10 things to do in Boston this weekend

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Cupcakes from a previous edition of the Harvard Square Chocolate Festival. Bill Manley

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.

Dead of Winter: Tales of the Beast

With the “super blood wolf moon” from Sunday fresh in our minds, the Brattle Theatre is showing a series of films all about werewolves. You can see ’80s classics like “An American Werewolf in London,” campy double features like “The Werewolf vs. the Vampire Woman” and “Wolf Guy,” and even family-friendly fare like “Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit.” The mini-festival kicked off on Wednesday, and will continue through Thursday, Jan. 31. (Through Thursday, Jan. 31 at various times; Brattle Theatre, Cambridge; $8.50-14 per film; all ages)

Neko Case

Neko Case first earned notice in the ’90s as a member of influential indie outfit the New Pornographers, and has built an impressively durable career on her own since. The singer-songwriter will be at Royale this Thursday in support of her fifth solo album, 2018’s “Hell-On,” with Berklee grad Margaret Glaspy opening. (Thursday, Jan. 24 at 8 p.m.; Royale, Boston; $36-$39; 18+)

Pajama Brunch Party

If you’ve been meaning to check out the Lodge at Publico, this Saturday morning will be a great day to stop by, when the restaurant throws a pajama brunch party. Along with its usual brunch selections inside the après ski-inspired lodge setting (made even cozier because you’ll be donning your favorite pair of PJs), Publico will hold giveaways for gift cards, lift tickets to Smuggler’s Notch and Mount Snow, and other winter swag. (Saturday, Jan. 26 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.; Publico Street Bistro & Garden, Boston; free entry; all ages)

Phantom Gourmet Winter Phest

The Phantom Gourmet will take over Lansdowne Street this Saturday for Winter Phest, pairing an outdoor food and bar area with indoor parties at multiple nearby bars and restaurants. Sample 30 of the Phantom Gourmet’s favorite foods, and experience the tropical party at Bill’s Bar, live country music at Loretta’s Last Call, $1 hot dogs and Red Sox ticket giveaways at Bleacher Bar, and curling at Cheeky Monkey and Jillian’s. Tickets range from $20 to $40, but those who bring a winter coat or a 10-pack of socks to any Kings location for the New England Center and Home for Veterans in Boston will get free admission. (Saturday, Jan. 26 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.; Lansdowne Street, Boston; $20-40; 21+)

Harvard Square Chocolate Festival

Harvard Square businesses will be running chocolaty promotions all weekend for the Harvard Square Chocolate Festival, now in its 11th year. The highlight of the weekend definitely will be the free chocolate tasting event on Saturday, when more than a dozen local businesses will hand out chocolate samples, and percussion group Grooversity will perform a mix of samba, funk, rock, jazz, and hip-hop rhythms. (Saturday, Jan. 26 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.; Harvard Square, Cambridge; free; all ages)

New Balance Indoor Grand Prix

You don’t have to wait for Marathon Monday to see some of the nation’s most accomplished runners showcase their speed in Boston. This weekend, head to the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center at Roxbury Community College for the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix, where you’ll see athletes like 2016 Olympians Sydney McLaughlin and Clayton Murphy, as well as the first professional meet for current Harvard student and sprinter Gabby Thomas. (Saturday, Jan. 26 at 3:45 p.m.; Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center, Boston; $22-$66; all ages)

CBC Barleywine Festival

Cambridge Brewing Company is famous for its barleywine, a strong ale that typically runs between 6 percent and 12 percent alcohol by volume. On Saturday, CBC brewers will pull out bottles of some of their classic barleywines, including the spectacularly named Blunderbuss, Arquebus, and Old Butternuts. The brewpub also will have a full specialty dinner menu to pair with the barleywines. (Saturday, Jan. 26 from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m; Cambridge Brewing Company, Cambridge; free entry; 21+)

ONCE in Valhalla

We’re still a few months away from Chris Hemsworth again gracing the screen as Thor in “Avengers: Endgame.” Tide yourself over at ONCE Somerville, which is putting on a 10-course feast worthy of the Norse gods. The meal will consist of Viking treats like roasted lamb legs, goat stewed in mead with root vegetables, and cheesy oat porridge with smoked ham. You’ll also get to indulge in hearty ales and plenty of Norse-themed activities, including a chance to arm wrestle with Thor himself. (Saturday, Jan. 26 from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m.; ONCE Somerville, Somerville; $75-100; 21+)

G. Love and Special Sauce

Singer-songwriter G. Love has come a long way from his days as a college dropout living in Boston, when he played in the house band every Monday at The Plough and Stars in Cambridge. It’s been 25 years since G. Love and his band Special Sauce put out their debut album, and the funky artist has experimented with hip-hop, folk, and country sounds in the interim. That should make for a varied but, as always, upbeat show at the Paradise this Saturday. (Saturday, Jan. 26 at 7:30 p.m.; Paradise Rock Club, Boston; $35 and up; 18+)

Girl Scout Cookie and Beer Pairing

Beer and Girl Scout Cookies? You have our attention. On Sunday, Bone Up Brewing will offer regularly priced flights of four beers with corresponding cookies for those beers for an additional $2 at its Everett taproom. Proceeds from the pairings will benefit local Girl Scouts of America troops. (Sunday, Jan. 27 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.; Bone Up Brewing, Everett; free entry; 21+)