10 things to do in Boston this Father’s Day weekend

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More than 50 Tall Ships will sail through the Boston Harbor this weekend.
More than 50 Tall Ships will parade along the Boston waterfront this weekend. –Sail Training International

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.

Boston Chefs in Behind-the-Scenes Tell-All

Milk Street, the new company from longtime America’s Test Kitchen figurehead Christopher Kimball, will host Joanne Chang (Flour Bakery + Cafe), Tony Maws (Craigie on Main), and Susan Regis (Shepard) for a “no-holds-barred panel discussion” about their experiences in the world of restaurant cooking. Moderated by former The Boston Globe food editor (and current contributor) Sheryl Julian, the event will also feature a post-conversation reception with tastes of Milk Street recipes, wine, and beer. (Thursday, June 15 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Milk Street Cooking School, Boston; $50; 21+)

Men in Black 20th Anniversary Screening


It’s hard to believe that it’s been 20 years since Men In Black first hit theaters. It seems like only yesterday that Agents J (Will Smith) and K (Tommy Lee Jones) first donned their all-black suits to defend Earth from alien invaders. (Though maybe it only seems like just yesterday because K wiped your memory with a Neuralyzer.)  To celebrate, Coolidge Corner Theatre will host a screening of the 1997 action/sci-fi classic. (Thursday, June 15 from 7 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.; Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline; $12.25 GA, $9.75 for students; all ages, rated PG-13)

Sam Adams Summer Groovefest

Sam Adams will celebrate the warm weather with hot grooves and cold beers on Friday. Tickets to the Sam Adams Summer Groovefest get you six beer tokens, a full Jamaican-inspired dinner, and live reggae music from The Duppy Conquerors, a Bob Marley tribute band. (Friday, June 16 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Samuel Adams Brewery, Boston; $30 GA, $55 VIP; 21+)

Sail Boston 2017

After 17 years, the Tall Ships are shipping back to Boston for their only visit to the United States this year. More than 50 majestic ships from all over the world will sail into Boston Harbor Saturday morning in what is known as the Grand Parade of Sail, and millions (yes, millions) are expected to attend. Visitors will also be able to board the ships on Saturday afternoon and all day Sunday, though security will be tighter than it is on the Esplanade on the 4th of July. Beyond Saturday and Sunday, the ships will be in Boston until June 22. For a full list of events, check out the Sail Boston website. (Saturday, June 17 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; various locations, Boston; free; all ages)

Cardio at Copley


It’s summer in Boston, so you know outdoor fitness activities are happening this weekend. One event worth checking out is Cardio at Copley, from Marathon Sports. Certified group fitness instructor Margaret McCullough will take attendees through a 45-minute long HIIT workout, including cardio and strength intervals, before finishing with 10 minutes of core strengthening. Like many outdoor classes, Cardio at Copley is BYOM (bring your own mat). (Saturday, June 17 from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.; Copley Square, Boston; free; all ages)

LobsterFest and Block Party

If you want to escape the Tall Ships crowd, head over to the Boston Public Market plaza along the Rose Kennedy Greenway for a lobster-filled block party. Enjoy beer, music, lawn games, and plenty of grilled lobster tails, mini lobster rolls, and lobster bisque from Red’s Best Seafood(Saturday, June 17 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Boston Public Market, Boston; free; all ages) 

MetroFest 2017

For those who live in the MetroWest area, the annual MetroFest 2017 in Framingham is the place to be. Featuring a classic car show, live music on two stages, a bounce house for the kids, 20 food trucks, and more than 120 crafters and exhibitors, MetroFest should have something for everyone. (Saturday, June 17 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Bowditch Athletic and Cultural Complex, Framingham; free; all ages)

Make Music at Harvard Square

Inspired by the “Fete de la Musique” street music festival that started 35 years ago in Paris, this Saturday’s annual Make Music festival will bring together dozens of musicians from a variety of genres to fill Harvard Square with tunes. According to the Harvard Square Business Association, Fete de la Musique is celebrated in more than 700 cities in 120 countries around the world, so even if you’re just spending an afternoon in Cambridge, in a way, you’ll be part of a worldwide jam session. (Saturday, June 17 from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Harvard Square, Cambridge; free; all ages)

Fat Tire Tour de Fat


After years of success elsewhere in the U.S., beers from New Belgium Brewing finally started appearing on Massachusetts liquor store shelves earlier this year. The Lawn on D’s Fat Tire Tour de Fat — named for the brewery’s flagship beer — will be a belated welcome party of sorts featuring “beer, bikes, and bemusement.” There will be musicians, circus performers, vaudeville acts, magicians, and comedians; the “Slow Ride” bike race, where the last person to finish wins; and a headlining performance by alt-rockers Awolnation. (Saturday, June 17 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.; The Lawn on D, Boston; $25 GA, free for kids ages 12 and under; all ages)

Strawberry Festival

If you’re looking for a family-friendly activity on Father’s Day, the Smolak Farms Strawberry Festival will give visitors a chance to pick their own strawberries in the farm’s spacious fields. The farm will host many other kid-friendly diversions, as well, including face painting, a bouncy house, a super slide, hayrides, and barnyard animals. Plus, you’ll find all the strawberry desserts you could ever dream of, including strawberry shortcake, strawberry glazed doughnuts, strawberry smoothies, and strawberry cheesecake ice cream. Did we mention that there will be strawberries? (Sunday, June 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Smolak Farms, North Andover; free; all ages)