10 things to do in Boston this weekend

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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

Idle Hands Reopening

The brewery forfeited its original home in Everett when the casino project made its way in, but now it’s reopening at a new location in Malden. The spot has food and a 50-seat beer hall. (Opens Thursday, July 7 at 3 p.m.; 89 Commercial St., Malden; free entry; 21+)

North Point Nights

Aeronaut Brewery, the Cambridge Jazz Festival, and DivcoWest are hosting a night of live music, food, and beer outside at North Point Common in Cambridge. The theme is “Motown & Beyond,” and Compliments Food Truck, Chubby Chickpea, and Baha Taco Truck will be the food of choice. (Thursday, July 7; 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.; North Point Common; free to attend; all ages)

Pizza Playoffs

Boston and New York will continue their longstanding rivalry, but this time with pizza. Jeremy Sewall of Island Creek Oyster Bar will represent Boston, and Michael Harlan Turkell of The Food Seen will rep Brooklyn in a showdown with their favorite ‘zas. (Thursday, July 7 at 10 p.m.; Island Creek Oyster Bar; free to attend; pizzas are $10; all ages)

Happy Gilmore/DownEast at Lawn on D

The crew at Downeast Cider House is throwing a little shindig at Lawn on D, showing a screening of Happy Gilmore and, naturally, pairing it with Gilmore-esque putting games. (They’ll have the hockey sticks and clubs covered.) (Friday, July 8; 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Lawn on D; free to attend; 21+)

Racing and Food Truck Festival

This summer, horse racing returns to Suffolk Downs for just three weekends, including this upcoming one. Dozens of food trucks will be there, too, plus beer, live music, and kids activities like pony rides and face painting. (Saturday, July 9 and Sunday, July 10; gates open at 11 a.m.; Suffolk Downs; free to attend; all ages)

Jamaica Plain Porchfest

For one day only, the musicians of JP will take to their front porches to serenade the neighborhood with homegrown tunes. Do some guitar pickin’ of your own, or shake a leg to the players on your block. (Saturday, July 9 at 11:30 a.m.; Jamaica Plain; free; all ages)

Poetry House Slam Standoff: New School vs. Old School

Boston’s got poets, in case you didn’t know it. Head to Make Shift Boston to hear the Old School (The House Slam Team) take on the New School (Mass LEAP Youth Team) in a slam for the ages. (Saturday, July 9 at 6 p.m.; Make Shift Boston; $10 suggested donation; all ages)

Global Float Dance Party

A giant mobile dance bash is happening in Boston this weekend. The coolest part is that the grooving is “silent”— dancers all sync to the same playlist and listen together on their headphones. Make sure you get to the starting point on time, or else the party’s movin’ on. (Saturday, July 9 at 9 p.m.; starts at the Park Street T stop; free to attend; all ages)

JP Black Market

This one-day flea market will have all the art, food, and tchotchkes you’d ever need, from zines and woodwork to baked goods and tea to portraits and T-shirts. (Sunday, July 10; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; 420 Amory St., Jamaica Plain; $1 entry; all ages)

Festival Colombiano Boston

Latinos from all over will gather for a fiesta on City Hall Plaza to celebrate Colombian Independence Day. Expect music, dancing, activities for the kids, and lots of amazing food. (Sunday, July 10; 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.; City Hall Plaza; $15 presale tickets or $20 at the door; all ages)


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