10 things to do in Boston this weekend

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Ja Rule will perform at the House of Blues Boston on Jan. 5.
Ja Rule will perform at the House of Blues Boston on Jan. 5. –Jason Kempin/Getty Images for City Harvest

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.

Mindful Meals for Mamas

New and expecting moms often have a lot of questions and concerns about their bodies, whether it be about making sure they get the proper nutrition while pregnant or dealing with the sometimes unrealistic expectations of losing post-pregnancy weight. Meagan Fitzgerald, a renowned fitness instructor and holistic health coach (who is expecting her second child next month) will lead a workshop this Friday that will cover the best ways to fuel your changing body, finding time and energy for healthy meals throughout the day, and minimizing the pressures of losing weight after having a baby. Babies are welcome to attend the workshop as well. (Friday, Jan. 4 from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.; Boston NAPS, LLC, Boston; $60; all ages)

Resolution Run


Hoping to get in better shape in 2019? The Boston Road Runners want to get you started down the right path by hosting a fun run along the Charles River this Saturday. Choose from three different run lengths, and enjoy coffee, tea, and bagels when the run is done. (Saturday, Jan. 5 at 8 a.m.; Capital One Cafe, Boston; free; all ages)

New England Historic Genealogical Society New Visitor Tour

Want to research your family history, but unsure of where to start or unwilling to splurge on an Ancestry.com account? On Saturday, the New England Historic Genealogical Society will offer a free orientation and tour of its facility, which houses more than 15 million artifacts, books, manuscripts, microfilms, journals, photographs, and records. You’ll also be able to learn from the society’s expert staff on how best to begin your family tree research, and use the organization’s considerable resources to conduct research of your own after the tour concludes. (Saturday, Jan. 5 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.; New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston; free; all ages)

Cambridge Winter Farmers Market

You don’t have to stop heading to farmers markets because the growing season is over. Starting on Jan. 5, the Cambridge Winters Farmers Market will be open every Saturday through April 6. Shop for fresh produce from 30-plus vendors, take in live music, and let the kiddos loose for some family-friendly activities at the Cambridge Community Center gymnasium. (Saturday, Jan. 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Cambridge Community Center, Cambridge; free; all ages)

Brunch Rosé Pairing Class


The prominence of rosé seemingly has grown quite a bit in recent years, but do you know your top-shelf pink wine from your bargain-bin boxed vino? This Saturday, City Winery will help you refine your rosé palate with a class from the restaurant and performance venue’s sommelier. Enjoy a three-course brunch while learning about what makes rosé different from other wines, as well as some of the best foods to pair it with. (Saturday, Jan. 5 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; City Winery, Boston; $35; 21+)

Massachusetts Bridal and Wedding Expo

If you’re one of the many lucky people who got engaged during the holiday season, the Massachusetts Bridal and Wedding Expo is coming to Wilmington this weekend to satisfy your one-stop wedding shopping needs. Along with dozens of vendors, the expo will have runway shows, in-house DJs, and cash giveaways throughout the weekend. (Saturday, Jan. 5 and Sunday, Jan. 6 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Shriners Auditorium, Wilmington; $3 online, $15 at the door; all ages)

Ja Rule

For a brief period in the late ’90s and early 2000s, Ja Rule was a genuine hitmaker who provided gruff hooks to tender duets with the likes of Jennifer Lopez and Ashanti. While a lot has changed for the NYC emcee in recent years (Google “Fyre Festival” if you need a refresher), he can still belt out the hits, and will prove it at House of Blues this Saturday. Local hip-hop acts STL GLD, Billy Dean Thomas, and Cliff Notez will support as openers. (Saturday, Jan. 5 at 8 p.m.; House of Blues, Boston; $25-45; all ages)

David Bowie Legacy Show


It’s been three years since the passing of David Bowie, and the musician’s impact is still felt by many. To celebrate the late singer-songwriter, Bowie tribute band The Young Americans will perform a selection of the Thin White Duke’s greatest hits at Thunder Road this Saturday. (Saturday, Jan. 5 at 9 p.m.; Thunder Road, Somerville; $8; 21+)

“A Fistful of Dollars” in 35mm

Clint Eastwood is still acting in movies at 88 years old, and doing a half decent job of it if reviews of “The Mule” are to be believed. If you want to treat yourself to a taste of the Eastwood of yesteryear instead, the Coolidge will be hosting a 35mm screening of “A Fistful of Dollars,” which features Eastwood in his very first lead role. A lot has changed for Eastwood in the 55 years since “Dollars” helped launch him to stardom, but his effortless cool and piercing gray eyes remain. (Saturday, Jan. 5 from 11:59 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline; $12.75; rated R)

100 Days Out

It’s a little more than 100 days until the 2019 Boston Marathon, and 100 days is usually the point at which runners training for a major race need to kick their training into higher gear. Even if you’re not preparing to run 26.2 miles on April 15, the weekly structured runs from Tracksmith are a good way to up your running game in 2019. The brand will offer free coffee and snacks and timed runs of varying distances along different stretches of Boston. (Sunday, Jan. 6 at 9 a.m.; Tracksmith Trackhouse, Boston; free; all ages)

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