10 things to do in Boston this weekend

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BosTen February 22 2018
A lion is seen during a lion dance in honor of Chinese New Year in Boston's Chinatown neighborhood. –Jessica Rinaldi/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.

Skate with Nancy Kerrigan

Has watching the Pyeongchang Games made you wish you could share the ice with an Olympian? That dream can become a reality on Thursday, when Stoneham native and Olympics silver medalist Nancy Kerrigan will take the ice for a free skate at the Stoneham Arena. While the event is free, there’s only so much space on the ice, so preregistration is required. (Thursday, Feb. 22 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Stoneham Arena, Stoneham; free; all ages)

Sweat and Shop Kickboxing Bootcamp at New Balance


In this all-levels class, local fitness instructors Monique Gagnon-Magno and Athena Concannon will run back-to-back workouts focusing on cardio and strength. Gagnon-Magno will kick it off with 30 minutes of cardio kickboxing, and Concannon will follow that up with a bootcamp class. A live DJ will spin tunes to pump you up, and after class, you can shop at the New Balance global flagship store with a 20 percent discount. (Thursday, Feb. 22 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; New Balance, Boston; $15; all ages)

Free “Beauty and the Beast” screening

Students are off of school for February vacation, and Quincy Market has been showing free movies all week on the fifth floor of the marketplace. On Thursday, the final day of the free film series, organizers will screen “Beauty and the Beast,” the 2017 live-action remake of the Disney classic starring Emma Watson as Belle. (Thursday, Feb. 22 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Quincy Market, Boston; free; all ages)


The Broadway musical that started at a Cambridge theater is coming back to Massachusetts. “Waitress,” which debuted at the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge under the direction of  ART artistic director Diane Paulus, is at the Boston Opera House through March 4. Based on the 2007 film of the same name and featuring songs by Grammy Award-winning artist Sara Bareilles, the musical centers around Jenna, a waitress and outstanding pie maker who sees a local baking contest as her ticket out of her dead-end marriage and small-town life. (Through Sunday, March 4 at various times; Boston Opera House, Boston; $35-300; all ages)

Cookies & Crafts at The Lenox


In an article about fun things to do during February vacation, local mother Kristin Quinn, who runs the nationally recognized parenting blog Misadventures in Motherhood, suggests a variety of events, including a cookie workshop at The Lenox Hotel. One of the hotel’s chefs will lead a cookie decorating and baking lesson while those with shorter attention spans or no interest in icing can use some of the arts and crafts supplies on hand. (Friday, Feb. 23 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.; The Lenox Hotel, Boston; $20; all ages)

South Asian Showdown

If you’re looking to try a new cultural experience this weekend, the South Asian Showdown at John Hancock Hall is a good choice. Dance teams from the United States and Canada will compete against each other in Fusion (“a combination of any dance style set to a majority of Indian music”) and Bollywood/Hindi-Film (“the Bollywood film style of dance featuring expression, theme, and storyline”) for prizes up to $5,000. Brookline and Boston Indian restaurant Curry House will sell food, so you can have dinner with your show. (Saturday, Feb. 24 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.; John Hancock Hall, Boston; $25-100; all ages)

Chinatown Lion Dance Parade

You can celebrate the Lunar New Year at Chinatown’s 2018 Lion Dance Parade this Sunday. The parade will feature 10 lion dance troupes, each starting with a performance in Chinatown’s Phillips Square (by the corner of Harrison Avenue and Essex Street). You can also take in martial arts demonstrations and head to a culture village with hands-on Chinese calligraphy lessons, arts and crafts, and music. (Sunday, Feb. 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Phillips Square, Boston; free; all ages)

Detox to Retox


FITRow, a several-fitness-studios-in-one concept at Assembly Square in Somerville, will offer back-to-back fitness classes this Sunday for a good cause. Proceeds from the fitness event will benefit Respond Inc., a nonprofit devoted to domestic violence prevention. Sunday’s workout will start with a barre class, followed by an Orangetheory class (a high-intensity interval workout that blends cardio and strength training). (Sunday, Feb. 25 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:50 p.m.; FITRow, Somerville; $15; all ages)

Beer and Cheese at Turtle Swamp Brewing

The Boston Area Beer Enthusiasts Society (BABES) will take over Turtle Swamp Brewing, a relatively new brewery in Boston’s Jamaica Plain neighborhood, for a beer and cheese event on Sunday. You’ll have a chance to sample six of the brewery’s beers, each paired with a cheese from Vermont Creamery. (Sunday, Feb. 25 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Turtle Swamp Brewery, Boston; $10; 21+)

Winter Games at Lansdowne Pub

Lansdowne Pub is teaming up with Harpoon Brewery for its own winter competition this Sunday. There won’t be any speed skating or downhill skiing, but you can compete in bar-friendly competitions in the disciplines of hula hoop, limbo, cookie eating, and snowman building. Prizes will include commemorative medals, a $100 cash prize for the top team, tickets to a Dropkick Murphys show on St. Patrick’s Day weekend, and skis, snowboards, and merchandise from Harpoon. (Sunday, Feb. 25 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Lansdowne Pub, Boston; free; 21+)