10 things to do in Boston this weekend

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Taste of South Boston.
Taste of South Boston. –Robert Terry

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.

Wicked Queer Film Festival

Boston’s LGBT film festival is back for its 23rd year, with film screenings that showcase LGBT filmmakers, actors, writers, and directors at various venues throughout the city. The festival kicks off Thursday night with Signature Move at the ICA, featuring an appearance from the movie’s star Sari Sanchez and director, Jennifer Reeder. Then, from this Thursday through Sunday, April 9, the festival will screen movies at the MFA, Brattle Theater, and Paramount Center. For a full list of screenings and locations, see the festival’s website(Thursday, March 30 through Sunday, April 9; varying times and venues, $10-30; all ages)

Beers for Books at Harpoon


Harpoon Brewery is teaming up with the Boston chapter of Room to Read, a nonprofit that raises money for literacy and gender-equality in education in the developing world, to bring you a night of brews and books. The brewery will offer beer tastings and raffling off prizes to raise money for the cause. Tickets are available on Eventbrite for a suggested $20 donation, but book lovers are encouraged to give what they can, and donations will also be accepted at the door. (Friday, March 31 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.; Harpoon Brewery, Boston; donations accepted; 21+)

Mad Max: Fury Road Midnight Showing

If you loved 2015’s Mad Max: Fury Road, you can see it this weekend with a little more artistic flair thanks to the Coolidge Corner Theatre‘s midnight showings of the film’s black-and-chrome cut. The battle-heavy film set in a post-apocalyptic world and starring Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron scored a whopping 97 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. (Friday, March 31 and Saturday, April 1 at 11:59 p.m.; Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline; $12.25 tickets; all ages)

Dorchester Brewing Co. Bacon Truck Pop-Up

The Dorchester Brewing Company wants to remind you that beer and bacon are no joke, so they’re holding a bacon pop-up shop with The Bacon Truck on April Fool’s Day. The pork-themed food truck, which offers bacon-themed delights like The Hangover sandwich and chocolate bacon truffles, will be parked outside the brewery from 12 to 5 p.m. Grab a bacon grilled cheese or classic B.L.T. before heading into the brewery taproom for some beer tastings. (Saturday, April 1 from 12 to 5 p.m.; Dorchester Brewing Company, Dorchester; prices vary; 21+)

Zero-K Unicorn Run


Imagine being able to enjoy the fun of a post-race party without doing any actual running. Welcome to the Zero-K Unicorn Run. It’s a race-themed party complete with running bibs, T-shirts, and medals–minus the race part. If it seems confusing, it’s essentially a really creative fundraiser for the Brookline Library Foundation to raise money for renovations, programming for children and the elderly, and additional funds for library materials. Your $25 ticket will get you in and nab you food and all the aforementioned “race” prizes. (Saturday, April 1 from 7 to 9 p.m.; Cornwall’s, Boston; $25; 21+)

Everett Street Art

Red Sky Studios in Allston is hosting a night of local artists, bands, brews, and bites. The event, sponsored by Aeronaut Brewing, invites guests to wander through floating art suspended from the ceiling and appreciate local talent. A silent auction of art pieces will benefit Last Hope K9 of Boston, a nonprofit that saves dogs from high kill shelters. Tickets are available for $8.54 on Eventbrite and include a pour from Aeronaut. (Saturday, April 1 from 7 to 11 p.m.; Red Sky Studios, Allston; $8.54; all ages)


Men who have been hesitant about trying yoga: Does yoga held in a brewery taproom make a class sound more enticing? Aeronaut Brewery is also hosting Broga—as in, bro-yoga—this Sunday. Broga promises a class of the “best core-strengthening, muscle-toning, cardio-working, stress-reducing, clarity-enhancing yoga postures.” But if that’s not enough for you, Aeronaut will hand you a cold beer when you finish. The class costs $30 and includes a full-size pour, and pre-registration is required(Sunday, April 2 from 10:45 a.m. to 12 p.m.; Aeronaut Brewing Co., Somerville; $30, 21+)

Grand Wine Tasting at the Public Market


Head to the Boston Public Market this Sunday to learn about and, more importantly, taste new wines from 10 Massachusetts wineries. This all-local-wine event will be held in The Kitchen at the Public Market and will feature wineries such as Balderdash CellarsTurtle Creek Winery, and First Crush Winery, allowing you to taste the unique flavor that the state’s cool climate and rich soil generate. Feel free to peruse the market afterward if all that tasting works up an appetite. (Sunday, April 2 from 12 to 1:30 p.m. or 1:30 to 3 p.m.; Boston Public Market, Boston; $10 tickets available for purchase; 21+)

Black Market in Cambridge

Despite its name, the recurring Cambridge Black Market is more of a traditional flea market in that you won’t find any illegal goods, but you can score some awesome handmade artwork, prints, patches, jewelry, and books. The event is held by Boston Hassle, a volunteer-based organization that seeks to bring people together in a creatively empowering and inspiring environment. (Sunday, April 2 from 12 to 5 p.m.; Cambridge Elks Lodge, Cambridge; $1 entry; all ages)

Taste of South Boston

Take your taste buds out for a night at the 15th annual Taste of South Boston festival. The event, held at the Seaport Hotel, will feature food from more than 30 South Boston establishments, including Babbo, Blue Dragon, Lincoln, and Miam Miam Macaronerie, and wine and beer tastings from Al’s Liquor and Harpoon Brewery. Tickets are available for advanced purchase for $70, and proceeds benefit the South Boston Neighborhood Development Corporation(Sunday, April 2 from 6 to 9 p.m.; Seaport Hotel, Boston; $70 advanced purchase, $75 at door; 21+)