10 things to do in Boston this weekend

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S'mores served at Chefs in Shorts.
S'mores served at Chefs in Shorts. –Handout/Globe File Photo

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.

Pabu Summer Kickoff Party

High-end Japanese restaurant Pabu and the Downtown Boston Business Improvement District will host a Summer Solstice sidewalk celebration this Thursday at the Downtown Crossing Steps, just outside the izakaya. PABU staff will pass out free sushi hand rolls, a DJ will play summer hits, and there will be plenty of games, contests, and giveaways. While the free celebration will last only an hour, the restaurant will offer its discounted happy hour menu all night long. (Thursday, June 21 from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Downtown Crossing Steps, Boston; free; all ages)

Summer Solstice Celebration at Harvard Museums

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You can explore the science and history of the solstice at Harvard, which is offering free admission to four of its museums — the Harvard Semitic Museum, the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, the Harvard Museum of Natural History, and the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments — this Thursday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Outside of the museums on Divinity Avenue, experience all sorts of fun free activities, including circus performers, a flower crown-making station, food trucks, and a live animal farm. (Thursday, June 21 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Harvard Museums of Science and Culture, Cambridge; free; all ages) 

Boston Grownups Museum Summer Camp

The Boston Children’s Museum has made a habit of hosting regular Boston Grownups Museum nights throughout the year, and this upcoming edition is themed around summer camp. Practice setting up a tent, compete in an archery challenge, join in some crafting activities from L.L. Bean, or just play around in the museum without fear of encountering anyone under the age of 21. At an outdoor beer garden, you can enjoy beverages from local companies like Castle Island Brewing, Downeast Cider, and Wachusett Brewing. (Thursday, June 21 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Boston Children’s Museum, Boston; $25; 21+)

“Dinner in Camelot”

In 1962, the late Preisdent John F. Kennedy hosted a legendary party at the White House. No, they didn’t have a raging kegger on the White House Lawn. Instead, Kennedy welcomed 49 Nobel Prize winners — along with a number of other famous scientists, artists, and writers — to dinner. Historian and author Joseph A. Esposito will discuss his new book about that famous night at the Harvard Book Store this Thursday. (Thursday, June 21 at 7 p.m.; Harvard Book Store, Cambridge; free; all ages) 

Free Summer Solstice Concert at the Hatch Shell

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July Fourth isn’t the only night this summer when you can watch a free concert at the Hatch Shell. On Thursday, the Esplanade Association will celebrate the solstice with an evening performance of “Water Music,” a site-specific environmental piece inspired by the Esplanade lagoons. The piece will be performed by 59 brass players from Make Music Boston, and will start at 7:30 p.m. as the sun begins to set along the Charles River. (Thursday, June 21 at 7:30 p.m.; Hatch Shell Oval Lawn, Boston; free; all ages)

Roxbury International Film Festival

Now in its 20th year, the Roxbury Film Festival will once again bring a diverse array of films, workshops, and panels celebrating people of color to the Museum of Fine Arts and locations in and around the Roxbury neighborhood. The festival technically kicked off Wednesday night with a free screening of “Black Panther” on the MFA lawn, but the official opening night lineup on Thursday features storytellers U-Meleni Mhlaba-Adebo and Valerie Stephens, as well as a screening of “Liyana,” an animated documentary about five children in Swaziland who use their imaginations to create their own story. (Thursday, June 21 through Saturday, June 30 at various times; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; $12-15 per film; all ages) 

Chefs in Shorts

With summer heat comes summer shorts, even for Boston chefs. The 21st annual Chefs in Shorts event will unite dozens of area chefs who will grill up dishes for an outdoor barbecue at the Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center. Among the participating restaurants are Flour Bakery + Cafe, Lulu’s Allston, Local 149, Scampo, and Oak Long Bar + Kitchen. Portions of the proceeds from the event will benefit Future Chefs, a nonprofit devoted to helping prepare urban youth in Greater Boston for quality early employment and post-secondary education opportunities in the culinary field. (Friday, June 22 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center, Boston; $90; 21+)

Boston JerkFest

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Spice up your weekend at the sixth annual Boston JerkFest, a weekend of fiery Jamaican jerk barbecue and other Caribbean fare this Saturday. Visitors can try Caribbean food from more than 25 vendors, then cool their mouths with rum punch, craft beer, or wine from the Reggae Bar. Those who want to exclusively enjoy Caribbean beverages can check out the 21-plus Rum and Brew Tasting on Friday night. (Saturday, June 23 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology, Boston; $5-60; all ages)

“2001: A Space Odyssey”

April marked the 50th anniversary of “2001: A Space Odyssey,” the landmark sci-fi film from Stanley Kubrick. In celebration of the film’s enduring legacy, the Coolidge Corner Theatre will hold multiple 70 mm screenings of the film throughout the second half of June. The highlight of the screenings will undoubtedly be this Saturday, when the film’s star, Keir Dullea, will introduce the film. Warning: Tickets are going fast. (Saturday, June 23 at 3:30 p.m.; Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline; $14.75-17.75; all ages)

U.S. Air Guitar Regional Championships

Witness more than 20 fake guitarists shred their way to real glory at the Boston Air Guitar Regional Championships, an annual event at the Middle East that’s billed as “part rock show, part comedy act, and part spectacle.” If you think you have what it takes to air-rock with the best, U.S. Air Guitar is currently accepting applicants for Saturday’s show, where the winner will advance to face other top air guitarists from across the nation. (Saturday, June 23 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Middle East Restaurant and Nightclub, Cambridge; $15; 18+)

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