10 things to do in Boston this weekend

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Bryan Conlin dressed as Captain America, and Connor Hughes dressed as Jon Snow during Anime Boston 2015.
Bryan Conlin dressed as Captain America, and Connor Hughes dressed as Jon Snow during Anime Boston 2015. –Aram Boghosian for the Boston Globe

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.

Magnolia Bakery Grand Opening

Magnolia Bakery, the New York City sweet spot that helped make cupcakes a thing back in the 2000s, will open its first Boston location in Faneuil Hall Thursday morning at 10 a.m. Among the decadent treats the bakery will offer is the Boston-exclusive Boston cream pie banana pudding, which will be free with any purchase for the first 50 customers each day through Thursday, April 5. (Opens Thursday, March 29 at 10 a.m.; Magnolia Bakery, Boston; free; all ages)

Science by the Pint: Artificial Memories


It doesn’t take a scientist to tell you that your memory can get a little hazy after you drink a few alcoholic beverages. But why is it that your memory can sometimes create completely artificial memories, even when you have a young and healthy brain? Enjoy a couple of beers at Aeronaut Brewing as Dr. Steve Ramirez, an assistant professor of psychological and brain sciences at Boston University, delves into how memory works, and how it can be manipulated. (Thursday, March 29 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Aeronaut Brewing, Somerville; free; 21+)

Dashboard Confessional

One of the defining emo rock groups of the early 2000s will perform at the House of Blues on Friday in support of “Crooked Shadows,” its first album this decade. If you’re interested in going, “don’t wait” until the last minute for tickets, as only a limited number is still available. (Friday, March 30 at 5:30 p.m.; House of Blues, Boston; $33-53; all ages)

Anime Boston

Boston’s geek community will be out in force this weekend as Anime Boston returns to the Hynes Convention Center. The event schedule is a dizzying mix of hundreds of talks, demonstrations, and hands-on activities about video games, anime, cosplay, and many other traditionally nerdy pursuits. Even if you don’t attend, expect to see some stunningly elaborate costumes on the Green Line this weekend. (Friday, March 30 through Sunday, April 1 at various times; Hynes Convention Center, Boston; $25-75; all ages)

43rd Annual Gardeners’ Gathering


We may hit 60 degrees in Boston this weekend with a bit of rain, which is welcome news for those eager for gardening season to begin. For Bostonians itching to put their green thumbs to use, Northeastern will play host to the 43rd annual gardeners’ gathering on Saturday. Attendees can learn how to plant a raised bed garden, set up a backyard chicken coop, or simply improve their existing crop variety by swapping seeds with fellow gardeners. (Saturday, March 31 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Shilman Hall, Northeastern University, Boston; free; all ages)

Cambridge Brewing Co. Sour Fest

Cambridge Brewing Company loves its beer festivals, hosting annual celebrations for styles of all types throughout the year. This weekend, it’s the sour’s turn, and the brewery will offer up a lineup of 16 sour beers, including the amusingly named Everything Is a Remix and Honey Badger 2017. (Saturday, March 31 from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.; Cambridge Brewing Co., Cambridge; free; 21+)

Castle Island Brewing Company Ax Throwing

Neither of the upcoming Boston-area ax-throwing bars is open yet, but you can still channel your inner Paul Bunyan at Castle Island Brewing this Saturday. Stoughton-based company Adventure Activities is taking reservations from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the brewery. There will be enough space for 20 ax throwers to take turns aiming at four targets and for patrons to watch them from a safe distance away. (Saturday, March 31 from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Castle Island Brewing, Norwood; $30; 21+)

Asian Street Food Night Market

Ten local vendors, including Double Chin, Shaking Crab, and Ichiban, will join forces Saturday to create an Asian street food night market. The vendors will cook up more than 20 different Asian dishes and snacks, like Peking duck, Chinese crepes, Uyghur lamb kebab, and bubble tea. Tickets are only available online. (Saturday, March 31 from 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.; Pine Manor College, Chestnut Hill, Brookline; $8; all ages)

“The Evil Dead”


Before Sam Raimi found mainstream audiences as the director of “Spider-Man,” ‘Spider-Man 2,” and “Spider-Man 3,” he was already known to cult film fans for his darkly comic low-budget film “The Evil Dead.” The film stars a young Bruce Campbell as the most tenacious of a group of friends stuck in a cabin in the woods as (you guessed it) evil dead things try to kill them. It will play at midnight Saturday night at the Coolidge. (Saturday, March 31 at 11:59 p.m.; Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline; $12.75; rated R)

Easter Brunch Boston Harbor Cruise

If you’re looking to splash a little cash for a fancy Easter brunch in Boston, Odyssey Cruises will serve up a three-course brunch menu and a complimentary glass of champagne (or juice for the underage or champagne-averse) while you soak in two hours of Boston by sea. Early risers can choose the 9 a.m. cruise for $65 per person, while those who sleep in (or perhaps go to church) can board at 1:30 p.m. for an afternoon cruise that’s $80 per person. (Sunday, April 1 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. or 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.; Rowes Wharf, Boston; $65-80; all ages)