10 things to do in Boston this weekend

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A drum major does a high kick as he leads a band down Mass. Ave. during the Honk! Parade.
A drum major does a high kick as he leads a band down Mass. Ave. during the Honk! Parade. –Jessica Rinaldi/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.

“Addams Family Values” and Haunted Burlesque Show

Somerville Theatre is getting in the Halloween mood with a screening of “Addams Family Values,” the supernatural black comedy that celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. The screening is part of the theater’s ongoing Slaughterhouse Movie Club series, which features a burlesque pre-show that’s thematically similar to the movie. Who doesn’t love two for the price of one? (Friday, Oct. 5 from 8 p.m. to 10:15 p.m.; Somerville Theatre, Somerville; $15; rated R)

Honk! Festival


More than 25 brass bands will take to the streets of Somerville and Cambridge this weekend for a raucous blend of marching, playing, and celebrating. Friday night will include a paper lantern parade through Somerville followed by free concerts at Bow Market and Aeronaut Brewery. Saturday will have nine hours of performances in Davis Square. And Sunday will feature a parade from Davis to Harvard Square’s Oktoberfest. (Friday, Oct. 5 through Sunday, Oct. 7 at various times and locations; free; all ages)

Boston Mini-Maker Faire

An all-ages gathering of “makers” — a catch-all term for people who make things — will take place outside the Children’s Museum on Saturday and Sunday. More than 100 makers will be on hand to showcase their work and show a younger generation how to make things, too. Participants include the Somerville-based Artisan’s Asylum, which will exhibit robotics projects, art spectacles, and hands-on activities for all to enjoy. (Saturday, Oct. 6 and Sunday, Oct. 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Children’s Museum, Boston; $20; all ages)

Brunch Battle

Enjoy brunch from nine different restaurants while helping a good cause at the fourth annual Brunch Battle. Eateries including Row 34, Southern Proper, and Gather will fight for the crown on Saturday at District Hall, with proceeds benefiting Community Servings, a nonprofit food and nutrition program dedicated to helping those living with critical conditions in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. (Saturday, Oct. 6 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.; District Hall, Boston; $25; 21+)



No, it’s not a party celebrating the many great culinary uses for chicken stock. Instead, it’s a party thrown by Chicken and Rice Guys in Medford, featuring live music from several local bands, free food, and eating contests that can net the winners a full year of free meals from the fast-casual restaurant. You stopped reading after free food, right? (Saturday, Oct. 6 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Condon Shell, Medford; free; all ages)

Elton John

It’s time for Boston to say “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” to Sir Elton John, as the septuagenarian singer-songwriter visits the TD Garden this weekend as part of his farewell tour. The British hitmaker may no longer be at the peak of his performing powers, but he can still “Crocodile Rock” when the occasion calls for it. (Saturday, Oct. 6 at 8 p.m.; TD Garden, Boston; $220; all ages)

Cambridge Oktoberfest 5K

If you want to run a festive 5k before heading to one of many Oktoberfest celebrations this weekend, head to to the German-themed Cambridge Oktoberfest 5k on Saturday. Run through the streets of Kendall Square before enjoying post-race baked pretzels and beverages from Notch Brewing and Bantam Cider on the roof of CambridgeSide, the recently revamped mall that has officially dropped “Galleria” from the end of its name. (Sunday, Oct. 7 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; CambridgeSide, Cambridge; $45; all ages)

Free Admission to the ICA

Here’s a Columbus Day activity for the whole family: The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, which is typically closed on Mondays, will offer free admission all day as part of its Community Day. Monday also marks the last day to visit the ICA Watershed, the museum’s temporary space across the Boston Harbor in East Boston. Along with free admission to both museum spaces, you can snag a free ride on the ICA’s ferry across the harbor. (Monday, Oct. 8 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; free; all ages)

Reebok Boston 10k for Women


Organizers say that this race, formerly known as the Tufts Health Plan 10K for Women and the Bonne Bell Mini Marathon, is both the largest and longest-running all-women race in New England. While registration remains open, you may also just want to watch the race, as it boasts plenty of world-class runners who will be vying for thousands of dollars in prize money and record-breaking times. (Monday, Oct. 8 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.; Boston Common, Boston; $50; all ages)

Christina Aguilera

Christina Aguilera has come a long way since her days in the Mickey Mouse Club and topping the charts as a teenager with “Genie in a Bottle.” The singer will showcase the full range of her career at the Wang Theatre in support of “Liberation,” her first new album in six years. Big Boi, half of famed hip-hop duo Outkast, will be the opener. (Monday, Oct. 8 at 8 p.m.; Boch Center Wang Theatre, Boston; $60; all ages)