10 things to do in Boston this weekend

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Chocolate tarts from the 2014 festival.
Chocolate tarts from the 2014 festival. –Bill Manley

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.

Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year Parade

Harvard Square will be overrun with a sea of dancing, cross-dressing, and music on Thursday when Harvard’s Hasty Pudding Theatricals parade through town with their woman of the year, Mila Kunis, in tow. Tickets are also available for the roast/ceremony immediately following the parade on Hasty Pudding’s website. Those tickets are a pricey $80 but, as The Harvard Crimson notes, they pale in comparison to the $200 ones for Paul Rudd’s man of the year ceremony on Feb. 2. (Thursday, Jan. 25 at 2:45 p.m.; Harvard Square, Cambridge; free; all ages)

Joe Perry at Newbury Comics


Beyond getting front-row tickets to an Aerosmith concert, your best chance to see the band’s guitarist Joe Perry up close and personal is this Thursday at Newbury Comics’ actual Newbury Street location in Boston. Perry will be in town signing autographs and promoting his new solo album, “Sweetzerland Manifesto,” which features a song with Johnny Depp on drums. (Thursday, Jan. 25 at 6 p.m.; Newbury Comics, Boston; free with purchase of album; all ages)

Pom Groove and Brunch Party

The Super Bowl isn’t until next weekend, but Barre Groove will get you in the game day spirit on Sunday at Davio’s with its Pom Groove class, a high-intensity cardio workout involving pom poms. There will also be a brunch party afterward with a brunch buffet, DJ, raffles, and giveaways. (Saturday, Jan. 27 from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Davio’s, Boston; $35; all ages)

Loaded Hot Chocolate at Boston Public Market

Don’t be fooled by the headline: This “loaded” hot chocolate from the Taza Chocolate Bar at Boston Public Market won’t have any alcohol in it. Yet it certainly will live up to its “loaded” name in every other way — the hot chocolate, available on Saturday only, will be topped with homemade whipped cream, a Sweet Lydia’s marshmallow, a Red Apple Farm apple cider doughnut, a Union Square Donuts doughnut hole, a scoop of Q’s Nuts, and sprinkles. Because who needs New Year’s resolutions? (Saturday, Jan. 27 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Boston Public Market, Boston; free entry; all ages)

Harvard Square Chocolate Festival


Harvard Square businesses will be running chocolaty promotions all weekend for the Harvard Square Chocolate Festival, now in its 10th year. The highlight of the weekend definitely will be the free chocolate tasting event on Saturday, when more than a dozen local businesses will hand out chocolate samples and Zumba instructors will be on hand to lead free workouts. (Saturday, Jan. 27 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.; Harvard Square, Cambridge; free; all ages)

Australia Day

Australia Day is technically Friday, but if you’re looking for a g’day on Saturday, check out the Australia Day event at Tony C’s Fenway location. Hosted by the city’s Australian rules football club the Boston Demons and Australian meat pie restaurant KO Pies, you can enter a contest to win your height in beer and enjoy traditional Australian games, dancing, and music. (Saturday, Jan. 27 from 2:30 p.m. to 12 a.m.; Tony C’s, Boston; $10; 21+)

CBC Barleywine Festival

Cambridge Brewing Company is famous for its barleywine, a strong ale that typically runs between 6 percent and 12 percent alcohol by volume. On Saturday, CBC brewers will pull out bottles of some of their classic barleywines, including the spectacularly named Blunderbuss, Arquebus, and Old Butternuts. The brewpub will also have a full specialty dinner menu to pair with the barleywines, with tasty treats like sticky plum-glazed chicken wings and duck pastrami reuben. (Saturday, Jan. 27 from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m; Cambridge Brewing Company, Cambridge; free entry; 21+)

Super Hunger Brunch

On Saturday and Sunday, the Greater Boston Food Bank will host its 36th annual Super Hunger Brunch, during which more than 25 local restaurants will offer a special brunch menu and donate 100 percent of the proceeds to the Greater Boston Food Bank. Even if you aren’t around for brunch on Saturday or Sunday, you can buy a gift certificate from one of the participating restaurants and still help the GBFB. (Saturday, Jan. 27 and Sunday, Jan. 28 at various times; various locations; free entry; all ages)

Second Annual SOUPer Bowl


As noted above, we’re still more than a week away from the Patriots playing the Eagles in Super Bowl LII, but broth heads can warm up at Wilson Farm this weekend with the SOUPer Bowl. The family-owned farm will have a wide range of soups, bisques, chowders, and chilis for customers to sample, both from its own award-winning kitchen and from other local vendors. (Saturday, Jan. 27 and Sunday, Jan. 28 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Wilson Farm, Lexington; free entry; all ages)

Free Pilates at FitLab

If you’re looking for free ways to work out — and exercising outside isn’t an option in these temperatures — FitLab in Cambridge is holding an open house with free Pilates classes. Be sure to register in advance if you want to check out any of the three Sunday morning classes, as space is limited. (Sunday, Jan. 28 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; FitLab, Cambridge; free; all ages)