10 things to do in Boston this weekend

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Boston, MA -- 07/30/15 -- L-R: Pat Covey as Captain America, Lindsay Aries as Black Widow, Bethany Maddock as Batgirl, Brian Anderson as Deathstroke, and Ryuu Lavitz as Harley Quinn attended Boston Comic Con Night at Fenway Park on July 30, 2015, in Boston, Massachusetts. (Kayana Szymczak for the Boston Globe)
L-R: Pat Covey as Captain America, Lindsay Aries as Black Widow, Bethany Maddock as Batgirl, Brian Anderson as Deathstroke, and Ryuu Lavitz as Harley Quinn attended Boston Comic Con Night at Fenway Park on July 30, 2015. –Kayana Szymczak for the Boston Globe

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.

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Block Party

The final edition of the Gardner Museum’s Neighborhood Nights series will take visitors outside the museum walls. Artist-in-residence Laura Anderson Barbata will lead a public street performance/procession art piece featuring stilt-walkers in vivid full-body costumes. (Thursday, August 10 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston; free; all ages)

Eataly Block Party


Eataly Boston plans to throw the Italian version of a block party every Thursday night through Sept. 28 on its front patio on Boylston Street. Inspired by sagre, the food festivals held in the plaza of many Italian towns, visitors will be able to enjoy food and drink sold via a ticket system (tickets cost $5 and food and drink items cost 1-2 tickets), as well as free live music. (Thursday, August 10 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Eataly Boston; free entry; all ages)

10th Annual Boston GreenFest

The goal of Boston GreenFest is a noble one: to educate and empower people to create a more sustainable, healthier world. Organizers will be doing that all weekend at City Hall Plaza with more than 200 fun, interactive exhibits that focus on ways that individuals can help make a difference in keeping our planet safe. Visitors can check out live music from artists as far away as Nepal and Papua New Guinea, a film festival focused on environmental issues, free fitness classes, a bevy of food options, and tons of kid-friendly activities. (Friday, August 11 and Saturday, August 12 from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday, August 13 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.; City Hall Plaza, Boston; free; all ages)

Boston Philharmonic Concert in the Courtyard


The Boston Public Library’s weekly Concerts in the Courtyard series will welcome an extra special guest this Friday, as a quartet of Boston Philharmonic members play selected chamber music for a lunchtime audience. (Friday, August 11 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.; Boston Public Library; free; all ages)

Boston Comic Con

Thousands of comic book aficionados from the Boston area and beyond will descend on the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center this weekend for Boston Comic Con, an annual celebration of everything nerdy. Some of the celebrities making appearances include Matt Smith (Doctor Who), Stan Lee (The Amazing Spider-Man), Watertown native Eliza Dushku (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), and the cast of The Rocky Horror Picture Show(Friday, August 11 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, August 12 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday, August 13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Boston Convention and Exhibition Center; $35-119; all ages)

James Taylor at Fenway Park

You’ve seen sunshine and you’ve seen rain, but have you seen James Taylor at Fenway Park? The Grammy-winning artist (and longtime Massachusetts resident) will return to Fenway for another weekend concert. Just like at his first show at the home of the Sox in 2015, blues musician Bonnie Raitt will perform. But unlike in 2015, when tickets sold out in a matter of hours, seats are still available for Friday’s show. (Friday, August 11 at 6:30 p.m.; Fenway Park, Boston; $51-91; all ages)

Wanderlust Mindful Triathlon

Wanderlust 108 is unlike any triathlon you’ve seen before. While there’s still a running component, yoga and meditation replace the typical swimming and biking stages. After the triathlon, which will happen Saturday morning at the Hatch Shell, attendees can select from afternoon fitness activities, or simply relax and enjoy the live DJ and local craft vendors. (Saturday, August 12 from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; DCR Memorial Hatch Shell, Boston; $59 for the 5k and afternoon activities, free for the yoga and meditation; all ages)

48th Annual Chinatown Moon Festival


Chinatown’s August Moon Festival is a yearly event filled with cultural performances (like lion dancing and martial arts), as well as Chinese calligraphy, arts and crafts, and plenty of Chinese food and merchandise. The festival also serves as a chance for visitors to learn about the meaning behind this harvest festival in Chinese culture, and typically attracts thousands of spectators to Chinatown each year. (Sunday, August 13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; 1 Harrison Ave., Boston; free; all ages)

Open Newbury Street

If you missed seeing what a car-free Newbury Street looks like last month, Boston’s premier shopping district will be closed to vehicles once again this Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Shopkeepers will line the sidewalks with their wares and special interactive shopping displays, there will be live music and games, and Bostonians will be out in force on foot. (Sunday, August 13 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Newbury Street, Boston; free; all ages)

Boston Seafood Festival

Seafood is an integral part of both the New England diet and economy. The Boston Seafood Festival, happening this Sunday at the Boston Fish Pier, celebrates both, educating attendees about the local and global elements of New England’s sprawling fishing industry and serving up plenty of delicious seafood in the process. You can enter to win two free tickets to both the festival and the all-day lobster bake tent (a $100 value) from Boston.com by clicking here(Sunday, August 13 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Boston Fish Pier; $15 GA, $5 kid ages 6-12, free for kids ages 5 and under, $50 for lobster bake, $80 for VIP; all ages)

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