10 things to do in Boston this weekend

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An assortment of gelato flavors at a previous edition of the Gelato America festival.
An assortment of gelato flavors at a previous edition of the Gelato America festival. –Courtesy Gelato Festival

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.

Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series Launch

It’s now officially outdoor fitness season, and the Boston Parks Department will kick off its free fitness series with a launch event on Thursday in Copley Square. Along with the first free classes of the year (Zumba and Qigong), participants will be able to score free T-shirts, tote bags, and more. (Thursday, May 30 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Copley Square, Boston; free; all ages)

“Stories in Science” at the New England Aquarium


Science journalism is tricky business, with scribes working tirelessly to fully understand complicated subjects and translate them to a mass audience. Scientist and “NOVA” producer Ari Daniel will give a free lecture on the subject at the New England Aquarium on Thursday, discussing tips he’s learned during reporting that has taken him all over the world in pursuit of a story. (Thursday, May 30 at 7 p.m.; New England Aquarium, Boston; free; all ages)

Florence and the Machine

Break out of the dog days and get on your feet with Florence and the Machine at the Xfinity Center on Saturday. The English indie rock band will be in town for their High as Hope Tour, named for their 2018 album. (Thursday, May 30 at 7:30 p.m.; Xfinity Center, Mansfield; $35-122; all ages)

Eli “Paperboy” Reed

Brookline native Eli “Paperboy” Reed has come a long way since first breaking into the Boston music scene in the mid-aughts, dropping six albums of soul and R&B music since 2005. He’ll be back on his home turf on Thursday to promote the release of his newest album, “99 Cent Dreams,” with a show at the Sinclair. (Thursday, May 30 at 9 p.m.; The Sinclair, Cambridge; $15-$18; 18+)

Best Buddies Tom Brady Football Challenge

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will once again team up with Best Buddies this weekend, playing a celebrity flag football game with a few other familiar faces, including teammates Julian Edelman and James White, as well as former Patriots players Troy Brown, Christian Fauria, Dan Koppen, and Scott Zolak. You can RSVP online for free tickets to watch the game, with a limit of four tickets per registration. Celebrity chef Guy Fieri also will be on hand for the third annual Guy Cooking with Best Buddies, but tickets will not be sold to the public for that event this year, for capacity reasons. (Friday, May 31 at 6 p.m.; Harvard Stadium, Boston; free; all ages)

Duke Ellington’s Sacred Jazz


Late in life, jazz legend Duke Ellington composed three “Sacred Concerts,” finishing the last one in 1973, a year before his death. Ellington called the trio of compositions “the most important thing I have ever done,” and this weekend, local musicians will play excerpts from them during two church performances, the first on Friday evening in Jamaica Plain and the second on Saturday afternoon in Roxbury. Among the scheduled performers are a jazz trio, three church choirs, six soloists, and a tap dancer. (Friday, May 31 at 7:30 p.m.; Bethel A.M.E. Church, Boston; free; all ages / Saturday, June 1 at 3 p.m.; Roxbury Presbyterian Church, Boston; free; all ages)

Gelato Festival Boston

Gelato Festival, an international events company that runs gelato festivals around the world, is partnering with Eataly to bring you all the gelato you can eat this weekend from 10 gelato vendors. There will also be wine, spritzes, and savory bites for purchase, and your votes could help local gelato makers like Meghan Thompson of SRV and Frank Martino of Sweet Street Gelato move on to the festival finals. (Saturday, June 1 and Sunday, June 2 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Boylston Plaza, Boston; $10-30; all ages)

Men in Blazers Live

Most soccer fans in Boston will be glued to the Champions League final between Liverpool and Tottenham on Saturday. Once the match is done, you’ll likely find many of them at the Berklee Performance Center. That’s where popular soccer podcast Men in Blazers will tape a live episode, in what will surely be a hilarious recap of the day’s events from co-hosts Roger Bennett and Michael Davies. (Saturday, June 1 at 7 p.m.; Berklee Performance Center, Boston; $35-45; all ages)

“Winter’s Bone”


Before directing last year’s critical darling “Leave No Trace,” Cambridge native Debra Granik made a big splash with 2010’s “Winter’s Bone,” a noir set in the Ozarks that follows Ree (Jennifer Lawrence, “The Hunger Games”) as she tries to locate her convict father before the family home is repossessed. The Brattle will screen the Oscar-nominated film this Saturday, with Granik on hand all weekend as part of a salute to the director from the Boston Society of Film Critics. (Saturday, June 1 at 7 p.m.; Brattle Theatre, Cambridge; $9-12; rated R)

Beacon Hill Art Walk

The Beacon Hill Art Walk is an annual celebration of culture at which around 100 artists and musicians take to the sidewalks to sell their wares or simply provide a festive atmosphere. The walk also offers visitors a chance to explore many of the private gardens, courtyards, and alleys in the historic neighborhood. (Sunday, June 2 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.; Beacon Hill, Boston; free; all ages)