10 things to do in Boston this Memorial Day weekend

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Trillium Brewery's Garden on the Greenway.
Trillium Brewery's Garden on the Greenway. –Courtesy Trillium

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.

Trillium Beer Garden on the Greenway

The weather is looking mighty fine for the next few days, so why not stop by the reopened Trillium Garden on the Greenway? The brewery had a quiet soft opening Wednesday night, but it officially opens to the public on Thursday starting at 2 p.m. (Thursday, May 24 from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston; free; 21+)

Boston Calling Music Festival 2018


There are still tickets available for this year’s edition of the Boston Calling Music Festival, which will again take place at the Harvard Athletic Complex in Allston. Organizers say they’ve increased the number food and drink options and have added more entrance lines, bigger video screens, and more art activations around the festival grounds. Both three-day weekend passes and one-day tickets for each individual day of the festival can be found on the Boston Calling website. (Friday, May 25 through Sunday, May 27 at various times; Harvard Athletic Complex, Boston; $109-289; all ages)

Free Ferry Day

After delaying the Free Ferry Day for a week due to inclement weather, the Boston Harbor Islands Partnership will offer (limited) free rides to and from Georges and Spectacle Islands all Saturday long on a first-come, first-served basis. The box office at Long Wharf North opens at 8:30 a.m., so be sure to grab your passes early. (Saturday, May 26 at various times; Long Wharf North, Boston; free; all ages)

Zero to Handstand at Dorchester Brewing Company

For some dedicated yogis and many small children, doing a handstand isn’t such a big deal. But for those who don’t necessarily have flexibility or age in their favor and want to turn their world upside down, Dorchester Brewing has a class for you. A ticket will get you 60 minutes of handstand instruction and two samples of beer. (Sunday, May 27 from 10:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; Dorchester Brewing Company, Boston; $20; 21+)

Bootcamp and Brews at Mystic Brewery


Mystic Brewery is ready to kick your butt Saturday morning with a 60-minute bootcamp class from the creator of “The Warrior Lifestyle,” personal trainer Nate Witkowski. Afterward, cool off with a couple of samples from Mystic, and enjoy some of the games at the brewery’s taproom. Space is limited, and you have to register in advance. (Saturday, May 26 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; Mystic Brewery, Chelsea; $20; 21+)

Pups ’N Pints

Want to hang out with dogs on a porch all day? Who doesn’t, right? At Battery Park Bar + Patio this Saturday, you can sip beverages, pet canines, win raffles, take home a doggie treat bag, and get a professional photo taken of you and your pooch. Buying a ticket entitles you to a free drink that will benefit the Animals Rescue League of Boston. (Saturday, May 26 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.; Battery Park Bar + Patio, Boston; $15 online, $20 at the door; 21+)

Cisco Brewers’ Fort Point Nantucket at City Tap House

On the weekend of the famed Figawi regatta from Hyannis to Nantucket, City Tap House is partnering with Cisco Brewers for a “Fort Point Nantucket” installation, turning the restaurant’s patio into a replica of Cisco’s Nantucket microbrewery. While you toss bean bags during the bar’s corn hole tournament or try your hand at giant Jenga, Cisco will dish out drinks, brewery swag, and a chance to win an island getaway. (Saturday, May 26 through Monday, May 28 at various times; City Tap House, Boston; free; 21+)

Run to Remember

To honor those who have lost their lives in the line of duty, the Boston Police Department and Boston Police Runners Club will hold a half-marathon and 5k in the heart of Boston Sunday morning. Proceeds will benefit local youth and community programs, as well as several local charities. The day before the race, you can pick up your race number at the Sports and Fitness Expo at the Seaport World Trade Center, where there will be police dog demonstrations and family-friendly activities, including a free fun run for kids. (Sunday, May 27 at 7 a.m.; Seaport World Trade Center, Boston; $60 for the 5k, $120 for the half-marathon; all ages)

Free Admission to the MFA


For Memorial Day, the Museum of Fine Arts will offer free admission to all visitors. While there are always plenty of great things to view at the museum, the must-see exhibition on Monday is “M.C. Escher: Infinite Dimensions,” a retrospective of the mind-bending artist’s lengthy career that will close after Memorial Day. (Monday, May 28 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; free; all ages)

Free Admission to the ICA

Just like the MFA, the Institute of Contemporary Art will provide free admission on Memorial Day. You can check out exhibits from Wangechi Mutu and Kevin Beasley, and participate in a collective art-making experience by contributing to collages to “inspire hope in the world,” according to the ICA’s website. (Monday, May 28 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; free; all ages)