10 things to do in Boston this weekend

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Wine Riot Chicago.
Wine Riot Chicago. –James Coletta Photography

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.

Women in Comedy Festival

The eighth annual Women in Comedy Festival is back to get Boston laughing, with a lineup of acclaimed stand-up comedians, improv and sketch groups, musical comedy artists, filmmakers, and storytellers. The five-day festival will be held in venues throughout Boston and Cambridge. Highlights include performances from Lexington native and SNL alum Rachel DratchSNL cast member Sasheer Zamata, and MTV’s Nicole Byer. Various ticket packages are available starting from $59, and you can score access to all of the festival’s events with a $279 VIP ticket. (Wednesday, April 18 to Sunday, April 23 at various showtimes; venues throughout Boston and Cambridge; ticket packages from $59; check individual shows for age restrictions)

Third Thursdays: All the Feels


The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum will be open after-hours on Thursday for a night of live music in the courtyard. Dance along to Stringalong, a pop/rock/R&B string duo, and their unique sound of classical, jazz, rock, and pop influence while you sip and snack on refreshments from the museum’s Café G. Advanced tickets are available for purchase, and a limited number of tickets will be available for walk-ins on Thursday. (Thursday, April 20 at 5:30 p.m.; Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston; $5-15, 21+)

Cambridge Science Festival

The Cambridge Science Festival will close out with a bang this weekend. While many of the week’s activities were structured for kids on spring break, over the next few days, adults can enjoy a class on the Art & Science of Beer and half-day free admission to both the Harvard Museum of Natural History and Peabody Museum. For a full list of the festival’s remaining activities, check here(Thursday, April 20 to Sunday, April 23 with varying times; venues throughout Cambridge; check specific events for prices and age restrictions)

Wine Riot

Travel the world via your tastebuds and expand your wine palette at this weekend’s Wine Riot. This wine-tasting festival allows attendees to sip at the sparkling wine-filled Bubbly Bar, speak with serious wine experts, and stop by interactive booths full of tips and tricks. The event will be held at The Castle at Park Plaza in three four-hour sessions—one on Friday and two on Saturday—and tickets for each session are $65 each. (Friday, April 21 from 7 to 11 p.m., Saturday, April 22 from 1 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 11 p.m.; The Castle at Park Plaza, Boston; $65 tickets; 21+)

Record Store Day at Tres Gatos

Spend International Record Store Day at restaurant/book and music store Tres Gatos. The shop is planning to release both new and rare vinyl and welcome guests to peruse book and music collections while they snack on free coffee, pastries, and cookies. (Saturday, April 22 from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Tres Gatos, Jamaica Plain; free; all ages)

Core Crunch & Cold Beer at Trillium Brewing


Feel the burn this Saturday at Trillium Brewing Company when Studio U holds their Core Crunch workout class in the taproom. After a 30- 45-minute high-intensity class, sip on a fresh beer from Trillium. Register in advance for the $25 class and score a free beer ticket. (Saturday, April 22 from 9:15 to 11:15 a.m.; Trillium Brewery, Canton; $25; 21+)

Greenway Spring Food Festival

Food trucks will be descending on the Greenway this Saturday to celebrate spring in Boston. Feast from The Bacon Truck, Bon Me, Roxy’s Grilled Cheese, and many more of the food trucks that stop by the Greenway at least once per week. Check out the full schedule of Greenway food trucks here if you can’t make it this weekend—or if you’re just hungry. (Saturday, April 22 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; The Greenway, Boston; free admission, food truck prices vary; all ages)

Spring Fest at Dorchester Brewing Company

On Saturday, Dorchester Brewing Company will open their outdoor patio for the season—and celebrate. Head to the brewery’s taproom for cornhole, giant Jenga, and ’90s music. Slick’s Hot Dogs will serve hot dogs (of course), and Frozen Hoagies’s truck will dole out ice cream sandwiches made with homemade cookies. Wash it all down with the brewery’s fresh beers. (Saturday, April 22 from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Dorchester Brewing Company, Dorchester; free admission; 21+)

Holi Festival at Boston University

The BU Hindu Student’s Council is holding its annual Holi Festival of Colors this Saturday. Every year, tons of people—BU students and the general public—attend the event, which honors a Hindu spring festival. Attendees wear all white and throw brilliantly colored powder and paint, resulting in a throng of neon celebrators and some really cool Instagram pictures. (Saturday, April 22 from 1 to 3 p.m.; Cummington Mall, Boston; free; all ages)

Guac Off at The Painted Burro


This Sunday, Somerville’s The Painted Burro will host its fifth annual Guac Off, inviting attendees to taste the guacamole of 10 finalists who submitted their recipes to the restaurant. A panel of judges will select the winner of a $400 Painted Burro gift card and the honor of having his or her recipe added to the menu; attendees will pick the “People’s Choice” winner of a $100 gift card. Tickets to the event are $5, and proceeds from ticket sales will benefit No Kid Hungry, which provides children with nutritional meals. (Sunday, April 23 from 3 to 5 p.m.; The Painted Burro, Somerville; $5; all ages)