10 things to do in Boston this weekend

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Franklin Park Zoo lion
Kamaia the lion at the Franklin Park Zoo. –David L. Ryan/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 Air and Apres at Wachusett

The Olympics may be over, but you can still see former Olympics and X-Games skiers put on a show this Thursday at Wachusett Mountain. The athletes will take to the snow that evening, performing alongside “cutting-edge 3D projection mapping.” Sam Adams will sell cold ones for of-age audience members. (Thursday, March 8 from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Wachusett Mountain, Princeton; free; all ages) 

Women’s Motormouth


In honor of International Women’s Day, the Larz Anderson Auto Museum will host a storytelling event featuring five auto-loving women. Panelists include TV personality Dawn Hayes, who was the first female African-American motorcycle safety instructor in the United States, and motorcyclist Jody Perewitz, who has set multiple speed records on various motorcycles in between working as a marketing manager at Perewitz Cycling Fabrication in Halifax, Massachusetts. (Thursday, March 8 at 7 p.m.; Larz Anderson Auto Museum, Brookline; $20 GA, $15 for members; all ages)

Francophone Film Festival

Every Thursday this month starting this week, the Coolidge will screen a pair of films chronicling the lives of French-Canadians. This Thursday will feature a pair of documentaries, one about former Governor General of Canada Michaëlle Jean, and the other about a young Inuk in love with his village in Nunavik. (Thursday, March 8 at 7 p.m.; Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline; $9; all ages)

Bobby & Phil – Duo Tour

It’s been more than two decades since Grateful Dead frontman Jerry Garcia passed away, but other members of the Grateful Dead have continued to make music in various forms, including via Dead & Company. One form that hasn’t happened until now is original Dead members Bob Weir (guitar) and Phil Lesh (bass) performing with no backing band. Weir and Lesh, going by “Bobby and Phil,” will play the second of two Boston shows Thursday at the Boch Center Wang Theatre. (Thursday, March 8 at 8 p.m.; Boch Center Wang Theatre, Boston; $69; all ages)

Taste of Iceland


For the ninth straight year, the Taste of Iceland festival will descend on Boston with a mix of food, drink, music, and film. Over the four-day event, you can enjoy Icelandic cuisine at Townsman and Icelandic cocktails at Beat Brasserie. On Friday, there will be free music at the Paradise for the Reykjavik Calling concert, and on Sunday, you can watch the Icelandic Short Film Festival at the Brattle. For a full list of events and locations, check the Taste of Iceland website. (Thursday, March 8 through Sunday, March 11 at various times; various locations; various prices; all ages)

Lion Birthday Celebration

Say happy birthday to Dinari and Kamaia, lion brothers at the Franklin Park Zoo, who both turn 9 this month. This Saturday, the zoo will celebrate their big days with special birthday treats for the lions, a lion zookeeper chat, lion-themed arts and crafts, and a birthday cake from Montilio’s. (Saturday, March 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Franklin Park Zoo, Boston; $12-17; all ages)

Blarney Blowout 2018

Looking to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day a little early this year? The Blarney Blowout will take eager revelers to five different West End bars, with drinks at discount prices for event participants, plus live music and plenty of prize giveaways. (Saturday, March 10 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; The Greatest Bar, Boston; $15; 21+)

MIT New Space Age Conference 2018

Space is known by many (especially “Star Trek” fans) as the final frontier. In the last few years, with the commercialization of the space business, that frontier has moved just a bit closer. At this all-day conference, “astropreneurial” experts will discuss revolutionary ideas in the world of space travel. (Sunday, March 11 from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Morris and Sophie Chang Building, 7th floor, Cambridge; $40-100; all ages)



Craicfest is a run and a party in Cambridge all rolled into one. Start the day with a 5K through the streets, then head to Cambridgeside Galleria for an after-party featuring Notch Brewing, Bantam Cider, and Somerville Brewing. Every runner will also get a pretty cool-looking race T-shirt. Nota bene: You must register in advance. (Sunday, March 11 at 9:30 a.m.; Cambridgeside Galleria, Cambridge, $45; all ages) 

Taproom Jam Sesh

This Sunday, Trillium Brewing will host yet another unconventional fitness class: Pound is a cardio jam session inspired by playing drums. Your ticket includes the rental of a pair of Ripstix, and you can jam out with some beers in the taproom after the workout. (Sunday, March 11 at 10:30 a.m.; Trillium Brewing, Canton; $25; 21+)