Break out of the winter doldrums with a visit to Boston’s iconic Faneuil Hall Marketplace, which features its Half Off at the Hall promotion through the end of March. Stop by for lunch or dinner Monday–Friday and receive special deals on everything from pretzels to chicken pot pie at Quincy Market’s famed Colonnade food court, as well as discounts on meals at Marketplace restaurants like Dick’s Last Resort, Durgin-Park, Mija Cantina & Tequila Bar and Cheers. In the mood to celebrate? The kids can enjoy free activities—including live music, magicians and painting demonstrations—during school vacation week from February 16–20. And don’t forget the Mardi Gras celebration on February 17, which begins with float decorating at 2 p.m. and culminates in a festive procession around the area at 5 p.m.