10 things to do in Boston this weekend

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A shipping container featuring art by David Teng-Olsen at City Hall Plaza for HUBWeek.
A shipping container featuring art by David Teng-Olsen at City Hall Plaza for HUBweek. –David L Ryan/Globe Staff

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. You can also learn even more about awesome events around Boston by joining the BosTen Facebook group.

HUBweek at City Hall

HUBweek, a six-day “festival of the future” founded and organized by The Boston Globe (which shares ownership with Boston.com), Harvard, MIT, and Massachusetts General Hospital, officially kicked off on Tuesday. However, “The Hub,” a centralized site constructed out of 80 shipping containers and six geodesic domes on City Hall Plaza, doesn’t open until Thursday morning. Stop by if you want to see artists and performances, dazzling light projections on City Hall, “GIFfiti,” and enlightening talks inside the domes. Thursday’s giant Future Forum will feature speakers like former Secretary of State John Kerry, integrative medicine pioneer Deepak Chopra, and Bank of America Vice Chairman Anne Finucane. (Thursday, October 12 through Sunday, October 15; City Hall Plaza, Boston; costs vary; all ages)



What happens when you celebrate Oktoberfest at the Barking Crab? You get Crabtoberfest, a night brimming with crabs, beer from the Ipswich Ale Tapmobile, and activities like putt-putt golf, cornhole, and a stein-hoisting competition. (Thursday, October 12 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.; The Barking Crab, Boston; free entry; all ages)

The Moth

The acclaimed storytelling show will return to Boston this Thursday for another edition of talented wordsmiths sharing true tales of ordinary life. This edition’s lineup of storytellers includes a woodsman from Vermont, an Australian comedian, and the author of Mexican Hooker #1 and My Other Roles Since the Revolution. (Thursday, October 12 at 7:30 p.m.; The Wilbur, Boston; $52; all ages)

Late Nites at the MFA

Building on the success of its all-night events in 2016 and 2017, the Museum of Fine Arts will launch its new Late Nites program this Friday. Late Nites guests will get to see the museum’s fall headline exhibition, “Takashi Murakami: Lineage of Eccentrics,” five days before it opens to the public, as well as enjoy music and dance performances, and food from Japanese street food vendors. Advance tickets are sold out, but day-of tickets will be available at the door for $20. (Friday, October 13 from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; $20; all ages)

Poltergeist at Somerville Theatre


They’re heeeeeere. In this case, ‘they’ means 21 spooky films, and “here” means the Somerville Theatre, where from now until Halloween the scariest films will delight audiences as part of TerrorThon 2017. Friday night’s frightening feature is a 35 mm print of Steven Spielberg’s paranormal classic Poltergeist, which celebrated its 35th anniversary this year. (Friday, October 13 at 8 p.m.; Somerville Theatre, Somerville; $10 GA, $7 senior; all ages)   

Boston Athenaeum Open House

The Boston Athenæum has one of the coolest collections of books and sculptures in the whole city, but can rarely be seen by nonmembers of the library/art museum. That changes on Saturday, when the athenaeum hosts its fourth annual open house. Gaze at its pristine marble sculptures, ancient tomes, and oddities like a book bound with human skin. (Saturday, October 14 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Boston Athenaeum, Boston; free; all ages)

Revere Beach Fall Festival

Who says the beach is only fun in the summer? This Sunday, the Revere Beach Fall Festival will play host to a variety of autumn-themed activities steps from the shore. Kids and adults alike can run a race that starts and finishes at Kelly’s Roast Beef; the first 400 kids under the age of 12 can decorate a free pumpkin; and adults can buy various autumnal delights at the fall market. (Sunday, October 15 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Revere Beach, Revere; free; all ages)

Sweat Crawl Allston

New Balance’s Sweat Crawl will take the structure of a bar crawl and makes it way healthier. Participants will move from one location to another, participating in exercises like cycling and yoga. At the end, participants will meet up at the apparel company’s flagship store, where they can enjoy a salad from Sweetgreen and 20 percent off all of their purchases. (Sunday, October 15 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.; New Balance Fitness Club, Boston; $35-40; all ages)

GlobeDocs Closing Night Film


One highlight of HUBweek is GlobeDocs, a five-day documentary film festival designed to “engage, promote, and celebrate film and production talent.” Closing the film festival is A Fine Line, a new documentary about the struggles of women in the restaurant industry from Joanna James, whose mother, Valerie James, runs Val’s Restaurant and Lounge in Holden. James and her mother, the star of the film, will chat with the Globe’s Janice Page at the Coolidge Corner Theatre on Sunday following a screening of the film. (Sunday October 15 at 7 p.m.; Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline; $15; all ages)

CatVideo Fest

Most cat videos enjoyed on a daily basis are somewhere between 10 and 30 seconds long, the perfect jolt of cuteness to boost your day. Director Will Braden is upping the ante a bit with his 75-minute collection of the internet’s finest cat videos, which will be presented at the Berklee Performance Center on Sunday. Watching the internet’s most notable cats will benefit non-famous cats, as well: CatVideoFest is raising money and awareness for Boston’s Forgotten Felines, a local group that feeds and re-homes stray cats. (Sunday, October 15 at 7:30 p.m.; Berklee Performance Center, Boston; $12 in advance, $15 at the door; all ages)