10 things to do in Boston this weekend

BosTen is your weekly guide to events and cool happenings in and around Boston.

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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.

Free International Women’s Day Fitness Celebration

Reebok is celebrating International Women’s Day with an evening of free classes at Healthworks Community Fitness in Codman Square. Attendees will be able to choose from a squat clinic, Zumba class, indoor cycling class, boot camp, and intro to CrossFit, and all skill levels are welcome. (Thursday, March 7 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Healthworks Community Fitness at Codman, Boston; free; all ages)

Irene Li and Andrew Li at Harvard Book Store

Fresh off of her fifth consecutive nomination for a James Beard Award, chef-owner Irene Li of Mei Mei will visit the Harvard Book Store, along with her brother and co-owner Andrew Li. The duo will be discussing and signing copies of their new book, “Double Awesome Chinese Food: Irresistible and Totally Achievable Recipes from Our Chinese-American Kitchen,” which was co-written by their sister, co-owner Margaret Li. (Thursday, March 7 at 7 p.m.; Harvard Book Store, Cambridge; free; all ages)

Kelly Clarkson

The very first winner of “American Idol” has put together an impressive career since rocketing to reality TV stardom in 2002, selling more than 25 million albums and landing 11 top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100. While visiting Boston during her Meaning of Life Tour, Clarkson will appear at TD Garden, with Nashville country singer Kelsea Ballerini and “The Voice” graduate and Longmeadow native Brynn Cartelli serving as opening acts. (Friday, March 8 at 7 p.m.; TD Garden, Boston; $40-$399; all ages)

Harpoon St. Patrick’s Day Festival

Harpoon will be starting the St. Paddy’s celebration early this year with a two-day party at its Seaport brewery. You can buy early-bird passes on the brewery’s website, or simply show up on either Friday or Saturday and pay at the door for a beer, souvenir cup, and access to a full day of Irish-themed live music. If you want to have some fun even earlier, the brewery will be holding a mac and cheese cooking challenge on Thursday evening, with more than 15 local taprooms preparing their best mac and taproom guests voting for their favorite. (Friday, March 8 from 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Saturday, March 9 from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Harpoon Brewery, Boston; $25-30; 21+)

Ella Mai

British songwriter Ella Mai came into her own last year, releasing her debut self-titled album, touring with Bruno Mars, and grabbing two Grammy nominations for her top five hit “Boo’d Up.” She’ll be at Royale on Saturday for her first headlining show in Boston. (Saturday, March 9 at 6 p.m.; Royale, Boston; $107-$355; all ages)

Trident Booksellers Self-Care Night

Self-care is a nebulous term that comes in many forms for different people. This Saturday at Trident Booksellers and Cafe, the self-care du jour will be enjoying adult coloring books and watching a screening of feel-good Pixar film “Moana.” Something tells us you could probably cobble together coloring books and a “Moana” Blu-Ray at home, as well, but Trident does offer the community and the drink special. (Saturday, March 9 at 6:30 p.m.; Trident Booksellers and Cafe, Boston; free; all ages)

Dane Cook

Arlington native Dane Cook made a point to single out his old stomping ground during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel’s show, shouting, “Boston, I can’t wait to come home!” in regards to his stand-up show this weekend at the Wang Theatre. On “Kimmel,” the comedian also said that he’s written some of his most “dynamic, introspective” material for the Tell It Like It Is tour. Audiences have seemingly heeded his words, with only limited tickets for the show remaining. (Saturday, March 9 at 7 p.m.; Boch Center Wang Theatre, Boston; $39.50-59.50; all ages)

Cass McCombs

Cass McCombs has averaged almost one new release per year since his debut EP in 2002, trying out different genres like punk, alt country, and psychedelic rock along the way. His newest record, “Tip of the Sphere,” will bring him to The Sinclair, along with Brooklyn songwriter Sam Evian. (Saturday, March 9 at 8 p.m.; The Sinclair, Cambridge; $18-$20; 18+)

Yoga and Brunch at Bully Boy Distillers

Seamlessly combine your Sunday morning workout and breakfast plans while sipping cocktails to boot at Bully Boy Distillers this Sunday. The morning will kick off with a yoga session, followed by a tour of the distillery and a cocktail tasting, and concluding with a hearty, family-style brunch of salmon bagels, kale and quinoa frittatas, and other morning-time snacks. (Sunday, March 10 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Bully Boy Distillers, Boston; $39; 21+)

Bourbon and Bacon Fest 2019

Due to an overflow of demand, WAAF’s fourth annual Bourbon and Bacon Fest added a third session this year. It’s a good thing they did: Both Saturday sessions are sold out, but tickets to Sunday’s tasting, which will feature more than 20 bourbon brands and more than 15 local restaurants, are still available. (Sunday, March 10 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.; The Castle at Park Plaza, Boston; $60-110; 21+)