10 things to do in Boston this weekend

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Lion dancing will be one of the attractions at the 50th annual Chinatown August Moon Festival this weekend. Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff

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Rob Delaney

Rob Delaney has lived in the U.K. for a while now, but the comedian and Marblehead native will be back in town Thursday for a pair of shows in front of a hometown crowd at the Wilbur. Delaney’s first show of the evening is sold out, but tickets still remain for the 10 p.m. set. (Thursday, Aug. 8 at 10 p.m.; The Wilbur, Boston; $37; all ages)


The west end of Faneuil Hall Marketplace will transform into an outdoor movie theater on Thursday as part of the third annual Movies on the Marketplace series. Cosplayers will greet guests prior to a screening of “Hairspray,” and attendees will be able to win prizes like admission to nearby attractions and gift certificates to local businesses. (Thursday, Aug. 8, from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston; free; rated PG)

Free Fun Fridays

Another summer Friday means another round of free admission to museums and attractions across the state thanks to the Highland Street Foundation. Three Boston attractions will be free to the public this Friday: the Greenway Carousel, the Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park, and the Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists. Elsewhere in Massachusetts, highlights include the New Bedford Whaling Museum and the Hancock Shaker Village in Pittsfield. (Friday, Aug. 9 at various times and locations; free; all ages)

Boston Contemporary Dance Festival 

The Boston Contemporary Dance Festival will bring together a diverse group of dance artists from across the region and country for a pair of shows on Saturday. Check out the 2 p.m. showcase for performances from local ensembles or the 7:30 p.m. national showcase headlined by Cirio Project, a group created by former principal dancers in the Boston Ballet. (Saturday, Aug. 10 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Huntington Avenue Theatre, Boston; $15 -$55; all ages)

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band

The mayor of Margaritaville, fresh off an on-brand role in the Matthew McConaughey movie “The Beach Bum,” will bring the party back to the Bay State this weekend, with Parrotheads flocking to the Xfinity Center for a Saturday evening show. Don’t forget to bring a shaker of salt. (Saturday, Aug. 10 at 8 p.m.; Xfinity Center, Mansfield; $99-$146; all ages


It’s been a dizzying rise for Texas singer-songwriter Khalid, who went from posting songs on Soundcloud as an unsigned artist a few years ago to headlining a show at TD Garden this weekend on the strength of his No. 1 album “Free Spirit,” which came out in April. Khalid will have some help from opener Clairo, a Carlisle native who has seen her own rise to fame thanks to internet stardom. (Saturday, Aug. 10 at 7:30 p.m.; TD Garden, Boston; $45-$120; all ages

21 Savage

A London-born rapper who has since established himself in the trap movement, 21 Savage has built an impressive resume over the last five years, putting out two albums, two mixtapes, and two EPs. His latest album, December 2018’s “I Am > I Was,” featured collaborations with other big names like J. Cole, Post Malone, Childish Gambino, and Travis Scott, and it’s on the heels of that album that Savage will perform at House of Blues on Saturday, along with openers Young Nudy and Calboy. (Saturday, Aug. 10 at 8 p.m.; House of Blues, Boston; $65-$85; all ages)

Ignite! Global Street Food and Fire Festival

Somerville’s Union Square has been beset by construction in recent months, but the hip enclave will light up with smiling faces and flaming torches on Saturday thanks to the Somerville Arts Council, which will pair delicious eats from international restaurants with fiery performances from members of the Boston Circus Guild. The festival features other activities as well, including food demos from local chefs, a spicy food eating contest, and a salsa dance party to cap off the evening. (Saturday, Aug. 10 from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Union Square, Somerville; free; all ages)

Chinatown August Moon Festival 

Chinatown’s August Moon Festival is a yearly event filled with cultural performances (like lion dancing and martial arts), as well as Chinese calligraphy, arts and crafts, and plenty of Chinese food and merchandise. The festival, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, also serves as a chance for visitors to learn about the meaning behind this harvest festival in Chinese culture. It typically attracts thousands of spectators to Chinatown, and will likely do so again this Sunday. (Sunday, Aug. 11 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Phillips Square, Boston; free; all ages)

Boston GospelFest

The 19th Annual GospelFest will take place at City Hall Sunday evening, and according to the city’s website, it’s the largest gospel music celebration in New England. Musicians scheduled to perform include Tamar St. Julien, Phil Thompson, and Grammy nominee Todd Dulaney, who will perform a headlining set. (Sunday, Aug. 11 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.; City Hall Plaza, Boston; free; all ages)