10 things to do in Boston this weekend

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

Jars of Fluff at the Fluff Festival in Somerville.
Jars of Fluff at the Fluff Festival in Somerville. –Patrick D. Rosso/Globe file photo

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 Film Festival

The Boston Film Festival is back for another year, with a mix of comedies, dramas, documentaries, and even preview screenings for upcoming TV shows. One highlight with a local connection is “Green Book,” a drama directed by Rhode Islander Peter Farrelly. Based on a true story, the film stars Viggo Mortensen (Aragorn in the “Lord of the Rings” movies) as a bouncer from the Bronx tasked with driving a world-class black pianist (Mahershala Ali, “Moonlight”) to various performances in a culturally segregated South. (Thursday, Sept. 20 through Sunday, Sept. 23 at various times and locations; $5-13; all ages)

Somerville Theatre 70 mm and Widescreen Festival


With more and more consumers watching movies on laptops or even cell phones, Somerville Theatre’s 70mm and Widescreen Festival is dedicated to showing films on the screens and in the aspect ratios their creators intended. From Sept. 20 through Sept. 30, the theater will show classics like “2001: A Space Odyssey” and “Malcolm X” in glorious 35mm, 70mm, or in the case of the 1966 Charlton Heston epic “Khartoum,” in Ultra Panavision. (Thursday, Sept. 20 through Sunday, Sept. 30 at various times; Somerville Theatre, Somerville; $12-15 per film; all ages)


It’s been more than 14 years since Boston roots rock trio Dispatch put on one of the biggest concerts in Boston history, drawing close to 100,000 people to the Hatch Shell for what was supposed to be the band’s “Last Dispatch.” While that concert turned out not to be the last one — by a long shot — the band’s two nights of hometown performances at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion on Thursday and Friday will still be a rare treat. (Thursday, Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. and Friday, Sept. 21 at 7 p.m.; Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, Boston; $25-$59; all ages)

Outlaw Music Festival

Willie Nelson is headlining Outlaw Music Festival, a folk-fueled summer tour with a different lineup in each city, save the constant presence of Nelson and his backing band. On Friday, the octogenarian singer-songwriter will stop by the Xfinity Center with a lineup highlighted by alt-country darling Sturgill Simpson and the R&B and folk-infused stylings of Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats. (Friday, Sept. 21 at 3 p.m.; Xfinity Center, Mansfield; $29-$129; all ages)

2018 Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Island Run, Powered by Boston.com


Take in breathtaking views of Boston Harbor while getting a workout at the Island Run, an annual race held by Blue Cross Blue Shield and Boston.com on Spectacle Island. After tackling either a 5-mile or 5k race, runners can enjoy food from Boloco, beer from Mayflower, music from DJ Mikey V, and a scenic cruise through Boston Harbor. BosTen readers can get $10 off the run by using the code “BosTen” when registering on the race website. (Saturday, Sept. 22 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; Seaport World Trade Center Terminal, Boston; $50 GA, $40 with the code “BosTen; all ages)

Free Admission to 50+ Massachusetts Museums

On Saturday, thousands of visitors will be able to enjoy free admission to more than 50 museums across Massachusetts thanks to Smithsonian magazine’s annual Museum Day event. Boston museums taking part include the Museum of Fine Arts, Gibson House Museum, the Museum of African American History, the Nichols House Museum, and the Mary Baker Eddy Library. To see a full list of participating Massachusetts museums, visit Smithsonian‘s website(Saturday, Sept. 22 at various times and locations; free; all ages)

Fitbit Local Stadium Sweat Sesh

Get a bit fit with Fitbit at the fitness tracker company’s free Harvard Stadium workout on Saturday. Local instructors Chris Capozzi and Catie Macken will lead a 60-minute session that will include a bootcamp, mindful meditation, and a stair climb. (Saturday, Sept. 22 from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.; Harvard Stadium, Boston; free; all ages)

Dorchester Brewing Co. Oktoberfest

It may not be October yet, but Oktoberfest kicks off in Germany this Saturday. That means it’s officially Oktoberfest event season in Boston as well, with Dorchester Brewing Co. getting the party started with its celebration this weekend. The brewery will serve up its fresh Oktoberfest beer in traditional German liter steins, bring in a live German band, and dish out plenty of food as well. (Saturday, Sept. 22 from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Dorchester Brewing Co., Boston; free; 21+)

Fluff Festival


More than a century after marshmallow fluff was invented in Somerville, the city’s annual What the Fluff Festival will take place this Saturday in Union Square. This year’s festival features musical performances, a cooking contest, and Fluff-themed games like Fluff jousting, marshmallow toss, and Blind Man’s Fluff. The theme of this year’s Fluff Fest is “Fluff the 13th,” so expect a number of spooky tricks and treats as well. (Saturday, Sept. 22 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Union Square, Somerville; free; all ages)

Dumpling Festival at Central Square Flea

Dumpling fanatics shouldn’t miss Sunday’s festival at Cambridge’s Central Square Flea, where 15 local restaurants and food trucks will cook and serve their versions of the Chinese dish. Plus, the flea will have its usual lineup of around 100 vendors selling antiques, vintage finds, original art, and handmade goods. (Sunday, Sept. 23 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Central Square, Cambridge; free; all ages)