10 things to do in Boston this weekend

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Scenes from the WGBH Craft Beer Festival Fundraiser.
Scenes from the WGBH Craft Beer Festival Fundraiser. –Courtesy WGBH

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.

Pilates with Purpose

Pilates with Purpose is a philanthropic networking event for women in Boston to meet new people and get a workout in as well. The night will begin with a Pilates-cardio fusion class, then finish up with a social. While the class is free, PwP encourages donations that benefit the nonprofit Greenway Conservancy. (Thursday, July 12 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Rose Kennedy Greenway at Atlantic Avenue and High Street, Boston; free; all ages)

Boston French Film Festival


The Museum of Fine Arts’ most popular film festival is back once again with a fun and diverse lineup from the world of French cinema. The festival will kick off Thursday night with an outdoor showing of the acclaimed documentary “Faces Places” on the Huntington Avenue lawn, and continues for the next 17 days with films like “Let the Sunshine In,” a romance starring Juliette Binoche (“The English Patient”), and the costume comedy “Return of the Hero,” which features Mélanie Laurent (“Inglorious Basterds”) and Jean Dujardin (“The Artist”). (Thursday, July 12 through Sunday, July 29 at various times; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; various costs; all ages)

Tanglewood in the City

While you should definitely try to take a trip out to the Berkshires for a Tanglewood concert at some point, you’ll have a chance to catch a concert from the Boston Symphony Orchestra without leaving the city this Friday. Boston Common will host “Tanglewood in the City,” where viewers can watch a live video presentation of the concert featuring works by Mozart, Wagner, and Schumann on a 15-by-27-foot screen. (Friday, July 13 at 8 p.m.; Boston Common, Boston; free; all ages)

“Yellow Submarine”

It’s been 50 years since The Beatles released their strangest and most enduring film in “Yellow Submarine,” a surrealist journey across the universe in the titular sub with George, John, Paul, and Ringo. Enjoy some of your favorite songs from the Fab Four’s experimental phase set to the band’s bizarre trip through the Sea of Holes, the Sea of Time, and a number of other bizarre locales. (Friday, July 13 through Thursday, July 19 at various times; Somerville Theatre, Somerville; $7-10; all ages)

Neponset Riverfest


The Charles and Mystic Rivers get all the recognition, but in the southern part of the city, the Neponset River offers bountiful opportunities for a beautiful afternoon outdoors. That’s the impetus for Neponset Riverfest, a free event put on by the Neponset River Watershed Association on Saturday. You can rent canoes and kayaks for free from Paddle Boston, listen to live music, check out a tide pool from the New England Aquarium, or simply enjoy the beautiful scenery. (Saturday, July 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; DCR Neponset Park, Boston; free; all ages)

Jamaica Plain Garden Tour

Jamaica Plain is joining Beacon Hill and Cambridge in hosting its very own garden tour. Twenty private gardens spread across multiple areas in JP will be open to the public for a short time, with visitors able to stop by on self-guided tours. (Saturday, July 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; J.P. Licks, 569 Centre St., Boston; $20-30; all ages)

WGBH FunFest and Craft Beer Festival Fundraiser

WGBH will hold a pair of back-to-back fundraisers at its studio on Saturday, one geared toward public broadcasting fans of all ages and the other for adults only. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., visitors can check out FunFest, a family-friendly event with all-you-can-eat ice cream, PBS Kids characters, face painting, rides, and music. In the evening, adults can return for the Craft Beer Fundraiser, which will have drinks from more than 30 local beverage companies and food from several food truck favorites, along with live music and lawn games. (Saturday, July 14: FunFest from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Craft Beer from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.; WGBH Studio, Boston; $15 for FunFest, $55 for Craft Beer; all ages for FunFest, 21+ for Craft Beer)

ArtBeat 2018


Somerville comes extra alive for one weekend each summer during ArtBeat, a rollicking outdoor festival that takes over Davis Square. The Somerville Arts Council has lined up 75 craft vendors, more than a dozen bands, dance troupes, and a host of interactive performances to delight visitors as they pass through the neighborhood. (Saturday, July 14 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Davis Square, Somerville; free; all ages)

Esplanade Guided Tour

During the summer, the Esplanade Association provides free tours of the historic park twice a month, one of which will be held this Sunday. Trek along a mile of the lush riverside park, and learn about the 150 years of history behind it. (Sunday, July 15 at 2 p.m.; Community Boating, Inc., Boston; free; all ages)


Don’t be a “Loser” by missing out on your chance to see the eclectic songwriter Beck when he stops at the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion on Sunday. What could have easily been a flash-in-the-pan career for the West Coast musician has blossomed into more than two decades of albums that please critics and audiences alike with their varied styles. (Sunday, July 13 at 7:30 p.m.; Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, Boston; $49-$89; all ages)