10 things to do in Boston this weekend

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Kyle Allen in a Mario suit at PAX East in Boston in 2015.
Kyle Allen in a Mario suit at PAX East in Boston in 2015. –John Tlumacki/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.

ReelAbilities Film Festival

According to its website, the Boston area-set ReelAbilities Film Festival is the largest festival in the US dedicated to “promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories, and artistic expressions of people with different abilities.” This year, the festival will screen 11 films, all free of charge, including Chloe Zhao’s critically acclaimed film “The Rider,” about a young rodeo star who searches for a new identity after a near-fatal head injury. (Now through Wednesday, April 3 at various times; various locations; free; all ages)

Boston Design Week


Celebrate every aspect of design and how it impacts our everyday lives with Boston Design Week, a 12-day festival with more than 70 mostly free events, held at various cultural institutions. Highlights will include studio tours at WGBH and an exhibit examining the city’s architectural plans for the Boston Harbor amid climate change concerns. (Now through Sunday, April 7 at various times; various locations; various prices; all ages)

PAX East

Starting Thursday, tens of thousands of gaming enthusiasts will flock to the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center for PAX East, one of the biggest festivals of its kind nationwide. You’ll find hundreds of active exhibitions devoted to board games, video games, role-playing games, and every other type of game at what one organizer has called “Woodstock for gamers.” Weekend passes have been sold out for a while, but you can still snag single-day passes for Thursday and Sunday. (Thursday, March 28 through Sunday, March 31 at various times; Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Boston; $63; all ages)

Wicked Queer: The Boston LGBT Film Festival

Now in its 35th year, Wicked Queer focuses on highlighting work that “entertains, enriches, and enlightens” members of the LGBT community and its allies. This year’s festival will bring more than 50 films to a variety of theaters in the Boston area, including opening night movie “Just Friends,” a Dutch love story screening at the Brattle Theatre. (Thursday, March 28 through Sunday, April 7 at various times; various locations; $8-20 per film; all ages)

“PAW Patrol Live!”


If you have children of a certain age, it’s likely you’ve encountered “PAW Patrol” at some point. The stage version of the hit kids’ show will be at the Boch Center Wang Theatre this weekend, as Chase, Marshall, Skye, and the rest of the fluffy team get together to find the missing mayor of Adventure Bay. (Friday, March 29 through Sunday, March 31 at various times; Boch Center Wang Theatre, Boston; $25-154; all ages) 

Brookline Rotary Pancake Breakfast

There’s never a bad time for an unlimited pancake breakfast, but with New England halfway through maple syrup season, the timing for the Brookline Rotary’s 26th Annual Pancake Breakfast is especially sweet. Along with endless stacks of flapjacks, there will be live music, magic, face painting, and other family-friendly activities. (Saturday, March 30 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.; Brookline High School, Brookline; $7 GA, free for children ages 5 and under; all ages)

Cambridge Brewing Co. Sour Fest

Pucker up for CBC’s sixth annual sour fest, a celebration of the rapidly expanding world of sour beers. The brewery plans to have 17 sour beers on tap, including Grateful Bred — a kettle-soured Berliner weisse brewed in collaboration with Eataly Boston — and Agave Nagila, a strong blonde ale aged in tequila barrels with fresh lime zest and kosher salt added. (Saturday, March 30, from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.; Cambridge Brewing Co., Cambridge; free admission; 21+)

The Boston Suffragists

Learn about the numerous Bostonians who were involved in the women’s suffrage movement through their own words at the Jamaica Plain Branch Library this Saturday. Modern-day actors will read speeches and articles by the likes of  Lucy Stone, Julia Ward Howe, and Clara Barton. (Saturday, March 30 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.; Jamaica Plain Branch Library, Boston; free; all ages)

“The Matrix Reloaded”


This weekend marks 20 years since Keanu Reeves took the red pill and woke up in “The Matrix,” unleashing an era of bullet-time action movies. In honor of the anniversary, the Coolidge Corner Theatre will screen its less impactful but still enjoyable sequel, 2003’s “The Matrix Reloaded.” Seeing the freeway chase scene on the big screen is worth the price of admission alone. (Saturday, March 30 at 11:30 p.m.; Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline; $13.25; rated R)

Amazing Archaeology Fair

Harvard archaeologists and students will be at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and the Harvard Semitic Museum on Sunday to bring history alive for visitors of all ages. Attendees can learn about excavating, carve cuneiform into clay, and try their hand at the museum’s spear thrower. Regular museum rates apply for this event, but Massachusetts residents may enter the Peabody for free before noon with proof of residency. (Sunday, March 31 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.; Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology and the Harvard Semitic Museum, Cambridge; $10-15; all ages)