10 things to do in Boston this weekend

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Deborah Barrett-Cutulle works on her sculpture during the Revere Beach International Sand Sculpting Festival. Craig F. Walker/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 You can also learn even more about awesome events around Boston by joining the BosTen Facebook group.

Literary Trivia

The Boston Book Festival isn’t until October, but the BBF’s annual mid-year night of literary trivia will be hosted by WBUR anchor/reporter Jack Lepiarz at Trident Booksellers this Thursday. Round up a team of up to six bookworms, and you could win prizes donated by the BBF and other area booksellers. (Thursday, July 25 at 6 p.m.; Trident Booksellers, Boston; $15; all ages)

“Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”

In honor of Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon A Time … in Hollywood,” which is set in 1969 Los Angeles, the Coolidge Corner Theatre will screen a series of films released that year. This Thursday, the throwback film of choice is “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” the Oscar-winning western starring the inimitable pairing of Paul Newman and Robert Redford as train robbers on the run from the law. (Thursday, July 25 at 7 p.m.; Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline; $11.25-13.25; rated PG)

Steve Miller Band

“Take the Money and Run” to the Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion to buy a ticket for Thursday’s show from the Steve Miller Band, part of classic rock station WZLX’s 34th birthday bash. The show will have a healthy dose of country as well, courtesy singer-songwriter Marty Stuart. (Thursday, July 25 at 7 p.m.; Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion, Boston; $25-125; all ages)

“How Did This Get Made?”

For nearly a decade, comedians Paul Scheer (“The League”), June Diane Raphael (“Unfinished Business”), and Nahant native Jason Mantzoukas (“The Dictator”) have entertained listeners with their podcast “How Did This Get Made?,” in which the longtime friends dissect some of the most hilariously bad movies ever created. This Thursday, the trio will be at the Chevalier in Medford for two consecutive live versions of the podcast, with a different movie for each show. Tickets for the 7 p.m. show are sold out, but there are still seats available for the later show at 9:45 p.m. (Thursday, July 25 at 9:45 p.m.; Chevalier Theatre, Medford; $47-77; all ages)

Free Fun Fridays

Another summer Friday means another 10 Massachusetts institutions offering free admission thanks to the Highland Street Foundation. This Friday the list includes the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, the Cape Cod Museum of Art in Dennis, and the Larz Anderson Auto Museum in Brookline. (Friday, July 26 at various times and locations; free; all ages)


Local music scene devotees will be familiar with Waltham power pop collective Damone, who helped define the Boston sound of the early aughts with three records from 2003 to 2008. This Friday, the band will reunite for its first show in a decade at the Sinclair, along with openers Carissa Johnson and Slim Jim and the Mad Cows. (Friday, July 26 at 8 p.m.; The Sinclair, Cambridge; $20-41; 18+)

Puerto Rican Festival of Massachusetts

If you’ve noticed that a ferris wheel randomly appeared in City Hall Plaza in the last couple of days, it’s not for a super belated 4th of July carnival. It’s for the Puerto Rican Festival, a cultural celebration that originated in the South End and will celebrate its 52nd anniversary at City Hall Plaza with local and international musicians, Puerto Rican food, local arts and crafts, and more than a dozen amusement park rides. (Friday, July 26 from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday, July 27 and Sunday, July 28 from noon to 11 p.m.; City Hall Plaza, Boston; free; all ages)

Revere Beach International Sand Sculpting Festival

The International Sand Sculpting Festival is an annual summer staple at Revere Beach. Sand artists from across the globe will convene on Revere Beach to construct their granular artwork, with beachgoers voting for their favorites. Attendees can also check out live music and food trucks each day, plus a fireworks extravaganza on Saturday night. (Friday, July 26 and Saturday, July 27 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday, July 28 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Revere Beach, Revere; free; all ages)

Water Lantern Festival

Decorate a lantern, light it up, and send it sailing into the Charles River with the glow of many others. Admission gets you your own water lantern, a marker to decorate it, and a commemorative drawstring bag. (Saturday, July 27 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Hatch Memorial Shell, Boston; $12-65, free for children ages 7 and under; all ages)

Sweat Crawl on the Greenway

Structured like a bar crawl but with each watering hole replaced with a fitness class, the Sweat Crawl on the Greenway puts participants through the paces with three 30-minute workouts. Dance, jump, and kickbox your way through a marathon workout with three prominent local fitness instructors: Kick It By Eliza’s Eliza Shirazi, TRILLFIT lead instructor Melisa Valdez, and Barre Groove founder Alanna Perry. (10 a.m.; Atlantic Avenue from High Street to State Street, Boston; $40-50; all ages)

Boston Donut Fest

If you’re nuts for doughnuts, head to the South End on Sunday for Boston Donut Fest, where at least 10 major Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Maine doughnut shops will be doling out the sweet treats. If you’re not overwhelmed by sugar, you can also check out the  eight new murals that recently debuted at the outdoor space as part of the 2019 Underground Mural Project, and enjoy live music, kids games, and giveaways. (Sunday, July 28 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Underground at Ink Block, Boston; $12-15; all ages)