10 things to do in Boston this weekend

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

Marques Hollie takes his shirt and pants off during the annual No Pants Subway Ride on Jan. 9, 2011. Bill Greene/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.

“Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”

Want a sweet way to spend the weekend? Look no further than the stage production of Roald Dahl’s classic, chocolaty tale now playing at the Boston Opera House through Jan. 20. You can grab your golden ticket on the Broadway in Boston website or in person at the Boston Opera House box office. (Through Sunday, Jan. 20 at various times; Boston Opera House, Boston; $45-200; all ages)

Say Goodbye to Durgin-Park

Durgin-Park, a Faneuil Hall mainstay that has served Bostonians and tourists alike for almost 200 years, is scheduled to close for good this Saturday. While there are still rumors that a potential buyer could surface in the 11th hour, this weekend will likely be your chance to grab one last bowl of Indian Bread Pudding and pay your respects. (Thursday, Jan. 10 through Saturday, Jan. 12 from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Durgin-Park, Boston; free entry; all ages)

Eataly Après Ski Festival

Starting this Thursday, and running every Thursday through the end of February, Eataly will be transformed into an Italian ski lodge, complete with hearty food, winter beverages, and live music. Entering the lodge will be free, and to save time, customers will be able to buy food and drink tickets that will net them treats like vin brulé (a warm mulled wine from Piemonte) and comfort foods like polenta, house-made sausage, and cannoli for dessert. The Italian food emporium will also donate $1 from each vin brulé sold to benefit No Kid Hungry. (Beginning Thursday, Jan. 10 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Eataly, Boston; free entry; all ages)

Beers. Bites. Battlestar Galactica: “The Office” Night at NSB

Night Shift Brewing will host a full evening of activities based around beloved NBC sitcom “The Office,” including trivia with prizes, a screening of four episodes, a flight of beers called Flight Schrute, and doughnuts from Speakeasy Donuts with names like Dundie Award and Foreman Grill. (Thursday, Jan. 10 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Night Shift Brewing, Everett; free; 21+)

“Game of Thrones” Pop-Up Bar

The final season of “Game of Thrones” is still a few months away, but why not start celebrating (or mourning) right now? Beginning Friday and going through Feb. 2, the Precinct Kitchen and Bar at the Loews Boston Hotel will be decorated in the style of the HBO show, with its sunken patio draped in wearable furs and other decor reminiscent of Westeros. You’ll also be able to sip “GOT” cocktails like Cersei’s Poison (gin, Cointreau, Lillet Blanc, and lemon juice) and the Dracarys (rum, lime juice, simple syrup, and muddled dragon fruit). (Friday, Jan. 11 through Wednesday, Jan. 31 from 4 p.m to 11 p.m.; Precinct Kitchen and Bar, Boston; free entry; 21+)


These days, “funky Lettuce” conjures up visions of romaine gone wrong. The Boston-founded funk group Lettuce will purge those images from your mind when they return to House of Blues this Friday, bringing an irresistible mix of R&B and soul that is impossible not to dance to. (Friday, Jan. 11 at 7 p.m.; House of Blues, Boston; $28.50-$41; all ages)

Yoga for Older Adults

While yoga is all about positive vibes, classes nevertheless can cause anxiety for some, including rookie yogis and older participants who may not be able to emulate certain poses. With the latter group in mind, the Parker Hill Branch of the Boston Public Library in Mission Hill will host a yoga class for adults ages 55 and older this Saturday. Yoga mats will be provided, and all experience levels are welcome to join. (Saturday, Jan. 12 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.; Parker Hill Branch of the Boston Public Library, Boston; free; ages 55 and up)

Yoga Brunch

Stop by The Kirkland Tap and Trotter for a 60-minute vinyasa class from YogaWorks, then enjoy a brunch buffet afterward. Your ticket also gets you one turmeric cocktail from Tamworth Distilling. (Saturday, Jan. 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; The Kirkland Tap & Trotter, Somerville; $40; all ages)

Snowflake Festival

If you’re looking for a family-friendly activity, the Brookline Arts Center is putting on its annual open house, dubbed the Snowflake Festival, this Saturday. You can explore the BAC space and try out hands-on projects in mixed media, comic creation, jewelry making, 3-D sculpture, and more. You can also watch a live pottery demo, listen to live music, and sip complimentary hot cocoa. (Sunday, Jan. 13 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.; Brookline Arts Center, Brookline; free; all ages)

No Pants Subway Ride

If you find yourself on the T on Sunday afternoon, you may encounter some oddly dressed — or, more accurately, oddly undressed — passengers. That’s because, despite a current Boston weekend weather forecast that calls for highs that won’t reach freezing, it’s time for the annual No Pants Subway Ride, a tradition started in 2002 by comedy collective Improv Everywhere. If you want to join in, meet in Pemberton Square — across from Government Center — at 1:30 p.m., where you’ll be assigned a route. There will be an after-party at The Point, and according to organizers, pants won’t be required there either. (Sunday, Jan. 13 from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Pemberton Square, Boston; free; all ages)