10 things to do in Boston this weekend

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John Prybot smells lilacs during the annual Lilac Sunday at the Arnold Arboretum in 2015.
John Prybot smells lilacs during the annual Lilac Sunday at the Arnold Arboretum in 2015. Keith Bedford/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.

Craig Ferguson

Comedian and former “Late Late Show” host Craig Ferguson will be in Brookline on Thursday to talk about his new book, “Riding the Elephant: A Memoir of Altercations, Humiliations, Hallucinations, and Observations,” with The Boston Globe’s Mark Shanahan. Ferguson’s memoir chronicles the Scottish American entertainer’s big break into stardom, his troubles with alcohol, and his adventures as a father. Admission to the event, being held by Brookline Booksmith at Coolidge Corner Theatre, includes a copy of the book. (Thursday, May 9 at 6 p.m.; Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline; $28; all ages)

MFA Late Nites

The MFA will host another evening of its Late Nites programming on Friday, keeping portions of the museum open until 2 a.m. Visitors can explore a dozen galleries, including “Frida Kahlo and Arte Popular,” an exhibit focused on the Mexican artist that ends its run at the MFA next month. There will also be late-night snacks, performance artists, and live music in various sections of the museum. (Friday, May 10 from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; $20; all ages)

Boston Bubble Festival

After witnessing the popularity of  Jim “Bubble Guy” Dichter at previous City of Boston events, the Boston Parks Department will host a Boston Bubble Festival at Parkman Bandstand on Saturday, with free activities for all age groups. The festival will include giant, floating bubble demonstrations, a stilt walker, music from Country 102.5, and free snacks from HP Hood and KIND Snacks. (Saturday, May 11 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Parkman Bandstand, Boston; free; all ages)

Somerville PorchFest

Once a year during PorchFest, Somerville transforms into one huge concert, with hundreds of musicians performing on porches across the city. Artists on West Somerville porches will play throughout a 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. window, while those in Central Somerville will perform from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., and those in East Somerville will take to their instruments from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. (Saturday, May 11 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.; various locations, Somerville; free; all ages)

Boston Night Market

City Hall Plaza will come alive on Saturday evening thanks to the Boston Night Market, a mixture of food vendors, carnival games, and a beer garden to boot. More than 40 local eateries will provide the grub, and visitors can enter to win prizes like a 4K TV or Apple AirPods. (Saturday, May 11 from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.; City Hall Plaza, Boston; $10 GA, $30 VIP, free for kids ages 8 and under; all ages)

Josh Ritter

Onetime Somerville resident Josh Ritter has been putting out a blend of folk and alt-country for more than 20 years now, and he dropped his 10th album, “Fever Breaks,” last month. The singer-songwriter will play the Wilbur on both Saturday and Sunday along with his Royal City Band. Saturday’s show is close to sold out, but plenty of tickets remain for Sunday’s set. (Saturday, May 11 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, May 12 at 8 p.m.; The Wilbur, Boston; $32-$151; all ages)

Lilac Sunday at the Arnold Arboretum

The Arnold Arboretum is home to thousands of plants, but only the lilac gets its own, special day, with guided tours of the park’s 397 lilac plants — representing 179 kinds of lilacs — available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday is also the only day that picnics are allowed inside the arboretum, so grab a blanket and basket if you want to seize the rare opportunity. (Sunday, May 12 from dawn to dusk; Arnold Arboretum, Boston; free; all ages)

Duckling Day

In honor of the beloved children’s book “Make Way for Ducklings,” Boston Common will play host to its annual Duckling Day, a morning filled with kid-friendly activities. The event will be capped by a parade of duck-costumed families from Parkman Bandstand to the Public Garden led by the Harvard Marching Band. Registration fees for the parade benefit Friends of the Public Garden. (Sunday, May 12 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Boston Common, Boston; $35-40 per family; all ages)

SoWa Open Market Kickoff

Rainy weather unfortunately pushed the opening of SoWa Open Market back until May, but the market’s 175 vendors will be well prepared for Mother’s Day. Sunday will see a rosé pop-up from the Urban Grape, a beer garden takeover by Fiddlehead Brewery, free Mother’s Day portraits, and a build-your-own terrarium activity at the market’s DIY workshop. (Sunday, May 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; 450 Harrison Ave., Boston; free; all ages)

Lee Fields and the Expressions

R&B and soul singer Lee Fields is a true throwback, having collaborated with legends of yesteryear like B.B. King, Bobby Womack, and Kool and the Gang. Fields hasn’t slowed either, as he and his group The Expressions have put out five albums in the last 10 years, including this year’s “It Rains Love.” It’s that album that will bring Fields to Brighton Music Hall on Sunday. (Sunday, May 12 at 7 p.m.; Brighton Music Hall, Boston; $15; 18+)