10 things to do in Boston this weekend

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New Kids on the Block Las Vegas
Singers Danny Wood, Donnie Wahlberg, Jordan Knight, Joey McIntyre, and Jonathan Knight of New Kids on the Block perform during a stop of the Mixtape Tour at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on May 25, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. –Ethan Miller/Getty Images

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.

Frog Pond Spray Pool Opening

With temperatures expected to reach the upper 80s this weekend, it’s fortunate that Boston’s Park and Recreation Department will hold the grand opening for the Frog Pond Spray Pool on Thursday. Whether you’re taking your kids or ditching your cubicle and rolling up your khakis during your lunch break, all are welcome to cool off on the pond edge or frolic under the 30-foot fountain flume. (Thursday, June 27 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Boston Common Frog Pond, Boston; free; all ages)

“Medusa, Reclaiming the Myth”


All summer long, the Museum of Science will feature a wide range of nightlife options each Thursday night, including this week’s “Medusa, Reclaiming the Myth,” which features local neo-soul band What Time Is It, Mr. Fox? performing a new concept album that puts a modern spin on the Greek myth of Medusa. The show, which will run three times throughout the summer in the museum’s planetarium, sees Medusa through a lens of feminist empowerment, and will include custom animations and immersive elements. (Thursday, June 27 at 7:30 p.m.; Museum of Science, Boston; $20; 18+)  

Jeff Goldblum and the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra

While Jeff Goldblum is better known as an accomplished actor — and more recently as a living meme of sorts — he’s also an accomplished jazz pianist. He recently put out an album of big-band jazz hits with the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra, which will accompany him Thursday to the Wilbur for a show that promises a mix of music and banter straight out of “The Lawrence Welk Show.” (Thursday, June 27 at 7:30 p.m.; The Wilbur, Boston; $65-85; all ages)

DJ Diesel

It’s safe to say Thursday night’s featured entertainment at Encore Boston Harbor’s new nightclub Memoire will stand above the crowd, even without the help of the club’s elevated performance stand. That’s because the DJ in question is DJ Diesel, the stage name for NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal. If the mere concept of watching Shaq rev up a crowd of casino-goers isn’t enticing enough, his 2018 performance at The Grand suggests Thursday’s set will be high energy and bass-heavy. (Thursday, June 27 from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Memoire, Everett; $80; 21+)

Free Fun Fridays


With schools out for summer, the Highland Street Foundation will once again offer free admission to 10 museums and attractions across Massachusetts during 10 consecutive summer Fridays, starting this week and ending on Aug. 30. This weekend, the 10 participating locations are in Boston (Lyric Stage Company of Boston, Nichols Museum), Worcester (Worcester Art Museum), and even western Mass. (Friday, June 28 at various times; various locations; free; all ages)

“Jurassic Park”

Speaking of Jeff Goldblum, the Brattle Theatre is attempting to entice the oddball actor into sticking around the Boston area for an extra night by playing three showings of “Jurassic Park,” in which Goldblum plays chaos theorist Dr. Ian Malcolm. It’s a long shot, but seeing the 1993 blockbuster on the big screen again is probably worth the price of admission alone to many, regardless of whether Goldblum makes an unlikely appearance. (Friday, June 28 at 4:30 p.m., 7 p.m., and 9:45 p.m.; Brattle Theatre, Cambridge; $9-12; rated PG-13) 

Cambridge City Dance Party

This Friday evening, the city of Cambridge will close its main thoroughfare to traffic but open it to dancers. Thousands are expected to descend on City Hall for the city’s annual dance party. A DJ will spin music, and after the sun sets, the city will launch bright, colorful lights to keep the party going. (Friday, June 28 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.; City Hall, Cambridge; free; all ages)

New Kids on the Block

More than 33 years after the release of their self-titled debut album, all five members of Boston boy band New Kids on the Block are still hangin’ tough. Jonathan Knight, Jordan Knight, Joey McIntyre, Donnie Wahlberg, and Danny Wood will play two hometown shows at TD Garden this weekend as part of the band’s Mixtape Tour, which will also feature fellow pop stars of the ’80s and ’90s with Debbie Gibson, Naughty by Nature, Salt-N-Pepa, and Tiffany. (Friday, June 28 and Saturday, June 29 at 8 p.m.; TD Garden, Boston; $20-234; all ages)



A 12-hour midnight marathon of six Keanu Reeves movies? As the man himself might say: Whoa. The Coolidge Corner Theatre is keeping most of the lineup a secret, only revealing that the opening film will be a rare 35mm print of 1991’s surfer action flick “Point Break” and the closing film will be the 1994 thriller “Speed.” Reeves’ filmography is strong enough that it’s hard to predict which four films will make up the remainder of the slate, though we would personally consider any 12-hour Keanu marathon without a “Bill and Ted” film to be totally bogus. (Saturday, June 29 at 11:59 p.m.; Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline; $25; rated R)

Cirque du Soleil

At this point, the reputation of international circus company Cirque du Soleil is such that audiences should expect to be wowed by the troupe’s acrobatic feats regardless of the show’s theme. But for those who appreciate a typically oddball Cirque storyline, the show currently playing in Boston through Monday is “Corteo,” the tale of a clown named Mauro who envisions his own funeral as a joyous procession of acrobatic prowess. (Thursday, June 27 through Sunday, June 30 at various times; Agganis Arena, Boston; $35-145; all ages)