10 things to do in Boston this weekend

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 Deborah Barrett-Cutulle works on her sculpture during the Revere Beach International Sand Sculpting Festival.
Deborah Barrett-Cutulle works on her sculpture during the Revere Beach International Sand Sculpting Festival. –Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff

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.

Sam Adams After Hours: Beer and Biscuits

Sip a hint of sweetness at Sam Adams on Thursday, when the brewer will release Honey Queen, a rare Braggot-style beer made with a combination of three honeys. You can add a dash of Southern flavor to the mix as well with biscuits and honey from Sweet Cheeks BBQ. (Thursday, July 19 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Sam Adams Brewery, Boston; $10; 21+)

Shakespeare on the Common


The Commonwealth Shakespeare Company is back at Boston Common for another season of free theater in the park. This summer’s play is “Richard III,” one of the bard’s first tragedies about a vain king roundly disliked by his people who stopped at nothing to consolidate his power before meeting an untimely end. The CSC will perform the play six nights a week through Aug. 5, with performances Tuesday through Saturday at 8 p.m. and on Sundays at 7 p.m. (Now through Sunday, Aug. 5; Parkman Bandstand at Boston Common, Boston; free; all ages)

Tracksmith Summer 5k

Once you’ve mustered enough energy to regularly run 5ks, you can next aim to set a personal best. Tracksmith’s Summer 5k is set up precisely with that goal in mind, holding the race on a flat course along the Esplanade and sending pacers (people who run with you in short bursts to keep you running fast) to start running every minute from the 15th minute onward. Best of all, the race is free. (Thursday, July 19 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Tracksmith Trackhouse, Boston; free; all ages)

Free Fun Friday at the MFA

Another summer Friday, another group of museums and institutions you can visit for free thanks to the Highland Street Foundation’s Free Fun Fridays program. This week the MFA will get in on the act and highlight several artworks, such as “Endless Feast,” a collaborative work of art made by 175 students from a variety of Boston neighborhoods. To see the full list of free museums participating in the program this summer, like the Hall at Patriot Place in Foxborough, check out our Free Fun Fridays guide. (Friday, July 20 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; free; all ages)

Revere Beach International Sand Sculpting Festival


The International Sand Sculpting Festival is an annual summer staple at Revere Beach. Sand artists from across the globe will convene on Revere Beach to construct their granular artwork, with beachgoers voting for their favorites. Attendees can also check out live music and food trucks each day, plus a fireworks extravaganza on Saturday night. (Friday, July 20 through Sunday, July 22 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Revere Beach, Revere; free; all ages)

Festival Betances

This weekend, the South End will play host to Festival Betances, one of the longest-running celebrations of New England’s Latino community. The family-friendly event will celebrate its 50th anniversary, and include a parade, traditional cuisine, arts and crafts, face painting, bounce houses, and music performances from Latino artists both local and international. (Saturday, July 21 from 12:15 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, July 22 from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.; 100 W. Dedham St., Boston; free; all ages)

International Championship of A Capella Open: New England Semifinal

Go see some of the best a capella groups in the country at Berklee College of Music this weekend at the International Championship of A Capella Open: New England Semifinal. Featuring seven groups (including one from Somerville), the winner of the competition will head to the national championships at Carnegie Hall. (Saturday, July 21 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Berklee Performance Center, Boston; $20-35; all ages)

Halloween in Summer at Notch Brewing

You want to hear something scary for fans of summer? It’s only a little more than three months until Halloween. But for fright fanatics who want Halloween to come as soon as possible, Notch Brewing is throwing a costumed bash at its Salem brewery on Saturday. Entry is free, and there will be prizes for best costumes. (Saturday, July 21 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Notch Brewing, Salem; free; 21+)

Jimmy Fund 5k and Fun Run


Take a run for a good cause this Sunday at the Jimmy Fund 5k and Fun Run benefitting the Jimmy Fund, which supports adult and pediatric cancer care and research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. You can sign up for the competitive 5k or the noncompetitive half-mile fun run, and all are welcome for post-race refreshments and merriment. (Sunday, July 22 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Millennium Park, Boston; $35; all ages)

American Car and Truck Day

American Car and Truck Day is a participatory event at the Larz Anderson Auto Museum that celebrates the history of cars made in the USA. Arrive decked out in red, white, and blue, and drape your car in patriotic glory. (Sunday, July 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Larz Anderson Auto Museum, Brookline; $20-25 to bring a car, $5-10 for spectators; all ages)