10 things to do in Boston this Super Bowl weekend

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

The ICA museum on the Boston Harbor waterfront. David L. Ryan/Globe Staff

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

Trillium and Other Half Draft Party at Row 34

Extreme Beer Festival hits the Seaport World Trade Center this weekend, but you’ll notice it’s not listed in this edition of BosTen—it is very sold out. However, you can still head to Fort Point for a serious draft list, courtesy of Trillium and Other Half at Row 34 on Thursday night. The oysters and beer establishment will have great brews on hand the rest of the weekend, too; on Friday, they’re featuring EBM breweries like Rare Barrel and Crux, and on Sunday, they’re serving brews out of New England with brunch. (Thursday, February 2 at 5 p.m.; Row 34, Boston; prices vary; all ages)

The Today Show at Cheers

In advance of Sunday’s Super Bowl, the Today show’s Al Roker will be at Cheers Faneuil Hall on Friday at 6:30 a.m. to film a segment for the morning show. Don your best Pats gear and join the host bright and early in the New England winter for your chance to be featured on Today. (Friday, February 3 at 6:30 a.m.; Cheers Faneuil Hall, Boston; free; all ages)

The 9th Annual “Some Like It Hot” Chili Cook-Off

Pregame your Super Bowl pregame—with chili. Sample the chunky stuff (for free!) from eateries including Beat Brasserie, Crema Cafe, and The Sinclair, and vote on your favorite. The winning restaurant will get the Harvard Square Chili Pot; you will get warm. (Saturday, February 3 from 1 to 2:30 p.m.; Brattle Plaza, Cambridge; free; all ages)

Silent Disco Snow Day

According to the event description, “A floating silent disco dance party is when a group of people download an epic 60-minute mix, meet up, put on headphones, press play at the same time, and dance around the city together.” For this one, participants are invited to wear their “raddest winter gear” to make their way through the heart of Cambridge and Allston. The first 40 people who arrive will receive free earmuff headphones, the first 110 will be granted admission to an after-party at a “secret” location. (Saturday, February 4 at 3 p.m.; Harvard Square, Cambridge; free; all ages)

ICA First Fridays: Ice Ice Baby

On the first Friday of every month, the Institute of Contemporary Art opens its doors for a nighttime experience. This month, the ICA’s event is called “Ice Ice Baby,” and the museum is inviting guests to stop, collaborate, and listen over some modern art, and also dance to ’90s music, of course. First Fridays tend to sell out, so those who are interested in attending are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance. (Friday, February 3 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; ICA, Boston; free for members, $15 for nonmembers; 21+)

Doughnut Ice Cream Sandies by Double Chin x Bakes 2 to Tango

The 1-year-old Double Chin restaurant in Chinatown is teaming up with the Boston-based bakery Bakes 2 to Tango to bring the city a next-level doughnut experience. The one-day event will combine the restaurant’s ice cream (check out their cube toast to get the picture) with the bakery’s uncommon doughnut flavors to create a dessert so decadent, you’ll forget you’re eating ice cream during a Boston winter. Supplies are limited, so you might want to get there early—ice cream for breakfast, anyone? (Saturday, February 4 at 11 a.m.; Double Chin, Chinatown; prices vary; all ages)

Lunar New Year Celebration at the MFA

Celebrate the year of the Rooster with Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese traditions at the MFA. Admission to the museum will be free for this event, which will feature activities, demonstrations, and performances, including a Chinese lion dance by Gund Kwok Asian Women’s Lion and Dragon Dance Troupe and a red envelope printmaking workshop so you can make your own version of the traditional Chinese New Year gift. (Saturday, February 4 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; MFA, Boston; free; all ages)

Old School Game Show

Head to The Wilbur for an experience that’s part 1970s game show, part live theater performance, and wholly interesting. Audience members can participate onstage with the chance to win prizes, but the live music- and sketch comedy-filled show sounds like it’s its own reward. (Saturday, February 4 from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.; The Wilbur, Boston; $24; all ages)

Book Sale to Benefit the BPL

The City-Wide Friends of the Boston Public Library is holding a book sale this Saturday to benefit the BPL’s programs and sponsor new equipment. Most books will cost only $1-$2, and the sale will include genres like mystery, romance, biography, history, art, science, cooking, and books for kids. If you need to unload some of your own collection before restocking, the BPL is also accepting book donations for the sale. (Saturday, February 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; BPL, Boston; free to browse; all ages)

Paris Creperie Presents: World Nutella Day 2017

This event technically takes place the day after the weekend, but because this is New England and Sunday is the Super Bowl, we’re assuming this weekend is going to be extended a day. Cure your Super Bowl hangover by celebrating World Nutella Day at The Paris Creperie in Coolidge Corner. The cafe will offer half-priced Nutella crepes and drinks in honor of the celebration. (Monday, February 6 from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.; The Paris Creperie, Brookline; prices vary; all ages)