10 things to do in Boston this weekend

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

Costumed participants in LEGO Star Wars Days!
Costumed participants at the Lego Star Wars Days. –LEGO

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.

Boston.com Ski and Snowboard Expo

After a down year snow-wise, the Boston.com Ski and Snowboard Expo is here to get winter sports enthusiasts pumped for the upcoming ski and snowboard season, with dozens of booths featuring apparel retailers, ski resorts, and more. There will also be live music, a beer garden, an indoor obstacle course, and multiple daily performances from Flippenout, an aerial trampoline team. Boston.com readers can get $3 off their ticket by entering the code “BosTEN” at the expo website. (Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Seaport World Trade Center; $12 with promotional code; all ages)

LEGO Star Wars Days


The Legoland Discovery Center at Assembly Row is going Star Wars-themed all weekend. Families can check out a number of Lego Star Wars activities for all ages, including a character scavenger hunt and a brick-by-brick mural build. If you’re a fan of Lego and Star Wars but don’t have kids, the next Lego Adult Night on Wednesday, November 16 is also Star Wars-themed. (Friday, November 11 and Saturday, November 12 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday, November 13 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m..; Legoland Discovery Center Boston; $17.50-29.95; all ages)

Rhode Island Comic Con

If you’re a Bostonian but just can’t wait until next summer for Boston Comic Con, Rhode Island Comic Con should offer plenty of geeky goodness to tide you over. Along with the standard mixture of panels, game demos, cosplay, and kid-friendly activities, there will be appearances by Marvel legend Stan Lee, Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman), Jeffrey Dean Morgan (The Walking Dead), and many more comic/sci-fi celebrities. (Friday, November 11 from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, November 12 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday, November 13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Rhode Island Convention Center; single-day tickets are $30-45 GA and $10-17 for kids ages 6-12, weekend passes are $75-85 GA and $25-30 for kids ages 6-12; all ages)

ICA After 5 Ice Cream Friday


The Institute of Contemporary Art’s weekly Friday After 5 event is getting a sweet twist this week. Per usual, you’ll be able to visit the gallery, experience live music, and cozy up to multiple bars. The bonus: The museum is partnering up with local creamery Vice Cream to serve up a cornucopia of frozen flavors in honor of National Ice Cream Sundae Day. (Yes, that’s a thing.) (Friday, November 11 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Institute of Contemporary Art Boston; $15 GA, free for ICA members; 21+)

Truman Capote’s Black and White Ball

Bostonians looking for some fancy fun this weekend should check out the Black and White Ball, an homage to the legendary masquerade dance thrown by Truman Capote 50 years ago this month. The dress code is formal, with men expected to wear black tie and mask, and women a black or white dress and mask. (Friday, November 11 from 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.; Taj Boston; $75-90; 21+)

Fenway Open Studios

Dozens of artists will be on hand to show off their wares in the rustic confines of Fenway Studios. While admission is free, the organizers suggest bringing a nonperishable food item to donate to the Greater Boston Food Bank. (Saturday, November 12 and Sunday, November 13 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Fenway Studios; free; all ages)

Comics Come Home

The 22nd edition of Denis Leary’s annual laugh bash features its usual strong lineup of comedic heavy hitters (many with local ties), including Lenny Clarke (Cambridge), Bill Burr (Canton), Nick Di Paolo (Danvers), Wanda Sykes, and Wendy Liebman (Wellesley College). Boston Bruins President Cam Neely will also make an appearance to talk about the millions of dollars Comics Come Home has raised for the Cam Neely Foundation for Cancer Care over the years. (Saturday, November 12 at 8 p.m.; TD Garden; $46.50-147; all ages)

Beer and Chocolate Tasting at Dorchester Brewing Company


The Patriots aren’t playing until Sunday night, so the afternoon is free for sampling some chocolate and beer from local chocolatier Phillips Candy House and the Dorchester Brewing Company, respectively. Featuring pairings like a double IPA with a dark chocolate-covered pineapple slice and a cream ale with a milk chocolate salted caramel, the tasting menu looks pretty scrumptious. (Sunday, November 13 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.; Dorchester Brewing Company; $20 in advance, $25 at the door; 21+)

Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions

After a triumphant showing at the 2016 Summer Olympics, current and former members of the U.S. Gymnastics Team are coming to Boston for two shows at the TD Garden featuring some of the same routines that won them Olympic medals. Though Kellogg’s takes care to mention that not every show will feature all 28 of the traveling athletes, chances are that at least a few members of the Final 5 (including Needham native Aly Raisman) will be there. (Sunday, November 13 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.; TD Garden; $35-300; all ages)

Boston River Run 5K

Coinciding with Veteran’s Day weekend, the fifth annual Boston River Run is a 5K fundraiser along the banks of the Charles River. Proceeds will go to the Andrew Graham Semper Fi Fund, which endows scholarships at Massachusetts community colleges in honor of Corporal Andrew Graham Narcus, who was killed in a hit and run in 2002. (Sunday, November 13 at 9 a.m.; Artesani Park; $38; all ages)

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