10 things to do in Boston this weekend

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The 2017 Cupid's Undie Run. John Tlumacki/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.

Boston Israeli Film Festival

Boston Jewish Film will bring nine of the most buzzed-about films from Israel to the Brattle Theatre, West Newton Cinema, and JCC Riemer-Goldstein Theater in Newton for a weeklong series. The festival opens at the Brattle Thursday night with a screening of “Aulcie,” a documentary about basketball player Aulcie Perry, who went from the basketball courts of Harlem to leading Israeli team Maccabi Tel Aviv to a European championship, before a fast-paced lifestyle eventually caught up to him. The film will be introduced by Celtics center Enes Kanter, and a post-film forum will be moderated by WBUR reporter Shira Springer. (Thursday, Feb. 6 through Thursday, Feb. 13 at various times and locations; $16 per film; all ages) 

Boston SciFi Film Festival

Get your geek on at the 45th annual Boston SciFi Film Festivalwhich will bring dozens of movies, short film programs, and panels to Somerville Theatre and The Rockwell over 11 days. The festival will close with a 24-hour movie marathon. (Friday, Feb. 7 through Monday, Feb. 17 at various times; Somerville Theatre and The Rockwell, Somerville; $15 and up per film, $100 for the marathon; all ages)

Pink bubbles and make your own truffles

Cards and flowers are nice and all, but a homemade Valentine’s Day gift goes above and beyond. At Rochambeau Café (the very French bistro attached to Back Bay newcomer Rochambeau), executive pastry chef Michele Fadden will lead guests through a truffle-making class, which includes a supplies and toppings bar, one heart-shaped box to hold six homemade truffles, and a glass of bubbly or beverage from the cafe. Valentine’s Day present: done. (Friday, Feb. 7 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Rochambeau, Boston; $30)

Railroad Earth

New Jersey jamgrass outfit Railroad Earth have toured nonstop for almost two decades, even after the death of founding member Andy Goessling in 2018. The collective will bring its improvisation-heavy sound to The Paradise this Friday. (Friday, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m.; Paradise Rock Club, Boston; $25; 18+)

Adam Rippon

Figure skater Adam Rippon made a name for himself at the 2018 Olympics, winning a bronze medal and propelling himself to stardom, including a win on “Dancing with the Stars” later that year. On Saturday, Rippon will put on a show at Snowport Winter Village in the Seaport, performing a solo skate show followed by a Q&A and meet-and-greet with fellow Olympian and Boston resident Ashley Wagner regarding his new memoir “Beautiful on the Outside.” While admission is free, those interested in attending must reserve a ticket through Eventbrite and are encouraged to make a donation to The Trevor Project, a non-profit focused on suicide prevention efforts among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning youth. (Saturday, Feb. 8 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.; Snowport Winter Village, Boston; free; all ages)

3rd Annual Battle of the Bloodys

It’s a bar crawl worth getting out of bed for: On Saturday, the annual Battle of the Bloodys returns to offer attendees Bloody Marys from 20 of Boston’s buzziest brunch spots, with samples spaced out between Loretta’s Last Call and Lansdowne Pub (plus you can pop on by Bill’s Bar for some live music and a raffle). Tickets include admission, a Bloody Mary passport, samples, brunch snacks, and plenty of swag. (Saturday, Feb. 8 from noon to 3 p.m., Loretta’s Last Call and Lansdowne Pub, Boston; $30, 21+)

Cupid’s Undie Run

Ever wanted to run through the streets of Boston in your underwear without worrying about getting arrested? Cupid’s Undie Run is a “brief” run (around a mile) that starts and ends with a party on Landsdowne Street, all in PG-13-appropriate undies. For the 11th straight year, runners will raise awareness for neurofibromatosis, a rare genetic condition that causes tumors to form on nerve tissue. All of the net proceeds will go toward funding research for the disorder through the Children’s Tumor Foundation(Saturday, Feb. 16 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.; Game On! Fenway, Boston; $45; all ages)

$10 pizzas at City Tap

There’s a national day for everything — National Popcorn Day, National Tater Tot Day, and sure, why not, National Chicken Fried Steak Day. Most can be ignored, but you’d be wise to embrace National Pizza Day on Sunday, when City Tap in the Seaport will offer its brick oven pizzas for $10 each. Order a pepperoni, classic margherita, Stinkin’ Rose, and other pies, all for a cool Hamilton. (Sunday, Feb. 9 from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., City Tap, Boston; $10; all ages)

Oscars watch party at dbar

And the winner goes to…dbar, for hosting an Oscar-themed party this weekend during the 92nd Academy Awards. Submit your ballot votes before the Dorchester watering hole starts showing the awards, then sip on themed cocktails like the rum-centric Introduce me as Joker and gin-based Western Front. Prizes will be given to the three contestants with the highest score. (Sunday, Feb. 9 at 8 p.m., dbar, Boston; no cover)


Dutch DJ Tiësto has received a lot of superlatives over the years: “the best DJ of the last 20 years,” “the best DJ of all-time,” and “the Godfather of EDM,” to name a few. He’s performed at the Olympics, won a Grammy, and now he’s coming to Big Night Live for a pair of shows this weekend. While Saturday’s show is already sold out, Sunday’s set still has tickets available. (Sunday, Feb. 9 at 10:30 p.m.; Big Night Live, Boston; $69.50; 18+)


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