10 things to do in Boston this weekend

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Brew at the Zoo at Franklin Park Zoo. Courtesy Zoo New England

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.

Charlestown Navy Yard Family Days

If you’re looking for a few more family-friendly activities before your little ones head back to school, the Charlestown Navy Yard will hold a Family Day this Thursday. Navy Yard staff will help run stations with activities like rope making, block and tackle, monkey’s fist throw, and knot tying. (Thursday, Aug. 16 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston; free; all ages)

Eataly Block Party

Eataly’s series of block parties will return Thursday night with another Piazza all’Aperto, a bustling bash inspired by the food festivals held in the plazas of Italian towns. The Italian food emporium will have cannoli, gelato, pasta, mozzarella, and many other delectable dishes on hand, as well as frosé, wine, beer, and cocktails to sip on as attendees enjoy live music and lawn games in the heart of the Back Bay. Entry to the event is free, but if you want to save money on food and drink tickets, you can purchase them online in advance. (Thursday, Aug. 16 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Eataly, Boston; free entry, $5 per food/drink ticket; all ages, 21+ to drink)

Movies at the Lawn: “Black Panther”

There’s plenty of outdoor movie screenings in Boston this summer, but our top pick for this weekend goes to the Lawn on D for its showing of “Black Panther” on Thursday. Snacks and drinks will be available for purchase. If any of this recent rain sticks around, you may want to bring your own lawn chair or picnic blanket to avoid damp ground. (Thursday, Aug. 16 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Lawn on D, Boston; free; rated PG-13)

Anita Baker

At the height of her power, eight-time Grammy winner Anita Baker was one of the preeminent voices in R&B and soul, churning out platinum records and hits like “Sweet Love” and “Body and Soul.” On Thursday, Baker will give Boston the best that she’s got one last time at the Wang Theatre as part of her Farewell Tour. (Thursday, Aug. 16 at 8 p.m.; Boch Center Wang Theatre, Boston; $99-$199; all ages)

“The Book of Mormon”

Boston’s theater scene is still buzzing from the world premiere of “Moulin Rouge! The Musical,” and another big-name production kicked off a short engagement in town on Tuesday. “The Book of Mormon,” the unapologetically crude musical from “South Park” creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone that won nine Tony Awards in 2011, will be at the Boston Opera House through Sunday, Aug. 26. (Thursday, Aug. 16 through Sunday, Aug. 26 at various times; Boston Opera House, Boston; $40-225; all ages)

Free Rock Climbing

We’re pretty sure The North Face made up Global Climbing Day, the annual holiday that will be celebrated this year on Aug. 18. But considering that the apparel company is celebrating it by partnering with Rock Spot Climbing to offer free climbing for anyone who fills out a waiver online, we’ll cut them some slack. For every person who climbs at a Rock Spot gym, The North Face will donate $1 to the Khumbu Climbing Center in Nepal, an organization “dedicated to teaching responsible climbing practices through community-based programs.” (Saturday, Aug. 18 starting at 10 a.m.; Rock Spot Climbing, Boston; free; all ages)

Wicked Good Festival

College radio powerhouse WERS is throwing a free festival on Boston Common, and as expected, the station will field a killer lineup of eclectic acts. Topping the bill is Brooklyn indie pop group Bleachers, with support from several acts originally from the Boston area: veteran rockers Buffalo Tom, singer/songwriter Juliana Hatfield, indie folk group Air Traffic Controller, and WBUR’s Tiny Desk Contest winner Anjimile. (Saturday, Aug. 18 from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Boston Common, Boston; free; all ages)

Brew at the Zoo

Visiting the zoo is a great family activity, but this Saturday, the adults will run the show at the Franklin Park Zoo. That’s because of the ninth annual Brew at the Zoo, at which visitors can wander from one animal to the next, all while enjoying beer, wine, and other alcoholic beverages from more than 40 vendors, including local breweries like Aeronaut, Bone Up, and Clown Shoes. Special exhibits like the Aussie Aviary and Destination Dino will remain open as well. (Saturday, Aug. 18 from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Franklin Park Zoo, Boston; $60-65; 21+)

Swingin’ on the Charles

Are you a swing savant or a dance dunce? Regardless of your grooving abilities, Boston Swing Central will offer a fun night on the banks of the Charles. Saturday evening will start with a dance lesson, and the fun will keep going until well after dark. Just be careful not to fall in the water(Saturday, Aug. 18 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Community Boating Inc., Boston; $15-25; all ages)

Brunch Fit Park Pilates

An outdoor fitness class followed by brunch? Sounds like a pretty decent Sunday morning. Join Brunches of Boston in the South End for a one-hour Pilates class followed by food at Area Four. There will also be complimentary beer from Michelob Ultra, in case you’ve always dreamed of being like the people in those Michelob commercials who chase a workout with light beer. (Sunday, Aug. 19 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; 1535 Washington St., Boston; $39; all ages)