Making plans? Short on ideas? No worries. See Nicole Cammorata, Milva DiDomizio, and June Wulff's picks for the top things to do around the Hub this weekend. Now get out and go to it!
THE HAUNTED SHIPYARD: Rusted gates will be unchained; old locks will be unhitched; the nightmare of the dismal docks will be unleashed. Tour abandoned warehouses and hear stories about how the shipyard and its workers sank into an evil grasp. Oct. 20 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. (Through Oct. 31). $15 (Haunted Tour of Pier 23; recommended for ages 11 and older), $5 for children’s Spooky Wharf. Newport Yachting Center, corner of Commercial Wharf and America’s Cup Avenue, Newport, R.I. 401-846-1600. www.hauntedshipyard.com
NUN SENSE: What do you expect from the writer of “Psycho Beach Party’’ and “Vampire Lesbians of Sodom’’ except irreverence and hilarity? Charles Busch has done it again with “The Divine Sister,’’ presented by SpeakEasy Stage starring Jeffery Roberson (a.k.a. Varla Jean Merman) as Mother Superior in this homage to Hollywood films about nuns. Oct. 21 at 8 p.m. (through Nov. 19). $30 to $55, $25 under age 25, $5 senior discount. Calderwood Pavilion, 527 Tremont St., Boston. 617-933-8600. www.speakeasystage.com
FRIGHT NIGHT: Remember huddling together and telling ghost stories when you were a kid? Bring your best five-minute tale of terror and put your name in the hat at Feed the Mouth, Massmouth’s Halloween fundraiser. Five names will be drawn to compete in a slam. Hopefully, you won’t be too scared to enjoy the cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and performance by Judith Black. 6:30-9 p.m. $20-$25. Massmouth, 42 Seaverns Ave., Jamaica Plain. http://feedthemouth-eorg.eventbrite.com
SATURDAY & SUNDAY
ROW YOUR BOAT: Can you name the 55 events at the Head of the Charles Regatta? We came up with 54 and are stuck. The two-day regatta has more than 9,000 rowers from 19 countries including youth, college students, and Olympic athletes. Races start at BU’s DeWolfe Boathouse (619 Memorial Dr., Cambridge) and finish at Artesani Park (1255 Soldiers Field Road, Boston). Oct. 22 and 23 from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., rain or shine. Free. Charles River, Boston and Cambridge. 617-868-6200. www.hocr.org
BOOM BOOM ROOM: The Phoenix Landing’s resident spin master DJ Vinny keeps the crowd dancing with disco tunes from the 1970s, ‘80s and ‘90s favorites, plus plenty of one-hit wonders you’ll be sure to have stuck in your head all weekend. Oct. 22, 10 p.m. Cover: $5. 21+. Phoenix Landing. 617-576-6260, www.phoenixlandingbar.com
HOME SWEET HOME: Satisfy your sweet tooth for a good cause at this dessert competition to benefit the Cambridge Housing Assistance Fund. Area dessert chefs will compete for the Yummy Awards -- and you can dance off the calories. Oct. 22 from 7-11 p.m. $50 (dessert tasting and dancing), $100 (buffet dinner and wine tasting). Hyatt Regency, 575 Memorial Dr., Cambridge. 617-354-5678. www.chafund.org
CHOW DOWN: Live Thoroughbred racing and thoroughly yummy eats are ready to go at the Suffolk Downs Food Truck Festival where Lobsta Love, Grilled Cheese Nation, and Go Fish! are a few of the vendors at the historic racetrack. Oct. 22 from noon-5 p.m. $5 (proceeds benefit local charities). Suffolk Downs, 111 Waldemar Ave., East Boston. 617-782-7117. www.suffolkdowns.com
STORY SLAM: Who says you can’t go home again? No offense to Thomas Wolfe, but re-calling home is precisely the point at this themed Story Slam, presented in conjunction with ArtsEmerson and local story telling collective massmouth. Cast members from “You Better Sit Down: Tales From My Parents’ Divorce” will decide which stories were the best. Oct. 23, 7 p.m. Tickets: $10, $5 for students. Max and Dylans, 15 West Street. 617-423-3600, www.massmouth.com
ROW YOUR OWN WAY: Have strong arms and a rowboat? Bring your dory, skiff, or other traditional wooden boat to the Fall Haul and enter it in the Mighty Merrimack Rowing Race, then celebrate with food, drink, and music by Demijon. Oct. 23, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. $25 advance (recommended), $30 day of event, under 18 $10. $5 spectators. Race leaves 11 a.m. from the Amesbury Town Landing to Lowell’s Boat Shop, 459 Main St., Amesbury. 978-834-0050, www.lowellsboatshop.com
A MONSTROUS DAY: Two miles of roadway will be closed for SomerStreets, an outdoor festival featuring an Oktoberfest, costume parade, trick-or-treating, haunted house, craft fair, and chainsaw pumpkin carving . Local DJs will spin tunes and compete in a contest based on Somerville native Bobby “Boris” Pickett’s hit “Monster Mash.” Oct. 23, noon-4 p.m. (Oktoberfest until 6 p.m.). Somerville Ave. from Washington St. to Beacon St., Somerville. 857-523-9017, www.somervillema.gov
Stephanie Callahan is a native Bostonian who loves cooking, traveling, spa treatments, and being on the ocean.
Milva DiDomizio is a New England native who's fond of cooking, singing, and Boston's arts and culture scene.
Swati G. Sharma is a Somerville resident and is a fan of city living, exploring Bostons nightlife, and dancing.
Emily Sweeney is a Boston native who goes out all over, from Irish pubs in Southie to the roller rink in Dorchester.