10 things to do in Boston this weekend

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Rowers on the Charles River during the Head of the Charles in 2015.
Rowers on the Charles River during the Head of the Charles in 2015. –John Tlumacki/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. You can also learn even more about awesome events around Boston by joining the BosTen Facebook group.

Sam Adams After Hours: Beer and Sausage

Oktoberfest may be over in Germany, but Sam Adams still has a few kegs of their Oktoberfest beer left at the brewery. To celebrate, they’ll hold a beer and sausage celebration for happy hour on Thursday. (Thursday, October 19 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Sam Adams Brewery, Boston; $10; 21+)

Boston Public Market Harvest Party


The Boston Public Market is raising money for its community engagement fund with its annual harvest party Thursday night. The soiree will feature local libations, savory and sweet treats, live music, and a chance to win a $500 shopping spree at the market, during which two lucky winners will fill their carts Supermarket Sweep-style. BPM will even pay to ship all your local goods home for you. (Thursday, October 19 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Boston Public Market, Boston; $50; all ages)

Boston Asian-American Film Festival

With more than 25 films covering a broad range of contemporary and historical stories, the Boston Asian-American Film Festival will continue its tradition of showcasing Asian-American experiences through film for the ninth straight year. (Thursday, October 19 through Sunday, October 22 at various times; Paramount Center, Boston; various prices; all ages)

Fall Pumpkin Float

Hundreds of pumpkins will hit the water Friday evening during the annual Fall Pumpkin Float at Boston Common’s Frog Pond. If you plan on stopping by, organizers ask that you bring a carved pumpkin of your own — not only will it help add to the gourd total, it’s fun to keep track of your very own pumpkin as it floats around the pond. Visitors can also enjoy a magician, mazes, music, and other kid-friendly activities. (Friday, October 20 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Boston Common Frog Pond, Boston; free; all ages)

The Rocky Horror Cabaret Show


When the AMC Loews Harvard Square theater shuttered in 2012, it brought an end to the longtime midnight showings of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Lucky for those seeking their Frank-N-Furter fix, there’s The Rocky Horror Cabaret Show, put on by the Teseracte, who have been performing shadow casts of the film for more than two decades. It will feel like you never stopped doing the time warp… again(Friday, October 20 at 9 p.m.; Article 24, Boston; free; rated R)

The Head of the Charles Regatta

One of the largest rowing competitions in the world will return to the Charles River this weekend for two days of intense crew competition featuring thousands of rowers. Pick your favorite spot along the banks of the Charles — on the Cambridge side or the Boston one — then relax and watch the boats go by. (Saturday, October 21 from 7:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. and Sunday, October 22 from 7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Charles River, Cambridge/Boston; free; all ages)


Do you love live music and delicious cocktails but wish your dog could enjoy them alongside you? The SoWa Open Market will solve that problem this weekend with Woofstock, a canine-friendly event benefitting Last Hope K9 Rescue. There will also be lawn games, the usual mix of SOWA vendors, and a costume contest whose winner gets a free stay at the dog-friendly XV Beacon in Beacon Hill. (Saturday, October 21 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; SoWa Open Market, Boston; free; all ages)

Happy 220th Birthday, Old Ironsides!

Old Ironsides will turn 220 years old on Saturday, so the USS Constitution Museum will celebrate with a full day of festivities at Charlestown Navy Yard. Tour the nation’s oldest active commissioned navy vessel, sign her birthday card, and enjoy gun and boarding drills from the Old Ironsides crew. Visitors of all ages can also check out live music, food trucks, and plenty of other outdoor activities. (Saturday, October 21 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; USS Constitution Museum, Boston; free; all ages)

Boo at the Zoo


Children throughout New England are invited to trick-or-treat among the animals. Along the way, visitors can enjoy creepy crafts, ghoulish games, a haunted maze, face painting, and a costume contest. (Saturday, October 21 and Sunday, October 22 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Stone Zoo, Stoneham; $16.95 GA, $14.95 for seniors ages 62 and up, $11.95 for kids ages 2 to 12, free for kids ages 2 and under; all ages)

Boston Veg Food Fest

The 22nd annual Boston Veg Food Fest will convene this weekend at the Reggie Lewis Center, bringing together a wide array of vegetarian food vendors and exhibits. Whether you’re a hardcore vegan or simply want to try adding a few plants to your diet, peruse the fest’s free samples from dozens of local vendors, as well as vegetarian-friendly talks and cooking demonstrations. (Saturday, October 21 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, October 22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Reggie Lewis Center, Boston; free; all ages)

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