10 things to do in Boston this weekend

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Kamasi Washington.
Kamasi Washington. –Ben Stas 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.

Boston Jewish Film Festival

The 30th anniversary of the Boston Jewish Film Festival brings a bounty of films both new and old that examine a broad spectrum of the Jewish experience. Highlights include “Shalom Bollywood: The Untold Story of Indian Cinema,” a documentary about early Jewish Bollywood stars, and  “To Dust,” a dark comedy starring Geza Rohrig (“Son of Saul”) as Shmuel, a Hasidic cantor in New York suddenly obsessed with the science of decomposition after the death of his wife. Matthew Broderick (“Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”) plays a community college biology professor who indulges Shmuel’s morbid curiosity. For a full schedule and range of prices, check the festival’s website. (Through Monday, Nov. 19 at various times; various locations; prices vary per film; all ages)

Mustachio Bashio


Weeks after Dorchester Brewing co-founder Holly Irgens welcomed a newborn daughter into the world in 2014, her husband, Mike, was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 31. Now the brewery is hosting, for the third straight year, a fundraiser for the Movember Foundation that will be highlighted by the release of DBC’s Movember-themed beer, the ‘Stache Saison. Along with sipping the brew, guests can enjoy live music and complimentary food from Wahlburgers, The Corny Bread Company, and Cookie Central. (Thursday, Nov. 8 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Dorchester Brewing Co., Boston; $10 suggested donation; 21+)

Kamasi Washington

If you don’t recognize the name of sax player, bandleader, and composer Kamasi Washington, chances are you’ve heard of some of the artists with whom he has collaborated: Kendrick Lamar, Lauryn Hill, Herbie Hancock, Flying Lotus, and members of the Grateful Dead. Washington will bring his wide array of talents to Royale this Thursday, along with opener Butcher Brown, a five-part instrumental group that hails from Virginia. (Thursday, Nov. 8 at 9 p.m.; Royale, Boston; $38.75-$43; 18+)

37th Annual Boston.com Ski & Snowboard Expo

It’s only the beginning of November, but a select number of ski slopes are already open. For any snow-sports enthusiasts who want to grab some gear before the season arrives in earnest, check out the 37th annual Boston.com Ski & Snowboard Expo at the Seaport World Trade Center this weekend. Along with deals on all sorts of ski and snowboard apparel, visitors can take in trampoline performances, a rail jam competition, and a beer garden from Long Trail Brewing. (Editor’s note: This event is sponsored by Boston.com.) (Thursday, Nov. 8 through Sunday, Nov. 11 at various times; Seaport World Trade Center, Boston; $15, enter promo code BOSTEN to receive $3 off when you purchase tickets online; all ages)

Boston Beer and BBQ Fest


Let’s be honest: You probably stopped reading and started planning when you saw the words “Boston Beer and BBQ Fest.” The fourth edition of the festival will gather together more than 25 local breweries and seven barbecue restaurants at Cyclorama at Boston Center for the Arts on Friday and Saturday. Choose from one of three sessions, and bring your appetite. (Friday, Nov. 9 from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 10 from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. or 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Cyclorama at Boston Center for the Arts, Boston; $60; 21+)

Hassle Fest 10

The local music scene’s DIY spirit is always in full effect at Hassle Fest, the annual festival thrown by local music blog and music booking organization Boston Hassle. Between regular music performances, pop-up art installations, and festival after-parties, Hassle Fest 10 will span a dozen venues in Boston, Cambridge, and Somerville, and feature headlining sets from garage rock group The Gories, electronic dance duo Lily and Horn Horse, and experimental musician Aaron Dilloway. (Friday, Nov. 9 and Saturday, Nov. 10 at various times; various locations; prices vary per show, $45-$100 for festival pass; all ages)

Fenway Park Stadium Sprint

Test your limits this weekend with the Fenway Park Stadium Sprint, a part of the Spartan race series. Expect narrow hallways, sharp turns, and stairs to be among the more than 20 obstacles spread across the 3-mile course. Also, there will be kids’ races that will be much shorter and much cheaper than the adult counterparts. Sunday’s races are completely sold out apart from the kids’ races, so be sure to check Saturday for better availability. (Saturday, Nov. 10 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Fenway Park, Boston; $29-155; ages 4 and up)

Rise and Rumble Donut Throwdown


This Saturday will mark the fifth edition of Back Bay restaurant Post 390’s Rise and Rumble Donut Throwdown — eight local pastry chefs will face off for their chance to hoist the Throwdown championship belt. With competitors hailing from restaurants like Bar Mezzana, Deuxave, and Harvest, your taste buds will be the ultimate winner, regardless of which chef reigns supreme. (Saturday, Nov. 10 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Post 390, Boston; $35; all ages)

“The Thing” in 35mm

Still craving films that give you thrills and chills a week after Halloween? The Coolidge Corner Theatre has a pair of ’80s classics playing at midnight on consecutive nights this weekend. On Saturday, you can check out a 35mm print of “The Thing,” which stars Springfield native Kurt Russell in one of his many collaborations with “Halloween” director John Carpenter (“Big Trouble in Little China,” “Escape from New York”). Russell plays a helicopter pilot trapped with an Antarctic research team on a remote base with a shape-shifting monster. For another creepy film starring a Massachusetts native, you can see Coolidge’s Friday midnight screening of “The Fly,” starring Jeff Goldblum and Wareham native Geena Davis. (Saturday, Nov. 10 from 11:59 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline; $12.75; rated R)

Boston River Run 2018

This Veterans Day weekend, take a 5K run by the Charles River to help raise money for the Andrew Graham Semper Fi Scholarship, named in honor of the late Corporal Andrew Graham Narcus. The top three men and women runners will earn trophies, and all runners can enter raffles to win prizes like autographed photos from Sox pitcher Joe Kelly, Patriots linebacker Dont’a Hightower, and former Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid. (Sunday, Nov. 11 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.; Artesani Park, Boston; $40; all ages)

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