10 things to do in Boston this weekend

BosTen is your weekly guide to not-lame events in the city.


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.

T.J. Miller at The Wilbur

You may know him best as the brutally honest slacker named Erlich Bachman on HBO’s Silicon Valley, but T.J. Miller was performing stand-up long before that show hit the airwaves. Catch his Meticulously Ridiculous Tour at The Wilbur. (Thursday, August 18 at 7:30 p.m.; The Wilbur; $30; all ages)

Chris Fleming at Regent Theatre


Comedian Chris Fleming hails from Massachusetts (as does his YouTube alter-ego Gayle Waters-Waters). He’ll return to town from the west coast to tell jokes at Arlington’s Regent Theatre. (Thursday, August 18 at 8 p.m.; Regent Theatre Arlington; $22; all ages)

Boston GreenFest

City Hall Plaza will host music, food, technology demonstrations, artists, and more, all in the spirit of making Boston a more environmentally-friendly city. Ride your bike or take the T downtown to celebrate, and don’t forget your recycled water bottle—it may be hot out. (Friday, August 19 at 12 p.m. to Sunday, August 21 at 6 p.m.; City Hall Plaza; free; all ages)

Beirut DJ set

All summer long, the ICA has brought some of indie rock’s finest artists to do guest DJ sets at the museum. Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs and Win Butler of Arcade Fire have both provided the soundtrack this year; don’t miss your chance to see Beirut take over the ones and twos. (Friday, August 19 at 5 p.m.; The Institute of Contemporary Art; $5-$15; all ages)

Boston Salsa Festival

No, this festival will not be celebrating the tomato-based dip that goes well with tortilla chips. This event is a three-day party honoring one of the hottest dances ever. Catch more than 50 dance shows, more than 30 workshops, and plenty of competitions all in the same place. (Friday, August 19 at 7 p.m. to Sunday August 21 at 7 p.m.; Sheraton Boston Hotel; $25-$260; all ages)

Big Country Bar Crawl


Missed out on tickets to see Zac Brown Band this weekend? Worry not, you can still get your country fix—and drink a few brews in the process. Polish up those cowboy boots and giddy-up to eleven different bars in the Fenway area. (Saturday, August 20 at 10 a.m.; Sweet Caroline’s; $15-$20; 21+)

Red Bull Flugtag

Red Bull’s annual homemade flying machine festival comes to Boston for the first time, sending some of the city’s most daring pilots soaring over (or plunging into) the Charles River. Boston is home to some of the world’s finest engineers (looking at you, MIT)—let’s see if we can make it count. (Saturday, August 20 at 11 a.m.; DCR Hatch Memorial Shell; free; all ages)

Brew at the Zoo

The Franklin Park Zoo is home to western lowland gorillas, ring-tailed lemurs, ocelots, and pygmy hippos. On Saturday, it will also be home to 35 breweries who will be doling out samples of their delicious suds. Drink a few and chill with some of your new animal friends. (Saturday, August 20 at 3:30 p.m.; Franklin Park Zoo; $55-$100; 21+)

Metcon 3 at the D

Fitness center Equinox will bring one of its signature workouts, called “METCON3,” to the green grass of Lawn on D. The fat-burning workout utilizes weights and conditioning components for a one-hour session that will leave you lounging on the lawn hours later. (Sunday, August 21 at 10:30 a.m.; Lawn on D; $15; all ages)

Night Shift Better Bagel Pop-Up

Everett’s own Night Shift Brewery wants to have brunch with you using two of the best ingredients there are: beer and bagels. Come sip a few pints and choose from a number of bagel and spread flavors from Better Bagels. (Sunday, August 21 at 12 p.m.; Night Shift Brewery; free; all ages)


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