10 things to do in Boston this weekend

BosTen is your weekly guide to events and cool happenings in and around Boston.

Jars of Fluff at the Fluff Festival in Somerville. Patrick D. Rosso/Globe File Photo

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.

Boston Film Festival

The Boston Film Festival is back for another year, with a mix of comedies, dramas, documentaries, and even preview screenings for upcoming TV shows. Last year, the festival held one of the first showings in New England of eventual Best Picture Oscar winner “Green Book,” and this year organizers have brought in two more awards-worthy titles fresh off their screenings at the Toronto International Film Festival: “A Hidden Life,” from acclaimed director Terrence Malick, and “Jojo Rabbit,” a World War II satire starring Scarlett Johansson from director Taika Waititi (“Thor: Ragnarok”).  (Thursday, Sept. 19 through Sunday, Sept. 22 at various times; Showplace ICON Seaport and Boston Public Library, Boston; $10-15; all ages)

Eric B. & Rakim

It’s hard to overstate Long Island duo Eric B. and Rakim’s influence on hip-hop. Their debut album, “Paid in Full,” is still cited to this day as one of the best the genre has ever produced, more than 30 years after its release. After more than two decades apart, The DJ and MC have begun touring together again, and will stop by the Wilbur on Thursday to drop some old-school hits. (Thursday, Sept.19 at 8 p.m.; The Wilbur, Boston; $35-$45; all ages)

Shakey Graves and Dr. Dog

Two of folk rock’s busiest touring artists have hit the road for a co-headlining tour that arrives in Boston this weekend. Texas-based songwriter Shakey Graves and Philly-bred psych rockers Dr. Dog will play Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion on Friday, with Nashville power trio Liz Cooper & The Stampede serving as the opener. (Friday, Sept. 20 at 7:30 p.m.; Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion, Boston; $20-$75; all ages)

2019 Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Island Run, Powered by

Take in breathtaking views of Boston Harbor while getting a workout at the Island Run, an annual race held by Blue Cross Blue Shield and on Spectacle Island. After tackling either a 5-mile or 5K race, runners can enjoy a complimentary post-race meal from Boloco, beer from Bell’s Brewery, and a nautical dance party as you cruise back to the mainland. BosTen readers can get $10 off the run by using the code “BosTen” when registering on the race website(Saturday, Sept. 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; Seaport World Trade Center Terminal, Boston; $50 GA, $40 with the code “BosTen; all ages)

Free Admission to 50+ Massachusetts Museums

On Saturday, thousands of visitors will be able to enjoy free admission to more than 50 museums across Massachusetts thanks to Smithsonian magazine’s annual Museum Day event. Boston museums taking part include the Museum of Fine Arts, Gibson House Museum, the USS Constitution Museum, and the Mary Baker Eddy Library. To see a full list of participating Massachusetts museums, visit Smithsonian‘s website(Saturday, Sept. 21 at various times and locations; free; all ages)

2019 Boston Freedom Rally

The Boston Freedom Rally, formally known as Hempfest, is back for its 30th year on Boston Common, but things will be a lot different this time around. The pro-cannabis rally, which typically runs all weekend, will be limited to one day this year after a number of complaints following the 2018 event. In a post-prohibition world, the rally, which began in part as an act of civil disobedience, will instead focus on education efforts. Attendees can listen to a number of speakers who will discuss their experience in the marijuana business and visit a “cannabis education village” with panels on topics like how to grow your own plants and the challenges facing small businesses in the marijuana industry. (Saturday, Sept. 21 from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Boston Common, Boston; free; all ages)

Fluff Festival

More than a century after marshmallow Fluff was invented in Somerville, the city’s annual What the Fluff Festival will take place this Saturday in Union Square. This year’s festival features musical performances, a cooking contest, and Fluff-themed games like Fluff jousting, marshmallow toss, and Blind Man’s Fluff. (Saturday, Sept. 21 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Union Square, Somerville; free; all ages)

Cambridge Dumpling Festival

Dumpling fanatics shouldn’t miss Sunday’s festival at Cambridge’s Central Square Flea, where 15 local restaurants and food trucks will cook and serve their versions of the Chinese dish. Plus, the flea will have its usual lineup of more than 50 vendors selling antiques, vintage finds, original art, and handmade goods. (Sunday, Sept. 22 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Central Square, Cambridge; $5-15; all ages)

Open Charles Street

Following the success of Open Newbury Street, the City of Boston will be closing off five blocks of Charles Street to motor traffic, allowing pedestrians to enjoy outdoor activities in Beacon Hill. The timing of the closures coincides with the Beacon Hill Civic Association Fall Hill Fest, which features live music, architectural tours of the neighborhood, a dog show, and more family-friendly activities. (Sunday, Sept. 22 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Charles Street, Boston; free; all ages)

Mac DeMarco

Indie rock staple Mac DeMarco has built up an impressive following during his decade-plus career, rising higher and higher on festival lineups and performing in bigger venues each time he comes to town. This year, the Canadian psychedelic rocker will play the Orpheum, arriving in support of his 2019 album “Here Comes the Cowboy.” (Sunday, Sept. 22 at 8 p.m.; Orpheum Theatre, Boston; $59-$250)