10 things to do in Boston this weekend

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Trillium Beer Garden
Trillium Brewery's Garden on the Greenway. Courtesy Trillium

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.

Trillium Garden on the Greenway

A sure sign of warmer weather approaching is the reopening of Trillium’s Garden on the Greenway, which will welcome patrons back for the season on Thursday. The Fort Point brewery will have a beer lineup of new lagers, including the recently announced Central Artery, named for the traffic monstrosity that once stood where the Greenway now lies. The garden will also have a rotating selection of Fresh Press ales, featuring Trillium’s Wild Ale mixed with fresh pressed juices, as well as wines from Westport Rivers Vineyard & Winery. (Beginning Thursday, May 16 from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway, Boston; free entry; 21+)

Boston Calling Block Parties

The Boston Calling Music Festival isn’t until next weekend, but the seasonal Boston Calling Block Parties will return to the Greenway this Thursday with lawn games, live music from country and classic rock trio Bourbon Chasers, and plenty of beer and wine. The block parties will continue every Thursday through the end of August. (Thursday, May 16 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Dewey Square Parks, Boston; free; 21+)

Frank Turner

British folk-punk musician Frank Turner will once again play a multi-night run of concerts in Boston, kicking off four straight evenings of shows this Thursday as part of his “Lost Evenings” residency at House of Blues. A rotating list of multiple bands will share the stage with Turner each evening, including Loudon Wainwright III, The Hold Steady, and Against Me!. (Thursday, May 16 through Sunday, May 19 at various times; House of Blues, Boston; $49.50-$69.50; all ages)

Boston’s National Bike to Work Day Festival

Friday is National Bike to Work Day, and the City of Boston will say thank you to its cyclists by offering free breakfast and coffee at City Hall Plaza to anyone who cycles to their jobs. Exhibitors will also have tents set up on the plaza and will offer a range of free swag and cool cycling-centric deals. Just be sure to bring your bike, helmet, Blue Bikes key, and/or spandex to prove that your commute involved pedaling in order to receive the free breakfast goodies. (Friday, May 17 from 6:45 a.m. to 9 a.m.; City Hall Plaza, Boston; free; all ages)

70mm and Widescreen Festival

People are increasingly watching movies on nontraditional screens like laptops and phones. This Somerville Theatre festival is dedicated to showing classic films the classic way, playing titles like “West Side Story” and “Poltergeist” in a more authentic cinematic aspect ratio. Beyond 70mm films, the theater will project 1967’s “Casino Royale” in 35mm and 1963’s “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World,” in 70mm Ultra Panavision. (Friday, May 17 through Wednesday, May 22 at various times; Somerville Theatre, Somerville; $10-15 per film; all ages)


It’s that time of year again: Head over to Harpoon Brewery this weekend for two days of live music from bands like Howl at the Moon and Brothers McCann. There will also be lawn games, food trucks, tours of the brewery, and, of course, plenty of Harpoon beers. (Friday, May 17 from 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Saturday, May 18 from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Harpoon Brewery, Boston; $25-30; 21+)

“Between the Lines”

It’s been more than 40 years since “Between the Lines” first hit theaters, chronicling the staff of a fictional Boston alt-weekly fighting back against a corporate takeover. Partially based on screenwriter Fred Barron’s time working for the now-defunct local alt-weeklies The Boston Phoenix and The Real Paper, “Between the Lines” features early career performances from Jeff Goldblum (“Jurassic Park”), Lindsay Crouse (“Slap Shot”), and John Heard (“Home Alone”), and was filmed in and around Cambridge. The Brattle will screen a newly restored print of the film from Friday through Monday. (Friday, May 17 through Monday, May 20 at various times; Brattle Theatre, Cambridge; $9-12; rated R)

Esplanade 5K

Go on what will hopefully — finally — be a beautiful riverside run during the Esplanade 5K this Saturday. Starting at the DCR Hatch Memorial Shell on the Charles River Esplanade, this race will wind around one of Boston’s best running routes, and participants will raise money for the Esplanade Association. Afterward, runners can enjoy drinks from Polar Seltzer and snacks from companies like KIND Bar and Ben & Jerry’s. (Saturday, May 18 at 9 a.m.; DCR Hatch Memorial Shell, Boston; $45-50; all ages)

The Beatings

Twenty years after forming, this Boston-based rock quintet will play one final show at Great Scott before disbanding. Fellow Boston indie rockers Hands and Knees will also perform, supporting The Beatings as they cap off a career that spanned six releases and multiple national tours. (Saturday, May 18 at 9:15 p.m.; Great Scott, Boston; $12; 21+)

Phantom Gourmet Craft Beer and Food Phest

Phantom Gourmet is known for visiting restaurants across the state. This weekend, the show will hold a “phest” of its own that will be focused on craft beer. Around 20 local breweries, including Aeronaut, Down the Road, and Mayflower, will take part, with visitors able to choose from an afternoon (2 p.m. to 5 p.m.) or evening (6 p.m. to 9 p.m.) session. (Saturday, May 19 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. or 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Boston Center for the Arts, Boston; $40; 21+)