10 things to do in Boston this weekend

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A Daybreaker event.
A Daybreaker event. –Daybreaker

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.

Making Waves at the New England Aquarium

Ever wanted to witness the majesty of a sea tortoise swimming by without the sounds of screaming children all around you? The New England Aquarium is going adults-only this Thursday, hosting an after-work cocktail hour with its young professional group, The Tide. Sip the group’s signature beverage, the Tidal Wave, and enjoy light appetizers while talking to aquarium employees and exploring the exhibits. (Thursday, May 3 from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; New England Aquarium, Boston; $35-45; 21+)

Boston 5k Summer Series

Summer running can get pretty hot. Luckily, the Boston 5k Summer Series holds its races at night, and on the banks of the Charles River. The first of seven races will take place on Thursday evening starting at Christian Herter Park. There will be an after-party at Miller’s Ale House in Watertown following the run, and 100 percent of the proceeds will go to the RACE Cancer Foundation(Thursday, May 3 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Christian Herter Park, Boston; $25; all ages)

Party in the Park


If you’re looking to get your day started with a little fitness and positive energy, Daybreaker will host another of its yoga/dance party extravaganzas this Friday, this time at Fenway Park. Along with yoga from Yogaworks and a fitness class from Kick It by Eliza, attendees can groove to the tunes of FDVM and snack on breakfast items from Manitoba Harvest and Chameleon Cold Brew. (Friday, May 4 from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m.; Fenway Park, Boston; $22-38; 21+)

The Patios at City Hall Plaza

Mayor Marty Walsh and the City of Boston will welcome back Wachusett Brewing and its airstream trailer for a pop-up beer garden in the southeast corner of City Hall Plaza starting this Friday and continuing through the end of August. But it’s not just Wachusett that will be in the private pavilion dubbed “The Patios” this Friday. There will be five mini-golf holes, food trucks, ice cream from Honeycomb Creamery, and puppies from Shultz’s Guest House, which will return in the future for weekly “Wag Wednesday” programming. (Friday, May 4 from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.; City Hall Plaza, Boston; free; all ages)

ICA First Friday: Internet of Things

Not everyone is enamored with the “Internet of Things,” the network of physical devices that are now AI-enhanced and internet-connected, like smart TVs and thermostats. Nevertheless, it is a defining part of how we live in the 2010s, and as such, it is the theme behind the newest edition of the Institute of Contemporary Art’s monthly First Friday event. The museum invites you to “get connected” on its picturesque patio, and enjoy contemporary art, cocktails, and music from Breaking Forms. (Friday, May 4 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; ICA, Boston; $15 GA, free for members; 21+)

Somerville Open Studios


Somerville is full of art studios in every one of the city’s neighborhoods. This weekend, hundreds of artists at more than 80 of those studios will showcase their work during Somerville Open Studios. Wander down a street you’ve never traveled on to find art you’ve never dreamed of, or for a more structured approach, take the free shuttle provided by the city to some of the major studios. (Friday, May 4 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday May 5 and Sunday, May 6 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.; various locations, Somerville; free; all ages)

National Fitness Day with New Balance

National Fitness Day may only be a tradition that dates back to last year (unlike the lengthy history of National Doughnut Day), but picking the first Saturday in May as a day to get up and get moving is a pretty good idea. As such, New Balance will celebrate the recently christened holiday with a free class from Kick It by Eliza, post-workout snacks from Rail Stop and Kohi Coffee, and a 20-percent discount at the New Balance store. (Saturday, May 5 from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.; New Balance Global Flagship, Boston; free; all ages)

Greenway Spring Food Truck Festival

The options for outdoor events this weekend are nearly endless, and they include this food truck festival at the Rose Kennedy Greenway. Local favorites like Roxy’s Grilled Cheese and Zinneken’s will be among the dozen-plus trucks on hand, and visitors can also check out the opening day of the Greenway Open Market, where plenty of local artists, designers, and crafters will display and sell their work. (Saturday, May 5 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Rose Kennedy Greenway near Atlantic Avenue and High Street, Boston; free; all ages)

Harvard Square MayFair


The Harvard Square Business Association will host an outdoor celebration this weekend, as well: its 35th annual MayFair. Along with local businesses selling food from outdoor tents, there will be mariachi bands wandering throughout the square, five beer gardens, a children’s activity area, Roaming Railroad train rides, and stage performances from reggae and folk artists. (Sunday May 6 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.; Harvard Square, Cambridge; free; all ages)

Aeronaut Pindrop Sessions

With the opening of the Boston Pops 2018 season next Wednesday, it’s fitting that another classical music-inspired series will finish its run. Aeronaut Brewery’s Pindrop Sessions will host its seventh and final installment this Sunday with Masary Studios, a group of artists who create a sonic experience using the urban environment around them in an immersive musical and visual spectacle. Sounds confusing? Watch this video of their performance using Fenway Park’s Green Monster to see how cool their performances can be. (Sunday, May 6 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Aeronaut Brewery, Somerville; $20-25; all ages, but those under 21 must be accompanied by a guardian)