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5 things you MUST do in Boston this weekend

Boston Labor Day comes with some certainties -- summer is drawing to a close, you aren't working Monday, and you DEFINITELY have no idea if Gronk will be ready to start the season. What you may not know is what you're doing. Here are five excellent ways to spend your three-day weekend.

Friday, August 29th: There’s no better way to cure the end-of-summertime blues than with a good old brewfest. From 6-9:30pm, drink your way through 100 beers from 30+ guild member breweries at the World Trade Center Headhouse Concourse (Seaport District). All of your faves will be there, including Clown Shoes, Idle Hands, Jack’s Abby, Notch, Portico, and Bad Martha. Be sure to try the limited-release event brew: a single-malt pale ale brewed by guild members with all local ingredients at Mayflower Brewing Company. Get your tickets here.

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Friday, August 29th-Monday, September 1st: The North End knows how to party, and the annual St. Anthony’s Feast over Labor Day weekend proves it. And then some. Dubbed the "Feast of all Feasts" by National Geographic (they should know), this 95-year-old tradition boasts 100 food vendors overflowing with Italian specialties like pizza, pasta, arancini, calamari, zeppole, cannoli, and gelati. If you leave hungry, you screwed up.

Saturday, August 30th: Grab a front row seat for the 2nd Annual Boston Harbor Fireworks show (9pm) at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle (Seaport District) and enjoy the rocket’s red glare with a sizzling steak. Del Frisco’s is offering their summer Prime Pair menu (an 8oz hand-cut filet with a seafood side-car, choice of three salads, and a side) and the appropriately named Jose Can You See cocktail. America!

Saturday, August 30th: If you’d rather be on a boat for the pyrotechnics, Entertainment Cruises will take you out on the big blue watery road. Bust five knots on the Spirit of Boston or the Odyssey while drinking, dining, and (probably ill-advisedly) dancing. Both cruises are three-hours long (cue Gilligan’s Island theme) and feature live entertainment that sadly doesn't involve T-Pain.

Saturday, August 30th: The Greatest Bar and Boston VIP List invite you to celebrate the unofficial last weekend of summer at the Hottest Saturday Night Party. With four floors, three bars, and a DJ (with two turntables and a microphone), you should have no problem forgetting all about the shorter days... mostly because they become longer nights. $10 cover. Bonus: score $25 off your first Lyft ride by downloading the app and entering the promo code "BostonVIPList".