10 things to do in Boston this weekend

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Tom Brady Guy Fieri attend the Tom Brady Best Buddies Football Challenge.
Tom Brady and Guy Fieri attend the Tom Brady Best Buddies Football Challenge. –Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for Best Buddies

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.

Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series Launch

It’s now officially outdoor fitness season (if it wasn’t already), and the Boston Parks Department will kick off its free fitness series with a launch event on Thursday in Copley Square. Along with the first free class of the year (Zumba), participants will be able to line dance and score some free fanny packs, T-shirts, snacks, and more. (Thursday, May 31 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Copley Square, Boston; free; all ages)

Free Fitness Classes with Seaport Sweat


The Boston Parks series isn’t the only free fitness outfit around. Starting this week, Seaport Sweat will offer 200 free outdoor classes over the next four-plus months at the Seaport Common, with class types like yoga, bootcamp, and boxing taught by some of the city’s top instructors. Thursday’s free classes will be a bootcamp class from Athena Concannon at 5:30 p.m. and a box and body class from Monique Magno at 6:30 p.m. For a full list of class times and more information about the instructors, visit the Seaport Sweat website. (Thursday, May 31 through Friday, October 12 at various times; Seaport Common, Boston; free; all ages)

Boston Public Library Concert in the Courtyard Kickoff

The Boston Public Library once again will host free music in the city with its Concert in the Courtyard summer series. The events will bring musical acts from a variety of genres to the tranquil McKim Courtyard twice a week, every Friday from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. and every Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. until Aug. 31. This Friday’s hour-long concert will be a joint effort between the Boston Lyric Opera and Castle of Our Skins that will showcase the stories and lives of Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, Martin Luther King Jr., and Paul Robeson through a mix of spoken word and opera music. (Friday, June 1 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.; Boston Public Library, Boston; free; all ages)

Aeronaut Allston 2018 Launch


After a friends and family soft opening last week, Aeronaut will officially kick off its third season of Aeronaut Allston at the Harvard-funded Zone 3 this Friday. The party will feature performances from slam poetry champion Oompa, brass band What Cheer? Brigade, food from Roxy’s Grilled Cheese and Compliments Food Truck, and guest taps from Remnant Brewing, the recently opened brewery at Bow Market in Somerville. (Friday, June 1 from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Zone 3, Boston; free; 21+)

Tom Brady and Guy Fieri Team Up with Best Buddies

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and celebrity chef Guy Fieri are once again teaming up to benefit Best Buddies, with the former playing a celebrity flag football game and the latter hosting a food and wine festival with top Boston-area chefs. Brady will be joined by teammates Julian Edelman and James White, while the menu at Fieri’s festival will feature appearances by Brady’s personal chef, Allen Campbell, and James Beard Award-winning chefs Joanne Chang (Flour, Myers + Chang) and Michael Schlow (Tico), among many others. Tickets to the game are free if you register online, while tickets to the food festival start at $100 and include admission to the game. (Friday, June 1 from 6 p.m to 10 p.m.; Harvard Stadium, Boston; game is free, festival is $100-165; all ages)

Yoga Potluck and Summer Celebration

With its great hall lined with colorful fresco-like paintings full of Russian religious iconography, a visit to the rarely open Museum of Modern Renaissance is a pretty cool experience. That’s even without the promise of yoga and a potluck. You’ll have to carry a bit more than a mat and water bottle to this practice — organizers request that you bring a potluck dish with ingredients labeled, your own dishes to minimize waste, and a journal or piece of paper to reflect in. You’ll have a chance to view the museum’s art, meditate, do yoga, and socialize. (Friday, June 1 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Museum of Modern Renaissance, Somerville; $30; all ages)

Donut Day 5k Relay


Back Bay running apparel store Tracksmith will hold a partners 5k relay to celebrate National Doughnut Day on Friday — a fun run for a fun day. You and a partner of the opposite sex will each run a 5k loop on the Esplanade, with prizes for the fastest team, fastest individual runners, most accurate finish time prediction, and most creative team name. Plus, there’s doughnuts for everyone. (Friday, June 1 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Tracksmith, Boston; free; all ages)

“Die Hard”

While there are those who argue that “Die Hard” is technically a Christmas movie, the film first arrived in theaters on July 15, 1988, making it a summer film. The Somerville Theatre is celebrating the impending 30th anniversary of the Bruce Willis classic with a midnight screening of a 35 mm print of the film this Friday. Yippee ki yay, indeed. (Friday, June 1 from 11:59 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Somerville Theatre, Somerville; $12; rated R)

Yoga in the Beer Garden

If you haven’t had a chance to check out Remnant Brewing or Bow Market since the pair opened earlier in May, this Saturday morning yoga class at Remnant’s beer garden could be your chance. Join yogi Andrea Savino for a one-hour vinyasa flow, then enjoy a treat from the brewery or its attached cafe. (Saturday, June 2 from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.; Remnant Brewing, Somerville; $10; all ages)

Secret Gardens of Cambridge Tour

We already know that Beacon Hill has some beautiful secret gardens. It turns out Cambridge does as well. To showcase these hidden gems, the Friends of the Cambridge Public Library will hold its biennial Secret Gardens of Cambridge Tour this Sunday, with 41 gardens housed on private property open to the public for one afternoon in order to raise money for the CPL’s seven branches. Online tickets are no longer available, but for a list of times and locations where you can purchase tickets in-person, visit the event website. (Sunday, June 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Cambridge Public Library, Cambridge; $25; all ages)

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