10 things to do in Boston this Super Bowl weekend

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Buffalo cauliflower tacos and avocado ice cream from Oak Long Bar + Kitchen's "Eat Like the GOAT" menu. –Oak Long Bar+Kitchen

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Extreme Beer Fest

Beer Advocate, the national beer reviewing site based in Boston, is throwing its annual Extreme Beer Fest this weekend, bringing more than 120 brewers and more than 400 beers to the Seaport World Trade Center on Friday and Saturday. The festival focuses on beers that “[push] the boundaries of brewing,” and will include more than 40 breweries from New England, including favorites like Jack’s Abby and Lamplighter. Tickets for both of Saturday’s sessions are sold out, but there are still some available for the Friday session on Beer Advocate’s website(Friday, Feb. 1 from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Seaport World Trade Center, Boston; $65; 21+)

Errol Morris’ “American Dharma”


Errol Morris is one of the most well-regarded documentary filmmakers working today. His 1988 film “The Thin Blue Line” helped secure the release of a man who spent 12 years in prison after being convicted of murder, and his 2003 effort “The Fog of War” revealed the mindset of former Secretary of Defense and Vietnam War architect Robert McNamara, winning Morris an Oscar. On Friday, Morris will be at the Harvard Film Archive to discuss his newest film, “American Dharma,” a documentary about former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon. Following the film, Morris will have a conversation with Ann Marie Lipinski, curator of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard. Tickets will go on sale 45 minutes before the screening, and can be purchased using cash or check only. (Friday, Feb. 1 at 7 p.m.; Harvard Film Archive, Cambridge; $12; film not rated)

Jon Spencer & the HITmakers

Jon Spencer has been a part of several influential bands during his 35-plus years as a musician, but is probably best known as the frontman of Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. On Friday, the Hanover, N.H. native will stop by Great Scott as Jon Spencer & the HITmakers, with Spencer running through some of the blues, punk, and rockabilly sounds that have defined his eclectic career, with support from musicians Bob Bert (Sonic Youth, Chrome Cranks), Sam Coomes (Quasi, Elliott Smith), and M. Sord (No Monster Club). (Friday, Feb. 1 at 10:30 p.m.; Great Scott, Boston; $16-18; 21+)

Eric Church


Country singer Eric Church will bring his own special blend of outlaw country to TD Garden for a pair of shows this weekend as part of his Double Down tour. The “Guys Like Me” singer will be touring in support of his recent album “Desperate Man,” but likely still will mix in plenty of hits from his decade-plus career. (Friday, Feb. 1 and Saturday, Feb. 2 at 8 p.m.; TD Garden, Boston; $39-129; all ages)

Free “Black Panther” Screenings

It’s been almost a full year since “Black Panther” first hit theaters, and the Marvel smash hit and Oscar nominee is currently streaming on Netflix and available on DVD and Blu-Ray. But if you want to witness the majesty of Wakanda on the big screen one more time, AMC will be hosting a week of free screenings of the film at six of its area theaters in Boston, Danvers, Framingham, Methuen, North Dartmouth, and Somerville. The screenings are timed to coincide with the start of Black History Month, and you must RSVP to a specific one online. With 84 to choose from, you’ll likely find one that works. (Friday, Feb. 1 through Thursday, Feb. 7 at various times; various locations; free; rated PG-13)

An Evening with Dawes

The Patriots will be in “Beat LA” mode this weekend, but hopefully music fans will still be happy to see Los Angeles folk-rock group Dawes when they visit the Wang Theatre the night before the big game, as they tour in support of their 2018 album, “Passwords.” (Saturday, Feb. 2 at 8 p.m.; Boch Center Wang Theatre, Boston; $29-68; all ages)

Eat Like the GOAT


Tom Brady is famous for his fastidious diet, which includes occasional treats like avocado ice cream and doesn’t include seemingly innocuous food like tomatoes and mushrooms. To celebrate Brady’s diet, OAK Long Bar + Kitchen is offering two specialty menu items this weekend: a sugar-free #NotDone avocado ice cream, and #StillHere Buffalo Cauliflower Tacos, topped with “GOAT” cheese. (Saturday, Feb. 2 and Sunday, Feb. 3 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; OAK Long Bar + Kitchen, Boston; free entry; all ages)

City Tap House Super Bowl Viewing Party

City Tap House has some pregame entertainment set up for its free Super Bowl party, with live music from Royal Furs and a patio tailgate with games and giveaways. You can also order yourself a G.O.A.T Plate (short for “Great Of All ‘Tizers”) for $22 and catch the game on one of the bar’s 80-inch screens. (Sunday, Feb. 3 from 4 p.m. to 12 a.m.; City Tap House, Boston; free entry; 21+)

Super Bowl LIII at Game On

The Lansdowne Street sports bar will have surround sound on both floors for Super Bowl Sunday, as well as plenty of game day treats, a giant beer selection, no cover charge, and giveaways that include Red Sox Green Monster tickets, a Yeti cooler, and tickets to the upcoming Red Bull Crashed Ice showcase at Fenway Park. (Sunday, Feb. 3 from 4 p.m. to 12 a.m.; Game On, Boston; free; 21+)

Smoke Shop Super Bowl LIII Extravaganza

The Smoke Shop is throwing a Super Bowl party at its Kendall Square location, with an all-you-can-eat barbecue buffet featuring some of chef Andy Husbands’ favorites, beer and prizes from Shiner Bock, and a menu of whiskey and craft cocktails. (Sunday, Feb. 3 from 5 p.m. to 12 a.m.; The Smoke Shop, Cambridge; $29; all ages)