10 things to do in Boston this weekend

BosTen is your weekly guide to events and cool happenings in and around Boston.

David Gilo and his son Nicholas Play ping pong in the middle of Newbury Street
David Gilo and his son Nicholas Play ping pong in the middle of Newbury Street. Keith Bedford/Globe Staff

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].

Stream a critically acclaimed drama filmed in Massachusetts

A Sundance smash subject to a fierce bidding war earlier this year, “CODA” stars Emilia Jones (“Locke and Key”) as a 17-year-old CODA (child of deaf adults) living in Gloucester. When her choir director suggests she pursue music school for college, she must decide between pursuing her dreams and helping her deaf parents and brother run the family fishing business. Filmed in Massachusetts in 2019, Apple paid a Sundance-record $25 million for the worldwide rights to “CODA,” and as a result, the movie will be released simultaneously in theaters and on its Apple TV+ streaming platform this Friday.

Try Springdale Beer’s new “Sucker for Lust” at a Somerville newcomer

Premiere on Broadway, Somerville’s new restaurant and live music venue, opened last week, and the Italian-American spot is already bringing in solid acts to take the stage. Fans of Framingham’s Springdale Beer will appreciate this one: On Friday, the brewery will throw a release party at Premiere for its new “Sucker for Lust” beer. After ordering the IPA, stick around for live music from The Macrotones with special guests Flying Vipers. Doors open at 9 p.m.; no cover charge.

Dine on West African food and cider in Cambridge

Now here’s a delightful pair: jollof and juice (well, cider), which you can enjoy at a weekend-long event held at The Station x Artifact Cider Project Friday through Sunday. The Cambridge cidery has partnered up with ākra, a Worcester eatery and juice bar, to offer their vibrant West African jollof bowls. To commemorate the occasion, Artifact Cider Project and ākra will also be collaborating on a juice-forward cider cocktail, only available Friday through Sunday. 

Enjoy free admission to 4 Massachusetts museums/institutions

Instead of holding its usual Free Fun Fridays, the Highland Street Foundation is offering free admission to a different Massachusetts museum or institution every day during the month of August. This weekend’s free offerings take place all across the state, with the Museum of African American History (August 12), Worcester Art Museum (August 13), Drumlin Farm (August 14), and the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy (August 15).

Attend an ice cream social at Fool’s Errand

Fool’s Errand will host dessert royalty on Friday during a festive ice cream social, featuring Big Heart Hospitality’s award-winning pastry chef Dee Steffen Chinn and James Beard Award-winning pastry chef Kelly Fields. Naturally, the dessert menu looks heavenly: strawberry shortcake, s’mores choco taco, a summer sundae with corn ice cream, grasshopper pie, and more. Fields will also be selling copies of her latest cookbook, “The Good Book of Southern Baking” (she’ll be signing ‘em, too!). Stop by starting at 4 p.m.; desserts will be on sale until they’re sold out. 

Get your free outdoor fitness on at Seaport Sweat

Looking for a free way to work out this weekend? Boston’s Seaport neighborhood is in the midst of six months of free outdoor fitness classes with its Seaport Sweat programming. This Saturday you’ll be able to enjoy HIIT training followed by restorative yoga, while on Friday you’ll get a smooth vinyasa flow. While the classes may be free, advanced registration is required. Check out Seaport at WS Development’s Eventbrite page to register for the class of your choice.

Dance away the Sunday scaries with TrillFit

Speaking of free fitness classes, head to Carson Beach this Sunday for a free Cardio Dance class from TrillFit. The hourlong class begins at 10 a.m., and blends “Beyonce-worthy choreography” with HIIT workouts. While the class is free, advance registration via Eventbrite is required, and the class size is capped at 35 people.

Stride freely down Open Newbury Street

The City of Boston is bringing back its popular Open Newbury Street series, which will make Newbury Street a pedestrian-only thoroughfare on three Sundays this summer. The first will take place this Sunday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and visitors will be able to check out local businesses, listen to live music, and play a few lawn games on the car-free stretch from Berkeley Street to Massachusetts Avenue.

Sing and dance at India Day 2021

Celebrate India’s 75th Independence Day this Sunday at India Day 2021, an annual festival celebrating everything related to Indian culture. Enjoy a free concert from the Berklee Indian Ensemble, dance troupes performing a mix of traditional and modern styles, and sample Indian cuisine at various bazaar booths. The celebration runs from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday at the DCR Memorial Hatch Shell on the Esplanade. 

Celebrate the August Moon Festival in Quincy

After cancelling the festival in 2020, the Quincy August Moon Festival will return for an afternoon of fantastic food, live music, and cultural performances. Opening ceremonies, including a traditional lion/dragon dance, will kick off the festivities at noon on Sunday. Spend the rest of the afternoon hopping between food and drink vendors, listening to music, and entertaining the little ones with arts and crafts for kids. Entry is free, and there will be complimentary ice cream to keep everyone cool.


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