10 things to do in Boston this New Year’s weekend

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New Year's Eve Boston Family Fireworks exploding over the Frog Pond. Matthew J. Lee/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 You can also learn even more about awesome events around Boston by joining the BosTen Facebook group.

Resilience IPA Launch at Boston Brewery and Tap Room

Looking for a way to give back when you go out? Stop by the Sam Adams Tap Room Thursday evening for live music, giveaways, and sips of Sierra Nevada Brewing Company’s Resilience IPA. Sales of the California-based brew benefit the company’s Camp Fire Relief Fund, which supports communities affected by the California wildfire. A ticket is required for the event, and includes one pint of Resilience IPA, a pulled pork slider, a side of rice, and a donation to the fund. (Thursday, Dec. 27 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Samuel Adams Brewery, Boston; $25 in advance, $30 at the door; 21+)

Christmas Queens: Official Tour

If it feels as though the next season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” can’t come soon enough, let some of the show’s former contestants ease the wait. Nine drag queens, including season winners Sharon Needles and Bob the Drag Queen, will grace the Royale stage on Thursday for a holiday spectacular. (Thursday, Dec. 27 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Royale, Boston; $44-$79; all ages)

“Home Alone” in Concert

Experience Kevin McCallister’s antics with live musical accompaniment by the Boston Pops. For three performances only, the Keith Lockhart-led orchestra and Wellesley High School chorus will perform the “Home Alone” score, composed by Boston Pops laureate conductor John Williams, as the film is screened in Symphony Hall. (Saturday, Dec. 29 to Sunday, Dec. 30 at various times; Symphony Hall, Boston; $48-$115; all ages)

Community Concert at the Strand

For the sixth rendition of this annual musical event, Mayor Marty Walsh has invited period orchestra Boston Baroque to Dorchester’s Strand Theatre. Witnessing the Grammy-nominated ensemble present compositions by Vivaldi and Bach is free, but a ticket is required. (Sunday, Dec. 30 at 2 p.m.; Strand Theatre, Boston; free; all ages)

Frog Pond Skating Spectacular

Synchronized skating teams, competitive figure skaters, and more will glide across the ice of the Boston Common Frog Pond on New Year’s Eve for a showcase hosted by The Skating Club of Boston. This year’s featured performer is Ashley Wagner, an Olympic bronze medalist, world silver medalist, and three-time US champion. (Monday, Dec. 31 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Boston Common Frog Pond, Boston; free; all ages)

Michelle Wolf

Eight months after a headline-making appearance at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, Michelle Wolf will bring her jokes to the Wilbur stage. Her Sunday show is already sold out, but you can still snag tickets to see her on Monday evening. (Monday, Dec. 31 at 7 p.m.; The Wilbur, Boston; $37; all ages)

Basic AF New Year’s Eve

Maybe it’s not such a bad thing to be basic. To close out 2018, downtown’s Good Life isn’t simply organizing a champagne toast at midnight. Guests will be able to play life-size Jenga, take their chances in the Canada Goose raffle, and snap photos with a replica of the frequently Instagrammed Lawn on D swings. (Monday, Dec. 31 from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Good Life, Boston; $25; 21+)

Pete Davidson and Friends

If you missed out on getting tickets for Pete Davidson’s Dec. 31 show at Medford’s Chevalier Theatre, fear not — you can catch the youngest current “Saturday Night Live” cast member at The Wilbur less than three hours later. Although the identities of the “friends” billed to accompany the 25-year-old comedian have not been revealed, the evening will likely keep you chuckling and chortling through the last moments of 2018. (Monday, Dec. 31 at 9:45 p.m.; The Wilbur, Boston; $50; all ages)

Jamaica Pond First Day parkrun

For those looking to start the year on a fit foot, parkrun at Jamaica Pond will supplement its usual Saturday meetup with an extra run on Tuesday morning. The pack will come together at the bottom of the Sugarbowl for a 5 kilometer jaunt. If it’s your first time running with the pack, they request that you register to receive a barcode in order to track your time. (Tuesday, Jan. 1 at 10 a.m.; Jamaica Pond, Boston; free; all ages)

New Year’s Day Marx Brothers Marathon

Spend the day with Chico, Groucho, Harpo, and Zeppo at Cambridge’s Brattle Theatre, where a marathon will be dedicated to screening some of the comedic family act’s most famous shenanigans. Fans have the opportunity to catch a single, double, or quadruple feature, all in 35mm film. (Tuesday, Jan. 1 showtimes starting between 1 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.; The Brattle Theatre, Cambridge; $8.50-$9.50 for a single movie, $12 for a double feature, $18-$20 for the marathon; all ages)