Event of the Week
Sunday, at both their South End and Chestnut Hill locations, the Urban Grape is hosting a Summer Beer Festival from 2-5p at which they'll be offering gratis samples, while unveiling a new curated craft beer program called Urban Hops that includes over 300 varieties of large- and small-format suds.
Thursday, May 16th
If you can't score tix to the Bs, hit the House of Blues instead and watch 25 amateur boxers pound the crap out of each other to raise cash for cancer at the 3rd annual Haymakers for Hope. Don't miss it
If boxing's not your thing, catch an "Acoustic Evening with Mary Chapin Carpenter and Shawn Colvin"... haha, just kidding!!!... invite the crew over to watch Game 1, while ordering booze delivered to your door with the just-released Drizly app. Yes, they legally deliver alcohol to your apartment. See it to believe it... and then download it
Friday, May 17th
FREE RIDES!!! Anywhere in the city, from Boston's new ride-sharing service, SideCar. Lock your unicycle back up and get the app. Then ride for free
Yep, it's that time of year again... HarpoonFest is here!! See the schedule, score your tickets, find out which bands are playing, all right here. And then don't miss it, 'cause the weather is supposed to be beautiful.
If you like burgers, beer, and helping people -- especially if helping people entails eating burgers and drinking beer -- then go back to the House of Blues on Friday night for Burgers & Brews, a charity event featuring Cisco suds, grilled meat from restaurants around Fenway, and even a silent auction where you can bid on autographed swag from none other than the illustrious Kid Rock (...!). Get in on all the action
Saturday, May 18th
Don't listen to live tunes in the confines of a stuffy club when you can rock out in front of the band's actual house -- and then awkwardly walk away without making eye contact if they suck -- at Somerville's annual Porchfest, going down Saturday from 12-6p. See the bands and the map, right here!
Since you're already there, stay put in Somerville and get your craft on at Assembly Row's brand new alternative to SoWa: a weekend arts market called ASSEMBLED! that debuts Saturday (with food trucks!) and runs through September
As Thursday night's boxing probably only whet your appetite for seeing dudes drop the hammer on one another, get your tickets now for this first-ever MMA bout from Victory Combat Sports, taking place Saturday night at the National Guard Armory. Six fights. Amateurs and pros. Be there.
Only 31 tickets left for Saturday's Boston Whisky Guild Cruise on the Harbor, which includes, in addition to a ridiculous amount of whisky, a gourmet buffet lunch. See the pour list, book your passage
Enjoy authentic BBQ ribs so much that you're willing to drive to Lexington, even though there's always a chance you'll run into Joe Epstein's mom and have to make awkward small talk about how well Joe's doing in New York City? Well then, warm up the car because this weekend is Lexington's two-day BBQ Festival.
Sunday, May 19th
Watch chefs and bloggers team up in the ultimate cooking challenge, and then stuff your face with all the dishes they create (plus beer, wine & snacks), at this Sunday's second annual American Lamb Pro-Am. Tix are still available
End the weekend (Boston) strong at Sunday's Hometown Comfort charity food-tasting in the DOT, where 25 area chefs will be joined by the mayor, the governor, and the host of NPR’s “On Point”, Tom Ashbrook (!!), in raising money for the One Fund. Score your tickets before they're gone
If, perchance, you're getting an early jump on Summer and heading down to the Cape this weekend, it's Restaurant Week. Just so you know
Monday, May 20th
And now start your week strong, or at least eating cake, at the Mandarin Oriental's latest lobby pop-up, Oralia’s Cake Shoppe, which runs daily from 1-4p.
Don't let National Burger Month slip away without taking down one of Chef Brian Poe's 8oz game-meat burgers at The Tip Tap Room. They're cooking up a new animal every week -- see what's on the docket for this one
You don't have to be from the Big Easy to enjoy Slow Food Boston's crawfish boil (complete with a pound of crawdads, two beers, and sides) Monday night at Inman Square's Tupelo, you just need a ticket
Tuesday, May 21st
New Eats: Fiouna's Persian Fusion Cuisine is now open on Peterborough St in Fenway. Find out more
Don't even think about letting Tuesday night pass without hitting Mei Mei Street Kitchen and Washington Square Tavern's one-night-only "Big Ol' Pig" seven-course pop-up dinner featuring a 400lb sow from Groton's John Crow Farm and local beer/cider pairings. Don't do it.
Wednesday, May 22nd
More awesome New Eats: If you love Somerville's Olde Magoun's Saloon and are at least ambivalent about the town of Waltham, then you're going to want to hit Copper House Tavern, which just opened on Winter St from the same owners and rocks 40 craft beers on draught, as well as small-batch spirits. Try it out
A bunch of area restaurants, including Rialto, have joined the "All for One" Campaign to raise money for the One Fund. Eat at one of these spots in May, and they'll donate 1% of sales.