10 things to do in Boston this weekend

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The USS Constitution, "Old Ironsides," is the world's oldest commissioned warship. Stephan Savoia/AP Photo

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Saint Anthony’s Feast

The Italian religious festival will return for its 98th year starting Thursday with a rotation of parades, live entertainment, contests, religious services, and 100 pushcarts serving Italian fare. The festivities will culminate on Sunday with a 10-hour procession of the statue of Saint Anthony, carried through the streets alongside marching bands, floats, and a color guard. (Thursday, August 24 to Sunday, August 27 at various times; Endicott, Thacher, and North Margin streets, Boston; free; all ages)

Victory for “Old Ironsides”

Friday marks the 205th anniversary of the USS Constitution’s triumph over the HMS Guerriere, during which the U.S. ship took the nickname “Old Ironsides.” The museum will celebrate by allowing visitors to paint a sea battle, create a prize urn, and step into the shoes of the ship’s crew. (Friday, August 25 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; USS Constitution Museum, Charlestown; free; all ages)

Massachusetts Independent Film Festival

This weekend-long film festival will showcase everything from dark comedy to documentaries to every genre in between, with a focus on New England filmmakers. Get tickets to the flicks that satisfy your cinematic palette—or see all 36. (Friday, August 25 to Sunday, August 27 at various times; Brattle Theatre, Cambridge; $10-$80; all ages)

Yoga on the Pier

Bend and breathe away the week’s hassles during a 60-minute yoga class overlooking the Boston skyline. Proceeds from the $25 tickets (on sale in advance) support Courageous Sailing, a nonprofit that teaches sailing to inner-city youth. (Friday, August 25 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Courageous Sailing, Pier 4, Charlestown; $25 tickets; all ages)

ICA Culture Club (Part 2)

At this energetic night at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, DJ Dayglow and Dee Diggs will supply vinyl-based sets while attendees interact with three installations from local artists. Those include J.R. Uretsky’s “cuddle zone,” in which you can hang out with nine trained therapy dogs. (Friday, August 25 from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.; ICA, Boston; $15 GA, $5 for ICA members; all ages)

Bone Up Brewing Company’s Taproom Turns One

This Everett taproom has been in operation for one orbit around the sun, and it’s celebrating with a jam-packed day. On Saturday, Bone Up Brewing Company will release at least three new beers, roast a pig, and host performances by local surf rock band The Weisstronauts. The first 100 guests will receive a swag bag. (Saturday, August 26 from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Bone Up Brewing Company, Everett; free; outdoor area is all ages)

Boston Fermentation Festival

If you get really excited about fermented foods—and eating them—the fifth annual Boston Fermentation Festival at the Boston Public Market is for you. Visit the bash’s science corner, and check out the kraut mob, where you can make your own sauerkraut. You also can eat lunch at a pop-up pickle picnic on the Rose Kennedy Greenway and have a drink in a libations garden. (Sunday, August 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Boston Public Market, Boston; free; all ages)

Central Flea

On the last Sunday of each month through October, Central Square becomes the stomping ground of vintage dealers, artists, and specialty food makers. Whether you’re on the hunt for the perfect antique side table, looking to invest in local artwork, or maybe just in the market for a quirky knick-knack, you just might find it at this Cambridge hotspot. (Sunday, August 27 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Central Square, Cambridge; free; all ages)

Game of Cones Ice Cream Bike Tour

An ice cream tour is coming—all you need to enjoy it is a ticket and a bicycle. Then, on Sunday, event organizers will give you a map to local ice cream shops in Boston and Cambridge, from FoMu to Toscanini’s. You’ll ride your bike, eat ice cream, and repeat. After savoring the final scoop, everyone will meet up at Flat Top Johnny’s to cast votes for the Cone of the North and mingle with fellow riders. Don’t worry: The organizers promise to have you home in time for the new episode of Game of Thrones. (Sunday, August 27 departing at 12 p.m.; Copley Square, Boston; $25; 21+)

The Great Boston Rib Fest

As a swan song to summer, Dorchester Brewing Company is hosting a rib cook-off. Four Greater Boston restaurants—Blue Ribbon BBQ, Ashmont Grill, Lucy’s American Tavern, and M&M Ribs—will vie for votes from attendees. The event itself is free, although there is a $5 suggested donation to aid a charity of the winner’s choosing. (Sunday, August 27 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.; Dorchester Brewing Company, Boston; $5 suggested donation; all ages)