10 things to do in Boston this weekend

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Kyle Allen in a Mario suit at PAX East in Boston in 2015. 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.

PAX East

Starting Thursday, tens of thousands of gaming enthusiasts will flock to the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center for PAX East, one of the biggest festivals of its kind nationwide. You’ll find hundreds of active exhibitions and tournaments devoted to board games, video games, role-playing games, and every other type of game at what one organizer has called “Woodstock for gamers.” Single-day passes for Friday and Saturday are sold out, but you can still snag tickets for Thursday and Sunday or the full four-day event. (Thursday, Feb. 27 through Sunday, March 1 at various times; Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Boston; $65 for single-day passes, $230 for four-day passes; all ages)

Synesthesia Suite 

For those unfamiliar, synesthesia is a condition in which one sense (your sense of sound, for example) leads to involuntary experiences in another sense, such as your sense of sight. Due to her synesthesia, composer Mary Bichner both “sees” sound and “hears” color, and thanks to the Museum of Science and its planetarium visuals, audiences will get a chance to enjoy an approximation of her sensory experiences Thursday evening. (Thursday, Feb. 27 at 9 p.m.; Charles Hayden Planetarium at the Museum of Science, Boston; $20; 18+)


Back in 2002, one of the year’s biggest movies was “The Ring,” a horror film starring Naomi Watts about a cursed VHS tape that caused the death of anyone who viewed it within seven days. Despite the success of “The Ring,” the Japanese film that it was based on, 1998’s “Ringu,” surprisingly never got a proper U.S. release. This weekend, the Brattle Theatre will host four showings of a new digital restoration of “Ringu,” showing audiences that while VCRs and home videos may be obsolete, the terror one can cause is evergreen. (Friday, Feb. 28 through Sunday, March 1 at various times; Brattle Theatre, Cambridge; $9-12; rated PG-13)

National Golf Expo 

With temperatures hitting 64 earlier this week, golf nuts were likely dreaming about playing a round. While golf season is still at least a month away, you can get a head start on improving your game at the National Golf Expo this weekend. Check out exhibits, interactive features, and seminars, or just get some swings in at the largest indoor driving range and demonstration stage in the Northeast. (Friday, Feb. 28 to Sunday, March 1 at various times; Seaport World Trade Center, Boston; $12-14, free for children 12 and under; all ages)

South Asian Showdown 

If you’re looking for a new cultural experience this weekend, the 11th annual South Asian Showdown at John Hancock Hall is a good choice. Dance teams from the United States and Canada will compete against each other in Fusion (“a combination of any dance style set to a majority of Indian music”) and Bollywood/Hindi-Film (“the Bollywood film style of dance featuring expression, theme, and storyline”) for cash prizes. (Saturday, Feb. 29 at 6 p.m.; John Hancock Hall, Boston; $25-100; all ages)


Boston synthpop quartet Bearstronaut has been one of the titans of the local music scene for more than a decade, from performing on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” to playing in front of a hometown crowd at Boston Calling. Unfortunately, as of this weekend the band will be no more, with a final show at Great Scott before members head their separate ways. (Friday, Feb. 28 at 10 p.m.; Great Scott, Boston; $12; 21+)

Winter Patio Party at Citizen

Temperatures may be in the 30s this weekend, but that isn’t stopping Citizen Public House from opening its patio a few months early to throw a winter patio bash. Come by for free s’mores to enjoy by the heater, then warm up with hot rum cocktails available for purchase. (Saturday, Feb. 29 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Citizen Public House & Oyster Bar, Boston; free; 21+)

Everyone Orchestra

“If you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all” is an aphorism ill-suited to describing the shows of multi-instrumentalist Matt Butler and his Everyone Orchestra. That’s because since 2001, Butler and a rotating cast of top musicians has played a completely improvised and utterly distinct show each time, providing a unique experience for even their biggest fans on a nightly basis. The collective’s show at The Sinclair will feature artists from The String Cheese Incident (drummer Michael Travis), Gov’t Mule (multi-instrumentalist Danny Louis), and folk singer/Peabody native Ryan Montbleau, among others. (Saturday, Feb. 29 at 8 p.m.; The Sinclair; Cambridge; $28; 18+)

Beyond Bubbie’s Kitchen

It’s what bubbie would want: a room full of baklava, borscht, falafel, and mini funnel cakes. Diners of all faiths and cultures are welcome at this celebration of diverse Jewish cuisine, which will feature participating chefs from The Chubby Chickpea, Flora’s Wine Bar, Little Big Diner, Mamaleh’s Delicatessen, Simcha, and more, plus beer, wine, cocktails, and cooking demos. (Sunday, Mar. 1 from 5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.; Revere Hotel Boston Common, Boston; $36, kids 8 and under are free; all ages)

5th Annual Harvest Winter Party

Ice luges. Shotskis. Frosty Harpoons. Are we at a ski lodge or a Cambridge restaurant? Harvest is hoping to channel its best après ski vibes at its annual winter party on Sunday, when chefs Tyler Kinnett and Joshua Livsey will serve bites on Harvest’s heated outdoor patio, alongside drinks, music by DJ Ryan Brown, and a live raffle. Tickets, which include food and two drink tickets, will benefit Furnishing Hope of MA, an organization helping families transition out of homelessness. (Sunday, March 1 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Harvest, Cambridge; $55; 21+)

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