10 things to do in Boston this weekend

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Kyle Allen in his Mario outfit at PAX East 2015.
Kyle Allen in his Mario outfit at PAX East 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.

Oak + Rowan Rosé Clam Bake

Is it too early to start thinking about summer? Not at Oak + Rowan, which will host a clam bake on Thursday night. Guests can enjoy a glass of sparkling rosé and a variety of raw bar offerings, followed by a clam bake with sausage, pork belly, and house-made biscuits on the side, as well as pastry samplings and frosé (yes, that’s frozen rosé) for dessert. Calling ahead for reservations is highly encouraged. (Thursday, April 5 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Oak + Rowan, Boston; $55; 21+)

Sweetgreen Run with Thursday Strong


Thursday Strong, a running club organized by Charles River Running, is taking a little field trip to Legacy Place in Dedham on Thursday for its weekly jog. This time, the group’s running route will start and end at Sweetgreen Legacy Place, where free bowls will await runners. The group also plans to swing by the nearby Victory Grille for a post-run beer or two. (Thursday, April 5 at 7 p.m.; Sweetgreen Legacy Place, Dedham; free; all ages)

Justin Timberlake at TD Garden

Unless you’re like the Super Bowl selfie kid and got free tickets to Justin Timberlake’s show, you’re probably assuming that the versatile pop star’s Thursday night performance at TD Garden is sold out. Never fear: There are still seats available for as low as $55 for the show, which is in support of Timberlake’s new album, “Man of the Woods.” But don’t wait too long, or else those remaining seats will go “Bye Bye Bye.”  (Thursday, April 5 at 7:30 p.m.; TD Garden, Boston; $59.50-$279.50; all ages)

Boston Design Week

Celebrate every aspect of design and how it impacts our everyday lives with Boston Design Week, a 12-day festival with more than 70 events held at various cultural institutions. Highlights will include studio tours at WGBH, an exhibit at the Institute of Contemporary Art about art in the age of the internet, and the multi-day Boston Print Fair, which will feature more than 50 exhibitors selling furnishings, fine art, prints, and home decoration elements at the Cyclorama Boston Center for the Arts. (Thursday, April 5 through Sunday, April 15 at various time and locations; various prices; all ages)

PAX East


Starting Thursday, tens of thousands of gaming enthusiasts will flock to the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center for Pax East, one of the biggest festivals of its kind nationwide. Besides plenty of active exhibitions devoted to board games, video games, role-playing games, and every other type of game, you’ll find helpful workshops for introverted attendees like “How to network when you’re awkward as heck.” Weekend passes have been sold out for a while, but you can still snag single-day passes for Thursday and Sunday. (Thursday, April 5 through Sunday, April 8 starting each day at 10 a.m.; Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Boston; $53 per day; all ages)

Boston Stupid Ideas Hackathon

Would you ever buy a banana with a zipper built into the peel so you could save some banana for later? What about an app that automatically tweets how long you’ve been sitting on the toilet? Of course you wouldn’t, because these are extremely stupid ideas. But that’s the whole point of the Boston Stupid Ideas Hackathon, where innovative minds come together to create truly awful products no one would ever use. And who knows, maybe a terrible idea like a French fry potato cannon will inspire a great idea for later. (Saturday, April 7 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; CIC First Floor Cafe, Boston; free; all ages)

Wizarding Day at Franklin Park Zoo

If there’s any local institution that knows about “fantastic beasts and where to find them,” it’s the Franklin Park Zoo. The Boston zoo will hosting a Harry Potter-themed wizarding day this Saturday, with plenty of activities inspired by the J.K. Rowling series that even Muggles will enjoy. Take Quidditch lessons with the Tufts University Quidditch team, watch magic tricks performed by a professional magician, attend a Herbology class hosted by the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, and hear from zookeepers about how the zoo cares for its magical creatures. (Saturday, April 7 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Franklin Park Zoo, Boston; $12-20; all ages)



On any given day, the Boston Common is full of dogs playing with their toys, their owners, and other dogs. This weekend, cats will have their day. Meet at the Parkman Bandstand on Saturday to learn about leash-training your cat (yes, some cats enjoy it) and swap cat care tips with fellow feline fans. (Saturday, April 7 from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Boston Common, Boston; free; all ages)

Pour the Core Hard Cider Festival

You pretty much can’t go a week in Boston without a local brewery putting on some sort of beer-related festival, but it’s not every day you’re lucky enough to encounter a cider fest. Fans of the fermented apple beverage can stop by the Flynn Cruiseport on Saturday for cider samples from local and international providers alike. Popular brand names like Strongbow, Angry Orchard, Bantam, and Downeast will be on hand. (Saturday, April 7 from 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.; Flynn Cruiseport, Boston; $45; 21+)

Whiskey and Yoga at GrandTen

Some healthier types may say that whiskey and yoga go together about as well as nuts and gum. But GrandTen Distilling is betting that more than a few people will enjoy a 60-minute full-body Vinyasa flow followed by a craft cocktail from the GrandTen bar. If you enjoy both your yoga and your cocktails with a twist, the fun starts on Sunday at 11 a.m. (Sunday, April 8 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.; GrandTen Distilling, Boston; $25; 21+)