10 things to do in Boston this weekend

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A group of costumed participants and their dogs at the 2016 Costume Dash. John Tlumacki/Globe Staff
A group of costumed participants and their dogs at the 2016 Costume Dash. –John Tlumacki/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.

America’s Test Kitchen Boston Eats Fest

This weekend, you’ll be able to step onto the famed set of “America’s Test Kitchen” at ATK’s Boston Eats festival, a three-day celebration of everything food at the Innovation and Design Building. Two big highlights of the festival are Friday evening’s Cheers to 20 Years event, at which guests can mingle with the show’s hosts and cast as they celebrate the 20th season of their show, and Saturday’s main event, where guests will enjoy unlimited food and drink from more than two dozen local restaurants, as well as multiple cooking demos on the test kitchen stage from ATK’s famed TV chefs. Want to go for free? Click here to enter for a chance to win four VIP tickets, on us. (Thursday, Oct. 24, Friday, Oct. 25 and Saturday, Oct. 26 at various times; 21 Drydock Ave., Boston; $100-$350; 21+)

MFA Late Nites


The MFA will kick off another season of its Late Nites programming on Friday, keeping portions of the museum open until 2 a.m. Visitors can catch a sneak peek of “The Banner Project,” a large-scale installation from artist Robert Pruitt depicting members of the Boston community that will be on display through fall 2020. There will also be a beer garden, late-night snacks, performance artists, and live music in various sections of the museum. (Friday, Oct. 25 from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; $20; all ages, 21+ to drink)

Steely Dan

Innovative jazz rock group Steely Dan suffered a terrible loss in 2017 when founding member Walter Becker passed away, leaving Don Fagen as the only permanent member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame band. Fagen has kept the music going, however, and arrives in Boston this weekend for a mini-residency at The Orpheum. Over the course of five shows, Fagen and the Pat Bianchi Trio will play four of Steely Dan’s best albums in their entirety, kicking off with 1977’s “Aja” this Friday and finishing with a greatest hits show on Friday, Nov. 1. (Friday, Oct. 25 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct.26 at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 29 at 7:30 p.m, Wednesday, Oct.30 at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 1 at 7:30 p.m.; Orpheum Theatre, Boston; $48-$240; all ages)

Halloween Pet Parade & Costume Contest 


Little kids collecting candy in cute costumes? Adorable. Even tinier four-pawed pets parading around Faneuil Hall in Halloween attire? Arguably even cuter. Even if you don’t have a pet vying to win the “Best Owner & Pet Combo” this Saturday, you can still hang out, snap photos, and make some new furry friends. (Saturday, Oct. 26 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.; Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston; free; all ages)

“E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial”

It may be hard to believe, but it’s been nearly 40 years since “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” first touched down in theaters in June 1982. With a mid-morning screening at the Coolidge Corner Theatre this Saturday, you can both relive the sci-fi classic for yourself and introduce a member of the younger generation to another Steven Spielberg classic. (Saturday, Oct. 26 at 10:30 a.m.; Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline; $7.50-9.50; rated PG)

Saturday All-You-Can-Eat Cereal & Cartoon Party: Halloween Edition

Travel back in time to the Saturday morning of your childhood this weekend at Brattle Theatre, where pop culture archaeologist Kier-La Janisse will present a collection of vintage Halloween cartoons, complete with an all-you-can-eat cereal buffet and vintage commercials of yesteryear. Most of the cartoons and ads will be a surprise, but expect at least an episode or two of “Scooby-Doo” to make an appearance. (Saturday, Oct. 26 at 11 a.m.; Brattle Theatre, Cambridge; $12; all ages)

Slumboo Monster Mash at Somerville Brewing Co.

Head down to the home of Slumbrew this weekend for a bit of early Halloween celebrating at Somerville Brewing  Co.’s Slumboo Monster Mash. Break out your most elaborate disguises for the costume contest, and enjoy live music from The Erlenmeyers. (Saturday, Oct. 26 from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m.; free; 21+)

Halloween Costume Party at Versus


The ghosts from Pac-Man won’t be the only spooky spirits in the house this Saturday at Versus, downtown Boston’s newest arcade bar. The video game venue from Big Night Entertainment Group will be hosting a costume party with some pretty cool prizes. Oh, and did we mention we’ll be there too? Boston.com staffers will serve as judges and hand out prizes for a number of costume categories, including best pop culture costume, best couples costume, best Boston-themed costume, and best video game-inspired costume. (Saturday, Oct. 26 from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.; free; 21+)

Halloween Bash at Cask ‘N Flagon

The curse of the Bambino is now a fleeting memory on Lansdowne Street, but Red Sox bar Cask ‘N Flagon will still be getting spooky this weekend with its third annual Halloween bash. Don your best costume, grab some food and drink at the bar, and dance the night away to beats by DJ Johnny Love. (Saturday, Oct. 26 from 10 p.m.–2 a.m.; $5; 21+)

Brunch of Queens 

Forget dinner and a show: How about brunch buffet and a spooky drag queen spectacle? Funnyman Henry C. Paquin Jr. will host an interactive drag show featuring local queens like Amanda Playwith, Ivy League-O’deria and Kerra Daniels. Don your own Halloween costume for the experience and you could win yourself a prize. (Sunday, Oct. 27 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; The Bell in Hand Tavern, Boston; $25; 21+)

The 34th Annual Joey O’Donnell Film Premiere

If you want to get a sneak peek of a film likely to contend at the Oscars this year while also contributing to a good cause, consider checking out the 34th Annual Joey O’Donnell Film Premiere. Over the course of more than three decades, the Joey Fund has raised more than $100 million for cystic fibrosis research, including funds raised by the Film Premiere. This year’s screening is “Ford v Ferrari,” a racing drama and likely Academy Awards nominee starring Matt Damon and Christian Bale. Guests will attend a gala earlier in the evening at the Natick Mall, after which they will be taken by limousine to the screening at the AMC Framingham 16. (Sunday, Oct. 27 from 6:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.; Natick Mall, Natick; $125 donations and up; all ages)

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