10 things to do in Boston this weekend

24weekahead -The Sri Lankan Dance Academy of NY performed traditional Sri Lankan dance during the 2016 Lowell Folk Festival (at the Market Street Stage).
The Sri Lankan Dance Academy of NY performed traditional Sri Lankan dance during the 2016 Lowell Folk Festival. –National Park Service

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.

Thunderbar Comedy Festival

The second edition of Boston’s underground comedy festival is already underway, but with a lineup of nationally known comics, such as Corinne Fisher, Ahmed Bharoocha, Langston Kerman, and Chanel Ali, there’s still plenty of laughs to come. (Thursday, July 27 to Saturday, July 29 at various times; various locations; $10-35; all ages)

Bubbles and Bivalves

Eataly is joining together three big names in local oysters — Island Creek, Ichabod, and Plymouth — and pairing them with 14 premium sparkling wines for the ultimate high-class dining experience. Bring a date, or just bring your appetite. (Thursday, July 27 from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Eataly Boston; $50; 21+)

Literary Trivia


The Boston Book Festival isn’t until October, but organizers periodically put on mid-year events, including this night of lit trivia at Trident. Team up with up to six bookworms, and you could win prizes donated by the BBF and other area booksellers. (Thursday, July 27 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Trident Booksellers and Cafe, Boston; $15; all ages)

Taste for a Cure

An evening at the Harpoon Brewery Beer Hall is never a bad idea, but when you can support the American Cancer Society in the process, it’s an even better one. Tickets include unlimited beer tastings, apps, and a raffle ticket to win autographed Bruins memorabilia. (Thursday, July 27 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Harpoon  Brewery Beer Hall, Boston; $40; 21+)

Friday Afternoon Concert Series

Each Friday through Aug. 25, Mayor Marty Walsh is bringing a local performer to the Congress Street side of Faneuil Hall near the Sam Adams statue for a live lunchtime concert. Right now, lots of Berklee performers are on the schedule—this Friday, Paige Rose will show off her country music chops—and more artists will be announced as the summer goes on. (Friday, July 28 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m; Faneuil Hall, Boston; free; all ages)

50th Annual Massachusetts Puerto Rican Festival

If you’ve noticed that a ferris wheel randomly appeared in City Hall Plaza in the last couple of days, it’s not for a super belated 4th of July carnival. It’s for the Puerto Rican Festival, a cultural celebration that originated in the South End and will celebrate its 50th anniversary at City Hall Plaza with local and international musicians, Puerto Rican food, local arts and crafts, and amusement park rides. (Friday, July 28 from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday July 29 and Sunday, July 30 from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m.; City Hall Plaza, Boston; free; all ages)

Lowell Folk Festival


The Lowell Folk Festival isn’t just any concert — it’s the oldest and second largest free folk festival in the nation. This year, the fest will feature more than 20 nationally renowned folk artists, as well as traditional crafts demonstrations, ethnic foods, art, and plenty of kid-friendly activities. (Friday, July 28 from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., Saturday July 29 and Sunday, July 30 from 12 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Downtown Lowell; free; all ages) 

Wizarding Day at Boston Children’s Museum

Grab your wand and your pointy hat and head to the Children’s Museum this Saturday in honor of Harry Potter’s 37th birthday on Monday. Kids can enjoy various HP-related activities, including potion-making and Quidditch practice, all while winning points for the House Cup. Parents and muggles are also welcome. (Saturday, July 29 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Children’s Museum, Boston; $17; all ages)

Briggs Fest

The Lawn on D has started to hold bigger and bigger events, like Tour de Fat earlier this summer. This Saturday, it’s Briggs Fest, with rappers like Sam Adams, Waka Flocka Flame, and B.O.B. hitting the little patch of green next to the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. (Saturday, July 29 from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Lawn on D, Boston; $69 GA, $139 VIP; 18+)

Brass Band Festival at George’s Island

A trip on a Boston Harbor Cruise to George’s Island makes for a fun, relaxing, summery Sunday. But in case you needed more incentive, a number of brass bands that help organize Somerville’s annual HONK! Festival will descend on Fort Warren with upbeat tunes and positive energy this weekend. (Sunday, July 28 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.; George’s Island, Boston; $10-17 for boat tickets; all ages)