10 things to do in Boston this weekend

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The view of the Red Bull Crashed Ice course from the start gate at Fenway Park.
The view of the Red Bull Crashed Ice course from the start gate at Fenway Park. –Lane Turner/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 boston.com/events. You can also learn even more about awesome events around Boston by joining the BosTen Facebook group.

Disney Trivia at Short Path Distillery

Show off your knowledge of everything House of Mouse at Short Path Distillery’s Disney Trivia Night. Compete in teams of up to six people for gift cards to the distillery, and enjoy Disney-themed cocktails from the bar. Just don’t be fooled by the kid-friendly trivia premise: This event is at a distillery, and as such is strictly 21-plus. (Thursday, Feb. 7 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Short Path Distillery, Everett; free; 21+)

Red Bull Crashed Ice


There are plenty of dangerous activities in the wide world of sports, but downhill ice skating races have to rank pretty high in terms of sheer ludicrousness. The sport known as ice cross downhill will mark its Boston debut at Red Bull Crashed Ice, a competition set to be held at Fenway this weekend. On a track covered in ice, four racers will reach speeds up to 50 miles per hour as they descend a seven-story, 2,000-foot course full of hairpin turns and big-air jumps. (Friday, Feb. 8 and Saturday, Feb. 9 from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Fenway Park, Boston; $25-200; all ages)

Sharon Van Etten

Sharon Van Etten has been prolific in her decade-plus time as a musician, putting out upward of 10 releases, including her most recent, “Remind Me Tomorrow,” which debuted last month. She’ll be at Royale on Friday in support of the album with opening act Nilüfer Yanya. (Friday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m.; Royale, Boston; $30-$35; 18+)

Boston SciFi Film Festival

Get your geek on at the 44th annual Boston SciFi Film Festivalwhich will feature appearances by Sam Jones (“Flash Gordon”) and Sean Young (“Blade Runner”), along with more than 80 movies spread out over the 11-day event at the Somerville Theatre. The festival will close with a 24-hour movie marathon starting on Sunday, Feb. 17 at noon. (Friday, Feb. 8 through Monday, Feb. 18 at various times; Somerville Theatre, Somerville; $14.25 per film, $90 for the marathon, $125 for a festival pass; all ages)

Mark Morris Dance Group’s “Pepperland”


The New York Times once called Mark Morris “the most successful and influential choreographer alive, and indisputably the most musical.” His dance group will be back in Boston with “Pepperland,” a dance tribute to The Beatles’ landmark album “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.” In keeping with the eclectic sounds of the 1967 album, the dance will be accompanied by a chamber music ensemble of voice, soprano saxophone, two keyboards, theremin, and percussion. (Friday, Feb. 8 through Sunday, Feb. 10 at various times; Boch Center Shubert Theatre, Boston; $25-75; all ages)

Lunar New Year Celebration at the MFA

The Museum of Fine Arts will celebrate the Lunar New Year with free admission all day on Saturday. The museum also will have special events based on Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese traditions, like an interactive kung fu demonstration, a Chinese tea ceremony, and a lion dance performance. (Saturday, Feb. 9 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; free; all ages)


Boston soul group Ripe is set to play Bonnaroo Music Festival in Tennessee this summer, which should help the seven-piece collective’s star shine even brighter. See the Berklee-founded band before they hit the big time at House of Blues this weekend, with opening acts Magic Giant and Harsh Armadillo. (Saturday, Feb. 9 at 8 p.m.; House of Blues, Boston; $62-$103; all ages)

The Ghost of Paul Revere

It’s perhaps fitting that this Portland, Maine folk trio named for a man most famous for his midnight ride got some big national exposure in 2018 with a late-night appearance on Conan O’Brien’s show. Catch the band at the Paradise on Saturday, along with local songwriter Aubrey Haddard — as long as you’re 18 or older and not a Redcoat. (Saturday, Feb. 9 at 9 p.m.; Paradise Rock Club, Boston; $16 and up; 18+)

New England Boat Show


Whether you’re the type of person who is looking to own a boat or simply someone who wants to pretend that you’re sitting on a yacht somewhere in the Caribbean, the New England Boat Show is here to help. You’ll be able to step aboard a 45-foot luxury yacht, clamber onto a life-size humpback whale model, and refine your fishing technique with the show’s interactive casting activity. Plus, with boats that could range anywhere in price from $1,000 to $2 million, there should be a boat for almost any bank account. (Saturday, Feb. 9 to Sunday, Feb. 17 at various times; Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, Boston; $16 GA per day, free for kids ages 12 and under; all ages)

Boston Farm and Fiber Festival

More than 25 vendors who specialize in farm-sourced fibers will be at Boston Public Market this weekend. Visitors can enjoy free programming like weaving and spinning demos, live animal petting, and a knitting lounge. (Sunday, Feb. 10 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Boston Public Market, Boston; free; all ages)

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