10 things to do in Boston this weekend

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Robyn Ochs and Kai Imperial-Jewett wait for the start of the 2015 Boston Pride Parade.
Robyn Ochs and Kai Imperial-Jewett wait for the start of the 2015 Boston Pride Parade. –Harrison Hill 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.

Free Summer Yoga at Frog Pond

This season’s first free summer yoga event at the Frog Pond will be held this Thursday. Participants will move through a vinyasa flow on the lawn adjacent to the carousel, and are asked to bring their own mats. No word on whether participants will work on their frog pose. (Thursday, June 7 from 6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.; Boston Common Frog Pond, Boston; free; all ages)

“Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”


Whether you’ve seen this John Hughes classic nine times or never seen it at all, you won’t want to play hooky for the Coolidge Corner Theatre’s screening Thursday night. Not only will you get to enjoy the film, but as part of the theater’s Rewind series, there will be an after-party with music, drinks, free sushi, and karaoke. Might we suggest a rendition of “Twist and Shout” or “Danke Schoen”? (Thursday, June 7 at 7 p.m.; Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline; $9.75-12.75 for the movie, $14.25-17.25 for the movie plus the party; all ages for the movie, 21+ for the party)

Pride Night at Fenway

Following in the footsteps of last week’s New England Revolution Pride Night at Gillette Stadium, the Red Sox will host Pride Night on Thursday when the Sox face the Detroit Tigers. The organization will host a special pregame Pride Party on the roof deck in right field, and the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus will sing the national anthem. Ticket proceeds will benefit the Boston Pride organization. (Thursday, June 7 at 7 p.m.; Fenway Park, Boston; $31-52; all ages)

Glow in the Park 4.0

The Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy will host “Glow in the Park,” its fourth annual fundraiser party, this Friday night. Your ticket grants all you can eat and drink, with beer from Sam Adams and wine from Lila Wines, food from food trucks like Roxy’s Grilled Cheese and Moyzilla, lawn games, a photo booth, a dance floor, an outdoor lounge, live music, plus an after-party at Central Wharf Co. (Friday, June 8 from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Rose Kennedy Greenway at High Street and Atlantic Avenue, Boston; $80-125; 21+)

Boston Dragon Boat Fest


Head down to the banks of the Charles River on Saturday and Sunday to watch the 2018 Boston Dragon Boat Festival, where dozens of dragon boats will race each other throughout the day. The time trials are Saturday, while Sunday will have both the finals and the associated festival, with traditional Chinese music and dance, as well as lots of options for Asian food. (Saturday, June 9 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.; MIT Pierce Boathouse, Cambridge; Sunday, June 10, races from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the festival from noon to 5 p.m.; Weeks Footbridge near Harvard University, Cambridge for the races, Charles River near Harvard University, Cambridge for the festival; all ages)

Boston Pride Parade and Festival

The marquee events of the Boston Pride celebration are the parade and festival, which will happen this Saturday. The parade will kick off at noon and wind through the Back Bay and South End toward City Hall, where the festival, which starts at 11 a.m., will be held. The festival headliner is Martha Wash, best known for “It’s Raining Men” and as the initially uncredited singer of Jock Jams classics like C + C Music Factory’s “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now!)” and Black Box’s “Everybody, Everybody” and “Strike It Up.” (Saturday, June 9; festival is at City Hall Plaza, Boston from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., parade starts at 12 p.m. at Copley Square, Boston; free; all ages)

Arlington Porchfest

Much like its neighbors in Somerville, Arlington holds an annual Porchfest, for which bands across the town play music on porches for one afternoon. This Saturday, 167 artists are scheduled to play on 92 porches, with musicians in the west zone playing from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. and those in the east zone playing from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. For a full schedule, check out the Arlington Porchfest website. (Saturday, June 9 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.; various locations in Arlington; free; all ages)

Boston Bacon and Beer Festival


The Boston Bacon and Beer Festival will celebrate its ninth straight year this Saturday with an impressive lineup of more than 25 restaurants bringing the bacon-based dishes and more than 20 breweries serving up the beer. The actual meals remain a mystery, but with restaurants like Alden & Harlow, ArtScience, Island Creek Oyster Bar, and Little Donkey among the participating eateries, you can be sure your taste buds will thank you for going. A word to the wise: Organizers say capacity is about half of what it was last year, when the event was held at Fenway Park, so if you’re planning on going, don’t wait until the day-of to buy tickets. (Saturday, June 9 from 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.; SoWa Power Station, Boston; $50-75; 21+)

Rainbow@Revere Pride Party

If you find yourself looking for yet another place to celebrate Pride Week on Saturday, the rooftop bar at the Revere Hotel, Rooftop@Revere, will be throwing a Pride Party from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. The bash will feature a raw bar, five specialty Pride-themed cocktails, including Elton’s Tiny Dancer (Vida Mezcal, blueberry puree, lime, simple syrup) and RuPaul’s Punch (Absolut Vodka, Beefeater, Lilet), and a champagne luge, all a short stroll from the parade route. (Saturday, June 9 from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Rooftop@Revere, Boston; $20; 21+)

Pointer Sisters Free Concert

Do you ever find yourself so excited that you just can’t hide it? Then you’ll likely jump at the chance to see the Pointer Sisters, who will put on a free concert this Sunday in Copley Square thanks to the City of Boston. For fans of ’80s dance music, the decision should be automatic. (Sunday, June 10 from 8:15 p.m. to 11:15 p.m.; Copley Square, Boston; free; all ages)