Events

Everything You Need to Do in Boston This Weekend

Updated On 06/21/2017 at 05:25PM EST Updated On 06/21/2017 at 05:25PM EST
Friday - Sunday
Jun 23-25
Museum of Fine Arts Boston
It’s the largest New England-based festival spotlighting filmmakers of color, both established and burgeoning. There are dozens of features, shorts, and documentaries as well as Q&As and workshops with the artists throughout the weekend, and the festival itself runs through July 1 in case you can’t make it to these screenings.
Friday
Jun 23
The Sports Museum
Starting today, a rotating collection of statewide museums will offer free admission to all visitors on summer Fridays. This week features gratis access to The Sports Museum, where you can sit in seats from the old Boston Garden and see decades’ worth of memorabilia.
Friday
Jun 23
Seaport Boston Hotel
For the two-decade anniversary edition of this summer staple, expect the biggest turnout of local chefs manning the grills yet, plus lots of beer and wine, and, of course, gorgeous harbor views.
Solid Sound Festival at Mass MoCa
Mass MoCa
Friday - Sunday
Jun 23-25
Mass MoCA
Sure, everyone will flee the city on Fourth of July weekend, but why not just head out of town a week early and beat the traffic? Wilco is staging a three-day music and art festival out in Western Mass at the Museum of Contemporary Art, with music from Television and The Shaggs and comedy from Eugene Mirman and Nick Offerman, among many others.
Friday - Saturday
Jun 23-24
Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology
The two-day fiery fest kicks off Friday evening with a rum and beer tasting, and then on Saturday, it’s an afternoon full of Jamaican jerk dishes from local Caribbean restaurants. There will be live entertainment throughout, plus a cook-off and cocktails served in coconuts.
Saturday
Jun 24
Seaport Common
Did you know a new Equinox is opening down at the Seaport this fall? If fitness is your thing, you can sample a combo of their classes on the Seaport Common, with one event that melds their METCON3, Whipped, and Stacked workouts. You’re in for a world of sweaty hurt via high-intensity interval training, lunges, planks, kettlebells, and much more, all in a one-hour session.
Whole Heart Provisions - Taste of Allston
Whole Heart Provisions
Saturday
Jun 24
The Murr Center
Want to learn more about the Allston-Brighton dining scene? Nosh your way through dishes from newer neighborhood arrivals like Whole Heart Provisions and Lulu’s, plus stalwarts like Roxy’s Grilled Cheese, FoMu, and Chicken and Rice Guys at the 20th edition of this annual foodie event. There will be beer, lawn games, and live music.
Sunday
Jun 25
The Blue Room and Belly Bar
This one has us pretty emotional. After 21 years of plying Kendall Square visitors with farm-fresh, wood-fired fare and oh-so-unusual wines, Liz and Nick Vilardi are shuttering their two restaurants on July 1. So proper adieus are in order, none more worthwhile than their last family-style “farm” dinner. An homage to the spreads they used to put out at Bay End Farm, this one takes place on the Blue Room and Belly patios, with four courses made with the freshest local ingredients they can get their hands on.
Sunday
Jun 25
Spectacle Island Beer Garden
Restaurateur Barbara Lynch just gets us. Her newest genius venture is a weekly island cookout, launching this Sunday, where you’re ferried out to the Harbor Islands for Harpoon brews, brats, and all the fixin's. The evening kicks off with beach games on the shore and ends with a campfire, and the $79 ticket includes two complimentary drinks.
Sunday
Jun 25
Barking Crab
Talk about institutions. The Crab knew a good thing was afoot in Fort Point about a zillion years before everyone else. Now, the 23-year-old restaurant expanded its outdoor seating area, granting you more opportunities to stare out at the Harbor while drinking outside. On Sundays starting this week, the Berklee-born group Legends of Summer will be playing from 1-4pm, bringing you classic hits as you dine on seafood and sip creative cocktails under the massive tent.
Sunday
Jun 25
The Hawthorne
Is there anything negative to say about a tropical patio party that also lets you delay thoughts of the impending work week? No, obviously not. From 5pm to dusk, bartender Tim Cooper of New York’s 86 Co. will be mixing and blending umbrella-friendly cocktails on The Hawthorne’s patio using Caña Brava Rum from Panama.