10 things to do in Boston this weekend

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Zac Brown leads the Zac Brown Band in concert at Fenway Park.
Zac Brown leads the Zac Brown Band in concert at Fenway Park. –Josh Reynolds for The Boston Globe

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 TechJam

City Hall Plaza will transform into a hub of startups, tech entrepreneurs, and innovators Thursday when TechJam takes over the outdoor space for a night of socializing. Even if you’re not a startup whiz gabbing about ROI and Series A funding (those are business terms, right?), the event will have lawn games, a live music lineup curated by event sponsor Spotify, and plenty of interesting on-site art displays and booths from local companies big and small. (Editor’s note: Boston.com is one of several media sponsors for this event.) (Thursday, June 14 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.; City Hall Plaza, Boston; $20 GA, $10 student; all ages)

Eataly’s Piazza all’Aperto


Eataly is celebrating summer with a series of monthly outdoor block parties styled after the bustling food festivals held in the plazas of many an Italian town. You’ll be able to munch on cannoli, gelato, pasta, mozzarella, and many other delectable dishes, while sipping on your choice of frosé (frozen rosé), wine, beer, and cocktails. There will also be live music, and a chance to sketch a live Italian scene with help from an MFA instructor. Entry to the event is free, but if you want to save money on food and drink tickets, you can purchase them online. (Thursday, June 14 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Eataly, Boston; free entry, $5 per food/drink ticket; all ages, 21+ to drink)

‘Hamilton’ at the Boston Pops

Thursday night is the last chance you’ll have to see the Boston Pops team up with “Hamilton” Broadway original cast members Renée Elise Goldsberry and Phillipa Soo. The duo replaced fellow “Hamilton” performer (and 2017 Boston 4th of July singer) Leslie Odom Jr. when he had to back out due to scheduling conflicts. We can’t say for sure what Thursday’s performance will have in store for audiences, but word is that an earlier performance had at least a couple of “Hamilton” songs in the mix. (Thursday, June 14 at 8 p.m.; Symphony Hall, Boston; $37-126; all ages)

Zac Brown Band at Fenway


The Georgia-bred Zac Brown Band will bring their blend of country, bluegrass, and Southern rock to Fenway Park for a pair of shows on Friday and Saturday. Though the group set Fenway records in 2016 for the most tickets sold for a concert at the Red Sox venue, there are still a limited number of tickets available for both shows. (Friday, June 15 and Saturday, June 16 at 6:30 p.m.; Fenway Park, Boston; $44-127; all ages)

“When Harry Met Sally”

It’s nearly summer, which means that outdoor movie season is just about to kick off. One of the first of the season will be a screening of “When Harry Met Sally” on the waterfront behind the Boston Harbor Hotel, part of the hotel’s “Summer in the City” programming slate. You can probably squeeze into the public walkway to watch the film, but if you want to properly deliver the “I’ll have what she’s having” line, the screen will be best viewed from the hotel patio, which will offer al fresco dining and drinks. (Friday, June 15 at dusk; Boston Harbor Hotel, Boston; free; rated R)

Paul Simon at TD Garden

This may be your last chance to see legendary singer-songwriter Paul Simon, who has said he will retire from touring after this summer. With more than five decades’ worth of albums, you can be sure Simon will have plenty to offer the crowd at TD Garden this Friday. (Friday, June 15 at 8 p.m.; TD Garden, Boston; $120-470; all ages)

Spectacle Island 5k

Hop a boat out to Spectacle Island this Saturday for a day of physical activities for the whole family. Take part in the 5k, the fun run, the kid-friendly run, do some yoga, or just hang out and wait for everyone to finish running so you can enjoy a picnic lunch. (Saturday, June 16 from 8:15 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Spectacle Island, Boston; $25-50; all ages)

Vanessa T. Marcotte Foundation 5k Run/Walk


On Saturday, runners will take to Wachusett Mountain in Princeton for the Vanessa T. Marcotte Foundation 5K Run/Walk. The run is in honor of Marcotte, the Princeton native and Boston University graduate slain while jogging near her family’s home in August 2016. Proceeds from the race will benefit the Vanessa T. Marcotte Foundation, which partners with organizations that have educational programs that promote female empowerment and challenge gender stereotypes. (Saturday, June 16 at 10 a.m.; Wachusett Mountain, Princeton; $30 GA, $15 ages 12 and under; all ages)

The Pirate Bar Crawl

Arrrrrrr you looking to sail the high seas (cruise around Boston Harbor) with a bunch of scurvy curs (fellow bar crawl enthusiasts)? Boston’s Pirate Bar Crawl will celebrate its 10th year in operation this Saturday with a mix of watery hijinks on a ship in the Boston Harbor and landlubber-friendly fun at bars near Faneuil Hall. Much like a pirate’s treasure, the exact locations of the bars involved are on a need-to-know basis to keep thieving buccaneers from storming the deck (showing up at the bar and trying to join the crawl for free). But all will be revealed once you follow the map to where X marks the spot (register for the crawl online). (Saturday, June 16 from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Faneuil Hall, Boston; $30; 21+)

Hold My Beer Mile

Who needs those fancy marathons with their training and their tracking chips? For the Hold My Beer race in Jamaica Plain, all you need to do is run one mile through parts of Franklin Park as fast as you can, winner take all. (“All,” in this case, is an unspecified amount of prize money for the top male and female finishers.) Once the race is done, head on over to Turtle Swamp Brewery’s outdoor patio to nab a free drink if you’re of drinking age. (Sunday, June 17 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Turtle Swamp Brewing, Boston; $15-20; 18+ to run, 21+ to drink)