10 things to do in Boston this St. Patrick’s Day weekend

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St. Patrick's Day parade
Stilt walkers march with the Hot Tamales during the annual St. Patrick's Day parade in South Boston on March 18, 2018. –Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff

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Boston Flower & Garden Show

Sick of winter yet? You don’t have to leave the city to escape the snowdrifts thanks to the Boston Flower & Garden Show, which runs now through Sunday. Enjoy colorful, full-sized gardens, eye-popping floral arrangements, and helpful lectures and demonstrations about everything plant-based, including how to grow your own food, organics, and small-space gardens. (Through Sunday, March 17 at various times; Seaport World Trade Center, Boston; $20 GA, $17 seniors, $10 children ages 6-17, free for children ages 5 and under; all ages)

“Blade Runner: The Final Cut”


Ridley Scott 1982’s sci-fi classic “Blade Runner” takes place in 2019, so the Brattle Theatre will host a screening this Thursday celebrating society successfully not devolving into the replicant-infested dystopia Scott envisioned — yet. (Thursday, March 14 at 7 p.m.; Brattle Theatre, Cambridge; $9-12; rated R)

Jack Attack: A Jack Nicholson Retrospective

Before he was one of the biggest names in Hollywood, Jack Nicholson had one of his first on-screen roles in B-movie maestro Roger Corman’s 1963 horror-comedy “The Raven,” playing at Somerville Theatre on Thursday. Nicholson isn’t even part of the lead ensemble of the film, which is very loosely based on Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven” and centers around a trio of rival sorcerers (Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, Boris Karloff). “The Raven” kicks off a year-long retrospective of Nicholson’s career at the Somerville Theatre, with upcoming screenings including early Nicholson titles like “Psych-Out” and “A Safe Place,” as well as standbys like “Chinatown” and “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.” (Thursday, March 14 at 7:30 p.m.; Somerville Theatre, Somerville; $8-11; not rated)

Roberto Carlos

Brazilian singer-songwriter Roberto Carlos may not be as well-known in the US, but “The King of Latin Music” has written more than 600 songs and sold more than 100 million records in his 59-year career. The “Cama e Mesa” crooner will be at the Boch Center Wang Theatre this Friday as a part of his “Amor Sin Limite” tour. (Friday, March 15 at 8 p.m.; Boch Center Wang Theatre, Boston; $88-278; all ages)

MFA Late Nites


The newest edition of the Museum of Fine Arts’ late-night event series will allow guests to nab a sneak peek at upcoming exhibit “Gender Bending Fashion” before it opens to the public and see several of the museum’s ongoing exhibits. Art is only half of the equation at MFA Late Nites, though, with dancing, DJs, karaoke, a beer garden, and many other attractions on hand. Advance tickets to Friday’s edition are gone, but $20 walk-up tickets will be available. (Friday, March 15 from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; $20; all ages)

Dorchester Brewing Co.’s St. Patrick’s Day Celebration

You likely won’t struggle to find a St. Patrick’s Day celebration in Dorchester, but one highlight will be the party at Dorchester Brewing Co. It will have Irish food from Brato Brewhouse + Kitchen, a fresh batch of its Savin Stout, and live music from Blue Light Bandits and 73 Duster. (Saturday, March 16 from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Dorchester Brewing Company, Boston; free; 21+)

The Indie617 Irish Breakfast

The Black Rose will continue its tradition of serving a full Irish breakfast and opening the bar at 8 a.m. on St. Patrick’s Day. Early St. Paddy’s partiers will be treated to a set of Irish punk and rock from Indie617 DJ Adam 12, followed by a live set of traditional Irish folk from Ireland native Christian McNeill, who now calls Somerville home. (Sunday, March 17 at 8 a.m.; The Black Rose, Boston; free; 21+)

St. Patrick’s Day Road Race

Before the South Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade begins, get your heart rate going at the annual 5K from the Boys and Girls Club of South Boston starting at the 6th Street branch at 11 a.m. You must register in advance, with your fee benefiting the Edgerley Family South Boston Club’s Keystone Teen Leadership Program, which keeps local youth involved in after-school programs. (Sunday, March 17 at 11 a.m.; Edgerley Family South Boston Club, Boston; $30; all ages)

“The Magic Flute”


Young children and the symphony are hardly a match made in heaven, but the Boston Symphony Orchestra will have a kid-friendly show this Sunday with its production of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute.” The BSO’s version of the 1791 opera will have puppets, a brisk 75-minute run time, and $5 tickets for kids under 18. (Sunday, March 17 at 12 p.m. and 3 p.m.; Symphony Hall, Boston; $20 GA, $5 for kids under 18; all ages) 

South Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Last year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade in South Boston had a shortened route due to leftover snow. The full route will be back in action this year, with the parade kicking off at Broadway Station at 1 p.m. and winding its way through Southie. (Sunday, March 17 at 1 p.m.; Broadway Station, Boston; free; all ages)