10 things to do in Boston this weekend

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People watch early fireworks during First Night festivities on December 31, 2015.
People watch early fireworks during First Night festivities on December 31, 2015. –Keith Bedford/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.

“Little Women”

Despite its deep connections to the Boston area, none of the numerous film adaptations of Louisa May Alcott’s “Little Women” used Massachusetts as a primary filming location until Greta Gerwig arrived in 2018 to film her take on the classic tale in 11 local municipalities, including Concord, Harvard, and Boston. The movie, which arrived in theaters Christmas Day, has received rave reviews, and was named the top film of the year by the Boston Society of Film Critics. (Now playing at various theaters; rated PG)

The Roots


These days, The Roots rarely have time off from their day jobs as house band on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” which is all the more reason to see the Philly hip-hop collective perform when you can. Black Thought, Questlove, and the rest of the legendary Roots crew will bring the hot, hot music to the House of Blues for a post-holiday concert on Thursday. (Thursday, Dec. 26 at 7 p.m.; House of Blues, Boston; $64; all ages)

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones

It’s shaping up to be quite the week in Boston for members of network late-night shows performing at House of Blues. The night after The Roots play the Lansdowne Street venue, “Jimmy Kimmel Live” announcer Dickie Barrett and his group The Mighty Mighty Bosstones will kick off their 22nd annual Hometown Throwdown, a three-night concert series from the local ska punk legends. While the dress code doesn’t require it, plaid shirts, chain wallets, and fedoras are highly encouraged. (That’s the impression that we get, anyway.) (Friday, Dec. 27 at 7 p.m. to Sunday, Dec. 29 at 4 p.m.; House of Blues, Boston; $27; all ages)

Secrets and Illusions

Illusionist Ivan Amodei can usually be found plying his trade in Los Angeles, but the award-winning magician has made regular year-end stops in Boston in the past decade, including a three-night stay at the Huntington Avenue Theatre this weekend. This time around, Amodei will transport audiences to the Louvre for a mind-boggling 90-minute show. (Friday, Dec. 27 through Sunday, Dec. 29 at various times; Huntington Avenue Theatre, Boston; $49-79; all ages)

Baking School: Chocolate Breads with Goodnow Farms


If you’re not already stuffed with holiday treats by the time this week is over, head to the Boston Public Market for a baking class from Sudbury chocolatier Goodnow Farms. Learn how to make delectable treats like ginger and chocolate coffee cake and chocolate chip brioche rolls that will be a hit at any social gathering. (Sunday, Dec. 29 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.; The KITCHEN at Boston Public Market, Boston; $79 GA, 64 for Trustees members; all ages)

First Night 2020

At Boston’s annual New Year’s Eve celebration, expect a lot more than fireworks and ice sculptures. Two full days of citywide activities will include a skating spectacular, a brass and percussion concert, and a series of puppet shows. For a full schedule of events, check out the First Night website(Tuesday Dec. 31 to Wednesday, Jan. 1 at various times and locations; free; all ages)

Harpoon Roaring 2020s New Year’s Eve

Harpoon is throwing a New Year’s Eve bash in its cavernous Seaport beer hall, ringing in 2020 with a roaring ’20s celebration. Your ticket gets you two beer tokens, a pretzel token, a champagne flute, access to an appetizer-style buffet, and a take-home gift at the end of the night. (Tuesday, Dec. 31 from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.; Harpoon Brewery, Boston; $100; 21+)

Night Shift’s Ringing in the Roaring ’20s

Everett’s Night Shift Brewing is tackling the ’20s-themed party as well, capping off a decade that saw the brewery expand into Boston and add a hard seltzer to its lineup. Dance to big band tunes from Swingin’ Bridges, munch on charcuterie plates and homemade beer Twix, and raise your custom Night Shift glass of rosé seltzer to ring in 2020. (Tuesday, Dec. 31 from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.; Night Shift Brewing, Everett; $55; 21+)

New Year’s Eve at Bully Boy Distillers


Despite the Prohibition-era theme, you won’t have to sneak into local hooch purveyor Bully Boy for its New Year’s Eve celebration. Don your retro threads and head to the distillery’s tasting room, where you’ll be able to sip specialty cocktails, nibble on bites from American Provisions, and relive your college days with a shot of Amaro from the ice luge. (Tuesday, Dec. 31 from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.; Bully Boy Distillers, Boston; $35; 21+)

Lil Dicky

David Burd, better known to fans as Lil Dicky, took an unconventional path to hip-hop stardom. Recording songs in between his day job at a San Francisco ad agency, Dicky hit it big with “Ex-Girlfriend” in 2013, a comedic rap about running into an ex’s new hubby who is superior to him in every way. Even then, Dicky mostly saw his jokey, self-aware rhymes as a springboard into the comedy world, hoping to catch the eye of “SNL” and land a writing job. Nowadays, Dicky’s career is no joke, as the MC heads to Big Night Live to ring in 2020 with a New Year’s Eve show. (Click here for a chance to win four tickets to the show.) (Tuesday, Dec. 31 at 9 p.m.; Big Night Live, Boston; $102.50; 21+)

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