10 things to do in Boston this Thanksgiving weekend

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Dancers are pictured during the battle scene at a dress rehearsal of the Boston Ballet's Nutcracker held at the Boston Opera House. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff) Jim Davis/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 You can also learn even more about awesome events around Boston by joining the BosTen Facebook group.

Update (11/27): Madonna has canceled all three of her Boston shows at the Wang Theatre, citing doctor’s orders. The shows will not be rescheduled, and ticketholders will be refunded.

“Knives Out”

Fresh off his final appearance as Captain America in “Avengers: Endgame,” Sudbury native Chris Evans gets a chance to play a significantly less heroic character in “Knives Out,” a modern-day whodunit from Rian Johnson (“Star Wars: The Last Jedi”). When mystery novelist Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer, “A Beautiful Mind”) is found dead following his 85th birthday party, famed detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig of the James Bond franchise) is tasked with discovering the killer among a stacked ensemble cast that includes Jamie Lee Curtis (“Halloween”), Michael Shannon (“The Shape of Water”), Toni Collette (“Little Miss Sunshine”) and Evans, who is clearly having a blast playing the black sheep of the family. Along with trying to unravel the film’s central mystery, local audiences will enjoy trying to figure out exactly where the movie was shot: Crews filmed in a dozen local municipalities late last year, including Boston, Easton, Marlborough, and Waltham. (Opens Wednesday, Nov. 27 at various theaters; rated PG-13)

Franklin Park Turkey Trot

Prepare yourself for the massive feast to come by burning some calories at the Franklin Park Turkey Trot. Folks of all ages are invited to run or walk along a scenic loop around the park, with proceeds benefiting Franklin Park’s programs. (Thursday, Nov. 28 at 9 a.m.; Franklin Park Golf Clubhouse, Boston; $15-30; all ages)

Boston Volvo 5K Road Race

At the same time on the other side of town, you can help out the National Multiple Sclerosis Society by participating in the Boston Volvo 5K race, which takes runners through the streets of Brighton. (Thursday, Nov. 28 at 9 a.m.; Boston Volvo Village, Boston; $40; all ages)

La Salette Shrine Festival of Lights

For more than 60 years, La Salette Shrine in Attleboro has wowed visitors with displays featuring around 300,000 lights spread over 10 acres, as well as an international crèche museum, with more than 1,000 crèches from at least 100 different countries. This year, the shrine will kick off the season on Thanksgiving night at 5 p.m., and will be open daily through Jan. 5. (Starting Thursday, Nov. 28, open Mondays through Fridays from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. through Jan. 5; The National Shrine of Our Lady Salette, Attleboro; free; all ages)

Yasiin Bey and Talib Kweli Are Black Star

Local hip-hop fans were left disappointed earlier this year when Brooklyn MCs Talib Kweli and Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def), known for their brief but celebrated collaboration as Black Star in the late ’90s, canceled a planned set at Boston Calling. Now, six months after Boston Calling and 21 years after their lone album release, the duo is headed to Boston for an evening at Big Night Live, the new Causeway Street venue. (Friday, Nov. 29 at 8 p.m.; Big Night Live, Boston; $45-$75; 21+)


If early reviews are any indication, Madonna’s new Madame X tour is a marked departure from her past performances. For one thing, the Material Girl has downsized from stadiums and arenas, opting instead for three nights at the Wang Theatre. She’s also apparently eschewing most of her classic hits, instead focusing on songs from her new album for a show Variety called equal parts “performance art, a political rally, a comedy show, a church, and even her home in Lisbon.” One thing is certain: The 61-year-old never fails to be interesting, and her stop in Boston is sure to leave audiences talking, even if they’re complaining that Madge didn’t play their favorite song. (Saturday, Nov. 30, Sunday, Dec. 1 and Monday, Dec. 2 at 10:30 p.m.; Boch Center Wang Theatre, Boston; $54 and up; all ages)

“The Nutcracker”

Like the wave of Christmas music that hits airwaves following Thanksgiving, this year, the return of Boston Ballet’s production of “The Nutcracker” is a sure sign that the holiday season is upon us. With choreography by Mikko Nissinen, the Tchaikovsky classic begins a monthlong engagement at Boston Opera House with a pair of shows on Friday. (Friday, Nov. 29 at 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. through Dec. 29; Boston Opera House, Boston; $37 and up; all ages)

MIT’s Friday after Thanksgiving Chain Reaction 

Are you the type of person who can spend an hour watching the perpetual motion machines at the Science Museum and Logan Airport? Then you may want to head to MIT this weekend, where for more than 20 years, students, families, and adults combine elaborate chain reaction contraptions built in the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving, combining them all into one massive chain that will entertain an audience gathered in the university’s gym. (Saturday, Nov. 30 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.; Rockwell Cage Gymnasium at MIT, Cambridge; $5-$16, free for kids ages 5 and under; all ages)

Jenny Slate Little Weirds Tour 

Milton native Jenny Slate’s new book is a look into the actress’ “wild, unfiltered imagination,” where she discusses everything from the end of her marriage to her battles with stage fright. Slate will share her book with a hometown audience this weekend at the Wilbur, with her new fiancée, Ben Shattuck, moderating. (Saturday, Nov. 30 at 7 p.m.; The Wilbur, Boston; $31-41; all ages)

Boston Tuba Christmas

More than 150 tuba players will gather at Faneuil Hall Marketplace this weekend for the 34th annual Boston Tuba Christmas Concert, an hourlong performance of some of your favorite holiday classics. The free concert comes courtesy the Harvey Phillips Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to “developing, expanding and preserving the art of music.” (Saturday, Nov. 30 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.; Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston; free; all ages)

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