10 things to do in Boston this weekend

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10/18/2015 - Cambridge, MA - Head Of The Charles Regatta - The Princeton University's women's four competed in the Championship Women's Fours race. Spectators lined the banks of the Charles River to cheer on competitors in the 51st annual Head Of The Charles Regatta on Sunday, October 18, 2015. Topic: Head of the Charles. Story by Scott Thurston/Globe Staff. Dina Rudick/Globe Staff.z
The 2015 Head Of The Charles Regatta. –Dina Rudick/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.

Justin Timberlake

Pop superstar Justin Timberlake will hit TD Garden Thursday night, touring on the heels of his latest solo album, “Man of the Woods.” No word on whether the *NSYNC alum will bring up his pal from Super Bowl 52, Ryan “Selfie Kid” McKenna, but you can bet on an electric show regardless. (Thursday, Oct. 18 at 7:30 p.m.; TD Garden, Boston; $55-$275; all ages)

Boston Asian American Film Festival


With more than 50 films covering a broad range of contemporary and historical stories at various Boston-area theaters, the Boston Asian American Film Festival will continue its tradition of showcasing Asian-American experiences through film on its 10th anniversary, with a special focus on building on the recent success of films like “Crazy Rich Asians” and “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.” On Thursday, the festival will open with a 25th anniversary screening of “The Joy Luck Club,” with an appearance by star Rosalind Chao. (Thursday, Oct. 18 through Sunday, Oct. 28 at various times and locations; various prices; all ages)

Frog Pond Pumpkin Float

Hundreds of pumpkins will hit the water Friday evening during the annual Fall Pumpkin Float at the Boston Common Frog Pond. While the city’s Parks and Recreation Department will provide some gourds for the event, it also asks for interested attendees to BYOP (Bring Your Own Pumpkin). Not only will it help add to the gourd total, it’s fun to keep track of your very own pumpkin as it floats around the pond. (Friday, Oct. 19 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Boston Common Frog Pond, Boston; free; all ages)

MFA Late Nites

The Museum of Fine Arts will launch a new season of its popular Late Nites program this Friday, with live music, a beer garden, and plenty of thought-provoking art. Late Nites guests will be the first to see the new exhibition “Cecilia Vicuña: Disappeared Quipu,” which will incorporate participatory performances of poetry and song by the artist. Advance tickets are available through Thursday at 8 p.m., and are $12 for MFA members and $15 for nonmembers. You can also buy tickets at the door on Friday for $20. (Friday, Oct. 19 from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; $12-20; all ages)

Nine Inch Nails


It’s fitting that the same weekend as the Head of the Charles, the man who co-composed the score for “The Social Network” will be in town — the movie features the most electrifying rowing scene in film history. You probably won’t catch Trent Reznor and his industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails standing on the banks of the Charles on Saturday morning, but they will be at the Wang Theatre for shows on Friday and Saturday evening in support of NIN’s ninth studio album, “Bad Witch.” (Friday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 20 at 7 p.m.; Boch Center Wang Theatre, Boston; $112-$250; all ages)

Head of the Charles Regatta

The largest two-day rowing competition in the world will once again draw thousands of rowers and spectators to the Charles River for a weekend of intense crew competition. Pick your favorite spot along the banks of the river — on the Cambridge side or the Boston one — and then enjoy the fall weather as you watch the boats speed by. (Saturday, Oct. 20 from 7:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 21 from 7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Charles River, Cambridge/Boston; free; all ages)

Head of the Charles 5K

If the idea of sitting on your butt while watching rowers work theirs off seems a little counterintuitive, join Fitbit for a free 5K along the banks of the Charles. While the 5K will take place on a different portion of the river than the boat races, perhaps the distant cries of “Stroke!” and the cheers of the crowd will inspire you to shave a little time off of your personal record. As a bonus, anyone who registers for the race is eligible for a raffle to win a free Fitbit. (Saturday, Oct. 20 at 8:30 a.m.; Community Boating, Boston; free; all ages)

Harry Potter Doughnut Pop-Up


The mischief will be anything but managed at Harvest this weekend, as executive pastry chef Joshua Livsey conjures up a spellbinding Harry Potter-themed doughnut pop-up. With flavors like Butter Beer, Golden Snitch, and Pumpkin Pasty, and plenty of doughnuts glazed with the colors of the four Hogwarts houses, Livsey just might land himself a job at Honeydukes after this. (Saturday, Oct. 20 from 9:45 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Harvest, Cambridge; $3 per doughnut or $15 for a half-dozen; all ages)

Boo at the Zoo

Children throughout New England are invited to trick or treat among the animals at Stone Zoo on Saturday. Along with the thrill of seeing the animals inside enclosures with a little extra Halloween flair, visitors can enjoy creepy crafts, ghoulish games, a costume contest, and a haunted maze. (Saturday, Oct. 20 and Sunday, Oct. 21 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Stone Zoo, Stoneham; $12-17; all ages)

Boston Veg Food Fest

Now in its 23rd year, the Boston Veg Food Fest has expanded, adding a large amphitheater-style auditorium for speakers and two full floors for vegetarian and vegan food vendors and exhibitors. Whether you’re a hardcore vegan or simply want to try adding a few plants to your diet, you can peruse the fest’s free samples from dozens of local vendors, as well as vegetarian-friendly talks and cooking demonstrations. (Saturday, Oct. 20 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Reggie Lewis Center, Boston; free; all ages)