10 things to do in Boston this weekend

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

HarpoonFest attendees.
HarpoonFest attendees. –Courtesy Harpoon Brewery

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.

Boston’s National Bike to Work Day Festival

Friday is National Bike to Work Day, and the city of Boston will say thank you to its cyclists by offering free breakfast and coffee at City Hall Plaza to anyone who cycles to their jobs. Exhibitors will also have tents set up on the plaza and will offer a range of free swag and cool cycling-centric deals. Just be sure to bring your bike, helmet, Hubway/Blue Bikes key, and/or spandex to prove that your commute involved pedaling to receive the free breakfast goodies. (Friday, May 18 from 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.; City Hall Plaza, Boston; free; all ages)



Head over to Harpoon Brewery this weekend for two days of live music from bands like Howl at the Moon and The Revelations. There will also be lawn games, food trucks, free tours of the brewery, and, of course, plenty of Harpoon beers. (Friday, May 18 from 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Saturday, May 19 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Harpoon Brewery, Boston; $25-30; 21+)

Royal Wedding Watch Party at Cafe Fleuri

The Langham Hotel will open the doors to Cafe Fleuri bright and early at 6:30 a.m. on Saturday for the Royal Wedding, allowing customers to munch on English scones, order a full English breakfast, and snap photos in a Royal Wedding photobooth before the ceremony starts. This is one of the only events in Boston planning to broadcast the ceremony live, so reservations are strongly encouraged. (Saturday, May 19 from 6:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.; Cafe Fleuri, Boston; free; all ages)

Mandarin Oriental Royal Wedding Party

The Mandarin Oriental will host a Royal Wedding party, as well, throwing a fancy party from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Guests will have the chance to enjoy a 30-minute rosé reception followed by a traditional tea service, complete with a three-tiered tray of snacks like scones, finger sandwiches, and pastries as a rerun of the ceremony loops in the background. (Saturday, May 19 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Mandarin Oriental, Boston; $88; all ages)

Rooftop Yoga at the Revere Hotel


Grabbing a drink on the roof of the Revere Hotel is a luxe experience in and of itself. Throw in a pre-cocktail rooftop yoga session, and you’ve got yourself a swanky Saturday. Yogatini, a company that, as its name indicates, fuses yoga and cocktails, will partner with Ghost Tequila on Saturday to host an hour-long vinyasa flow followed by a cocktail hour. (Saturday, May 19 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Revere Hotel, Boston; $40; 21+)

Phantom Gourmet Craft Beer and Food Phest

The Phantom Gourmet is known for visiting restaurants across the state. This weekend, the show will hold a “phest” of its own focused on craft beer. Around 20 local breweries, including Exhibit A, Night Shift, and Idle Hands, will take part, with visitors able to choose from an afternoon (2 p.m. to 5 p.m.) or evening (6 p.m. to 9 p.m.) session. (Saturday, May 19 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. or 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Boston Center for the Arts, Boston; $40; 21+)

Adidas Boost Boston Games

Boston certainly loves its marathon runners, but what about its sprinters? Adidas is banking on residents supporting both with its first-ever Boost Boston Games, a series of races showcasing some of the fastest runners in America. On Saturday, the Games will kick off at the Harry G. Steinbrenner Stadium at MIT. Olympians and world champions will compete in races ranging from 800 meters to 5,000 meters, and some of the best high school distances runners in America will face off in the Boys and Girls Dream Miles. On Sunday, the focus will shift to downtown Boston, where sprinters will race on an elevated track built between Boston Common and the Public Garden on Charles Street. The public is able to view all of the races at both locations for free. (Saturday, May 19 at 5:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 20 at 12 p.m.; Howard G. Steinbrenner Stadium, Cambridge, and Boston Common, Boston; free; all ages)

Pop-Up Magazine


Much in the vein of “Globe Live” events, Pop-Up Magazine is a collection of professional storytellers sharing intriguing tales onstage. Saturday’s Boston iteration will feature contributors including Helen Rosner (The New Yorker), Brittany Spanos (Rolling Stone), and The Boston Globe’s own Meredith Goldstein. BosTen readers can use the code “ARTS” at checkout to receive $5 off their ticket. (Saturday, May 19 at 7:30 p.m.; Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre, Boston; $29-39; all ages)

Esplanade 5k

If you’d like to run a race of your own before watching the Boost Boston Games on Sunday, the Esplanade 5k is a good option. Starting at the nearby Fiedler Field on the Charles River Esplanade, this race will wind around one of Boston’s best running routes, and participants will raise money for the Esplanade Association. Afterward, runners can enjoy snacks and a cash bar at the post-race party held at The Yard at Liberty Hotel. (Sunday, May 20 at 9 a.m.; Fiedler Field, Boston; $45; all ages)

American Lamb Jam

The American Lamb Jam is a nationwide competition that stops in five cities and pits 16 of the best chefs in each area against one another in a contest to become the Lamb Jam Master. This weekend, the tour will visit Boston, where chefs from 16 local establishments, including Moody’s Deli, Little Donkey, Our Fathers, and Townsman, will battle to become the top lamb. Along with tasting the chef’s lamb creations, ticket holders will be able to sip drinks from Allagash, Narragansett, Lila, and other beer, wine, and spirit providers. (Sunday, May 20 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.; SoWa Power Station, Boston; $75 GA, $125 VIP; all ages)