10 things to do in Boston this weekend

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Ben Levi Ross, Aaron Lazar, Christiane Noll and Maggie McKenna in the North American tour of "Dear Evan Hansen." Matthew Murphy

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.

“Dear Evan Hansen”

The Tony- and Grammy Award-winning musical “Dear Evan Hansen” just began a 25-day run at the Boston Opera House. The show is about a socially anxious teen who finds himself wrapped up in the life of a classmate who commits suicide, and due to the weighty subject matter, it’s recommended for ages 12 and up. (Now through Sunday, Aug. 4 at various times; Boston Opera House, Boston; $49.50-$325; recommended for 12+)

Boston French Film Festival

The 23rd annual Boston French Film Festival will bring a varied lineup of 20 recent movies produced in France to the Museum of Fine Arts starting today. The festival opens with a free outdoor screening of the absurd comedy “The Trouble With You” starring Audrey Tautou (“Amelie,” “The Da Vinci Code”), and also features films like “High Life,” a recent sci-fi title starring Robert Pattinson (“Twilight”) and Juliette Binoche (“The English Patient”). (Thursday, July 11 through Sunday, July 28 at various times; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; $10-$13 per film; all ages)

Free Fun Friday on the Charles River 

Museums and historic houses aren’t the only venues that are part of the Highland Street Foundation’s Free Fun Friday summer programs. This Friday, get outside for the Charles River Association’s event, where you can take canoeing or kayaking lessons on the Charles River, eat free Ben & Jerry’s ice cream on the shore, and listen to children’s stories. In case the weather doesn’t cooperate, you can find other Free Fun Friday events at places like the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and the Patriots Hall of Fame in Foxborough. (Friday, July 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Christian Herter Park, Allston; free; all ages)

Levitate Music Festival

The South Shore’s annual music and arts festival returns to the shores of Marshfield for a seventh-straight summer, with the event expanding to three days this year. This year’s lineup of more than two dozen acts is highlighted by the Tedeschi Trucks Band, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, and Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley. (Friday, July 12 at 4 p.m. to Sunday, July 14 at 11:30 a.m.; Marshfield Fairgrounds, Marshfield; $15-$675; all ages)

WGBH FunFest and Craft Beer Festival Fundraisers

WGBH will hold a pair of back-to-back fundraisers at its studio on Saturday, one geared toward public broadcasting fans of all ages and the other for adults only. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., visitors can check out FunFest, a family-friendly event with plenty of ice cream, PBS Kids characters, face painting, carnival games, and music. In the evening, adults can return for the Craft Beer Fundraiser, which will have unlimited 2-ounce samples from more than 30 local beverage companies and food from several food truck favorites, along with live music and lawn games. (Saturday, July 14: FunFest from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Craft Beer from 7 to 10 p.m.; WGBH Studio, Boston; $15 for FunFest, $45-$75 for Craft Beer; all ages for FunFest, 21+ for Craft Beer)

ArtBeat 2019

Somerville comes extra alive for one weekend each summer during ArtBeat, a rollicking outdoor festival that takes over Davis Square. The Somerville Arts Council has lined up 75 craft vendors, music acts including 2018 Boston Music Awards winner Cliff Notez, dance troupes, and a host of interactive performances to delight visitors as they pass through the neighborhood. (Saturday, July 13 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Davis Square, Somerville; free; all ages)

Boston Pizza Festival 

More than 30 pizza purveyors will descend on City Hall Plaza this weekend for the annual Boston Pizza Festival. Slice specialists from as far as Naples, Italy, and as near as Fan. Hall and the North End will be on hand, and VIPs have an hour of all-you-can-eat ‘za before the rest of the crowd can get in. (Saturday, July 13 and Sunday, July 14 from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.; City Hall Plaza, Boston; $15 GA, $50 VIP, free for children 5 and under; all ages)

Boston Got Sole Sneaker Convention 

Sneakerheads will want to make their way to Gillette Stadium this Saturday for the Boston Got Sole Sneaker Convention, where shoe enthusiasts can buy, sell, and trade rare kicks and other apparel. The event will also have basketball tournaments, live performances, raffles, and giveaways. (Saturday, July 13 from noon to 6 p.m.; Gillette Stadium, Foxborough; $25-$32; all ages)

JP Porchfest

After so many days of fireworks last week, there will be rhythms and booms of a different type in Jamaica Plain on Saturday, thanks to JP Porchfest. More than 150 artists will play concerts on residential porches all across the Boston neighborhood. You can see a full list of bands and set times and download a printable map and schedule at the JP Porchfest website(Saturday, July 13 from noon to 6 p.m.; various locations, Jamaica Plain; free; all ages)

Belle & Sebastian

Going solely on their name, Belle & Sebastian sound like a duo in the grand tradition of Simon & Garfunkel or Hall & Oates. In reality, the Scottish indie rock collective has seven members, which have changed over the group’s 20-plus years in the business. Touring on the heels of their 2018 album “How to Solve Our Human Problems,” the twee pop outfit will be at the House of Blues on Saturday along with D.C. power trio Ex Hex. (Saturday, July 13 at 7 p.m.; House of Blues, Boston; $39.50; all ages)