10 things to do in Boston this weekend

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David Gilo and his son Nicholas Play ping pong in the middle of Newbury Street.
David Gilo and his son Nicholas Play ping pong in the middle of Newbury Street. –Keith Bedford/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.

John Kerry in Conversation with Deval Patrick

John Kerry will be popping up in Boston fairly often over the next month or so thanks to his new book, “Every Day Is Extra.” On Friday, Kerry will be at the Back Bay Events Center for a conversation with former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, as a former presidential candidate talks to another one-time Bay State politician who could run in 2020(Friday, Sept. 7 at 7:30 p.m.; Back Bay Events Center, Boston; $10-40; all ages)

Somerville Greek Festival


The Dormition of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church in Somerville will provide authentic Greek music plus plenty of gyros and other authentic Greek cuisine in the city’s Spring Hill neighborhood all weekend long. (Friday, Sept. 7 from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 8 from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 9 from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Dormition of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church, Somerville; free entry; all ages)

92nd Annual Italian Fest of Saints Cosmas and Damian

The Saints Cosmas and Damian Society will return to the streets of Cambridge and Somerville for its 92nd Italian Fest this weekend, offering food, games, live music, and nightly candlelit processions around the neighborhood. (Friday, Sept. 7 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 8 from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 9 from 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saints Cosmas and Damian Society, Cambridge; free; all ages)

Drake at TD Garden

If Drake’s current single stays in the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for one more week, the “Hotline Bling” hit maker will have spent longer at No. 1 than any male solo artist in chart history, including Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, and Prince. Starting on Friday, the Canadian crooner will perform three straight nights at TD Garden with Atlanta hip-hop trio Migos as part of the Aubrey & the Three Migos tour. While Drake’s official after-party at The Grand on Sunday is sold out, tickets are still available for all three Garden shows. (Friday, Sept. 7 at 7 p.m. through Sunday, Sept. 9 at 7 p.m.; TD Garden, Boston; $55-195; all ages)

Potter Pub Pillage


The mischief will be anything but managed this weekend at the Potter Pub Pillage, a Harry Potter-themed bar crawl in Faneuil Hall run by Crawl in Boston. Registration includes entry into the bars for witches and wizards, a magic wand, Bertie Bott’s jelly beans, and a chance to try out the crawl’s enchanted photo booth. (Saturday, Sept. 8 from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Faneuil Hall, Boston; $20; 21+)

8th Annual Jamaica Plain Music Festival

Support local music by showing up to the Jamaica Plain Music Festival at Pinebank Field on Saturday. More than 20 local artists and bands, such as rock groups Hallelujah the Hills and The Sheila Devine, will be on hand to serenade audiences at this community-organized event, which relies on donations to keep the music alive. (Saturday, Sept. 8 from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Pinebank Field, Boston; free; all ages)


Riverfest is the City of Somerville’s summer send-off at Assembly Row, with a full weekend of activities slated for the banks of the Mystic River. The real highlights will come on Saturday: nine hours of live music from local artists, kid-friendly activities, and a sidewalk sale, all capped off by a fireworks show at sundown. (Saturday, Sept. 8 from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Sylvester Baxter Riverfront Park, Somerville; free; all ages)

Boston Night Market

City Hall Plaza will come alive Saturday evening thanks to the Boston Night Market, a mixture of food vendors, carnival games, and a beer garden to boot. More than 40 local eateries will provide the grub, and visitors can enter to win prizes like a round-trip ticket to Iceland. (Saturday, Sept. 8 from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.; City Hall Plaza, Boston; $10 GA, $30 VIP, free for kids ages 6 and under; all ages)

Open Newbury Street


For the third and final time this summer, Newbury Street will be completely open to pedestrians, with nary a car in sight. Businesses will take the opportunity to move into the street or onto the sidewalk, entertaining shoppers with music, games, and deals. (Sunday, Sept. 9 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m; Newbury Street, Boston; free; all ages)

Somerville Dog Festival

Grab your favorite four-legged canine friend and head to Trum Field on Sunday for the Somerville Dog Festival, an outdoor celebration of everything dog. There will be agility courses, free obedience classes, doggie play zones, and behavior experts to answer all of your questions. (Sunday, Sept. 9 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m; Trum Field, Somerville; free; all ages)