BOSTON (CBS) – No need to do the same old, same old this weekend. Break out of your normal routine and check out one of the many events in and around Boston this weekend.

Celebrate Chinese New Year

Sunday, February 13

Celebrate the Year of the Hare with a Lion Dance Parade in Chinatown. The festivities kickoff at 10 a.m. in Phillips Square and last all day, until 5 p.m. There will be parades and martial arts presentations.

Science Fiction Film Festival

Somerville Theater
Davis Square
Through February 20

Science Fiction fans are in for a treat. The 36th Boston Science Fiction Film Festival has opened at the Somerville Theater. This 10-day festival features new films, finds new film makers and revives some classics. The Festival concludes next Sunday, February 20 with a 24-hour film marathon starting at noon. Find a complete schedule of events on their website.

Eastern Fishing & Outdoor Expo

DCU Center, Worcester
February 10-13

The perfect spot this weekend for the fisherman or hunter. Check out the latest gear from hundreds of exhibitors. Catch site of jumping dogs, Brody the bear or try out the climbing wall and archery range. Enter to win prizes like gear and trips. Sunday is Family Day, with special events planned for the kids and those under 11 get in free.

Planetarium Reopens

Boston Museum of Science
Sunday, February 13

The Charles Hayden Planetarium at the Museum of Science officially reopens on Sunday after undergoing a year-long, $9 million renovation. Now the most technically advanced digital theater in New England, visitors can fly right out of the Milky Way, or travel back 10,000 years to see what the skies looked like. Tickets are $10 for adults and $ for kids, or $5 added to a full museum admission.

Adopt A Pet

Fenway Bark
88 Black Falcon Ave., Boston
Saturday, February 12

Ten local shelters will bring together animals that are available for adoption, and hoping for new homes in time for Valentine’s Day. The Puppy Love event runs from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Valentine’s Gospel Brunch

Boston Park Plaza
Sunday, February 13

Project Place is having their 8th annual Valentine’s Gospel Brunch to raise money for their programs for Boston’s homeless. The brunch features plenty of food, live music by Oprah’s Pop Star Challenge winner LaShell Griffin, live and silent auctions. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tickets are $100, with all proceeds to benefit Project Place.

Eagle Festival

Saturday, February 12

Mass Audubon is holding the Merrimack River Eagle Festival featuring bald eagle tours, live eagle demonstrations and family nature activities including getting your photo taken with a real live raptor. Most activities are free. Check their website for exact time and locations of the various events.

ACS Suburban Home Show

Shriners Auditorium, Wilmington
February 11-13

Believe it or not, spring is around the corner – a time when many families take on home improvements. Check out the latest in home design, décor and products. It’s your chance to see and ask questions about windows, baths, kitchens, flooring, pools, sunrooms and more, all in one place. Tickets are $9 for adults; kids under 16 get in free.

  1. Cynic says:

    It’s going to take me a month to get used to writing the Year Of The Rabbit on my checks.

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