10 things to do in Boston this weekend

BosTen is your weekly guide to events and cool happenings in and around Boston.

Dead & Company at the DCU Center in Worcester. Jim Davis/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 You can also learn even more about awesome events around Boston by joining the BosTen Facebook group.

Sam Adams After Hours: Kosmic Funk & Cake

Sam Adams is bringing the funk to its taproom this Thursday. By that, we mean that Sam Adams is holding a rare release of Kosmic Mother Funk, available only at the brewery. Tickets will get you five beer samples and a cake from Rebecca’s Cafe. In the holiday spirit of giving, anyone who brings a canned good to donate to the Greater Boston Food Bank will get an extra beer sample. (Thursday, November 16 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Sam Adams Brewery, Boston; $10; 21+)


The MSPCA is holding a cat-food drive for the large local outdoor cat population this weekend at its Boston adoption center, where you can see some cats looking for a good home. The MSPCA requests that you bring donations of dry or wet cat food directly to the shelter, or order a delivery to the shelter using its Amazon wish list. (Friday, November 17 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, November 18 and Sunday, November 19 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Boston MSPCA Adoption Center, Boston; free; all ages)

Fiddlehead Brewing at the Ginger Man

Sam Adams isn’t the only brewery bringing scarce brews to Boston drinkers this weekend. Vermont-based Fiddlehead Brewery is coming down for a visit to Financial District bar The Ginger Man, and it’s transporting a bevy of beers only available in its Shelburne, Vermont, brewery. Stop by before or after the Dead & Company show (see below) to talk with Fiddlehead brewers and score some free merch. (Friday, November 17 and Sunday, November 19 from 4 p.m. to 12 a.m.; The Ginger Man, Boston; free entry; 21+)

Dead & Company at TD Garden

Sure, the weather may not be as balmy as it was during their concert at Fenway Park in June, but Dead & Company (singer John Mayer and former members of The Grateful Dead) will still bring plenty of heat to a pair of performances this weekend inside (covered!) TD Garden. (Friday, November 17 and Sunday, November 19 at 7 p.m.; TD Garden, Boston; $70-$600; all ages)

Dorchester Beer Fall Fest

Dorchester Brewing is celebrating the release of Zwickelbier, its unfiltered, lagered version of a German beer, with a day of live music and doughnuts from The Angry Donut. Like many other events this weekend, the brewery will be accepting charitable donations for a good cause, with representatives from the Friends of the Red Cross Young Professionals Council helping to support Service to the Armed Forces (SAF) by collecting comfort items for active-duty service members. (Saturday, November 18 from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Dorchester Brewing Co., Boston; free; 21+)


What do you get when you cross a bike ride, a food drive, and an urban scavenger hunt? You get Cranksgiving, an annual friendly competition that sends teams of Boston cyclists from store to store searching for specific food items. The purchased goods are then donated to a trio of charities, and participants get a nice workout to boot. (Saturday, November 18 from 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Old Morse Park, Cambridge; free to enter, but you need $15 to buy groceries; all ages)

Fenway Football Part II

For those who missed Dartmouth top Brown or UMass best Maine at Fenway last weekend, you have another chance to see two even better college football teams face off at the home of the Red Sox. Boston College will take on UConn at 7 p.m. Saturday, and if the BC Eagles win, they’ll become bowl-eligible. (Saturday, November 18 at 7 p.m.; Fenway Park, Boston; $60-200; all ages)

Fenway Hurling Classic and Irish Festival

If college football isn’t your thing but you still want to see some non-baseball sporting action at Fenway this weekend, check out the Fenway Hurling Classic and Irish Festival this Sunday. The main attraction will be a trio of hurling matches — two semifinals pitting Dublin against Galway and Clare against Tipperary, before a final between the respective winners at 3 p.m. — but there will also be Irish food, live Irish music played around the grounds, and dancing. (Sunday, November 19 at 11:30 a.m.; Fenway Park, Boston; $25; all ages)

Marlee Matlin talks Dirty Dancing at the MFA

One of the last marquee events of the 12-day Boston Jewish Film Festival is a talk by Marlee Matlin, who in 1986 became the first deaf woman to win a Best Actress Oscar for Children of a Lesser God. After she discusses her years of acting and screenwriting in Hollywood, there will be a screening of a film that provided her endless inspiration, the 1987 classic Dirty Dancing. (Sunday, November 19 at 12 p.m.; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; $14-16; all ages)

Friendsgiving with Allagash Brewery

City Tap House is putting on a Friendsgiving for Allagash lovers on Sunday, offering a $25 Thanksgiving dinner with each component of the meal either containing an Allagash beer or designed to pair perfectly with a certain one. Examples include Hoppy table brined turkey with a Dubbel Ale gravy and mashed potatoes, and an orange and cranberry sauce made with Allagash White. A portion of every ticket sold will go to the Greater Boston Food Bank. (Sunday, November 19 from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.; City Tap House, Boston; $25; 21+)