10 things to do in Boston this weekend

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

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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. If you’d like BosTen delivered to your inbox every Thursday, click here. Want more things to do? Check out our events calendar at

Mirrors at Boston Ballet Opens

Contemporary ballet is all sorts of cool. Mirrors features remarkable dancers performing in front of some visually-striking backdrops, choreography to Miles Davis’s “Bitches Brew,” and costumes by Donna Karen New York’s VP of Design, Peter Speliopoulos. (Friday, May 6 to Saturday, May 28; various times; Boston Opera House; $35-$149; all ages)

Watch City Steampunk Festival

Put on your suspenders, wax up that mustache, and head to the Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation for an evening of music, food, burlesque, and all things steampunk. (Evening gala is Friday, May 6 at 7 p.m.; Festival is Saturday, May 7 at 10 a.m.; Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation; $30; all ages)

Wayne Brady at the Wilbur

The man who brought laughs to the golden age of Whose Line Is It Anyway? rolls through Boston, ditching the improv for a night and telling rehearsed jokes instead. (Friday, May 6 at 7:30 p.m.; The Wilbur; $45-$65; all ages)

ABC’s Nashville Live in Concert

Nashville is the country music soap opera you indulge in on a weekly basis, and now you can see the cast’s road show in person. The lineup features Charles Esten, Clare Bowen, Chris Carmack, Jonathan Jackson, and Sam Palladio. (Friday, May 6 at 8 p.m.; Wang Theatre; $43-$73; all ages)

High School Slam at Club Passim

High school students from Boston, Burlington, Chelsea, Lynn, Somerville, and Worcester take to Club Passim to compete for scholarship awards by delivering compelling personal stories. (Saturday, May 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Club Passim; free; all ages)

Free Ferry Day

Free Ferry Day is the one day every year on which every Bostonian has “that friend with a boat.” Hop aboard at no charge and explore Georges Island, Thompson Island, or the many other attractions that Boston Harbor has to offer. (Saturday, May 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area; free; all ages)

Open Arts Day at Arsenal Center for the Arts

Get your hands dirty in arts and crafts as part of Boston’s Art Week. The Arsenal Center is holding an open house where folks who stop by can experiment with the pottery wheel, printmaking and other crafty activities. (Saturday, May 7 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Arsenal Center for the Arts, Watertown; free; all ages)

Hot Dog Safari

Safari’s are cool and all, but ever feel like they lack a certain tubed-meat treat? Lucky for you, Phantom Gourmet is bringing its Hot Dog Safari back to Lansdowne Street to provide you with styles upon styles of weenies to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. (Saturday, May 7 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.; Lansdowne Street; $10; all ages)

Lilac Sunday at the Arboretum

The lilac collection at Harvard’s Arnold Arboretum is celebrated every year with a whole bunch of activities. This year, 19 (19!!!) food trucks will attend to serve up all the food you could ever imagine. (Sunday, May 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Harvard University’s Arnold Arboretum; free; all ages)

Duckling Day

Make Way for Ducklings is a treasured children’s book in Boston. It’s a city tradition every Mother’s Day to grab your kids, deck them out in duck costumes, and march with them through Boston Common and the Public Garden. Quack. (Sunday, May 8 at 10 a.m.; Boston Common; $40 per family; all ages)

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