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12 Things to Do in Boston in April 2014

Red Sox, the Boston Marathon, Book of Mormon, and more

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Winter must indeed be over, because there are a ton of things to do in Boston this April. And in this case, it's more fun by the dozen: There are 12—count 'em, 12—fantastic events taking place in and around Boston this month (and that's just the ones I'm including here).

So let's not waste another minute: Clear your calendar and check out these picks for Boston in April.

1. The Book of Mormon

April 1 through 27, Boston Opera House, $55-$184

The Book of Mormon musical, the nine-time Tony winning sensation, arrives at the Opera House on April 1 for nearly a month-long run. At press time, no shows were sold out yet, although tickets for weekend shows were going fast.

2. CraftBoston at the Cyclorama

April 3 through 6, The Cyclorama at Boston Center for the Arts, $15 general admission, FREE children 12 and younger

At the Cyclorama, 90 artists will be on hand for the CraftBoston Spring show, giving demonstrations and selling their work. This year's exhibitors include furniture designers, mixed media artists, woodworkers, and many more.

3. 30th Annual LGBT Film Fest

April 3 through 12, various venues, $12 for individual screenings

This year's festival, the 30th annual, features LGBT film screenings at the MFA, Institute of Contemporary Art, and the Paramount Center, among other venues. Kicking off with a screening of To Be Takei at the ICA (additional charges for VIP reception and after party), the festival (in addition to films) will also showcase two new photographic exhibits – FACES and the Digital Diaspora Family Reunion Roadshow.

4. Red Sox Home Opener

April 4, Fenway Park, ticket prices vary

The World Champion Red Sox play their first home game of the 2014 season at Fenway Park on April 4 at 12:05 p.m. against the Milwaukee Brewers. Can't make it to the game or couldn't get tickets? Head over to South Street Diner instead – for $2.50, they'll be offering all-you-can-eat Fenway Franks from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and the game will be on there, too.

5. Passover Seder Dinner at Beacon Hill Bistro

April 14 and 15, Beacon Hill Bistro, 25 Charles St., $42 per person

Executive Chef Josh Lewin will host a Passover seder dinner at Beacon Hill Bistro featuring Matzo Ball soup, Matzo brei, beef brisket, chicken breast, rice pudding, and Turkish Passover cake. Make reservations early to get a seat. The multi-course feasts will be served between 5:30 and 11 p.m. both evenings.

6. Wine Riot

April 18 and 19, Park Plaza Castle, $60 per person

With a name like "Wine Riot", you know this event is going to be good. While the admission price may seem steep at first, it gets you samples of 250 wines from around the globe (quite the bargain from that perspective). There will also be a DJ – because after a few samples, you may just feel like dancing.

7. "To Boston With Love" Day at the MFA

April 19, Museum of Fine Arts, FREE

In addition to free admission on the 19th, the MFA will be re-showing the To Boston With Love exhibit. The exhibit features more than 1,700 hand-crafted flags from quilters, sent to Boston to commemorate the tragic events of last year's Boston Marathon. Visitors will also have the opportunity to sign and dedicate a panel on the America 4 Boston Prayer Canvas, which will be unveiled at the April 20 Red Sox game.

8. Cambridge Science Festival

April 19 through27, various venues in Boston, Cambridge, Jamaica Plain, and more, most events FREE

More than 150 events are scheduled for the 2014 Cambridge Science Festival, designed to make science accessible to all and fun for everyone. This year's lineup includes a science carnival and robot zoo, a juggling show, a demonstration on how to make science toys, and a KEVA construction challenge, among other activities.

9. 239th Annual Old North Lantern Ceremony

April 20, Old North Church, 193 Salem St., $30 general admission

Not too many places have institutions that can brag about a 239th annual event. But at the Old North Church in the North End, the place where Paul Revere hung his infamous two lanterns after his legendary ride, that's just what this April will bring. This year's Lantern Ceremony features a fife and drum corps performance; a reading of Longfellow's poem, Paul Revere's Ride; and a formal recognition of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing victims and first responders.

10. 118th Boston Marathon

April 21, Marathon route from Brookline to Fenway to Back Bay/Copley Square, FREE

There may be no more emotional event in Boston this year than the 118th running of the Boston Marathon. Expect a record turnout, both for runners and spectators, and be sure to plan for extra security if you'll be among the crowds cheering on the athletes.

11. Art Week Boston

April 25 through May 4, various locations, admission ranges from FREE to $50, varying by event

Again sponsored by the Highland Street Foundation, the spring edition of Art Week Boston showcases art, culture, performance, and education for all. Check the Art Week events website for the most up-to-date listings of what's on around town.

12. Taste of the Nation Boston

April 29, Cruiseport Boston, 1 Black Falcon Ave.,$95 general admission, $150 VIP admission

The "largest gathering of award-winning chefs in the region" is the top draw of Taste of the Nation, and check out just a few of the participating restaurants: Bronwyn, Flour Bakery, Puritan & Company, and West Bridge, among many others. Given that dinner at many of the restaurants could set one back $100, the admission price is a great bargain to sample all the celebrated cuisines.

Do you know of an April event that should be on my radar? Send me an email and let me know!

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