10 things to do in Boston this weekend

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Boston, MA - 8/7/2016  -  David Gilo and his son Nicholas Play ping pong in the middle of Newbury Street in Boston, MA, August 7, 2016. The street closed to automobile traffic for the first time as part of a city initiative. (Keith Bedford/Globe Staff)
David Gilo and his son Nicholas Play ping pong in the middle of Newbury Street on August 7, 2016. –Keith Bedford/Globe Staff

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.

Patriots Kickoff Concert

Before the Patriots unfurl their fifth Super Bowl banner at Gillette Stadium Thursday night, they’ll celebrate in Boston with a kickoff concert event at Christopher Columbus Park. Former Patriots players like Willie McGinest and Rodney Harrison will be there, along with the Vince Lombardi Trophy, and a performance by Guster. (The band replaced R&B artist Miguel Wednesday night after he backed out due to an illness, the NFL said.) Admission is free and on a first-come, first-served basis, with the gates opening at 10:30 a.m. (Thursday, September 7 at 12 p.m.; Christopher Columbus Park, Boston; free; all ages) 

Arts and Ales at deCordova


The deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum has its fair share of unconventional art, and this Thursday, it will take the unconventional step of pairing specific beers with specific artworks. Now you can enjoy an Aeronaut Robot Crush (an American Pilsner) while looking at “Blubat,” “Ugly Mess,” and “Homewrecker,” three brightly colored sculptures whose appearances evoke images of robots, according to deCordova individual giving manager Lizbie Harbison. (Thursday, September 7 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.; deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln; $30 GA, $20 for deCordova members; all ages)

A History of the 1950s and 1960s Through Popular Song

Folk-rock artist Marc Black will guide audiences through a musical tour of these two decades with a show that is part concert, part slide show, part singalong, and part conversation. (Thursday, September 7 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.; West End Branch of the Boston Public Library; free; all ages)

Cirque du Soleil: OVO

The show is in town this weekend with OVO, a predictably odd and immersive experience from Cirque du Soleil. OVO is a love story centered around the appearance of a mysterious egg that draws a bustling group of insects (portrayed by 50 performing artists from 12 countries) into a frenzy of interaction. (Thursday, September 7 through Sunday, September 10 at 7:30 p.m.; Agganis Arena, Boston; $25-155; all ages)

Somerville Greek Festival

All weekend long, the Dormition of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church in Somerville will provide live music and delicious Greek food to the Spring Hill neighborhood and beyond. (Friday, September 8 from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday, September 9 from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m., and Sunday, September 10 from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Dormition of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church, Somerville; free entry; all ages)

91st Annual Italian Fest of Saints Cosmas and Damian


The Saints Cosmas and Damian Society will go all-out for its 91st Italian Fest this weekend, offering food, games, live music, and nightly candlelit processions around the neighborhood. (Friday, September 8 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, September 9 from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday, September 10 from 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saints Cosmas and Damian Society, Cambridge; free; all ages)

7th Annual Jamaica Plain Music Festival

Support local music by showing up to the Jamaica Plain Music Festival at Pinebank Field on Saturday. More than 20 artists and bands will be on hand to serenade audiences at this community-organized event, which relies on donations to keep the music alive. (Saturday, September 9 from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Pinebank Field, Boston; free; all ages)

Bell Biv DeVoe Concert for Houston at City Hall

In the wake of the devastation left by Hurricane Harvey in Houston, hometown R&B group Bell Biv DeVoe will play a benefit concert at City Hall Saturday night to help the Houston Independent School District. While the concert is free, attendees are asked to bring school supplies like notebooks, pens, and pencils to help families and children hit by the hurricane. (Saturday, September 9 at 7 p.m.; City Hall Plaza, Boston; free; all ages)

Open Newbury Street

For the third and final time this summer, Newbury Street will be completely open to pedestrians, with nary a car in sight. Businesses will take the opportunity to move into the street or onto the sidewalk, entertaining shoppers with music, games, and deals. (Sunday, September 10 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m; Newbury Street, Boston; free; all ages)

Somerville Dog Festival

Grab your favorite four-legged canine friend and head to Trum Field on Sunday for the Somerville Dog Festival, an outdoor celebration of everything dog. There will be agility courses, free obedience classes, doggie play zones, food trucks, and behavior experts to answer all your questions. (Sunday, September 10 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m; Trum Field, Somerville; free; all ages)