10 things to do in Boston this Labor Day weekend

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A joust at King Richard's Faire.
A joust at King Richard's Faire. –John Tlumacki/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.

Heartbreak Mob Mile

No, you don’t have to be a member of the mob to participate in this race. In this case, the “mob” refers to the organizers’ decision to run big heats with tons of people, giving the race a free-for-all vibe. Speaking of (sort of) free, your registration fee covers your first beer at the race after-party. (Thursday, Aug. 30 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Henry G. Steinbrenner Stadium, Cambridge; $40; 21+)

Illuminate the Harbor Fireworks Celebration


The Fourth of July feels like ancient history at this point, but come Thursday, there will once again be fireworks in the sky in Boston. For the sixth consecutive year, Boston Harbor Now (in partnership with the City of Boston) will put on a fireworks display in the harbor, launching from two barges located between the Seaport and the South End. Organizers suggest Christopher Columbus Park, Piers Park, and Fan Pier as three great spots from which to watch the show. (Thursday, Aug. 30 at 8:15 p.m.; Boston Harbor, Boston; free; all ages)

Dell Technologies Championship 2018

The world’s top golfers will be on hand at TPC Boston in Norton this weekend for the Dell Technologies Championship, with players like Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, and Brooks Koepka vying for precious points in the FedEx Cup. Tickets are available for all four days of the tournament (plus Thursday’s pro-am tournament), and children ages 15 and under will receive free admission to the grounds as long as they stay with a ticketed adult at all times. (Thursday, Aug. 30 through Monday, Sept. 3 at various times; TPC Boston, Norton; $20-325; all ages) 

The Final Free Fun Friday of 2018

The last of the Free Fun Friday events is here, with the Highland Street Foundation offering one final summer day of free admission to 10 Massachusetts museums and cultural institutions. In Boston, this week’s free options are the Mary Baker Eddy Library and Mapparium and the USS Constitution Museum. Elsewhere in the state, you can visit the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Old Sturbridge Village, and the EcoTarium in Worcester, among other destinations. (Friday, Aug. 31 at various times and locations; free; all ages)

The New England Ride for Autism

With the weather set to cool down a bit this weekend, this annual charity bike ride from Boston to Newport, Rhode Island, shouldn’t be nearly as brutal as if it had been held on Wednesday. You can choose between a 60-mile or 100-mile ride that will begin in Boston, heads through the southern suburbs, and finish on Atlantic Beach in Newport. Expect a lobster feast at the end, too. (Saturday, Sept. 1 from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Boston University, Boston; $120; all ages)

King Richard’s Faire Opening Day

While the promise of two ax-throwing bars in the Boston area hasn’t come to fruition yet, you can still get your medieval warrior on at King Richard’s Faire, which will open for the season this Saturday. Along with the aforementioned ax-throwing, you can try your hand at archery, enjoy Renaissance-style food and drink, and watch a variety of Renaissance performers stretched across the 80-acre woods that house the fairground. (Saturday, Sept. 1 from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m; King Richard’s Faire, Carver; $32 GA, $16 for kids ages 4-11; all ages)

Red Bull BC One Cypher Boston 2018

Bostonians usually only get to see breakdancing moves from buskers on the Red Line, so it will be a special treat to see some of the nation’s top B-Boys and B-Girls face off at the Red Bull BC One Cypher for a chance to represent the United States in an international breakdancing competition. If that sounds like the plot of an early 2000s movie, you’re right, but tickets to the Cypher are even cheaper ($5) than most movie tickets. As a bonus for local hip-hop heads, the competition will be hosted by Dorchester-bred MC Akrobatik. (Saturday, Sept. 1 from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Royale, Boston; $5; all ages)

Free Castle Island Beach Yoga

This weekend is one of the last beach weekends of the year, so why not spend a bit of time getting fit on the sand as well? The yogis over at Radiant Boston Yoga will host a free class right across from the Farragut Statue looking onto Pleasure Bay on Sunday morning. (Sunday, Sept. 2 at 10 a.m.; Pleasure Bay, Boston; free; all ages)

Pearl Jam at Fenway Park

Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder is a noted Chicago Cubs fan, but he’ll still rock out during the band’s return to Fenway Park this weekend. No word on whether Vedder’s pal, former Red Sox GM and current Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein, will make an appearance. (Sunday, Sept. 2 and Tuesday, Sept. 4 at 6:30 p.m.; Fenway Park, Boston; $190-240; all ages)

Free Admission to the ICA

Labor Day means that many local establishments will be closed or have shorter hours, but not the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston. Visitors to the ICA on Monday can contribute drawings to a collaborative art project and explore galleries like “We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women 1965-85” and “Love is the Message, The Message is Death” free of charge. (Monday, Sept. 3 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; ICA, Boston; free; all ages)