Spring is a Great Time to Check Out Boston

If you haven't noticed, the weather is slowly starting to resemble something like spring finally. If you haven't ventured out this season to really take advantage of the great events and location that the South Shore has to offer, then you're missing out.

Here is a short list of some events taking place in May: Beantown postcard

Lilac Sunday
When: May 8th, 10am - 4pm
Where: Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Jamaica Way, Boston
Cost: Free
The lilac display at the Arnold Arboretum during the month of May is exquisite and fragrant. "Lilac Sunday" is the perfect day to tour the Arboretum and take part in the special family activities planned for that day. Experience the heavily scent of thousands of lilacs, and as Lilac Sunday is the only day when picnics are allowed, bring a blanket and snack to sit and enjoy the atmosphere!
More info: Arnold Arboretum website

Duckling Day Parade
When: May 8th, 12pm - 4pm
Where: Boston Common and the Public Garden, pre register at 10am at Boston Common
Cost: $25 donation per family, that includes snacks, entertainment and small duck toy for children
In honor of Mother's Day, join Boston's annual Duckling Day Parade with your family and retrace the path taken by the iconic characters in Robert McCloskey's beloved children's book, Make Way for Ducklings. Like Mr. and Mrs. Mallard and their flock of 8 ducklings, you'll walk from Boston Common (with the help of the Boston Police Dept.) and through the Public Garden, all while being led by the Harvard Marching Band!
More info: Friends of the Boston Public Garden website

Taste of the North End 2011
When: May 6th, 6pm - 11pm
Where: Steriti Memorial Ice Rink, 561 Commercial Street, North End, Boston
Cost: $99/person
Everyone knows that Boston's North End is the place to go for great food. The Taste of the North End event is your chance to savor special sample dishes from over 30 of the North End's famous restaurants in this annual fundraiser which benefits the North End Community Health Center, schools and recreation centers for children and senior citizens.

A few of the restaurants participating include: Fiore, Mamma Maria, Taranta, Artu, Lucca, Massimino, Neptune Oyster and Modern Pastry. A number of neighborhood wine specialists will also be providing beverages and the James Montgomery Blues Band will be performing.
More info: Taste of North End website

2011 Carousel Opening Day at the Greenway
When: May 6th
Where: Rose Kennedy Greenway
The colorful 1957 carousel makes its long-waited return to the Rose Kennedy Greenway and will once again be the focal point of the area. Bring your children along to enjoy a ride on this historic ride.

Faneuil Hall Marketplace Street Performers Festival
When: May 28-30
Where: Faneuil Hall Marketplace, downtown Boston
Cost: Free
Enjoy the talents of local jugglers, mimes, acrobats, stilt-walkers, musicians and magicians during this 3-day festival that usually draws quite the crowd at Boston's iconic Faneuil Hall.