Your Week Ahead

5 things to do in and around Boston

Groundhog Day, South Asian dance, luminaries of children’s lit, and more amusements.

Mass Audubon/Drumlin Farm


  • Sunday > February 2

  • Her name has been bandied about as the potential official groundhog of Massachusetts, and today the furry Ms. G, who calls Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary in Lincoln home, will be in the spotlight to predict six more weeks of winter, or an early spring. The sanctuary’s Groundhog Day celebration begins with the 10-10:30 a.m. prognostication by Ms. G., followed by a weather science fair, cocoa and craft making, and other educational activities until 4 p.m. Tickets cost $8. 781-259-2200;


  • Sunday > February 2

  • It’s Super Bowl Sunday (if the weather cooperates), and to offset all that sitting on the couch eating chili, head to Slocum’s River Reserve in Dartmouth for a bracing 5.5-mile Super Bowl Long Walk. The hike starts at the reserve at noon and ends by 4 p.m. at Westport Rivers Vineyard and Winery, with an optional wine tasting. Afterward, you’ll be bused back to your car. Tickets cost $10 per car, plus an additional fee for wine tasting. Call in advance to ensure a seat on the bus. 508-636-4693, ext. 103;


  • Starting Thursday > February 6

  • Top authors and experts in the field of children’s literature will be showcased in the Boston Public Library’s free “Gateway to Reading” lecture series. It kicks off 6 p.m. Thursday with educator Ninive Calegari in the Copley Square location. Future months will feature Marc Brown (Arthur), Jeff Kinney (“Diary of a Wimpy Kid”), and Norton Juster (“The Phantom Tollbooth”). 617-536-5400;


  • Friday > February 7

  • The Institute of Contemporary Art’s First Fridays series returns this week (after a January hiatus), inviting visitors to tour two new exhibitions — of work by  Nick Cave and William Kentridge — and check out the Internet Cat Video Festival, a collection of clips starring felines. A DJ, dancing, cash bar, and small-plates menu are part of the festivities, from 5 to 10 p.m. Tickets cost $15. 617-478-3100;


  • Saturday > February 8

  • In a night of colorful costumes, deft moves, and irresistible beats, a dozen Bollywood and Fusion dance teams from across North America will compete in the South Asian Showdown at Boston’s John Hancock Hall beginning at 6 p.m. Tickets start at $20. 617-448-2508;

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