10 things to do in Boston this weekend

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The view of "Valkyrie Mumbet" at the new MassArt Art Museum. Photo by Mariah Azoti, Courtesy MassArt

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.

“Disney on Ice: Road Trip Adventures”

Disney on Ice will be back in Boston this weekend, giving youngsters a chance to see some of their favorite characters from the House of Mouse perform acrobatic feats on skates. This year’s show, called “Road Trip Adventures,” takes audiences to the locales of recent movies like “Mary Poppins Returns,” “Toy Story 4,” “Moana,” and “Frozen,” and will also feature popular Disney princesses and classic characters like Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Goofy. (Thursday, Feb. 20 through Sunday, Feb. 23 at various times; TD Garden, Boston; $20 and up; all ages)

How Italian food conquered the world

Food writer, author, and former Esquire restaurant reviewer John Mariani knows a thing or two about what we eat — especially when it comes to Italian food. The author of “How Italian Food Conquered the World” will share his expertise during a free talk hosted by Boston University’s Gastronomy Program, accompanied by choice pieces from his collection of 20th century restaurant menus. (Thursday, Feb. 20 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Boston University, Peter Fuller Building, 808 Commonwealth Ave., Room 131, Boston; free; all ages)

Busta Rhymes

Hip-hop veteran Busta Rhymes has nearly three decades’ worth of tongue-twisting tracks to his name, from”Woo Hah!! Got You All in Check” to “Gimme Some More.” While the rapper hasn’t put out a new album since 2012’s “Year of the Dragon,” he has more than enough hits to get the crowd moving this Friday at Big Night Live. No word on whether Rhymes will make time during his Boston visit to check out the small island in Shrewsbury that unofficially bears his name. (Friday, Feb. 21 from at 10 p.m.; Big Night Live, Boston; $25 and up; 21+)

Free tacos at Lolita Cocina & Tequila Bar Fort Point

On National Margarita Day — yes, it’s a thing — Lolita Cocina & Tequila Bar in Fort Point is rewarding margarita fans by sending over a free taco with every margarita purchase; until 5 p.m., diners can pair their drink with a complimentary chicken, vegetable, or al pastor taco. Want to feel even better about your tequila consumption? Twenty percent of all margarita pitcher sales will be donated to World Central Kitchen, a non-profit organization providing meals for those affected by natural disasters. (Saturday, Feb. 22 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Lolita Cocina & Tequila Bar Fort Point, Boston; free with purchase, 21+)

MassArt Art Museum Grand Opening

Located on the campus of the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, the MassArt Art Museum has a mission to make contemporary art accessible to everyone through daily free admission. The museum will host its grand opening on Saturday at noon, with an installation by Portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos, an exhibit that showcases artists working at the intersection of contemporary art and video games, and an installation from artist collective Ghost of a Dream in the lobby. (Saturday, Feb. 22 from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.; MassArt, Boston; free; all ages)

Après ski at Bow Market

If you can’t go to the mountain, let the mountain come to you. Union Square’s Bow Market, a one-stop-shop for vintage clothes, beer, wine, pierogis, stationery, and, well, just about anything else you might need, is throwing its annual après ski event. The courtyard will transform into a cozy hangout: Sip beer from Remnant Brewing by a fire pit, nosh on snacks under a blanket, and come dressed to impress in your finest retro snowsuit. (Saturday, Feb. 22 from noon to 6 p.m.; Bow Market, Somerville; free entry, all ages)


CRASHfest, an annual global music festival, will return for another edition this weekend with 10 artists spanning various genres from Afrobeat to klezmer. Highlights include a concert version of the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical “Fela!” and a performance from Grammy-nominated supergroup Bokanté. (Saturday, Feb. 22 at 5:30 p.m.; House of Blues, Boston; $48-55; all ages)

“Awkward Sex… and the City”

You don’t need to be a daily reader of Love Letters to know that sometimes not everything goes smoothly in the bedroom. This Saturday, the quintet of ribald storytellers behind “Awkward Sex… and the City” will take the stage at the Rockwell as part of their Naughty Valentine’s Day Tour to tell laugh-out-loud tales about some of their most cringe-worthy sexual encounters. (Saturday, Feb. 22 at 9:30 p.m.; The Rockwell, Boston; $15; 18+)

Mardi Gras at The Porch

Beignets. Gumbo. King cake. Live music. Did you have any doubt that Southern hot spot The Porch was going to do Mardi Gras right? Guests can purchase tickets for street food stations slinging classic NOLA bites, while an aerial bartender will pour shots of tequila and DTOs (Daiquiri Time Outs) made with Plantation Rum. Move your body to the sounds of the Hot Tamale Brass Band before digging into another helping of king cake. (Sunday, Feb. 23 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.; The Porch Southern Fare and Juke Joint, Medford; free entry, all ages)

CatVideo Fest

For those of you who love cat videos (honestly, who doesn’t?), hit pause on your Sunday plans and head to the Coolidge Corner Theatre for CatVideo Fest, an annual compilation of the latest and greatest cat videos. Sure, you can watch 72 minutes of cat videos on the internet for free, but every ticket sold to CatVideoFest raises money for local feline charities. (Sunday, Feb. 23 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.; Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline; $12-14; all ages)


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