10 things to do in Boston this weekend

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"Chillin' on D" at The Lawn on D in Boston. –Courtesy The Lawn on D

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.

Frida Kahlo and Arte Popular

The MFA has never had a full exhibition devoted to Frida Kahlo until now, as the museum delivers a show devoted to the Mexican painter and her interest in folk art. This new exhibit emphasizes Kahlo’s dual talents as an artist and a curator, examining her own works as well as the art that inspired her. (Now through June 16; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; $25 GA, $23 seniors, $10 for kids ages 7-17, free for kids under 7 and MFA members; all ages)

Cosmic Loops


The Museum of Science has long capitalized on the popularity of the formula “music + planetarium = awesome” with its laser light shows. This weekend, it’s bringing live music into the equation, as double-neck guitarist Ethan Case combines acoustic guitar and electronic looping technology to provide a trippy accompaniment to the extraterrestrial images overhead. (Thursday, Feb. 28 from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Museum of Science, Boston; $20; all ages)

Chillin’ on D

The Lawn on D is a summer hot spot, but for the next four days, it will be a winter “chill spot,” too. The outdoor venue will have a number of winter-themed activities on hand through Sunday at “Chillin’ on D,” including live ice carving demonstrations, an illuminated ice cornhole game, a giant inflatable snow globe, and glowing ice tables. Guests also can enjoy cocktails, beer, wine, and nonalcoholic beverages like hot chocolate at one of the venue’s five ice bars and, in the evening, take in some live music. (Thursday, Feb. 28 through Sunday, March 3; The Lawn on D, Boston; free; all ages)

Pajama Party at the ICA

Keep it super-duper casual in your jammies at the ICA’s pajama party this Friday, part of the museum’s regular First Friday programming. There will be a distinctly ’90s slumber party vibe to the shindig, with Mad Libs, friendship bracelets, and music from ’90s cover band Killer Tofu. While online tickets are no longer available, there will be some tickets available at the door. (Friday, March 1 from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; $15; 21+)

Mardi Gras and Carnival Celebration of the Arts


Boston will never be confused with New Orleans, but The Green Briar pub will evoke the spirit of the Big Easy this weekend when it plays host to Unbound Visual Arts’ Mardi Gras party. Enjoy dancing, live music from A Confederacy of Dumpsters, a silent auction, and artwork from local artists curated by the educational nonprofit. (Friday, March 1 from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.; The Green Briar, Boston; $10 GA, $15 at the door; 21+)

Natick Community Organic Farm’s Maple Magic

If you’re willing to brave the weekend weather, the Natick Community Organic Farm will have a celebration of everything maple this Saturday. Take a sugaring tour and witness centuries-old sugaring techniques, hop on a hayride, listen to live music, and enjoy a pancake breakfast with plenty of maple syrup from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. (Saturday, March 2 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Natick Community Organic Farm, Natick; $8 admission, $5-12 for the pancake breakfast; all ages)

Phantom Gourmet Wine and Food Phest

It’s not every day that you’ll see a wine festival advertise itself with the slogan “wine snobs need not apply,” but that’s exactly how the Phantom Gourmet Wine and Food Phest is billed. Attendees can sip more than two dozen wines from around the world and nibble on snacks from some of the Phantom’s favorite local restaurants. (Saturday, March 2 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Boston Center for the Arts, Boston; $40 GA, $50 at the door; 21+)


The Nashville indie electronica duo will roll through Boston this weekend, bringing fresh grooves to the Paradise on Saturday. After a two-year hiatus, Cherub put out four new singles in 2018, and is in the midst of the Free Form Tour. (Saturday, March 2 at 8 p.m.; Paradise Rock Club, Boston; $22; 18+)

Bach and Banjo


The works of classical composer Johann Sebastian Bach don’t necessarily scream, “This needs more banjo!” But Aeronaut’s Pindrop Sessions have proven in the past that unconventional combinations can work. This time, the incongruous pairing comes thanks to baroque cellist Shirley Hunt and banjo player Curtis Eller. (Sunday, March 3 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Aeronaut Brewing Co., Somerville; $20; 21+, those under 21 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and supervised at all times)

Dine Out Boston

Formerly known as Boston Restaurant Week, this biannual event from the Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau gives locals and tourists alike the chance to enjoy a range of restaurants at discounted prices. With more than 100 restaurants in Boston and the surrounding towns and cities offering prix fixe menus, there should be something for every hungry customer. (Sunday, March 3 through Friday, March 8 and Sunday, March 10 through Friday, March 15 at various times; various locations; lunches for $15, $20, or $25, dinners for $28, $33, or $38; all ages)