10 things to do in Boston this weekend

BosTen is your weekly guide to not-lame events in the city.

Guests at Harpoon Brewery's Octoberfest.
Guests at Harpoon Brewery's Octoberfest. –Harpoon Brewery

BosTen is your weekly guide to events and cool happenings in and around Boston. 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 boston.com/events. To see our picks for the 10 can’t miss events at HUBWeek, which kicks off Sunday, click here.

Amy Schumer at the TD Garden

The comedian and creator of the Emmy-winning Comedy Central show Inside Amy Schumer brings her unique blend of raunchy, feminist comedy to TD Garden in what will likely be a raucous show. (Thursday, September 29 at 7 p.m.; TD Garden; $40-135; all ages)

TEDx Cambridge


The annual event celebrating the “innovation, creativity, and inspiration” returns to the Boston Opera House. This year’s lineup features musical performances, exhibitions from companies based in Boston and beyond, and talks from six local luminaries, including investigative reporter Janet Wu. (Thursday, September 29 from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Boston Opera House; $45-150; all ages)

ArtWeek Boston Kick-Off Party on the Greenway

Thursday marks the beginning of ArtWeek Boston, the semiannual 10-day festival celebrating creativity and participation with more than 150 events scattered across the city. The first of those events is the launch party on the Greenway, featuring food, games, a silent disco, a performance art piece, and one of the last chances to see Ai Weiwei’s Circle of Animals sculptures before they leave Boston for good. (Thursday, September 29 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Rose Kennedy Greenway, Wharf District Parks; free; 21+)

Harpoon Octoberfest

One of the biggest annual events at the Seaport brewery is back for another year of beer, food, and fun. The brewery will host competitions in stein hoisting, chicken dancing, and German chocolate cake eating, plus live music, and tours of the brewery. Don’t worry about driving, either: Harpoon is running free shuttles to the brewery from South Station. (Friday, September 30 from 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Saturday, October 1 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Harpoon Brewery; $25; 21+)

College Night at Museum of Science


With a valid college ID, students can enjoy free admission to the Museum of Science for a night of enjoyable education. Along with the usual standout attractions, students can check out a light show in the Hayden Planetarium set to the music of Prince, or check out the rest of Boston with a free Duck Tour. (Friday, September 30 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Museum of Science; free with valid college ID, $6 each for access to Planetarium, Omni Theater, and other premium exhibits; all ages)

HUBweek Closing Party Featuring Brew the Charles

HUBweek’s closing party is highlighted by the “Brew the Charles” competition, in which six Massachusetts breweries attempt to craft the best beer featuring water from the Charles River. Cape Ann Brewing, Castle Island Brewing Co., Harpoon Brewery, Idle Hands Craft Ales, Ipswich Ales, and Sam Adams have partnered up with Newton-based water technology company Desalitech to ensure that the “dirty water” is clean enough to drink. (Saturday, October 1 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; SOWA Power Station; free admission, $25 for the beer tasting; 21+)

Salem Food Truck Festival

October is the busiest, most vibrant month for the town of Salem, and this year the team behind South End Open Market is uniting with Create Salem for a massive food truck festival. With live music, family-friendly activities, and 25 food trucks — including Boston favorites like Roxy’s Grilled Cheese and Bon Me — the breadth of culinary options will be downright scary. (Saturday, October 1 and Sunday, October 2 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Salem Common, Salem; free; all ages)

Google Geek Street Fair

Google is teaming up with the Boston Children’s Museum and HUBweek to provide a free, fun atmosphere for kids. It’s going to mimic a standard street fair, but instead of carnival games or cotton candy, it will focus on science, technology, engineering, math, and computer science. (Saturday, October 1 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Boston Children’s Museum; free; all ages)

Boston Harbor Islands Regatta


With the Head of the Charles still weeks away, nautical enthusiasts can check out the largest sailboat race in the Boston Harbor. Sailors will chart a path around the Harbor islands before hitting the official regatta after-party at Boston Harbor Distillery. The race will raise money for the Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park to provide free island access to kids from underserved communities in the Boston area. (Saturday, October 1 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Spectacle Island/ Boston Harbor Distillery; free to spectate, $40 for after-party tickets; all ages)

Green Day at House of Blues

It’s been 30 years since one of the most popular punk rock bands of the early ‘90s first started making music in California. Now, just as September ends, Green Day is coming to town for a show at the House of Blues, thanks to ALT 92.9 FM. (Saturday, October 1; doors at 6:30 p.m., show at 8:30 p.m.; House of Blues; $65-75; all ages)

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