10 things to do in Boston this weekend

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

The Cupid Undie Run.
The Cupid Undie Run. –The Cupid Undie Run.

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

For this edition of Sam Adams After Hours, the brewery will release bottles of its Brick Red, an Irish red ale, for the only time this year. You’ll also have access to a loaded baked potato bar and samples of five beers only available at the brewery. (Thursday, Feb. 15 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Sam Adams, Boston; $10; 21+)



If you’re looking to catch the Olympics while still getting off your couch this weekend, Yotel Boston is holding the Yo’lympics at its indoor-outdoor après-ski-themed rooftop bar. Guests can sip Olympics-themed beverages like the Go-4-Gold Martini, (Belvedere Vodka, Peach Schnapps, lychees and white cranberry juice) or the Mint Chocolate Axel (hot chocolate, tequila, peppermint schnapps, whipped cream and fresh mint). There also will be Olympics trivia, bingo, and other games. (Friday, Feb. 16 from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.; Yotel, Boston; free; 21+)

Harry Potter Ball

With the Wizarding World of Harry Potter a grueling 21-hour drive away (trust us, we’ve done it), how’s a Harry Potter fan supposed to get their fix of witchcraft and wizardry in the Boston area? This Friday, the Fairmont Copley Plaza is hosting an all-ages Harry Potter-themed party featuring potion cocktails (Butterbeer for adults, pumpkin juice for kids), a Hogwarts-inspired dinner, Herbology and Care of Magical Creatures classes, and a photo booth. There won’t be a giant fire-breathing dragon, but it should still be pretty cool. (Friday, Feb. 16 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Fairmont Copley Plaza, Boston; $45-80; all ages)

Robert Plant

Robert Plant, the legendary lead singer of Led Zeppelin, will be at the Orpheum Theatre this Friday performing with his band the Sensational Space Shifters. And you can bet Plant will play some of the biggest hits of Led Zeppelin’s prodigal discography. (Friday, Feb. 16 at 7:30 p.m.; Orpheum Theatre, Boston; $144 and up; all ages)

Old School Game Show


Tired of your humdrum trivia night? Cambridge’s Oberon theater is hosting a Valentine’s Day edition of Old School Game Show on Friday night, complete with an outrageous stage show, stand-up comics, a house band, and a parody of the Rockettes called the Cubic Zirconia Dancers in addition to the trivia itself. Improper Bostonian describes the show as a “wacky take on TV game shows of yore — if Bob Barker was a Somervillian hipster with friends in bands.” (Friday, Feb. 16 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Oberon Theatre, Boston; $19; all ages)

Cupid’s Undie Run

Ever wanted to run through the streets of Boston in your underwear without worrying about getting arrested? Cupid’s Undie Run is a “brief” run (around a mile) that starts and ends with a party on Landsdowne Street, all in your PG-13-appropriate undies. For the ninth straight year, participants are raising money for research on neurofibromatosis, a rare genetic disorder that causes tumors in the brain, spinal cord, and nerves. (Saturday, Feb. 17 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.; House of Blues, Boston; $40; 21+)

Stanley Kubrick Day

As if you needed an excuse to indulge in the filmography of Stanley Kubrick, this weekend the Museum of Fine Arts will celebrate the iconic director with a three-film mini-marathon of Kubrick’s best-known works: “A Clockwork Orange” followed by “Doctor Strangelove” and “The Shining.” Tickets for individual films are also available. (Saturday, Feb. 17 from 1 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; $24 GA, $21 for MFA members; all ages)

Sweat at SLT

If you’re looking for a new full-body workout, SLT Back Bay is offering a free class that mixes cardio, strength training, and Pilates and engages your core for all 50 minutes. The studio, which has origins in New York, opened in Boston for the first time in November 2017(Saturday Feb. 17 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.; SLT Back Bay, Boston; free; all ages)

George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic


George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic are coming to the House of Blues on Saturday to raise the roof as part of their Mardi Gras Madness tour. Whether you prefer to get down or get on up — it’s a divisive issue! — the masters of funk will have you tearing up the dance floor all night. (Saturday, Feb. 17 at 8 p.m.; House of Blues, Boston; $30; all ages)

New Moon Gong Meditation with Mantra

Some spiritualists believe that the new moon is an ideal time to reflect on the self. With that in mind, each Sunday nearest the new moon, Somerville’s Arts at the Armory hosts a new moon meditation session. Facilitators help attendees settle their bodies, focus on their breathing, and begin mantra meditation to focus the mind, among other mindfulness exercises. (Sunday, Feb. 18 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; The Center for the Arts at the Armory, Somerville; $12; all ages)