Here are 10 things to do in Boston this weekend

#BosTen is your weekly guide to not-lame events in the city.

John Blanding / Boston Globe John Blanding / Boston Globe

#BosTen is your weekly guide to events and cool happenings in and around Boston. Skip Netflix this weekend—here are 10 ways to get out of your home and not be bored in the city.

IFF Boston

Since 2003, the Independent Film Festival Boston has curated some of the best new films in the world and showcased them right here in the city. This year’s event includes screenings of John Krasinski’s new film, The Hollars, a Werner Herzog documentary called Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World, and Don’t Think Twice from Shrewsbury’s own Mike Birbiglia. (Wednesday, April 27 at 8 p.m. to Wednesday, May 24 at 8 p.m.; various venues; various prices; all ages)

Taste of Dorchester

Twenty-three local restaurants dole out samples for the eighth annual Taste of Dorchester. Save your appetite and try foods that range from Vietnamese to Jamaican to pizza to ice cream, and raise money for the Massachusetts Affordable Housing Alliance. (Thursday, April 28 from 6 p.m to 8:30 p.m.; IBEW Local 103 Hall (256 Freeport Street in Dorchester); $40; all ages)

Taste of the North End

Got a big appetite? Head to the North End, too, and sample foods from 42 different restaurants and six different alcohol distributors. Proceeds will benefit North End Waterfront Health and other neighborhood charities for children and elders. (Friday, April 29 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.; DCR Steriti Memorial Ice Rink; $99; all ages)

ArtWeek Boston

The biannual citywide celebration of all things art has added a bit of color to Boston since 2013. This spring’s exhibitions include Light Up the Night, Open Runway 2016, and CraftBoston at the Cyclorama. (Friday, April 29 at 8 a.m. through Saturday, May 7; various venues; various prices; all ages)

Somerville Open Studios

Get a good sense of what Somerville’s artistic community has been working on this year, as Somerville Open Studios showcases the work of hundreds of local artists—from sculptors to painters to everything in between. Work will be available for purchase or to simply admire. (Saturday, April 30 at noon until Sunday, May 1 at 6 p.m.; various locations around Somerville; free; all ages)


Laffenhaus Beer and Improv Fest

Improv Asylum teams up with Laugh Boston for the sixth annual Laffenhaus, an improv show sandwiched between two beer tastings, featuring offerings from 10 different local breweries. (Saturday, April 30 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.; Laugh Boston; $35; 21+)

Charles River Canoe and Kayak Opens

Get a view of the city from the water. Boathouses in four locations along the Charles open for the season and provide rentals for kayaks, canoes, and other personally-propelled marine vessels. Just don’t fall in—the water might still be a bit nippy. (Saturday, April 30 at 9 a.m. until October; Charles River Canoe and Kayak; prices vary; all ages)

Walk for Hunger

One of Boston’s longest running community-centered charitable events returns for its 47th year. Find a pair of well-cushioned sneakers and join Boston’s walkers to raise money for anti-hunger organization Project Bread. (Sunday, May 1 at 8:30 a.m.; Boston Common; free; all ages)

South End Open Market Opens

You may remember it as SoWa Market from years past, but with a new name comes a new location. This year’s open market brings together some of Boston’s best designers, artisans, and merchants, as well as food trucks on food trucks on food trucks. (Sunday, May 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Ink Block in the South End; free; all ages)

Harvard Square Mayfair

The 33rd annual MayFair takes over Harvard Square, with four different music stages, 30 dance troupes, four beer gardens, more than 40 food vendors, and more than 120 artisans and merchants. (Sunday, May 1 from noon to 6 p.m.; Harvard Square; free; all ages)


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