10 things to do in Boston this weekend

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

Dina Rudick/Globe Staff
–Dina Rudick/Globe Staff

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 boston.com/events.

Naked Magic Show

Magic is pretty hit-or-miss, but naked magic? Probably even more hit-or-miss. Two fellas who know a thing or two about illusions perform five magic shows over the course of three days—all in the buff! (Thursday, May 19 to Saturday, May 21; various times; Shubert Theatre; $38; 18+)



For two different sessions over two days, one of Boston’s biggest brewers is pulling out all the stops, pouring six of their offerings, hosting plenty of food trucks, and presenting 17 bands, including Nemes, Bearstronaut, and Dirty Bangs. (Friday, May 20 from 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., and Saturday, May 21 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Harpoon Brewery; $25; 21+)

Thirst Boston

Looking to learn a little about cocktails? Why not learn everything about cocktails?! Thirst Boston not only lets you dabble in spirits for a weekend, but teaches all types of craft beverage enthusiasts what they need to know to take their mixology skills to the next level. (Friday, May 20 at 8 p.m. through Sunday, May 22 at 11:30 p.m.; various locations; various prices; 21+)

92.9 Earthfest

When the sun is out and boats fill up the Charles, there’s no better place to see live music than the Hatch Shell. This year’s annual Earthfest, presented by 92.9 WBOS, features performances from Fitz and the Tantrums, The Strumbellas, Joywave, and more. (Saturday, May 21 at 10 a.m.; The Hatch Shell; free; all ages)

Brunch Fit with LoveWorkout

Brunches of Boston partners with LoveWorkout, a community that connects single fitness enthusiasts, for an event that combines a full workout followed by a proper gorging of delicious food at Hops N Scotch. Disclosure: Alie Sockol, founder of Brunches of Boston, is also a Boston Globe Media employee. (Saturday, May 21 at 11 a.m.; Hops N Scotch Cambridge; $28; 16+)

Boston Thumb Wrestling Tournament


One, two, three, four, you’re going to want to get to Pop Allston on Saturday if you’re looking to declare a thumb war. If you’ve got a free thumb and an appetite for destruction, warm that hand up and get ready for some finger fighting. (Saturday, May 21 at 12 p.m.; Pop Allston; free; all ages)

Somerville Porchfest

Playing free music loudly for all to hear from the comforts of your own home is a practice largely frowned upon in the Boston area. But for one day only, Somerville not only allows it, the city encourages it. Take a stroll around the neighborhood in Somerville on Saturday and check out informal front porch music sets from local bands all day long. Disclosure: Multiple Boston Globe Media employees will be performing during Porchfest, including Perry Eaton, an author of this article, but he’s not the one who wrote this blurb so relax. (Saturday, May 21 at 12 p.m.; various locations in Somerville; free; all ages)

Lawn on D Opening Day Celebration

Lawn on D kicks off another season in the Seaport with a weekend-long celebration. The festivities kick off Saturday with a Children’s Festival featuring exhibits from the New England Aquarium, Zoo New England, and the MFA, with a concert that evening featuring MB Padfield and Never in Vegas. The party continues Sunday with a Jazz Brunch and a screening of Fever Pitch in the evening. (Saturday, May 21 at 12 p.m. to Sunday, May 22 at 10 p.m.; Lawn on D; various prices; all ages)

Puppets Take the Pops

University of Connecticut’s Puppet Arts Program teams up with the Pops for a night of symphonic music and puppets of all shapes, sizes, and styles. You may even see puppet versions of famous Bostonians. (Saturday, May 21 at 3 p.m.; Symphony Hall; $24-$99; all ages)

Fast and Furriest 5K


Everything—even running—is always a bit more fun when there are cute dogs around. Get your rear into gear and bring your pooch along for a 5K run or walk to raise money for the MSPCA. (Sunday, May 22 at 8 a.m.; DCR Baxter Park at Assembly Row; $15-$35; all ages, including dog years)

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