10 things to do in Boston this weekend

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A group of costumed participants and their dogs at the 2016 Costume Dash. John Tlumacki/Globe Staff
A group of costumed participants and their dogs at the 2016 Costume Dash. –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.

Boston Public Market Harvest Party

Boston Public Market will once again celebrate the best of New England cuisine at its third annual Harvest Party. Guests can nab samples from more than 30 BPM food vendors and 10 breweries and cideries, and enter for prizes like a $500 shopping spree at the market. Don’t forget to snag a photo with BPM’s annual giant “Pumpking,” a massive gourd that tips the scales at 1,180 pounds this year. (Thursday, Oct. 25 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Boston Public Market, Boston; $50; all ages)

Boston Grown-Ups Museum: Halloween Edition


If you’ve never experienced the freedom of running wild through the Boston Children’s Museum sans kids at one of the museum’s Grown-Ups nights, its Halloween party this weekend may be the chance you’re looking for. This year’s party is themed “A Nightmare at the Museum” and will feature a costume contest, prizes from the nearby Yotel, a cash bar, and sweet treats from Montilio’s Baking Company. (Thursday, Oct. 25 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Boston Children’s Museum, Boston; $30; 21+)

“Stranger Things” Pop-Up

There may not be a new season of “Stranger Things” debuting this Halloween like some had hoped, but you can still immerse yourself in the world of the fictional Hawkins, Ind. at the “Stranger Things” pop-up bar at Precinct Kitchen and Bar starting this Friday. Amidst ’80s-themed decor, the bar will serve waffle sliders, Barb-themed cocktails, and TV dinners through Nov. 16. (Beginning Friday, Oct. 26 at 4 p.m.; Precinct Kitchen and Bar, Boston; free entry; 21+)

Wizard and Witches Halloween Feast

Even if your childhood dream of getting a letter from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry has long been dashed, you still have a chance to eat like you’re attending a feast in the Great Hall. Throw on your finest dress robes and head to City Winery on Friday, where you can enjoy a hearty meal featuring Polyjuice, pumpkin bread, beer and chicken stew, and a healthy dose of Harry Potter trivia that will let you earn points for your Hogwarts house. The winning house will earn tickets to any future City Winery show that isn’t already sold out. (Friday, Oct. 26 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.; City Winery, Boston; $75; all ages)

Spooky Brews Boston


Beer publication Hop Culture is headed to the Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts this Saturday for a beer-focused Halloween party. Your ticket will get you food and unlimited pours from more than two dozen breweries, and a couple extra treats of both the candy and free swag variety from Hop Culture. Costumes are strongly encouraged. (Friday, Oct. 26 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts, Boston; $20–$85; 21+)

Boston Costume Dash 5K

Scare yourself fast Saturday morning during a costumed 5K in the heart of Boston. Racers will run from Copley Square over to Boston Common for an after-party, followed by additional 21-plus after-parties at a trio of Boston bars. Registration ends Thursday at midnight. (Saturday, Oct. 27 at 9 a.m.; Copley Square, Boston; $45; ages 10 and up)

Zoo Howl at Franklin Park Zoo

If you missed last weekend’s Boo at the Zoo event at Stone Zoo, the Franklin Park Zoo is hosting a Halloween-themed weekend of its own Saturday and Sunday. Children can trick or treat among the animal enclosures, check out a haunted maze, and take part in face painting, a costume contest, and a howling contest, as well as other spooky activities. (Saturday, Oct. 27 and Sunday, Oct. 28 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Franklin Park Zoo, Boston; $16.95 GA, $14.95 for seniors ages 62 and up, $11.95 for kids ages 2 to 12, free for kids ages 2 and under; all ages)

Halloween Pet Parade and Costume Contest

Step aside, humans: Your four-legged counterparts will be the belles of the ball at the annual Halloween Pet Parade at Faneuil Hall Marketplace. Pets will stroll through the marketplace in style with their owners, and judges will award prizes for best of show, best owner and pet combo, most creative, spookiest, best group, and best local representation. You have to register in advance in order to compete in the costume contests, but anyone who simply wants to watch can stop by whenever, dog or no dog. (Saturday, Oct. 27 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.; Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston; free; all ages)

Halloween Horror Marathon


The Coolidge Corner Theatre will test the mettle of area horror movie fans with its 12-hour horror movie marathon starting just before midnight on Saturday. The film fest will begin with 1953’s “War of the Worlds” and 1979’s “Alien,” followed by five UFOs, or “Unidentified Film Offerings,” that will keep viewers on their toes. Be sure to get some sleep beforehand because 12 hours of movies will tire out even the heartiest viewer — and the movies may be scary enough to keep you awake for hours afterward. (Saturday, Oct. 27 from 11:59 p.m. to 11:59 a.m.; Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline; $25 for a double feature, $30 for all 12 hours of films; all ages)

The 34th Annual Joey O’Donnell Film Premiere

If you want to get a sneak peek of a film likely to contend at the Oscars this year while also contributing to a good cause, consider checking out the 34th Annual Joey O’Donnell Film Premiere. Over the course of more than three decades, the Joey Fund has raised more than $100 million for cystic fibrosis research, including funds raised by the Film Premiere. This year’s screening is “Green Book,” a likely Academy Awards nominee directed by New Englander Peter Farrelly and starring Viggo Mortensen (Aragorn in the “Lord of the Rings” films) and Mahershala Ali (“Moonlight”). Guests will attend a gala earlier in the evening at the Natick Mall, after which they will be taken by limousine to the screening at the AMC Framingham 16. (Sunday, Oct. 28 from 6:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.; Natick Mall, Natick; $125 donations and up; all ages)