10 things to do in Boston this weekend

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

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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.

Independent Film Festival Boston

The Independent Film Festival Boston already kicked off Wednesday night with Hamilton native Bo Burnham’s critically acclaimed “Eighth Grade,” but there’s plenty more worth seeing during the festival’s remaining seven days. Highlights include a documentary on children’s TV personality Fred Rogers called “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” and “Blindspotting,” a film about racial tension in Oakland that was co-written by and co-stars lifelong friends Daveed Diggs (Thomas Jefferson in the original cast of “Hamilton”) and Rafael Casal. While most of the screenings will happen at Somerville Theatre, others will be at theaters like the Coolidge and the Brattle, so be sure to check the IFFB website for more information. (Through Wednesday, May 2; various locations; various prices; all ages)


The Boch Center and the Highland Street Foundation (the group that brings Free Fun Fridays to the state every summer) are teaming up to expand ArtWeek from a Boston-area festival to one with events statewide. The festival aims to provide hundreds of experiences that are “hands-on, interactive or offer behind-the-scenes access to artists or the creative process.” For a full list of events in your area, check the ArtWeek website. (Friday, April 27 through Sunday, May 6; various locations; various costs; all ages)

ICA After 5: Wine Night

The ICA’s adults-only Friday evening programming will dabble in wine this weekend when the museum welcomes TJ and Hadley Douglas, owners of the South End’s Urban Grape. They’ll teach visitors how to “drink progressively” with flights of hand-picked wine and savory snacks, while supplies last. (Friday, April 27 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.; ICA, Boston; $15 GA, $10 students, free for ICA members; 21+)

Taste of the North End

More than 30 North End restaurants and bakeries — including both Mike’s Pastry and Modern Pastry, Neptune Oyster, and a host of other North End favorites — will be at the DCR’s Steriti Memorial Rink on Friday for the 25th annual Taste of the North End. With drinks from multiple wine providers and Sam Adams, attendees will be able to eat up the best of the historic neighborhood while supporting several local nonprofit organizations, such as North End Waterfront Health and the North End Athletic Association. (Friday, April 27 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Steriti Ice Rink, Boston; $99; all ages)

SweatCon Rally

You’ve heard of bar crawls, but what about a sweat crawl? (It’s not as gross as it sounds, trust us.) On Saturday, Reebok will partner with some of the coolest fitness classes in Boston to let exercise enthusiasts take part in back-to-back-to-back 30-minute fitness classes in neighborhoods like the Back Bay, North End, and South End. Head to the Reebok Seaport location for registration and a pre-sweat party. (Saturday, April 28 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Reebok Seaport, Boston; $75; all ages)

Celebrate World Tai Chi Day in West Roxbury

Saturday marks World Tai Chi Day, and Human Harmonies, a Tai Chi and zen yoga studio, is celebrating with a free class open to the public that afternoon. Go relieve some stress and learn a new relaxing exercise method in the process. (Saturday, April 28 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.; Human Harmonies at Body Mind Systems, Boston; free; all ages)

Boston International Cat Show

It’s “The Final CATdown” in Cambridge this weekend as Catsachusetts, one of the newest clubs in The International Cat Association (TICA), hosts its exhibition at the Simoni Skating Arena. Stop in to see both pedigreed and household cats from all over the region, which may include breeds like Bengals, Maine Coons, American Shorthairs, and Persians. Local merchants will have cat-friendly merchandise for purchase, and Catsachusetts will be partnering with local rescue operations to facilitate adoption opportunities. (Saturday, April 28 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, April 29 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Simoni Skating Arena, Cambridge; $10 GA, $8 for seniors, students, and those with military IDs, and free for children ages 11 and under who are accompanied by an adult; all ages)

Japan Festival 2018

Celebrate the best of Japanese culture on Boston Common this weekend at the Japan Festival. There are two components to the free festival: The food festival on Saturday will offer tastes of eclectic Japanese cuisine, and Sunday’s Big Day Festival will bring performances, cosplay contests, and kids activities alongside regular and food booths. (Saturday, April 28 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, April 29 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Boston Common; free; all ages)

Free Sailing Open House

If you’re ready to leave cold weather behind and hit the water, the Boston Sailing Center is offering its annual weekend of free sailing. Guests can head out on free sailing trips and grab discounts on instructional courses and memberships. To avoid lines, be sure to register on the Sailing Center’s Eventbrite page. (Saturday, April 28 and Sunday, April 29 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Boston Sailing Center, Boston; free; all ages)

Painted Burro Guac Off

If one of your dream jobs is guacamole taste tester, The Painted Burro is the place to be this weekend. The restaurant will host a Guac Off, meaning people in the community can sign up to make their own special guacamole recipe and have it judged by both attendees and a panel of judges. While recipe submissions are closed, you can still chow down this Sunday while raising money for No Kid Hungry. (Sunday, April 29 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.; The Painted Burro, Somerville; $5; all ages)