10 things to do in Boston this weekend

BosTen is your weekly guide to events and cool happenings in and around Boston.

The Sri Lankan Dance Academy of NY performed traditional Sri Lankan dance during the 2016 Lowell Folk Festival.
The Sri Lankan Dance Academy of NY performed traditional Sri Lankan dance during the 2016 Lowell Folk Festival. –Courtesy National Park Service

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.

Literary Trivia

The Boston Book Festival isn’t until October, but the BBF’s annual mid-year night of literary trivia will be hosted by WBUR anchor/reporter Jack Lepiarz at the Mystic Brewery taproom this Thursday. Round up a team of up to six bookworms, and you could win prizes donated by the BBF and other area booksellers. (Thursday, July 26 at 6 p.m.; Mystic Brewery Taproom, Boston; $15; all ages)

Christmas in July


Last week’s BosTen featured an event called Halloween in Summer. This week, it’s Christmas in July, the annual celebration and fundraiser at the Seaport Hotel. Sip cocktails, bid on auction items, and buy raffle tickets, all in support of Christmas in the City, a volunteer-run organization that provides 18,000 children with toys and other items during the holiday season. If you want to score two free raffle tickets, take an unwrapped toy to the party. (Thursday, July 26 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Seaport Hotel, Boston; $25; all ages)

HarborWalk Sounds

For the 10th straight year, the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) and Berklee College of Music are collaborating on a series of free outdoor concerts at the ICA as part of HarborWalk Sounds. This Thursday, the ICA will host Madagascar singer-songwriter Niu Raza, as well as a choreographed performance led by dancer Avery Gerhardt with students from the Boston Conservatory at Berklee. (Thursday, July 26 at 6 p.m.; Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; free; all ages)

“The Fifth Element” at the Museum of Science

During the summer, the Museum of Science holds a number of sci-fi screenings at the Charles Hayden Planetarium, and this Thursday, that film will be “The Fifth Element,” the polarizing 1997 Bruce Willis movie set in the 23rd century. Why kick back to stare up at the stars when you can recline in your seat and watch as Chris Tucker screams at you from above? (Thursday, July 26 at 7:30 p.m.; Museum of Science, Boston; $10-12; 18+)

Boy George and Culture Club, The B52s, and Tom Bailey


The B52s, the band responsible for easily the most famous song ever written about a lobster, will be at the Boch Center Wang Theatre Friday night with fellow new wave icons Boy George (playing with his band Culture Club) and Tom Bailey of the Thompson Twins. (Friday, July 27 at 7 p.m.; Boch Center Wang Theatre, Boston; $40-84; all ages)

Arctic Monkeys

We bet that you’d look good on the dance floor at TD Garden Friday night rocking out to Arctic Monkeys. Unfortunately, you’ll have to check the secondary market if you want floor tickets for the English group’s concert in support of its new album, “Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino,” but you can still grab loge seats. (Friday, July 27 at 7:30 p.m.; TD Garden, Boston; all ages; $35-45; all ages)

Puerto Rican Festival of Massachusetts

Have you walked through City Hall Plaza this week and wondered why the carnival was in town? It’s for the 51st annual Puerto Rican Festival of Massachusetts, a cultural celebration that originated in the South End but has now relocated to outside City Hall. Along with amusement park rides and concessions, there will be local and international musicians, Puerto Rican food, and arts and crafts. (Friday, July 27 from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday July 28 and Sunday, July 29 from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m.; City Hall Plaza, Boston; free; all ages)

Lowell Folk Festival

The Lowell Folk Festival, self-billed as the oldest and second largest free folk festival in the nation, will once again take over downtown Lowell. As is tradition, the fest will feature a number of nationally renowned folk artists, as well as traditional crafts demonstrations, art, food, and plenty of kid-friendly activities. (Friday, July 27 from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.Saturday July 28 and Sunday, July 29 from 12 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Downtown Lowell; free; all ages) 



Now in its ninth year, FIGMENT Boston is a nonprofit, volunteer-run, interactive art project that will bring abstract works to the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway this weekend. Stroll up and down the grassy oasis to see trippy, light-based art pieces and performances, or join in the creation yourself at one of the many participatory art stations. (Saturday, July 28 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday, July 29 from noon to 6 p.m.; Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston; free; all ages)

Lax and Lagers

Given all the hubbub this week about a potential new soccer stadium in Boston, why not go see one of the city’s professional teams at a Boston sports stadium that already exists? The Boston Cannons of Major League Lacrosse will host its third annual Lax and Lagers event this Saturday at Harvard Stadium, as the team takes on the Charlotte Hounds. Fans will be able to sample beer from more than a dozen local breweries, including Bent Water, Castle Island, and Jack’s Abby. (Saturday, July 28 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.; Harvard Stadium, Boston; $50; 21+)