10 things to do in Boston this marathon weekend

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Swan boats made their debut at Boston's Public Garden in April 2013. Wendy Maeda/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 You can also learn even more about awesome events around Boston by joining the BosTen Facebook group.

Boston International Film Festival

Not to be confused with the upcoming Independent Film Festival Boston (IFFB), the Boston International Film Festival (BIFF) kicks off a six-day slate of programming Thursday evening. Filmmakers from around the world will be on hand to discuss their films. One that may particularly interest locals is a documentary about “father of modern linguistics” Noam Chomsky, who spent years living in Lexington and working at MIT. (Thursday, April 11 through Tuesday, April 16, at various times and locations; $12 per session, $75 for all screenings; all ages)

Half Half Half Half Half Marathon

Not quite ready to run a marathon yet? Or even a half marathon? Or even a half half — well, you get the idea. For those who want to participate in marathon weekend without getting winded, there’s the Half Half Half Half Half Marathon, in which participants walk, jog, or run 0.826 miles around the Boston Common. The event benefits 826 Boston, a nonprofit writing and publishing organization that seeks to empower underprivileged students. (Thursday, April 11 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Boston Common, Boston; $25-40; all ages)

Chelsea Handler and Frankie Shaw

Comedian Chelsea Handler is bringing out special guests to a number of her “sit-down” comedy shows across the country. For her show at the Orpheum on Thursday, the comedian and talk-show host will be joined Frankie Shaw, the creator and star of “SMILF,” which recently was canceled after two seasons. (Thursday, April 11 at 8 p.m.; Orpheum Theatre, Boston; $35-85; all ages)

A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie

Rapper A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie is riding high after the December 2018 release of his second album “Sweater SZN,” which topped the Billboard 200 album chart. As such, the Bronx native is popping up twice in Boston on Thursday, first at the House of Blues and then later on in the evening at Bijou Nightclub and Lounge. (Thursday, April 11 at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.; House of Blues, Boston, and Bijou, Boston; $40 and up at House of Blues, $30 at Bijou; 21+)

CraftBoston Spring

The spring edition of CraftBoston’s biannual gathering of artists and makers will be at Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts this weekend. A carefully selected group of 90 local and national creators will display and sell their wares thanks to the Society of Arts + Crafts, a non-profit that has supported the craft industry for more than 100 years. (Friday, April 12 through Sunday, April 14 at various times; Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts, Boston; $7.50-15; all ages)

The Cactus Blossoms

If you watched the 2017 season of cult classic “Twin Peaks,” you may have spotted Minneapolis-based sibling duo The Cactus Blossoms as they sang the harmonic throwback “Mississippi.” The band is touring behind the release of March’s “Easy Way” and will stop by the Sinclair on Friday with fellow Minnesotan Jack Klatt. (Friday, April 12 at 9 p.m.; The Sinclair, Cambridge; $15; 18+)

Swan Boat Opening

While the weather hasn’t exactly been temperate so far, one surefire sign that spring is here is the reopening of the Swan Boats. The fixtures of the Public Garden splash down for their first ride of the year at 10 a.m. Saturday, with more rides following soon after. (Saturday, April 13 at 10 a.m.; Boston Public Garden; $2.50-4; all ages)

244th Lantern Ceremony

On Sunday, the Old North Church and Historic Site will commemorate one of the most famous moments of the Colonial era in Massachusetts: When two lanterns were hung in the Old North Church steeple, signaling to Paul Revere that the British were coming by sea, and kickstarting the Revolutionary War. Reenactors and historians will show visitors an authentic look at how the evening occurred almost 250 years ago, reading Revere’s personal account and the Henry Wadsworth Longfellow poem “Paul Revere’s Ride.” This year’s keynote speaker is Massachusetts attorney general Maura Healey. (Sunday, April 14 at 7 p.m.; Old North Church & Historic Site, Boston; $40; all ages)

The Claypool Lennon Delirium

Back in 2015, Primus bassist Les Claypool invited Sean Lennon, son of former Beatles frontman John Lennon, over to his house to drink some wine and play some music. Four years later, the Claypool Lennon Delirium just released a second album, February’s “South of Reality.” The psychedelic rock duo will hit the House of Blues in support of their new album on Sunday. (Sunday, April 14 at 8 p.m.; House of Blues, Boston; $25-45; all ages)

Boston Midnight Marathon Bike Ride 2019

If you’re more of a cyclist than a runner but still have marathon fever, you can join a group of rebellious riders who plan to ride from Southborough to Boston the night before the marathon. The midnight ride is slightly longer than the 26.2-mile road race, but it’s also mostly downhill. While many riders will carpool or take the 10:40 p.m. commuter rail from South Station, it should be noted that bikes aren’t allowed on the train. You can make your own arrangements to have your bike transported, or pay $30 to have organizers shuttle it for you. (Sunday, April 14 from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m.; Southborough Station, Southborough; free; all ages)