10 things to do in Boston this weekend

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Beer gets served at Brew at the Zoo at Franklin Park Zoo.
Beer gets served at Brew at the Zoo at Franklin Park Zoo. –Marlo Marketing

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.

Third Thursdays: Dog Days of Summer

This Thursday’s Dog Days of Summer event at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum will feature canine-inspired gallery activities and art-making in the museum’s studio, as well as a performance by blues/soul singer-songwriter Julie Rhodes, an up-and-comer in the Boston music scene. Although the museum loves dogs as much as you do, unfortunately your canine friends can’t join you for the evening. (Thursday, August 17 from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston; $5-15; all ages)

Ignite the Night


If you ever go cycling at night, always wear glow-in-the-dark gear. The same goes for Life Time Athletic’s (indoor) Ignite the Night Dance Jam, which will feature two darkened fitness classes — one cycling and one dance — that are open to both members and nonmembers. (Thursday, August 17 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Life Time Athletic, Newton; $15 nonmembers; all ages)

Free Fun Fridays

The Highland Street Foundation’s Free Fun Fridays will offer free admission to eight institutions across the state this Friday, including several a bit outside the Boston area, like Old Sturbridge Village and the Cape Cod Children’s Museum. If you’re staying in the city, your choices are the ICA and the Freedom Trail Foundation, which will offer its guided walking tour gratis to all visitors. (Friday, August 18 at various times; various locations; free; all ages)

Speed at Coolidge Corner Theatre

Say what you will about his acting chops, Keanu Reeves has carved out an impressive career in Hollywood, inhabiting iconic roles like Neo in The Matrix trilogy and continuing to kick butt in his 50s in the John Wick movies. On Saturday, the Coolidge is bringing one of Reeves’s other iconic films back to theaters, with a midnight screening of 1994’s Speed. Think twice about taking the bus to the theater, and definitely don’t drive more than 50 mph on the way there. (Friday, August 18 at 11:59 p.m.; Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline; $12.25; rated R)

Namaste and Drink Rosé


Want to sweat out the bad vibes for a good cause? Beacon Hill Yoga is holding a 60-minute power yoga class (part flow, part cardio) and reception party that will benefit the American Lung Association. After your final flow, the class will head over to Charles Street for some bottomless rosé, desserts, and raffle prizes, like Red Sox tickets. (Saturday, August 19 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Beacon Hill Yoga, Boston; $35; yoga is all ages, reception is 21+)

Super Powers Senate Game

The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate is known for its impressive life-sized model of the senate floor and its interactive legislation simulation. This weekend, the simulation is getting a super-sized twist, as visitors step into the role of regulating superheroes during the premiere of the EMK’s live-action Super Powers Senate Game. You’ll respond to citizens concerned that the superheroes are out of control, debate what regulations must be implemented, and basically relive the political side-plots of X2Batman v Superman, and countless other superhero films. (Saturday, August 19 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.; EMK Institute, Boston; $25; all ages)

Brew at the Zoo

Visiting the zoo is a great family activity, but this Saturday, the adults will run the show at the Franklin Park Zoo. That’s because of the eighth annual Brew at the Zoo, where visitors can wander from one animal to the next, all while enjoying beer, wine, and other alcoholic beverages from more than 40 vendors. VIP tickets get you in 30 minutes early, and proceeds benefit Zoo New England. (Saturday, August 19 from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Franklin Park Zoo, Boston; $100 VIP, $60 GA; 21+)

SoWa Adoption Event


A Sunday at SoWa is always a pleasure, but it’s even better when you get to meet some adorable, adoptable puppies. That’s what RUFF Tales Rescue will bring to the outdoor market in the South End this Sunday, offering information on how to get a shelter dog of your own, or simply a chance to pet some lovable strays. (Sunday, August 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; 460 Harrison Ave., Boston; free; all ages)

Free CorePower Yoga at New Balance

Find inner balance at New Balance this Sunday, when CorePower Yoga hosts a free outdoor yoga class on the lawn outside its Brighton headquarters. (Sunday, August 20 at 11 a.m.; 140 Guest St., Boston; free; all ages)

Fort Point Festival

The second annual Fort Point Festival is really two festivals in one. Visitors can stop by to play games and watch live music for free from noon to 5 p.m. Meanwhile, the ticketed food and drink festival within the larger festival will bring Trillium Brewing, Row 34, Flour Bakery, and more than a dozen other Fort Point vendors to Thomson Street, and will run from noon to 2 p.m. (Sunday, August 20 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Thomson Place, Boston; free entry, $30-35 for a food festival ticket; all ages)

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