10 things to do in Boston this weekend

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The Boston Pizza Festival will be held at City Hall Plaza on Saturday and Sunday.
The Boston Pizza Festival will be held at City Hall Plaza on Saturday and Sunday. –Courtesy Boston Pizza Festival

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.

Independence Day at the Museum of Science

Independence Day already may be in the rearview mirror, but that doesn’t mean you can’t stretch your celebration of America’s birth out for a couple more days. Celebrate your global sense of patriotism with a screening of Independence Day at the Museum of Science’s Hayden Planetarium this Thursday. (Thursday, July 6 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Museum of Science, Boston; $18; 18+)

Aeronaut Allston Fridays Launch Party


The Somerville-based Aeronaut Brewery first introduced its Allston summer pop-up parties in 2016, taking over Zone 3 on Western Avenue for evenings of live music and beer. Building off that success, the brewery will expand its regular Wednesday Allston residency to include Friday nights, as well, from July 7 until Sept. 29. This week, the brewery will welcome all-female alt-rock group Lula Wiles, as well as the curators of the Weird Folk Fest. (Friday, July 7 from 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Zone 3, Allston; free; all ages, 21+ to drink)

Children’s Museum Fresh Fridays

Having trouble getting your kids to eat their veggies? The Boston Children’s Museum is teaming up with Boston Public Market and the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation for four consecutive outdoor Friday night events, starting this weekend, that will celebrate healthy eating habits. Visitors can participate in demonstrations highlighting kid-friendly recipes and cooking techniques, visit a mobile produce stand offering locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables, and enjoy live music aimed at the younger set. (Friday, July 7 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Boston Children’s Museum; $1; all ages)

Dancing at Assembly Row

If your dance moves haven’t evolved beyond doing the Macarena at your cousin’s wedding, Assembly Row is the place to go this Friday. The Metamovements Latin Dance Company will hold a free salsa lesson for beginners, and those who already know how to salsa can join the party afterward for some social dancing. (Friday, July 7 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Assembly Row, Somerville; free; all ages)

Waterfront Yoga at Castle Island

Breathe in, and then out. Breathe in, and then look out at a spectacular view of Boston Harbor. Join Boston Harbor Now and instructors from Yoga Around Town for waterfront yoga at Castle Island every Saturday through the end of August. Even if you’re a rookie yogi, Yoga Around Town’s all-levels classes should give you a workout, and Castle Island should give you zen-like summertime vibes. (Saturday, July 8 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.; Castle Island, Boston; free; all ages)

Katz’s Deli at Little Donkey

This summer, New York City’s iconic Katz’s Delicatessen will crisscross the country with the “Pass the Pastrami” series, in which celebrated chefs will offer their own recipes using the famed NYC deli’s signature pastrami. Katz’s first stop will be with Chef Jamie Bissonnette, who will offer up Katz’s Pastrami Sopes with habanero salsa, cotija, and pepitas during brunch at Central Square’s Little Donkey on Saturday and Sunday. (Saturday, July 8 and Sunday, July 9 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Little Donkey, Cambridge; free; all ages)

Boston Pizza Festival

Boston has some incredible pizza places, both old and new, from the North End to the South End and beyond. To celebrate Boston’s commitment to quality slices, more than 30 vendors will gather at City Hall this weekend for the first-ever Boston Pizza Festival. Along with pizza vendors like Regina Pizzeria, Babbo Pizzeria & Enoteca, and Oath Craft Pizza, the festival will feature live music, pizza-making demonstrations, and acrobatic pizza-tossing showcases. (Saturday, July 8 and Sunday, July 9 from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.; City Hall Plaza, Boston; $15 GA, $50 VIP; all ages)

JP Porchfest

The hills of Jamaica Plain will be alive with the sound of music this Saturday thanks to JP Porchfest. More than 200 bands will play concerts on residential porches all across the neighborhood. If you need transportation, Hubway is offering free bike rentals to the first 100 people who RSVP, and there will be a free trolley to shuttle people around the neighborhood. (Saturday, July 8 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.; various locations; free; all ages)

MFA & Night Shift: Final Night of Matisse

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston will celebrate the last night of its “Matisse in the Studio” gallery by partnering up with Night Shift Brewing for a little after-hours fun. The museum will keep the gallery open for a few extra hours and serve up NSB’s limited-edition Matisse saison beer. (Saturday, July 8 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; $25 GA, $23 seniors, free for members and kids ages 17 and under; all ages)

Hawthorne and Thoreau

History and literature buffs should check out the Longfellow House this Sunday for an informative and entertaining remembrance of the friendship between writers Henry David Thoreau (Walden) and Nathaniel Hawthorne (The Scarlet Letter) in honor of the former’s 200th birthday. Living history performers Richard Smith and Rob Velella will perform as the two famed writers, using the authors’ own words to explore the duo’s relationship and paint a broader picture of 19th-century literature in New England. (Sunday, July 9 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.; Longfellow House, Cambridge; free; all ages)