12 Actually Fun Things to Do in Boston This Weekend

Happy pride, y’all.

This is pretty much our favorite weekend in June. Why? There are no Father’s Day mobs, the graduation groups have come and gone, and the tourists (because yes, we expect those this year) have yet to descend. So how to enjoy the calm before the storm? Well, Pride events, for one—they’re coming in fast and furious, even if there’s no parade this year (the other reason we usually love this weekend). There’s also some al fresco comedy to be had and a little 10-year anniversary to celebrate with cocktails and more cocktails. Plus, the first-ever Roxbury Restaurant Week kicks off this Sunday. Meanwhile, we suggest you check out all the latest and greatest restaurants in town, crazy patio scenes and all (hint: make reservations!). Here is everything you absolutely must do in Boston this weekend.

Shop with pride at the Night Shift Virtual Pride Market

Friday, June 11 - Sunday, June 13
Night Shift Brewing
What better way to celebrate Pride than to support local LGBTQ+ small business owners? The Everett brewery has gathered all of its favorite makers and creators under one virtual umbrella, from American Vinegar Works to 7ate9 Bakery. Plus, a portion of the proceeds from Night Shift’s Proud Beer and Proud Roast coffee releases benefit It Gets Better Project all month long. 
Cost: No cover; menu and shopping prices vary

Toast a decade of locavore cocktails at Bully Boy Distillers’ 10 Year Anniversary

Friday, June 11 - Sunday, June 13
Bully Boy Distillers
Hard to believe our favorite craft distillery is becoming a ‘tween (sniff, sniff). And like all good adolescents, Bully Boy Distillers knows how to throw a party. They’ll be lifting a glass to 10 years of success with food trucks, throwback cocktails, banana rum cookies from Top Shelf Cookies, giveaways, and a raffle to win 10 bottles of Bully Boy booze, with all proceeds going to The Food Project.
Cost: No cover; reserve here

Hit up the newly reopened SoWa Open Market

Sunday, June 13

500 Harrison Avenue
Yes, it’s still in beta form, but while we eagerly await the return of the food trucks and beer garden, there’s no time like the present to hit the farmer’s market and peruse more than 60 vendors currently open for biz. The full arts market is hopefully reopening on June 20. 
Cost: No cover; shopping prices vary 

Keep Pride front and center during Krasi’s Diva Brunch

Sunday, June 13
If you weren’t privy, Krasi actually kicked off its Diva brunch series this past fall with a remote playlist and kept it going through the winter with a Mariah Carey holiday brunch theme. Now the restaurant is back in full-on action right in time for Pride, with an in-persion celebration of diva Xtina, a playlist from DJ Ryan Brown, and a Christina Aguilera-inspired drag performance. Oh, and of course—a full Greek spread including baklava muffins and mimosas spiked with Greek bubbles. 
Cost: No cover; menu prices vary

Try not to get too crazy (who are we kidding?) at the Dorchester Pride Tea Dance

Sunday, June 13
Um, yeah, it’s going to be epic. But it’s also a benefit, as the afternoon dance party raises funds and awareness for DotOut, Alzheimer’s Awareness, and GLAAD. Give generously, then go bananas.
Cost: No cover; donations welcome

Dash away the Sunday scaries at Sunday Funny Day

Sunday, June 13
The Anchor
Why has al fresco comedy not been more of a thing already? Regardless, we applaud the chance to put off our work worries for one more evening. This week is headlined by Jay Whitaker and also features Kindra Lansburg, with Zinobia Del Mar hosting. 
Cost: Admission is free; tables start at $30

Eat your heart out at the inaugural Roxbury Restaurant Week

Sunday, June 13
Various locations
Time to discover what’s old and new. Participating restaurants are offering prix-fixe breakfast, lunch, and dinner from now through Juneteenth, with spots like Soleil, Merengue, Suya Joint, and Nos Casa leading the pack. You can also enter to win gift cards from participating restaurants with lottery ticket proceeds benefiting the Ujima’s Worker’s Care Relief Fund.
Cost: Menu prices vary

Book your August spot now at Kripalu

Friday, June 11 - Sunday, June 13
Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health
Kripalu has played it safe from the beginning, for which we are utmost grateful and understanding. But when the announcement came last week that they’d be reopening on August 19, well, we were chomping at the bit to book a much-needed retreat—and that time is now, as the bucolic oasis has just begun accepting future reservations…  
Cost: Rooms start at $195; day passes run $125

Dive back into normalcy at the Colonnade Pool

Friday, June 11 - Sunday, June 13
Colonnade Hotel
Hard to believe it’s rooftop pool season again, and even harder to believe that we once again have options in that regard. The Colonnade is here to help you keep cool with an all day food and drink menu, lounge chairs and cabanas, and a splashy, breezy respite 12 floors up from whatever ails you at street level. Call 617-425-3408 for reservations and visitor info.
Cost: Day passes run $50 with $20 food and beverage minimum.

Stock up for Pride month with The Urban Grape’s LGBTQ+ Producers Collection

Friday, June 11 - Sunday, June 13
The Urban Grape
We’re calling it: Pride Month is going to be pretty damn epic this year. Start planning the party now by filling your fridge with wines and beers sourced from LGBTQ+ producers. UG is one of only two wine stores in the entire country spotlighting this community’s wondrous output and 10 percent of sales will be donated directly to BAGLY
Cost: Item price vary.

Book it north for Club Cumming on the Coast

Friday, June 11 - Sunday, June 13
Kennebunkport Inn
Why bother with all that Cape traffic when Kennebunkport is becoming the most exciting destination in New England? Exhibit A: This new residency from A-list performer and all-around Renaissance Man Alan Cumming. Running Memorial Day through Labor Day Weekend, Club Cumming will bring a smorgasbord of artists and entertainers (think: Alexis Michelle from RuPaul’s Drag Race and Dragnificent!) to the Maine coast for weekend dinner shows, burlesque numbers, piano bar singalongs, and more. Proceeds will benefit The Actors Fund—and yup, Mr. Cumming himself will appear in person in mid-July. Reserve your spot via OpenTable.
Cost: $100 food and drink minimum per table.

Commit to dining outdoors all summer thanks to The Saturday Garden at Alden & Harlow

Saturday, June 12
Alden & Harlow
Literally stop traffic every Saturday this summer when Harvard Square’s Brattle Street shuts down between Church and Elliot Streets so that Alden & Harlows shiny new outdoor garden pop-up can take over for the afternoon. Expect a rotating selection of local brews, lots of summer-friendly wines by the glass, cocktail specials, and market-driven dishes like raw bluefin tuna kitfo and deviled eggs.
Cost: Menu prices vary.

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