10 things to do in Boston this weekend

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Robyn Duong's work will be featured as part of "Tasteful Boston," an outdoor public art installation. Courtesy of the Downtown Boston Business Improvement District

While Massachusetts has reopened museums and other cultural institutions during Phase 3, many residents are continuing to stay home due to the coronavirus pandemic. With that in mind, this week’s BosTen offers a mix of things to do this weekend. Have an idea about what we should cover? Leave us a comment on this article or in the BosTen Facebook group, or email us at [email protected].

Take a bite out of ‘Tasteful Boston’

The next time you’re strolling around downtown, keep an eye out for art that might make you a little hungry. On Friday, the Downtown Boston Business Improvement District will launch “Tasteful Boston,” an outdoor public art installation featuring 11 regional artists that have transformed utility boxes into works of art. Each utility box celebrates the city’s culinary history by featuring popular Boston dishes, famous candy companies, storied restaurants, and more. Find artwork from locals like Savin Hill’s Robyn Thompson-Duong, Medford-based April Jakubec, and Dorchester’s Howie Green scattered on boxes in and around Downtown Crossing.

Spend time in an art gallery

On Friday, artists, galleries, shops, and showrooms in the SoWa Art + Design District will open their doors to the public from 5 to 9 p.m. for SoWa First Fridays. This free monthly event allows the public to meet the artists, view the latest gallery exhibitions, and shop local. The event is open with limited capacity due to COVID-19, so visitors should check with galleries and artist studios to find out if they are open, what their hours are, and the safety guidelines in place.

Check out a virtual documentary film festival

Do you enjoy documentaries? You can view more than 30 and take part in discussions with documentary lovers from around the country during the sixth annual GlobeDocs Film Festival, taking place Oct. 1-12. This year, for the first time, the festival is going virtual: All of the films will be screened virtually, and post-film Q&As with Boston Globe moderators will take place on Zoom. You can buy tickets here. (Disclosure: Boston Globe Media Partners is the parent company of

Support local artists

The Beacon Hill Artwalk, which typically takes place in the gardens, courtyards, and alleyways of Beacon Hill, has gone virtual this year as well. All artists who were juried into the event have submitted up to 20 original pieces of art to an online sale that begins Saturday at 9 a.m. and runs through Sunday. You can find out more about participating artists and view their work here.

Shop for locally produced products

You can wander through an open-air artisan market at The Greenway Open Market on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The market, run by New England Open Markets, features area artists, crafters, and independent designers. Masks are required, and shoppers are asked to refrain from touching items, follow social distancing signage, and use cashless payment when possible. While you’re at it, you can grab a bite to eat from a food truck and spend time in a local park.

Immerse yourself in local theater

You can get your local theater fix during “Standing Room Only: Kitchen Kickline,” hosted by Emerson College radio station WERS and featuring live, at-home local theater performances by Greater Boston Stage Company, Moonbox Productions, New Repertory Theater, SpeakEasy Stage, Voices of Hope, and Wheelock Family Theater. There will also be a roundtable discussion, hosted by Emerson College’s Sarah Levy, artistic director of Emerson Stage, on the future of the local theater scene due to COVID-19. Events will take place on Saturday between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. and Sunday at noon and 1 p.m.

Attend a virtual Mexican dinner with Juliet’s ‘Restaurant Without Walls’

Rachael Collins, chef de cuisine at Somerville’s Juliet, is taking over the eatery’s next “Restaurant Without Walls” event on Saturday with a virtual dinner that celebrates the regional cuisines of Mexico. Inspired by her father-in-law, who hails from San Luis Potosí, Collins’ menu will feature enchiladas potosinas, cochinita pibil, and tres leches cake. Part dinner, part cook-a-long, this iteration of “Restaurant Without Walls” will start at 6:30 p.m., with tickets available on Tock for $65 per person.

Visit a distillery for boozy doughnuts

On Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Kane’s Donuts will pop up at Boston Harbor Distillery in Dorchester with a fall-themed lineup featuring four seasonal specials and eight classic flavors. The pop-up highlights two collaboration doughnuts: the mocha latte doughnut and the maple cream doughnut, featuring the distillery’s coffee liqueur and maple cream liqueur, respectively. Other options include an Angry Orchard hard apple cider doughnut, a chocolate glazed doughnut, and a Maine blueberry doughnut. Pick up a couple of treats (cash only), then stick around the distillery for a tour and tasting.

Check out a Vietnamese pop-up in the South End

Bún Bò Bui, a new pop-up from Chickadee‘s chef de cuisine, Stefanie Bui, will make its debut at Black Lamb in the South End on Sunday from 5 to 9 p.m. Bui is serving Vietnamese specialties that are near and dear to her heart, including bún bò huế (a spicy beef noodle soup), fried egg rolls, summer rolls, and more. Reservations can be made on Resy for patio or indoor dining, but if you aren’t able to make it this weekend, don’t worry — Bui will be back at Black Lamb on October 11.

Make scallion pancakes with Mei Mei’s Irene Li

Streaming live from her home kitchen, Irene Li, chef and co-owner of Chinese-American restaurant Mei Mei, will teach bourgeoning cooks how to make two dishes as part of a Chefstreams class. On Sunday at 7 p.m., Li will walk attendees through recipes for scallion pancakes and cashew chicken with red peppers, all while fielding questions and participating in a Q&A at the end of the class. Tickets ($30) and a grocery list can be found here.

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