10 things to do in Boston this weekend

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Polenta from Eataly, served as part of the Après Ski Festival. Courtesy Eataly

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

Eataly Apres Ski Festival

For the last two Thursdays of January, Eataly will be transformed into an Italian ski lodge, complete with hearty food, winter beverages, and live music. Entering the lodge will be free, and to save time, customers will be able to buy food and drink tickets that will net them treats like vin brulé (a warm mulled wine from Piemonte), Bombardino (an eggnog-based drink with brandy, whipped cream, and cinnamon), and comfort food like polenta, house-made sausage, and cannoli for dessert. (Thursday, Jan. 18 and Jan. 25 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Eataly, Boston; free entry; all ages)

Third Thursdays at Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Third Thursdays are a monthly tradition at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, each one offering visitors an after-hours look at the museum paired with a new, interesting activity. At this month’s Third Thursday, the theme of which is “Salon Style,” Boston group Neighborhood Salon will take over the museum with dance, spoken word, fashion, and music shows, as well as a hands-on art-making workshop for guests. (Thursday, Jan. 18 from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston; $5-15; all ages)

Grilled Cheese Throwdown

Cheese snobs might scoff at the idea of taking a fine gouda, melting it down, and slapping it between a couple slices of bread, but if fine cheese and charcuterie purveyor Formaggio is OK with it, who are the snobs to judge? Formaggio is bringing together two cheesemongers and giving each a chance to win the audience over with their creative takes on grilled cheese. Audience members will sample the cheesemongers’ cheesy confections, choosing an ultimate winner. With five rounds of battles — and five rounds of grilled cheese tastings — the real winner is the audience. (Thursday, Jan. 18 at 6:30 p.m.; Formaggio Kitchen Classroom Annex, Cambridge; $55; all ages)

Boston Celtic Music Festival

For the 15th year, Harvard Square will host the Boston Celtic Music Festival, an annual four-night showcase of Celtic music and dance. Most of the festival events will be held at Club Passim, but for the first time, the Sinclair will also host a series of shows. A full listing of events can be found on the festival’s website(Thursday, Jan. 18 through Sunday, Jan. 21 at various times; Club Passim and The Sinclair, Cambridge; various prices; all ages)

Barre and Brews at Trillium

If you haven’t made it down to Trillium’s Canton taproom yet, this Saturday you can enjoy some beer and get a workout in to boot. Brittany Sousa, lead instructor and manager of Starr Yoga, will teach a 60-minute barre class in the taproom. (Note: Bring your own mat.) Afterward, you can hang out with your fit classmates and have a beer, which is included in the class price. (Saturday, Jan. 20 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.; Trillium Brewing, Canton; $25; 21+)

Snowflake Festival

If you’re looking for a family-friendly activity, the Brookline Arts Center is putting on its annual open house, dubbed the Snowflake Festival, this Saturday. You can explore the BAC space and try out hands-on projects in mixed media, comic creation, jewelry making, 3-D sculpture, and more. You can also watch a live pottery demo, listen to live music, and sip complimentary hot cocoa. (Saturday, Jan. 20 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.; Brookline Arts Center, Brookline; free; all ages)

Afrobeat Fit BOS

Want to branch out into new workout genres? Check out Afrobeat Fit, a one-hour movement and music-based exercise class set to the rhythms of Afrobeat, a musical genre derived from a fusion of 1970s West African and UK sounds. As a bonus, college students get more than a 50 percent discount, and men get in for free. (Saturday, Jan. 20 from 1:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.; Tony Williams Dance Center, Boston; $15 GA, $7 for college students, free for men; all ages)

Dead Prez

New York hip-hop duo Dead Prez hasn’t put out any new releases of their old-school hip-hop in a little while. But sometimes it’s just as nice (if not nicer) to listen to two veteran MCs spit some classics for an evening, which is exactly what M-1 and will have in store for audiences at Brighton Music Hall this Saturday. (Saturday, Jan. 20 at 9 p.m.; Brighton Music Hall, Boston; $37-61; 18+)

STRIKE for Vanessa

In August 2016, 27-year-old Vanessa Marcotte was killed while jogging near her family’s home in Princeton. On Saturday, hundreds of women will gather at Boston University (Marcotte’s alma mater) for lessons in self-defense from celebrity trainer Avital Zeisler. The event is organized by the Vanessa Marcotte Foundation and sponsored by Reebok. (Sunday, Jan. 21 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; George Sherman Union, Boston University, Boston; $40 GA, $25 for college students; all ages)

Free Indoor Boot Camp

Burn Boot Camp, a new fitness studio set to open in Newton in 2018, wants to get you moving even while it doesn’t yet have its own facilities. While it puts the finishing touches on its new space, the company will hold free weekend pop-up classes around town, including this Sunday’s boot camp workout inside The Hut at Newton Centre Playground. (Sunday, Jan. 21 from 9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.; The Hut at Newton Centre Playground, Newton; free; all ages)