10 things to do in Boston this Memorial Day weekend

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ICA Watershed
ICA patrons take the ferry over to the ICA Watershed in East Boston. –Lane Turner/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 boston.com/events. You can also learn even more about awesome events around Boston by joining the BosTen Facebook group.

“Pulp Fiction”

Almost exactly 25 years ago, Quentin Tarantino’s second feature film, “Pulp Fiction,” was a hit at the Cannes Film Festival. Earlier this week, Tarantino hit Cannes to debut his ninth film, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” and this Thursday, the Brattle Theatre will present one of the director’s best regarded works in 35mm. (Thursday, May 23 at 4 p.m. and 10 p.m.; Brattle Theatre, Cambridge; $9-12; rated R)

“American Experience: Chasing the Moon”


As we approach the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum is getting into the space spirit by welcoming a panel of experts for a discussion and sneak preview of the upcoming PBS documentary series “American Experience: Chasing the Moon.” WGBH host Callie Crossley will moderate the discussion. (Thursday, May 23 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.; John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston; free; all ages)

Juice WRLD

Chicago-bred singer-songwriter/rapper Juice WRLD caught fire last year with “Lucid Dreams,” then built on his momentum by quickly pushing out a second record, “Death Race for Love,” earlier this year. The fast-rising artist has already reached headliner status, earning top billing at Agganis Arena on Thursday with trap rapper Ski Mask the Slump God in support. (Thursday, May 23 at 8 p.m.; Agganis Arena, Boston; $34-$46; all ages)

Boston Calling Music Festival 2019

There are still tickets available for this year’s edition of Boston Calling, which will again take place at the Harvard Athletic Complex in Allston. For the festival’s 10th edition, organizers have alt-rock duo Twenty One Pilots, psychedelic pop-rock group Tame Impala, and rapper Travis Scott headlining the bill, with local acts including singer-songwriter Sidney Gish and indie rockers Pile. Both three-day weekend passes and one-day tickets for each individual day of the festival can be found on the Boston Calling website(Friday, May 24 through Sunday, May 26 at various times; Harvard Athletic Complex, Boston; $119-649; all ages)

Cisco Brewers’ Fort Point Nantucket at City Tap Boston


On the weekend of the famed Figawi regatta from Hyannis to Nantucket, City Tap House is partnering with Cisco Brewers for a “Fort Point Nantucket” installation, turning the restaurant’s patio into a replica of Cisco’s Nantucket microbrewery. While you toss bean bags into the bar’s cornhole set and pose at the bar’s Nantucket-inspired photo station, Cisco will dish out drinks, including its new Crantucket Brut IPA. (Saturday, May 25 through Monday, May 27 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; City Tap Boston, Boston; free; 21+)


Anyone lucky enough to catch godfathers of thrash metal Slayer at the Sinclair in 2015 can attest to how hard this group still rocks, even after 30-plus years. The band is in the midst of their farewell tour, meaning Saturday’s show at the Xfinity Center could very well be their last. Fellow metal deity Lamb of God, Swedish death metal group Amon Amarth, and New York brutal metal band Cannibal Corpse will join Slayer this weekend. (Saturday, May 25 at 6 p.m.; Xfinity Center, Mansfield; $25-$139; all ages)

Jenny Slate

In case you won’t catch the comedian and Milton native performing at Boston Calling on Saturday, she’ll also take the stage at the Wilbur later in the evening, in what the comedian billed “a special show” on her Instagram. (Saturday, May 25 at 7 p.m.; The Wilbur, Boston; $34-49; all ages)

Boston Answering

Billed as a “cultural response manifested into a show” by organizer Hipstory, Boston Answering will bring five local artists to the stage in Dorchester during one of the nights that Boston Calling will be rocking in Allston. Local acts Cliff Notez, Forté, VQnC, Photocomfort, and Red Shaydez will showcase the local scene’s strength on stage at the Strand Theatre. (Saturday, May 25 at 8:30 p.m.; Strand Theatre, Boston; $15-$20; all ages)

Free Admission to the MFA


For Memorial Day, the Museum of Fine Arts will offer free admission to all visitors. While there are always plenty of great things to view at the museum, one current highlight is “Frida Kahlo and Arte Popular,” a show devoted to the Mexican painter and her interest in folk art that runs through June 18. (Monday, May 27 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; free; all ages)

Free Admission to the ICA

Just like the MFA, the Institute of Contemporary Art will provide free admission on Monday. Be one of the first this year to check out the ICA Watershed, the museum’s East Boston outpost accessible by ferry that opens for the season on Sunday. It will feature “John Akomfrah: Purple,” a six-channel video installation exploring the implications of climate change that’s making its US debut. (Monday, May 27 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; free; all ages)