10 things to do in Boston this long weekend

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Ryan Miller of Guster sings into a mic that popped out of its stand in Boston on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017.
Ryan Miller of Guster sings into a mic that popped out of its stand in Boston on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017. –Josh Reynolds/AP for the NFL

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.

Dancing with the Stars Live!

Much of the success of ABC’s long-running “Dancing with the Stars” can be chalked up to seeing celebrities do their best (or sometimes worst) on the dance floor. But the glue that holds the show together is the professional dancers, who will be at the Wang Theatre on Thursday and Friday evening for a showcase. A rotating cast of fan-favorite pros will be there, spinning, jiving, and moving to choreography by Emmy Award-winning choreographer Mandy Moore and “Dancing with the Stars” executive producer Ashley Edens-Shaffer. (Thursday, Jan. 17 and Friday, Jan. 18 at 7:30 p.m.; Boch Center Wang Theatre, Boston; $53.75-129.75; all ages)

Boston Celtic Music Festival


For the 16th year, Harvard Square will host the Boston Celtic Music Festival, an annual four-night showcase of Celtic music and dance. Most of the festival events will be held at Club Passim, while other performances will take place at the nearby Passim School of Music, Sinclair, and the Atrium. A full listing of events can be found on the festival’s website(Thursday, Jan. 17 through Sunday, Jan. 20 at various times; various locations, Cambridge; various prices; all ages)

New England International Auto Show

If your car is covered in dirt and road salt thanks to the recent frigid temperatures, you can dream of better driving times by gawking at the sleek new vehicles at the New England International Auto Show. See some of the coolest rare cars around from Bugatti, Ferrari, and Lamborghini, as well as ’60s muscle car classics like the Corvette and Mustang. For $2 off admission, use the code “Globe19” when you purchase tickets online. [Editor’s note: Boston.com is a sponsor of this event.] (Thursday, Jan. 17 through Monday, Jan. 21 at various times; Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Boston; $15 GA, $6 for kids ages 6-12, free for kids ages 5 and under, $2 off admission with promo code “Globe19”; all ages)

Sam Adams “Game of Thrones”-themed beer release

Winter is coming to Sam Adams this weekend, with a “Game of Thrones” party at the brewery to celebrate the release of its Barrel Aged Imperial Stout. There will be a trivia game based on the show and “old-world” pastries from Quicksilver Baking Company, and costumes are encouraged. Tickets are $15, but readers can use the promo code “BosTen” for $3 off admission when they purchase online. (Friday, Jan. 18 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Sam Adams Brewery, Boston; $15 GA, $12 with promo code “BosTen”; 21+)

The Boston Globe Travel Show


The TSA may not be operating at full strength right now, but the idea of a vacation still sounds pretty incredible. You can plan your future getaway this weekend at The Boston Globe Travel Show, where you’ll find lots of information from airlines, tourism boards, and travel agencies about great places to visit, and learn about prize giveaways, including free vacations. You also can buy separate tickets for $35 to the travel show’s Boston.com Northeast Craft Beer Pavilion, where you can sip on more than 100 beers from more than 40 different breweries. For $10 off admission to the beerfest, use the code “BosTen” at checkout, and for free admission to just the travel show, use promo code “Travel”.  (Friday, Jan. 18 through Sunday, Jan. 20 at various times; Seaport Word Trade Center, Boston; $10-35; all ages for the show, 21+ for the beer festival)

Family Film Festival

Ditch the crummy weather this weekend while still getting the kids out of the house at the 16th annual Family Film Festival, held at a trio of theaters in the Boston area — Arlington’s Regent Theatre, Belmont’s Studio Cinema, and Cambridge’s Brattle Theatre. Though the title of the festival highlights movies, there will be more to many of the events than that, including a live music accompaniment during a selection of films by George Méliès and a live version of “Circle Round,” WBUR’s storytelling podcast. (Friday, Jan. 18 through Monday, Jan. 21 at various times; various locations; $6-12 per event, $50 for a weekend-long all-access pass; all ages)



Indie rockers and notable Tufts alumni Guster have been a local staple for more than two decades, even when they’ve been off touring the nation. The band will be part of the 2019 Boston Calling lineup, but if you want to skip the 54 other acts and catch an earlier homecoming show, they will be at House of Blues on Saturday, when they will be joined by Vermont-based songwriter Henry Jamison. (Saturday, Jan. 19 at 7 p.m.; House of Blues, Boston; $45-$65; all ages)

“Roma” in 70mm and Post-Film Conversation

Alfonso Cuaron’s latest film may be the easiest Oscar contender to watch at home, with it debuting on Netflix last month. But according to Globe film critic Ty Burr, who called the film “a masterpiece,” those who opt to see it on a smaller screen “rather than the largest possible are doing themselves a grave disservice.” Enter the Coolidge Corner Theatre, which will begin holding a series of 70mm screenings of “Roma” on Friday. On Saturday, the theater will partner with Spanish-language paper El Planeta for a post-film conversation with four women who grew up in Latin America in situations similar to the one portrayed in “Roma.” (Saturday, Jan. 19 at 7 p.m.; Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline; $16.75-19.75; rated R)

This Danish synthpop star is flying high following the October release of her second album, “Forever Neverland.” As of now, your one shot at seeing her in the first half of the year will be at the House of Blues this Sunday. (Sunday, Jan. 20 at 7 p.m.; House of Blues, Boston; $28; all ages) 

Free admission to the MFA, ICA, Gardner Museum, and more

A number of attractions in the Boston area will offer free admission on Monday in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, including the Museum of Fine Arts, the Institute of Contemporary Art, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the Franklin Park Zoo, and the Stone Zoo. On top of that, the city of Cambridge will hold a day of service at City Hall, with participants making fleece scarves and blankets for homeless families, creating Valentine’s Day cards for veterans and the elderly, and more. (Monday, Jan. 21 at various times; various locations; free; all ages)