10 things to do in Boston this weekend

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Bo the Samoyed with his human Michael at the Somerville Dog Festival.
Bo the Samoyed with his human Michael at the Somerville Dog Festival. –Somerville Dog 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.

Patriots NFL Season Kickoff Party

While the Patriots don’t begin defending their Super Bowl title until Sunday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Pepsi will get the season started in style on Thursday with a free party at Gillette Stadium. Patriots safety Devin McCourty will be on hand for a Q&A, and there will be performances from the team cheerleaders and country music star Chris Lane. Fans will also get to see the Lombardi Trophy, as well as potentially win autographed merchandise, tickets to Sunday’s Patriots-Steelers game, and more. (Thursday, Sept. 5 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Gillette Stadium, Foxborough; free; all ages)

Free Frog Pond Movie Night


Before officially bidding farewell to summer, Mayor Marty Walsh will host a free moving screening at the Boston Common Frog Pond this Friday. Families can gather to watch “Avengers: Infinity War” starting at dusk, and enjoy carousel rides until the movie begins. (Friday, Sept. 6 at dusk; Boston Common Frog Pond, Boston; free; rated PG-13)

“Pink Flamingos”

Director John Waters made a name for himself with this 1972 boundary-pushing film, the first of what the longtime Provincetown summer resident calls his “Trash Trilogy.” The film is a consummate example of abject art, pushing audiences away with its fixation on the grotesque and depraved, but “Pink Flamingos” is perfect midnight movie fare, which is exactly when the Coolidge will be playing it on Friday night. (Friday, Sept. 6 at 11:59 p.m.; Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline; $13.25; rated NC-17)

Somerville Greek Festival

The Dormition of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church in Somerville will provide authentic Greek music plus plenty of gyros and other authentic Greek cuisine in the city’s Spring Hill neighborhood all weekend long. (Friday, Sept. 6 and Saturday, Sept. 7 from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 8 from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Dormition of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church, Somerville; free entry; all ages)

94th Annual Italian Fest of Saints Cosmas and Damian

The Saints Cosmas and Damian Society will return to the streets of Cambridge and Somerville for its 94th Italian Fest this weekend, offering food, games, live music, and nightly candlelit processions around the neighborhood. (Friday, Sept. 6 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 7 from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 8 from 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saints Cosmas and Damian Society, Cambridge; free; all ages)

Boston Arts Festival


Started in 2003 by then-Mayor Thomas Menino to promote art studios throughout the city, the Boston Arts Festival will bring together a mix of more than 50 visual and performing artists at Christopher Columbus Park this weekend. (Saturday, Sept. 7 and Sunday, Sept. 8 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Christopher Columbus Park, Boston; free; all ages)

9th Annual Jamaica Plain Music Festival

Support local music by showing up to the Jamaica Plain Music Festival at Pinebank Field on Saturday. More than 20 local artists and bands will be on hand to serenade audiences at this community-organized event, including Chandler Travis’s Philharmonette, Diablogato, and Gentle Temper. (Saturday, Sept. 7 from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Pinebank Field, Boston; free; all ages)

Boston Night Market

City Hall Plaza will transform into an Asian-inspired bazaar during the annual Boston Night Market on Saturday. There’s fun for all ages, with carnival games for the kids and a 21-plus beer garden for the adults. You’ll also be able to sample food from more than 40 local vendors and catch a performance from Boston University’s miXx K-Pop Cover Dance Crew, among other fun activities. (Saturday, Sept. 7 from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.; City Hall Plaza, Boston; $11 GA, free for kids ages 9 and under; all ages)

Somerville Dog Festival 

Dog owners and pet-less canine enthusiasts alike will descend on Trum Field this Sunday for Somerville’s annual dog festival. Lead your faithful pooch through an obstacle, watch an all-dog production of “Cats,” try out free obedience classes, or simply marvel at the sheer volume of  four-legged good boys and girls assembled. (Sunday, Sept. 8 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Trum Field, Somerville; free; all ages)

Summer Jam 2019


It’s better late than never for Jam’n 94.5’s annual hip-hop concert. The radio station had to cancel its previously scheduled June 1 concert date, and no longer features original headliner Cardi B. That said, the revamped lineup for this Sunday’s show is still formidable, with Meek Mill, Future, YG, Mustard, and Megan Thee Stallion taking the Xfinity Center stage this Sunday. (Sunday, Sept. 8 at 7 p.m.; Xfinity Center, Mansfield; $35 and up; all ages)