10 things to do in Boston this weekend

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Sidney Gish.
Sidney Gish. –Pat Greenhouse/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 boston.com/events. You can also learn even more about awesome events around Boston by joining the BosTen Facebook group.

Boston Women’s Film Festival

Starting Thursday night, the Boston Women’s Film Festival will present a slate of movies celebrating the diversity and power of women’s cinema at the Brattle Theatre and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. This year’s highlights include the opening night film “Fast Color,” about a young black woman who must go on the run when her supernatural powers are discovered, and “Blowin’ Up,” a crowd-pleasing documentary about a group in New York City working to change the way sex trafficking cases are treated by the legal system. (Thursday, Sept. 26 through Sunday, Sept. 29 at various times; Brattle Theatre, Cambridge and MFA, Boston; $10-13 per film; all ages)

Together Boston


Now in its tenth year, Together Boston has remained committed to exploring the intersections of art, music, and technology, albeit on a smaller scale than in previous years. What was once a wide-ranging weeklong festival featuring everything from academic lectures to avant-garde performance art is now focused solely on bringing some of the world’s best DJs and electronic dance artists to Boston, something Together continues to do quite well. A full list of events is available on Together’s website. (Thursday, Sept. 26 through Sunday, Sept. 29 at various locations; $10 and up for individual shows, $150 for festival passes; age restrictions vary by show)

Boston Latino International Film Festival

The Boston Latino International Film Festival is bringing films dealing with issues important to the Latinx community to the Emerson Paramount Center and four other area theaters, and putting a special emphasis on showing an accurate representation of the Latino experience in the U.S. and Latin America. Most screenings cost $10 to $12 per ticket, but some are offered free of charge, so be sure to check the BLIFF website for a full list of films and pricing. (Thursday, Sept. 26 through Sunday, Sept. 29 at various times; Emerson Paramount Center, Boston, and other area theaters; $10-12 for most films; all ages)

Nature: A Walking Play


The Trustees are putting on a show with Nature, a “walking play” about Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson’s mutual love affair of the natural world. The play/immersive walking tour will be held at Concord’s The Old Manse, where Emerson wrote his famous essay of the same name. The play’s creator, writer, and star in the role of Emerson is Tyson Forbes, a direct descendent of Emerson who grew up in Concord. (Thursday, Sept. 26 through Sunday, Sept. 29 at various times; The Old Manse, Concord; $15-35; all ages)

Cemetery Cinema

Halloween is still more than a month away, but Coolidge Corner Theatre is putting together a double feature in Mount Auburn Cemetery this Thursday. The two titles being screened aren’t particularly scary, but each certainly deals with death in its own quirky way. First up is 1988’s “Wings of Desire,” about an angel who observes humanity from above but longs to be human after falling in love. Second up is 2001’s “The Royal Tenenbaums,” which chronicles a dysfunctional family whose members reunite when the patriarch (Gene Hackman) claims to have a terminal illness. (Thursday, Sept. 26 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge; $25; rated R)

Samuel Adams Oktoberfest

Head to Jamaica Plain for Sam Adams Brewery’s annual Oktoberfest, a two-day celebration that will feature live music, food, lawn games, and a stein-hoisting contest. Your $5 ticket also includes a pint of Sam Adams’ classic Octoberfest beer, and there will be plenty of other seasonal brews available to purchase. (Friday, Sept. 27 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 28 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.; Samuel Adams Brewery, Boston; $5; 21+)

American Field Pop-Up Market


The American Field pop-up market is a chance for Bostonians to explore some of the most interesting American-made brands and their goods in an unconventional setting. Attendees will be able to sip cans of Allagash White as they browse wares from brands like L.L. Bean, who will be offering a 20 percent discount on the company’s ever-popular Bean Boots. PS: We’re giving away VIP tickets to the pop-up for a few lucky winners. (Saturday, September 28 and Sunday, September 29 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.;  The Innovation and Design Building, Seaport; free; all ages)

Remnant Brewing Oktoberfest

Over at Union Square’s Bow Market, Remnant Brewing will join forces with several other neighboring businesses for a full weekend celebration. There will be live music in Bow Market’s circular courtyard, German wines at Rebel Rebel, and food items like a pretzel roll with smoked salmon pate at Hooked Fish Shop and a Beyond sausage currywurst at Saus. (Saturday, Sept. 28 and Sunday, Sept. 29 from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Remnant Brewing, Somerville; free; 21+)

Cambridge Open Studios

Now in its 11th year, Cambridge Open Studios will showcase more than 100 artists in more than 60 galleries throughout the city. Expect everything from ceramics and watercolor to performance art as you work your way from neighborhood to neighborhood, following the map available on the city of Cambridge’s website. (Saturday, Sept. 28 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 29 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; various locations; free; all ages)

Sidney Gish

An artist on the rise, songwriter and guitarist Sidney Gish self-recorded two albums while living in a Northeastern dorm that led to critical acclaim from NPR and Pitchfork, a 2018 Album of the Year award from the Boston Music Awards, and touring gigs opening for artists like Mitski and Petal. Catch her at The Sinclair this Sunday before her career launches into the stratosphere. (Sunday, Sept.29 at 8 p.m.; The Sinclair, Cambridge; $15-$18; all ages)

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