Bronwyn are creating a cocktail bar and wood-fired pizzeria, T and B Pizza to add to the already amazing restaurant options in this neighborhood.