10 things to do in Boston this weekend

BosTen is your weekly guide to events and cool happenings in and around Boston.

Marijuana plants in Portland, Maine.
Marijuana plants in Portland, Maine. –AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty

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.

Irish Film Festival

For the 18th straight year, the Irish Film Festival will play at the Somerville Theatre, bringing four days of film programming from Ireland, as well as post-film receptions and Q&As with actors, directors, and producers. Highlights will include the opening night coming-of-age drama “Kissing Candice” and the Oscar-nominated animated feature “The Breadwinner,” winner of the festival’s Special Jury Prize this year. (Thursday, March 22 through Sunday, March 25 at various times; Somerville Theatre, Somerville; $12-15 per film; all ages)

The Boston Tea Party Swing Dance Revolution


The Boston Tea Party isn’t just a historic anti-taxation protest or a now-closed Boston concert venue. It’s a yearly swing dance event featuring workshops and competitions for dancers of all skill levels. Whether you’ve never taken a single swing dance step or you’re an expert in the Lindy Hop, Balboa, and Shag styles, you’ll find a workshop or contest for your skill level at the Boston Marriott Newton this weekend. To see a full list of activities, check out the Tea Party’s website. (Thursday, March 22 through Sunday, March 25 at various times; Boston Marriott, Newton; $25-299; all ages)

Charles Laquidara Presents “Daze in the Life” and “I Am What I Play”

To call Charles Laquidara a Boston radio legend is fitting, and it’s a compliment the boastful DJ probably wouldn’t back away from. In his 28 years as a host on rock stations WBCN and WZLX, Laquidara paved the way for DJs far and wide, with some saying his outrageous on-air persona inspired a onetime Boston University student named Howard Stern. If you missed Laquidara at the Paradise last week, he’ll be in Norwood for a screening of a classic rock radio documentary “I Am What I Play” and a preview of “Daze in the Life,” his upcoming “multimedia memoir.” (Friday, March 23 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.; The Fallout Shelter, Norwood; $45; all ages)

Daniel Mallory Ortberg at Harvard Book Store


Update 3/23/2018: According to an email from Harvard Book Store, this event has been canceled.

At only 31 years old, Daniel Mallory Ortberg is a writer known for many projects, including work on his now-shuttered literary website The Toast, his amusing modern reimagination of literary classics in “Texts from Jane Eyre,” and his role as the newest author of the long-running advice column Dear Prudence. Ortberg will be at the Harvard Bookstore Friday to promote his new book “The Merry Spinster: Tales of Everyday Horror.” (Friday, March 23 from 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.; Harvard Book Store, Cambridge; free; all ages)

Classical Cartoon Festival

WGBH and WCRB have a sneaky plan to cultivate the next generation of classical music fans by combining the centuries-old music with diverting activities and engrossing cartoons. Visitors will see three stages of musical performers, a giant screen playing Warner Brothers cartoons accompanied by classical music, a classical instrument “petting zoo,” and visits from beloved PBS characters. (Saturday, March 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Symphony Hall, Boston; $17 GA, $12 for WGBH members; all ages)

Spring Cornhole Classic

It’s probably not going to be ideal weather for lawn games this weekend, but for those who want to toss a few beanbags around, all is not lost. Boston Social Sports Club and Buds of Boston are holding their Spring Cornhole Classic at Lansdowne Pub on Saturday, with cash prizes for the winning team, and a chance to face the winner from the second part of the tournament on March 31 for a $500 prize. (Saturday, March 24 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Lansdowne Pub, Boston; $40; 21+)

Truffle-Making Workshop


Truffle fans who want to get a taste of how the decadent treats are made should stop by the Boston Public Market Saturday for a lesson from Taza Chocolate, in partnership with the Trustees. Attendees will learn how to make dark chocolate ganache from scratch using a mix of farm-fresh cream and Taza’s stone-ground chocolate. As you work, you’ll be able to dip bread into a pot of hot melted ganache, and will have a dozen truffles to take home when you’re done. (Saturday, March 24 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.; Boston Public Market, Boston; $32 GA, $28 for Trustees members; all ages)

Amazing Archaeology Fair at Harvard

Harvard archaeologists and students will be on hand at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and the Harvard Semitic Museum to bring history alive for visitors of all ages on Saturday. Activities will include a smartphone-enhanced colonial excavation, a virtual reality tour of ancient Egypt and Israel, a spear-making and spear-throwing activity (weather permitting), and conversations with archaeologists about their discoveries and what their jobs are like. (Saturday, March 24 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.; Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology and Harvard Semitic Museum, Cambridge; $12 GA, $10 for students and seniors, $8 for kids ages 3 to 18, free for members and kids ages 2 and under; all ages)

4th Annual New England Cannabis Convention

Cannabis shops are set to open in some (but not all) Massachusetts municipalities starting in July. Residents may still have questions about how legalization will work, what will and won’t be allowed, and perhaps how they can get involved in the business side of things. The New England Cannabis Convention, which will be held this weekend at the Hynes Convention Center, will cover both the business and consumer aspects of marijuana, serving both as a way for cannabis entrepreneurs to connect and as an educational tool for those who want to learn more about legal marijuana in Massachusetts, medical or otherwise. (Saturday, March 24 and Sunday, March 25 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Hynes Convention Center, Boston; $30-80; 18+ unless with an adult)

Revelry and Revolution

Evacuation Day and St. Patrick’s Day both occur on March 17. The one involving green beer and step dancing tends to overshadow the other, which commemorates the day that British forces retreated from Boston during the Revolutionary War. You can learn more about the day (eight days late) from local historians on a Boston Harbor cruise that will take the same path as the British when they left the city, departing from Long Wharf, sailing past Fort Independence, and out to Boston Light, the lighthouse on Little Brewster Island. (Sunday, March 25 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; Long Wharf North, Boston; $25 GA, $20 for seniors and kids, free for children ages 2 and under; all ages)