10 things to do in Boston this weekend

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Taiyaki NYC
The unicorn float from Taiyaki NYC. –Taiyaki NYC

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.

Independent Film Festival Boston

The Independent Film Festival Boston already kicked off Wednesday with opener “Luce,” but there’s plenty more to see: More than 100 films are screening as part of this year’s event, including “Running with Beto,” David Modigliani’s look at Beto O’Rourke’s US Senate campaign, and “Knock Down the House,” a documentary about four women’s congressional campaigns — including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s. The festival will close next Wednesday with Lulu Wang’s “The Farewell,” starring Awkwafina. (Through Wednesday, May 1 at various times; various locations; various prices; all ages, though parental guidance is recommended for some films)

Sam and a Snack


This is the chance to get up close and personal with Samuel Adams’ fermentation tanks. A ticket to this event will grant you entrance to the brewhouse after hours, three sample-sized pours directly from the tanks, and chips and guacamole from Everett-based Chica de Gallo. Those who want to make an evening out of it can upgrade their ticket to include one pint in the tap room. (Thursday, April 25 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Samuel Adams, Jamaica Plain; $12–$17; 21+)


Curated by Izzy Berdan and Dave J. Bermingham of the Boston LGBTQIA Artists Alliance, this new exhibit will showcase the work of LGBTQI+ artists. Per the exhibit’s description, the works “may or may not be made based around the image of a queer person, just as any other maker is not limited to creating works about their own identity.” To recognize its opening, there will be a free reception on Thursday evening. Some content may be considered explicit, and viewer discretion is advised. (Thursday, April 25 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston; free; all ages)

Taiyaki Grand Opening Boston

The home of the fish-shaped ice cream cone lands in Boston this weekend. Taiyaki NYC will open its fifth location on Friday, this time in the Seaport area. To celebrate, the shop will include a complimentary unicorn floatie balloon with any order that adds up to more than $15, while supplies last. All menu items, with the exception of souffle pancakes, will be available. (Friday, April 26 through Sunday, April 28 at various times; Taiyaki NYC, Boston; prices vary; all ages)

Patti Smith

Tickets are still up for grabs to see the famous songstress at the Orpheum Theatre on Friday. Smith’s most recent album, “Bangas,” was released in 2012; of course, she is probably best known for her 1975 album, “Horses.” (Friday, April 26 at 7:30 p.m.; Orpheum Theatre, Boston; $43.50–$53.50; all ages)

Art in Bloom

The Museum of Fine Arts is welcoming spring with its Art in Bloom festival, an event that has been pairing artworks from the MFA’s collection with floral interpretations for more than 40 years. The celebration of arts and flowers will bring 50 floral arrangements to the museum, all created by New England-area garden clubs. Between Saturday and Monday, visitors will be able to embark on tours of the arrangements, watch floral arranging demonstrations, enjoy snacks or lunch in the Art in Bloom cafe, and partake in outdoor walking tours. (Saturday, April 27 to Monday, April 29 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; included with museum admission; all ages)

Japan Festival

During this two-day festival on the Boston Common, visitors can find booths selling food and goods, as well as a cosplay contest, a silent auction, stage performances, and workshops. This year’s theme is “Kyoto,” a tip of the hat to the 60th anniversary of the Japanese municipality and Boston becoming sister cities(Saturday, April 27 and Sunday, April 28 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Boston Common, Boston; free; all ages)

Spring Fling at Dorchester Brewing Company

Bask in sunlight on Saturday, when Dorchester Brewing Company officially opens its patio for the season (weather pending, because this is Boston). Outdoor seating will make a comeback at the brewery with expanded capacity, and there will be cornhole and giant Jenga setups. The event will also feature a DJ and live music throughout the day, as well as eats from Buenas Brand and DJ’s European Market Deli. (Saturday, April 27 from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m; Dorchester Brewing Co., Boston; prices vary; 21+)

Bow Market Pop-Up at Precinct Kitchen + Bar

For one day, Somerville’s Bow Market will make a home on Precinct Kitchen + Bar’s Back Bay patio. Guests can pick up food, drinks, home decor, and gifts, such as custom shoes by Adelante, empanadas by Buenas, and macarons by Maca. If a meatier meal is needed, Precinct will still serve its regular breakfast, brunch, and lunch menus during the event, for which reservations are highly encouraged. (Saturday, April 27 from noon to 4 p.m.; Precinct Kitchen + Bar, Boston; prices vary; all ages)

The Painted Burro’s Guac Off

In this game, one guacamole maker takes all. For the Painted Burro’s seventh annual Guac Off, 10 people will compete to win over the taste buds of a panel of local celebrity judges. The winner will take home a $400 gift card to the Somerville spot and be featured on its menu. The restaurant is no longer accepting entries, but the public is welcome to attend and have their voices heard — a $100 gift card will also be awarded for the “people’s choice” guacamole. Ticket proceeds will benefit No Kid Hungry. (Sunday, April 28 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.; The Painted Burro, Somerville; $5; all ages)