10 things to do in Boston this weekend

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Visitors lace up their skates at the Donna Summer Roller Disco Party in 2014.
Visitors lace up their skates at The Donna Summer Memorial Roller Disco Tribute Party in City Hall Plaza in 2014. –Marissa McClain/Globe File Photo

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.

The Roast of David Ortiz

This weekend is basically David Ortiz Weekend in Boston. Mayor Walsh will unveil David Ortiz Drive on Thursday; the Red Sox will retire the slugger’s No. 34 at Fenway Park on Friday; and on Thursday night, a group of celebrities will roast Ortiz to benefit the David Ortiz Children’s Fund. The roast will be emceed by Boston comic Josh Wolf, and will feature appearances from Dustin Pedroia, Rob Gronkowski, Bill Burr, Lenny Clarke, and other famous faces. (Thursday, June 22 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.; House of Blues, Boston; $75-300; 21+)

Halloween in Summer

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Summer is a pretty great season, but one thing it lacks is a holiday during which you can dress up in ridiculous costumes. Much like other businesses in Salem, Notch Brewing loves Halloween, so it’s throwing a Halloween in Summer party on Friday at its taproom. As the brewery says in its event description, “Enjoy the dressier, more festive aspects of the holiday WITHOUT ticketed events, long lines, cold weather or tourists.” (Friday, June 24 from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Notch Brewing, Salem; free; 21+)

Donna Summer Roller Disco Party

When you ponder iconic Boston musical acts, you often think of Aerosmith, the Dropkick Murphys, The Cars, or another hard-rocking group. But disco queen Donna Summer ranks right up there with the titans of rock ‘n’ roll, having won five Grammys and selling millions of records during a decades-long career. Boston will celebrate the late singer’s legacy with the fourth edition of its Donna Summer Roller Disco Party this Friday. The city will once again offer free skate rentals at its temporary roller skating rink at City Hall, DJ Roy Barboza will spin tunes, and Summer’s sister Mary Gaines Bernard will give a musical performance. You can also expect food trucks, live art, and appearances by the Boston Roller Derby and members of Summer’s family. (Friday, June 23 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.; City Hall Plaza, Boston; free; all ages)

A Fistful of Spaghetti Westerns at the Brattle

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Mosey on down to the Brattle Theatre starting this Friday for a rootin’, tootin’, six-gun-shootin’ movie marathon. The theater will honor pioneering director Sergio Leone and his spaghetti westerns by showing some of his best films, including the Dirty Harry trilogy, starring everyone’s favorite cowboy, Clint Eastwood. Be careful, partner: If you’re not quick on the draw, a dastardly outlaw with an itchy finger might buy the last ticket before you. (Friday June 23 to Thursday, June 29 at various times; Brattle Theatre; $8-18; all ages)

Tacopocalypse at SoWa

Saturday will be a day of very specific food festivals. First up: Tacopocalypse. Located at the SoWa Food Truck Bazaar & Beer Garden at 540 Harrison St., the festival will feature a number of area food trucks fixing one or two of their own takes on tacos. The beer garden will have plenty of beer, cider, and wine, and once you’ve had your taco fill, you can explore the 200-plus galleries, studios, and boutiques at the SoWa Vintage Market. (Saturday, June 24 and Sunday, June 25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; SoWa Vintage Market, Boston; free; all ages)

ICA PlayDate

This Saturday, the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston will make kids the focus. A number of kid-friendly activities will include an art sleuthing expedition led by museum assistants, a bridge-building exercise, and a performance by “Bubble Artist” Casey Carle. Best of all for parents, admission will be free for up to two adults per family when accompanied by children ages 12 and under. Kids ages 17 and under are free every day at the ICA. (Saturday, June 24 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; free for kids ages 17 and under; free for up to two adults accompanied by children ages 12 and under; all ages)

Boston JerkFest

If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen. And if you really can’t stand the heat, stay far away from the fifth annual Boston JerkFest, which will serve up plenty of spicy Jamaican jerk barbecue fare this Saturday in the South End. Visitors can try Caribbean food from more than 25 vendors, then cool their mouths with rum punch, craft beer, or wine from the Reggae Bar. Those who want to exclusively enjoy Caribbean beverages can check out the Rum and Brew Tasting on Friday night. (Saturday, June 24 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology, Boston; $5-20; all ages)

Boston PickleFest

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It’s brine time, Boston. Vendors from across New England and New York will bring pickled and fermented vegetables, pickled eggs, kimchi, sauces, and plenty of pickled cucumbers in every variety and style imaginable to the Innovation and Design Building this Saturday. Boston’s Grillo’s Pickles, Cambridge’s Alden and Harlow, and Salem’s Maitland Mountain Farms will offer their own pickled wares, and America’s Test Kitchen will judge a homemade pickling competition. There will also be beer and food trucks selling non-pickle items, in case you’re all pickled out. (Saturday, June 24 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; The Innovation and Design Building, Boston; $8 GA, $2 for kids ages 12 and under; all ages)

Summer in Somerville

The city of Somerville is getting a head start on the outdoor festival season this Saturday with Family Fun Day at Trum Field. Families can enjoy a free community barbecue, pony rides, train rides, bouncy castles, and other recreational activities. The event is a prelude of sorts to Somerville’s early Independence Day celebration, which will also be held at Trum Field on Wednesday, June 29(Saturday, June 24 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.; Trum Field, Somerville; free; all ages)

Central Flea

Looking for a new open market to try this weekend? Then check out Central Square on Sunday, when New England Open Markets and the Central Square Business Association will hold the inaugural Central Flea. Organizers describe the market as a “Brooklyn-style flea”—you’ll find goods that run the gamut from “Boston Art and Vintage to Afro-punk and Salvage, Food Trucks to Fair Trade.” (Sunday, June 25 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; 95 Prospect St., Cambridge; free; all ages)

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