10 things to do in Boston this weekend

BosTen is your weekly guide to events and cool happenings in and around Boston.

An art installation at Illuminus.
An art installation at Illuminus. –Aram Boghosian for the Boston Globe

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.

Tune-Yards in Concert

New England native Merrill Garbus has defied labels during her 10-year career performing as Tune-Yards, sitting somewhere at the intersection of art pop, worldbeat, and low-fi indie soul. All you need to know is that she brings an infectious, righteous energy to every song, one that will surely have the Paradise bopping this Thursday. (Thursday, Nov. 1 at 8 p.m.; Paradise Rock Club, Boston; $30; 18+)

Rick Ross at The Grand


Since its opening in October 2017, nightclub The Grand has brought endless big names in hip-hop and EDM to the Seaport, including T-Pain at its debut show. For its one-year anniversary celebration, the club will welcome back hip-hop heavy hitter Rick Ross, who previously got the crowd jumping at a show at The Grand in February. (Thursday, Nov. 1 from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.; The Grand, Boston; $45; 21+)

Boston Christmas Festival 2018

Like it or not, the second you finished watching that Halloween horror movie marathon, it officially became holiday season. You can almost hear stores tossing out candy corn to make way for candy canes, and you’ll start hearing sleigh bells on the radio soon after. One good sign that the ho-ho-holiday season is beginning is the 32nd annual Boston Christmas Festival, which will bring handcrafted gifts, specialty foods, a charity gingerbread competition between top chefs, and an overabundance of holiday cheer to the Seaport World Trade Center this weekend. (Friday Nov. 2 from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 3 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 4 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Seaport World Trade Center, Boston; $14; all ages)


Not only is there a Christmas festival this weekend, there’s a festival of lights — and we’re not talking about Hanukkah. Illuminus will feature imaginative, illuminative work from Boston’s artists, designers, performers, and creative technologists. Stroll through Downtown Crossing this Friday and Saturday if you want to see artists turn the buildings of Washington Street into a luminous gallery. (Friday, Nov. 2 and Saturday, Nov. 3 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Downtown Crossing, Boston; free; all ages)

“Peter and the Starcatcher”


Most people know the story of “Peter Pan,” but have you seen “Peter and the Starcatcher,” the play that serves as its prequel? Based on the novel of the same name by humorist Dave Barry and thriller novelist Ridley Pearson, the story introduces the audience to a very different version of Peter Pan, Captain Hook, and Tinkerbell. The Hub Theatre Company of Boston’s production of the play will debut at the First Church in Boston on Friday, and will represent a breath of fresh, affordable air in this city’s theater scene: All tickets for “Peter and the Starcatcher” are pay-what-you-can, with a baseline suggestion of about $20 a person. The theater company recommends the play to those ages 10 and up. (Beginning Friday, Nov. 2 at 8 p.m.; First Church in Boston, Boston; $20 suggested price; all ages)

“Christopher Robin” at the MFA

If you haven’t made it to the MFA to check out its newish exhibit, “Winnie-the-Pooh, Exploring a Classic,” this weekend is a solid choice. On Saturday, the museum also will host a screening of “Christopher Robin,” the recent live-action film starring Ewan McGregor as a grown-up Christopher Robin who is visited by his old pals from the Hundred Acre Wood. Tickets to the movie are free, but only available at the Huntington Avenue lobby on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 10 a.m. (Saturday, Nov. 3 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; free movie, $10-25 for exhibit entry; all ages)

Pumpkin Smash

Don’t be that person who leaves their Halloween jack-o’-lanterns on the porch until they’ve turned into a rotten, mushy gourd. Instead, blast your squash into smithereens during the great Pumpkin Smash at the Mattapan Ecovation Center. You’ll also be able to learn more about home composting and munch on cider doughnuts. (Saturday, Nov. 3 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Mattapan Ecovation Center, Boston; free; all ages)

Taco Tour 2018


With the weather cooling down, riding your bike can be a chilly proposition. The Boston Cyclists Union hopes to remedy that situation with the Taco Tour, a cycling crawl that will start in Copley Square and take riders to up to six great taco locations in the area, depending on your hunger and stamina. After you’ve had your fill, spin by Flat Top Johnny’s for the after-party. (Saturday, Nov. 3 from 12:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.; Copley Square, Boston; $15.50-$49; all ages)

Patagonia 30-Year Anniversary Party

L.L. Bean will always have New England’s heart when it comes to outdoor apparel, but the California-based Patagonia has a fervent following in its own right. The company will celebrate its 30-year anniversary at its Newbury Street location on Saturday by throwing a little shindig complete with a special 30-year anniversary beer from Lamplighter Brewing, flatbreads from Flatbread Co.’s mobile oven, and cannoli from Mike’s Pastry. You’ll also have a chance to snag some exclusive Patagonia Boston swag and listen to live music, all with a $5 donation to the Charles River Watershed Association. (Saturday, Nov. 3 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Patagonia, Boston; $5 donation; all ages)

Comics Come Home

Denis Leary’s annual laughfest to benefit the Cam Neely Foundation for Cancer Care has another solid lineup in its 24th year. Headlined by CCH veterans Brian Regan and Jim Breuer, Leary has wrangled comedians Jessica Kirson and Billy Gardell for their first performances at the showcase, as well as longtime friend and Boston comedy stalwart Lenny Clarke. (Saturday, Nov. 3 at 8 p.m.; TD Garden, Boston; $45-$145.50; all ages)