10 things to do in Boston this weekend

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

St. Agrippina Feast

For the 102nd year, Bostonians will gather in the North End to renew their faith in Saint Agrippina and to celebrate the city’s oldest neighborhood. Eat good food, listen to live music, and soak in the local culture. (Thursday, August 4 at 7 p.m. to Sunday August 7 at 10 p.m.; North End; free; all ages)

Thunder from Down Under


Three things Australia is known for: shrimp (preferably on the barbie), Vegemite, and hunks. On Friday, The Wilbur will host a crew of the latter, most likely with their shirts off. They’re called the Thunder from Down Under, and they dance. (Friday, August 5 at 7 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.; The Wilbur; $22.50-$37.50; all ages)

Festival Dia Del Salvadoreno-Americano

Every year in early August, the people of El Salvador come together to celebrate the native holidays of “Las Fiestas Agostinas” and “la bajada.” On Saturday, Boston’s Salvadoran-American population will unite on City Hall Plaza for a Salvadoran-American Day celebration featuring live music, presentations, food, and more. (Saturday, August 6 at 9 a.m.; City Hall Plaza; free; all ages)

Cultural Survival Bazaar

Native artists from around the world will set up shop in Jamaica Plain to share arts, crafts, and performance. Grab some indigenous goods and learn about how they were made. (Saturday, August 6 at 10 a.m. to Sunday, August 7 at 5 p.m.; Loring-Greenough House; free; all ages)

Boston Seafood Festival

A seafood festival is one of a few places where being called a chowderhead is a compliment. And seafood capital Boston is hosting its fifth annual seafood festival this weekend. See you there, chowderheads! (Sunday, August 7 at 11 a.m.; Boston Fish Pier; $15-$80; all ages)

LegoLand Red Sox Showcase


Batting cages, pitching stations, and more are coming to the LegoLand Discovery Center at Assembly Row. Take a photo with a World Series replica trophy made solely out of Legos, and watch as the Center’s Master Model Builder Megan Quigley makes a Sox-themed creation. (Saturday, August 6 at 11 a.m.; Assembly Row; free; all ages)

City Kids Skate Jam

The East Boston Skate Park is hosting local junior skateboarders of all ages and abilities. Shred up the park, enter some contests, win cool stuff, and make some cool skater friends. (Saturday, August 6 at 1 p.m.; East Boston Skate Park; free; all ages)


Porchfest has become such a local music staple that it now has its own festival honoring the original one. Bounce around Lawn on D and catch performances from some of the best bands from Dorchester, Roxbury, Jamaica Plain, and Mattapan, including Ethiopian funk collective Debo Band. (Saturday, August 6 at 3 p.m.; Lawn on D; free; all ages)

Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra at Castle Hill

The Pops Esplanade Orchestra will be joined by special guest Broadway actress Megan Hilty at the scenic Castle Hill in Ipswich. Relax on the lawn and hear orchestral sounds next to an oceanic backdrop. (Saturday, August 6 at 4 p.m.; Castle Hill; $60-$500; all ages)

Zumix Allstars on Spectacle Island

East Boston youth music program Zumix is taking the music to Spectacle Island, performing as part of the Jazz on the Porch series. Ferry out and catch the Zumix Jazz All-Stars play a set for free in a unique setting. (Sunday, August 7 at 1 p.m.; Spectacle Island; free; all ages)

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