10 things to do in Boston this weekend

The cast of "Sesame Street Live!" —Courtesy Feld Entertainment

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.

Meghan Duggan at the Children’s Museum

Danvers native Meghan Duggan, who won gold at the 2018 Olympics with the U.S. Women’s Hockey Team, is back in town doing postgame commentary for the Stanley Cup playoffs for NBC Boston. She’ll also be at the Children’s Museum on Friday to read a children’s book about the value of teamwork and take photos with fans afterward. (Thursday, April 19 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.; Children’s Museum, Boston; $17; all ages)

Women in Comedy Festival

Since 2009, the Women in Comedy Festival has brought funny female voices to the forefront in Boston and Cambridge through stand-up, improv, film, and more. Highlights from his year’s lineup will include headlining sets by Wanda Sykes and Tig Notaro, a workshop on “satire in a world of fake news” from female writers at The Onion and Clickhole, and a short film competition judged by Paul Feig (“Bridesmaids,” “Ghostbusters”). (Yes, men are encouraged to attend, too.) (Thursday, April 19 through Sunday, April 22 at various times and locations; various prices; all ages)

Mixology with Bully Boy Distillers


Is the pinnacle of your drink-mixing prowess pouring a couple shots of whiskey into a glass of Diet Coke? Up your cocktail game with a mixology course at the Boston Public Market. The spirits experts at Bully Boy Distillers will teach you how to make three seasonally appropriate cocktails. At this edition, you’ll learn how to whip up a whiskey sour, a white rum daiquiri, and a cucumber basil gimlet. (Friday, April 20 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Boston Public Market, Boston; $50 GA, $40 for Trustees members; 21+)

Museum of Science Astronomy After Hours

The Cambridge Science Festival, a multi-day celebration of science, technology, engineering, art, and math that kicked off last week and runs through Sunday, will feature a number of family-friendly events this weekend, including a free after-hours astronomy event at the Museum of Science, Boston. You’ll be able to explore the inside of the museum’s observatory, as well as participate in astronomy-themed activities. (Friday, April 20 from 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Museum of Science, Boston; free; all ages)

“Sesame Street Live!”

We can tell you how to get, how to get to “Sesame Street Live!” this weekend. From Friday through Sunday, the furry monsters of public television will be at the Agganis Arena to provide hours of musical children’s entertainment. You can also purchase tickets for a preshow experience that will include an onstage tour of the “Sesame Street” neighborhood, and a meet-and-greet with Big Bird, as well as Elmo, Abby, Cookie Monster, or Oscar the Grouch. (Friday, April 20 through Sunday, April 22 at various times; Agganis Arena, Boston; $25 and up; all ages)

Zoo New England Party for the Planet


Franklin Park Zoo will celebrate Earth Day a day early, on Saturday, with a very Earth-friendly slate of activities. You can take photos with Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax, meet the zookeepers, and hear from conservationists about easy ways to help preserve the planet. (Saturday, April 21 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Franklin Park Zoo, Boston; $12-17; all ages)

Gardner Museum Tour for Parents

Parents of young kids don’t often have a lot of free time, and going to a museum with an infant can seem like an almost impossible endeavor. That’s where Parent Tours, a group that organizes family-friendly tours around the Boston area, comes in. This Saturday, the group will head to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum for a 45-minute tour that welcomes hungry, crying, and sleepy babies, and hungry, crying, and sleepy parents and caretakers. (Saturday, April 21 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston; $15; all ages)

Dorchester Brewing Co. Spring Fling

Dorchester Brewing Co. will greet spring on Saturday by opening its outdoor patio for the first time in 2018. With the added space, the brewery will have food from Union Square Donuts and Meadowlark Butcher and Grocer, cornhole, giant Jenga, and live music all day long. (Saturday, April 21 from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Dorchester Brewing Co., Boston; free; all ages)

Record Store Day at Run for Cover

Every year on Record Store Day, local music shops roll out crates of 33s, 45s, and 78s for vinyl heads to pore over. This Saturday, an actual record label is getting in on the fun, with Run for Cover, an ascendant independent label based in Boston, transforming its office into a record store. There will be live music all day from local artists, food and drinks from Whole Heart Provisions and High Brew Coffee, and raffles with prizes like passes to Boston Calling. (Saturday, April 21 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Run for Cover, Boston; free; all ages)

“Half Baked”


It’s only fitting that on the weekend of 4/20, the Coolidge Corner Theatre will screen stoner comedy “Half Baked” for its regular midnight movie feature. Featuring a pre-”Chappelle’s Show” Dave Chappelle, a pre-”Daily Show” Jon Stewart, and a post-”SNL” Jim Breuer in the role he was born to play, the film still has a cult following 20 years after its initial release. (Saturday, April 21 from 11:59 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline; $12.75; rated R)

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