10 things to do in Boston this weekend

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The Patios at City Hall Plaza.
The Patios at City Hall Plaza. –Bianca Mauro

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.

Women in Comedy Festival

Celebrating its 10th year, the Women in Comedy Festival will once again bring together funny women and their allies with the aim of celebrating women in comedy while helping to close the gender gap in the profession. The festival will be headlined by Phoebe Robinson (“2 Dope Queens”), Nikki Glaser (“Nikki & Sara Live”), and the Wild Horses improv team (Stephanie Allynne, Mary Holland, and Lauren Lapkus), and will feature more than 100 comedians at venues in Boston, Cambridge, and Somerville. (Thursday, May 2 through Sunday, May 5 at various times; various locations; various prices; all ages)



Philly songwriter-producer Santigold is toasting the anniversary of her self-titled debut record, stopping by the House of Blues on Thursday as part of her 10 Years Golder Tour. She’ll perform every track of the 2008 album, plus a number of other tracks from her subsequent albums and mixtapes. (Thursday, May 2 at 7 p.m.; House of Blues, Boston; $40; all ages)

Somerville Open Studios

Somerville will honor its vibrant art scene this weekend, as hundreds of artists at more than 80 of the city’s studios showcase their work during Somerville Open Studios. Wander down a street you’ve never traveled to find art you’ve never dreamed of, or, for a more structured approach, take the free trolley provided by the city to some of the major studios. (Friday, May 3 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday May 4 and Sunday, May 5 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.; various locations, Somerville; free; all ages)

Banned in Boston

What price would you pay to see some of Boston’s bigwigs perform in a comedy and music revue? Banned in Boston, an annual fundraiser, will bring together local luminaries like Red Sox president and CEO Sam Kennedy, KISS 108 host Matt Siegel, and “Car Talk” host Ray Magliozzi. Hosted by WGBH’s Margery Eagan and Jim Braude, the evening will raise money for Rehearsal for Life, a nonprofit that helps young people develop social and emotional skills that will empower them later in life. (Friday, May 3  from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Lansdowne Pub and House of Blues, Boston; $250; 21+)

Greenway Spring Food Truck Festival


Despite the impending rainy weather, options for outdoor events this weekend are nearly endless, and they include this food truck festival on the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway. Local favorites like Stoked Wood Fired Pizza Co. and The Cookie Monstah will be among the dozen-plus trucks on hand, and visitors can also check out the opening day of the Greenway Open Market, where plenty of local artists, designers, and crafters will display and sell their work. (Saturday, May 4 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Rose Kennedy Greenway near Atlantic Avenue and High Street, Boston; free; all ages)

The Patios at City Hall Plaza

Another seasonal outdoor spot making its debut this weekend is City Hall Plaza’s beer garden, dubbed The Patios. Though inclement weather delayed its planned Thursday opening, The Patios will have a soft opening on Saturday and Sunday before an official ribbon cutting on Monday that will feature puppies from Shultz’s Guest House, putt-putt, grilling, refreshments from Bittersweet Homestead, and drinks from Wachusett Brew Yard. (Saturday, May 4 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; City Hall Plaza, Boston; free entry; all ages, 21+ for entry into the Wachusett Brew Yard))

Taza Chocolate Block Party

If you’ve never visited Taza Chocolate’s Somerville factory before, this Saturday is a good time for a trip. The stone-ground chocolate maker will host its annual block party, complete with live music and dancing, free hot chocolate samples, drinks from Far From the Tree Cider and Notch Brewing’s Mobile Biergarten, and Choco Tacos from Honeycomb Creamery. (Saturday, May 4 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Taza Chocolate, Somerville; free; all ages)

Harvard Square MayFair


The Harvard Square Business Association will have its own outdoor party this weekend with its 36th annual MayFair. Along with local businesses selling food from outdoor tents, there will be mariachi bands wandering throughout the square, five beer gardens, a children’s activity area, Roaming Railroad train rides, and stage performances from reggae and folk artists. (Sunday May 5 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.; Harvard Square, Cambridge; free; all ages)

Polish Fest Boston

Boston’s thriving Polish-American community will convene in Dorchester this weekend for Polish Fest, a celebration of everything Poland run by the Polish American Citizens Club of South Boston. Guests can enjoy delicious food, live music, and an immersion into Polish-American culture and traditions. (Sunday, May 5 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.; 82 Boston St., Dorchester, Boston; free; all ages)

Aeronaut Pindrop Sessions Season Two Finale

With the opening of the Boston Pops 2019 season next Wednesday, it’s fitting that another classical music-inspired series will finish its run. Aeronaut Brewery’s Pindrop Sessions will host its final installment of the season this Sunday with “The Senses of Summer,” a co-presentation with neighboring restaurant Tasting Counter that will pair a tasting menu with the music of synesthetic Boston-based composer Mary Bichner, in what the brewery promises will be a “multi-sensory smorgasbord of music, color and taste.” The event will also feature what Aeronaut and presenting partner WGBH claim is the first-ever classical work commissioned by a brewery. (Sunday, May 5 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Aeronaut Brewery, Somerville; $20-55; all ages, but those under 21 must be accompanied by a guardian)

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