10 things to do in Boston this weekend

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

Runners gather at the start line for the annual Santa Speedo Run in Boston. Gretchen Ertl/Reuters

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 You can also learn even more about awesome events around Boston by joining the BosTen Facebook group.

Creepy Christmas

Need an antidote for the pervasive holiday cheer? WGBH’s “Creepy Christmas” may be the answer. Author and paranormal investigator Jeff Belanger will explain the history behind holiday ghosts, legends, and monsters like Krampus, Belsnickel, and the Gryla. While there is no specific age restriction, WGBH says the event is scary enough that it’s not appropriate for young children. (Thursday, Dec. 6 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.; WGBH, Boston; $25-30; not for young children)

A John Waters Christmas

Filmmaker, author, and general oddball John Waters will bring “A John Waters Christmas” to the Berklee Performance Center this Thursday. Waters is billed as “a damaged St. Nick for the Christmas corrupted” with a “bag full of sticks and stones for the devoted and the damned,” so don’t expect much in the way of conventional Yuletide merriment. (Thursday, Dec. 6 at 8 p.m.; Berklee Performance Center, Boston; $30-125)

How the Grinch Stole First Fridays

The monthly 21-plus party at the ICA will have a Grinch-like spirit this weekend, with a Mount Crumpit photo booth, a Whoville sleigh, and an ugly sweater contest. What will remain unchanged will be the music from DJ Knife, the dancing and the drinks, and the chance for an after-hours look at the ICA’s collection. (Friday, Dec. 7 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; free for ICA members, $15 for non-members; 21+)

Dave Matthews Band

December doesn’t exactly feel like the ideal time of year to see Dave Matthews Band, a jam band known for its jam-packed summer tours. But the group will undoubtedly warm up the TD Garden crowd on Friday as it tours in support of “Come Tomorrow,” the roots rockers’ ninth studio album. (Friday, Dec. 7 at 8 p.m.; TD Garden, Boston; $80-110; all ages)

Santa Speedo Run 2018

High temperatures are predicted to hover around the mid-30s, yet approximately 700 people plan to strip to their skivvies for the 2018 Santa Speedo Run, which raises money for the Play Ball Foundation. Those looking to participate must preregister for $30 and raise a minimum donation of $250 if you’re aged 30 and under and $400 if you’re 31 and up. The pre-party will start at Lir at 10 a.m. before the run kicks off at 1 p.m. (Saturday, Dec. 8 at 1 p.m.; Lir, Boston; $30 to register; 21+)

Esperanza Spalding

Berklee grad and current Harvard music professor Esperanza Spalding has built an impressive career as a singer-songwriter and bassist, collaborating with artists like Bruno Mars and Stevie Wonder and putting out seven albums in a 12-year span. She’ll be back at her alma mater on Saturday evening, performing an intimate show at the Berklee Performance Center. (Saturday, Dec. 8 at 8 p.m.; Berklee Performance Center; $35; all ages)

Harvard Book Store Warehouse Sale

If you’re looking to get a chunk of holiday shopping done this weekend, the Harvard Book Store Warehouse Sale is a great place to start. At the second weekend of the semiannual sale, get 70 percent off used books and 15 percent off remaindered books, and find sales on rare and unusual books collected by the store over the years. (Saturday, Dec. 8 and Sunday, Dec. 9 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Harvard Book Store Warehouse, Somerville; free entry; all ages)

Ax-Throwing at Urban Axes

Nearly a year after it was first announced, the Boston area’s first ax-throwing bar, Urban Axes, will open to the public on Friday. The venue isn’t able to serve alcohol quite yet, but that hasn’t stopped eager would-be ax chuckers from filling up Friday’s reservations. Walk-ins are available all weekend, though Saturday or Sunday may be your best bet if you want to get in on the ax-tion. (Saturday, Dec. 8 and Sunday, Dec. 9 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Urban Axes Boston, Somerville; $25 for 1 hour, $45 for 2.5 hours; 21+)

Cambridge 5K Yulefest

If the Santa Speedo Run sounds too naughty or simply too cold, the Cambridge 5K Yulefest in Harvard Square will have all of the holiday spirit and few, if any, Speedos. Nearly 3,000 people ran the race last year, and frequent 5K runners say Yulefest’s after-party is one of the season’s best. (Sunday, Dec. 9 at 9:30 a.m.; Harvard Square, Cambridge; $45; all ages)

Mumford & Sons

It’s been eight years since British folksters Mumford & Sons played their first Boston-area set at the Middle East. The group has moved from small clubs to arenas, and will headline a show this Sunday at a venue with a slightly larger capacity than the Middle East: TD Garden. (Sunday, Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m.; TD Garden, Boston; $60-120; all ages)