10 things to do in Boston this weekend

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A sundae from the SoWa Ice Cream Scooptacular. Courtesy SoWa

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

Rose Kennedy Greenway Tour

What was once an ugly, towering freeway known as the Central Artery is now the Rose Kennedy Greenway, a 1.5-mile stretch of public parks that dot the urban landscape. For those who have never properly explored the Greenway, Conservancy staff members will lead a tour from Chinatown Park to the North End Parks focusing on the horticulture, history, and public art that dots each green space. (Thursday, July 13 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston; $10; all ages)

Neighborhood Nights: Sounds of Summer

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum will kick off its Neighborhood Nights series Thursday with the first of three free nights of admission this summer. This Thursday’s theme is “Sounds of Summer,” and will feature storyteller Valerie Stephens, bassist Jeff Jones, movement workshops with yogi Marlene Boyette, and grub from Jamaica Mi Hungry. (Thursday, July 13 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston; free; all ages)

The Boston French Film Festival

The MFA’s most popular film festival will return for another year starting this Thursday, with a range of titles showcasing the latest in French cinema. Highlights of the 17-film lineup include the opening night film Divorce, a comedy that will be screened outdoors on the MFA lawn, and The Odyssey, a biopic about oceanographer Jacques Cousteau starring Audrey Tautou (Amelie, The Da Vinci Code) as the explorer’s daughter. (Thursday, July 13 through Sunday, July 30 at various times; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; half pass is $72 for members, $90 for non-members, full pass is $136 for members, $170 for non-members; all ages)

ArtBeat 2017

Somerville comes alive for one weekend each summer during ArtBeat, and this year will be no different. The Somerville Arts Council has lined up 75 craft vendors, more than a dozen bands, dance troupes, and a host of interactive performances to delight visitors as they pass through Davis Square. (Friday, July 14 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday, July 15 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Davis Square, Somerville; free; all ages)

Boston Beer and BBQ Fest

It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that beer and barbecue make a great pair. And with 80-plus beers and ciders and seven barbecue restaurants, the Boston Beer and BBQ Fest at Cyclorama in the South End will ensure that you’ll never run out of pairs to try. A full list of participating breweries and restaurants is available on the event website, but highlights include Cambridge’s The Smoke Shop, Wakefield’s The Porch, Castle Island Brewing, and Peak Organic Brewing. (Friday, July 14 and Saturday, July 15 from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Cyclorama, Boston; $55; 21+)

WGBH Funfest: A Day of Ice Cream and Music

July 16 marks National Ice Cream Day, but local PBS channel WGBH will celebrate a day early by hosting an all-you-can-eat ice cream bonanza featuring sweet treats from a number of local creameries. Kids will love the face painting, inflatable rides, and a chance to interact with beloved PBS characters. (Saturday, July 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; WGBH Studios, Boston; $10; all ages)

SoWa Ice Cream Scooptacular

Have double the ice cream: Head to SoWa Open Market’s second annual Ice Cream Scooptacular. The market will have $6 sundaes made with ingredients from many small markets. Eat ice cream from Honeycomb Creamery, toppings from Yummy Mummy Brownies, Top Shelf Cookies, Q’s Nuts, Doves and Figs, Chrissy’s Crumble Wicked Good No-Grain-Ola, Giacomo’s Gourmet Granola LLC, and fresh fruit from The Herb Lyceum. (Saturday, July 15 and Sunday, July 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; 460 Harrison Ave., Boston; free; all ages)

Game of Thrones Brunch Weekend

Before you lock yourself inside to binge-watch the first six seasons of the show in anticipation of Sunday’s premiere, consider venturing beyond the wall to Gather’s Game of Thrones-themed brunch. The restaurant is taking reservations for indoor seating, while seats on the patio are first-come, first-served. (Saturday, July 15 and Sunday, July 16 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Gather, Boston; free entry; all ages)

Festival Betances

This weekend, the South End will play host to Festival Betances, a celebration of New England’s Latino community. The family-friendly event will include a parade, traditional cuisine, arts and crafts, face painting, bounce houses, and music performances from Latino artists both local and international. (Saturday, July 15 from 12:15 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, July 16 from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.; 100 W. Dedham St., Boston; free; all ages)

Crimetown Live

Crimetown, a podcast from the creators of HBO’s true-crime documentary miniseries The Jinx, focuses on the culture of crime in a different American city each season. Hosts Marc Smerling and Zac Stuart-Pontier spent this past season looking at the seedy underbelly of Providence, Rhode Island, and they’re bringing a live version of the show to the Wilbur, including an appearance from a former Providence hoodlum who had a run-in with Whitey Bulger. (Saturday, July 15 at 7 p.m.; The Wilbur, Boston; $25-35; all ages)