10 things to do in Boston this weekend

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Gorilla Lanterns in the Franklin Park Zoo exhibition "Boston Lights: A Lantern Experience. Tianyu Arts and Culture

While more and more Massachusetts businesses and cultural institutions are reopening as COVID-19 vaccination efforts continue, many residents are still staying home due to the coronavirus pandemic. With that in mind, this week’s BosTen offers a mix of in-person and virtual things to do in Boston this weekend. Have an idea about what we should cover? Leave us a comment on this article or in the BosTen Facebook group, or email us at [email protected].

Head to a not-so-secret garden party at Alibi Bar & Lounge

Spritz fans, take note: The Liberty Hotel’s Alibi Bar & Lounge is throwing a garden soirée on Thursday, with plenty of spritzes to go around. From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., guests will be able to enjoy a welcome Venetian spritz, a half-dozen oysters, a custom spritz glass, and a Venetian spritz cocktail to go, plus a special cocktail menu, music, and dancing. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased at the door. 

Keep cool with a beer or two at HarpoonFest

Harpoon’s annual music and beer festival is back, running from Thursday to Saturday at the brewery’s Seaport taproom. Attendees will be able to join in on a slew of events each day; most notably, Thursday’s pre-game party celebrating frontline workers, when the brewery will offer discounted tickets for healthcare workers and first responders and send guests home with a four-pack of Big League Hazy IPA. Each ticket ($15-$49) includes one or three drinks plus a souvenir cup, with access to more than 15 local bands, food trucks, and plenty of beer. Order a Big League and you’ll be giving back, too: Throughout the weekend, a portion of proceeds from the IPA will go to Off Their Plate, an organization that helps feed communities in need.

Help a couple breweries celebrate their anniversary

Both Jack’s Abby and Dorchester Brewing Co. are celebrating milestones this weekend, and you’re invited to raise a glass alongside them. Framingham brewery Jack’s Abby is turning 10, and will kick off a three-day fête on Friday featuring new and limited-edition beers, ice cream from Tipping Cow, cake, brunch specials, and live music (view the full schedule here). Over in Dorchester, Dorchester Brewing Co. will mark their five-year anniversary on Saturday, starting with free glassware for the first 50 customers to come through their doors at 11:30 a.m. Stop by for $5 sandwich specials from M&M BBQ until 1:30 p.m., free skeeball from noon to 2 p.m., and pop-ups from Top Shelf Cookies and Lionheart Confections. In the evening, DJ Jaz Spinning Beats will be providing the music. 

Celebrate Jewish Christmas in July at Mamaleh’s

If ordering Chinese food is a tradition in your household for Christmas, you won’t have to wait another five months to do it. Mamaleh’s, Cambridge’s popular Jewish deli, is now taking orders for their Jewish Christmas in July event, with dishes available for pickup on Saturday and Sunday. They’ve teamed up with a few local restaurants for the menu, too: Order veggie dumplings and blueberry dessert dumplings from Mei Mei, spiced braised beef shank from Bess’s Cafe, and matzah ball wonton soup with dumplings from Dumpling Daughter, plus Reuben egg rolls, Chinese eggplant, and tropical rum punch. Order can be placed here.

Enjoy outdoor theatrics with Shakespeare on the Common

Starting this week, Boston Common’s Parkman Bandstand will once again play host to a daily Shakespearian performance (except Mondays) through Aug. 8. The Commonwealth Shakespeare Company is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a production of “The Tempest,” the bard’s final published tragedy. Due to COVID-19 guidelines, the play will be performed without an intermission, and advance reservations are highly recommended. Registration info and showtimes are available on the CSC’s website.

Roll into the weekend at Starlight Square’s roller disco party

Roller disco aficionados may have been disappointed to find out that the annual celebration of Donna Summer didn’t include a roller rink this year due to space constraints. Fear not, my wheeled friends: This Friday, Starlight Square in Cambridge’s Central Square will host its own roller skating soirée from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Roll bounce to beats from locals DJs Mo, Nomadik, and Manny Reese, who may or may not throw down a couple tracks from the Queen of Disco herself.

Enjoy live music in the shadow of Old Ironsides

This Saturday, the Charlestown Navy Yard will be filled with musical stylings that go beyond the drum and fife music favored by area historic re-enactors. Instead, Boston indie rock darlings Hallejullah the Hills will put on a free concert next to the USS Constitution, the band’s first live performance in more than a year. Founded in 2005, the group has been a mainstay on the local scene and gone out on tour with nationally renowned groups like Titus Andronicus that share HTH’s penchant for rock anthems that will get your head nodding and fist pumping.

Prepare to be dazzled at Franklin Park Zoo’s Boston Lights

Everything is illuminated at the Franklin Park Zoo for the next couple of months thanks to the return of its popular 2020 exhibit, “Boston Lights: A Lantern Experience.” Stroll through 72 acres of dazzling light sculptures, including glowing flower gardens and a 197-foot dragon corridor. Timed entrances to the zoo grounds are available daily every half hour from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., and can be booked on Zoo New England’s website.

Shop the outdoors at Olde Ipswich Days

After a one-year hiatus, the Olde Ipswich Days fair returns to the South Village Green for its 50th anniversary. Artisans from the North Shore and other nearby locales will have their wares on display and for sale starting at 10 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, and visitors can expect plenty of food and live music as well.

Check out belated Fourth of July fireworks at Patriot Place

Due to inclement weather earlier this month, a number of town fireworks displays were postponed or canceled, including the Foxborough celebration at Patriot Place. Ahead of next week’s start to Patriots training camp, Patriot Place will host a fireworks spectacular this Saturday, with the pyrotechnics set to begin lighting up the sky at 9:15 p.m. Before the big show, visitors can catch live entertainment at the facility’s Summer Stage.

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