Kick-start Pride Month with a Beer Collab and More Boston Weekend Plans

Your ultimate guide to fun things to do in Boston this weekend.

Should we chat about the big green elephant in the room? Now that The Celtics have been eliminated from the NBA Finals, people are (once again) embroiled in the age-old debate of whether Boston teams can deliver when the stakes are high. Don't worry; we found a pressure-tested champion we can all rally behind—Roxbury seventh-grader, Sulayman Abdirahman.

This straight-up baller is Boston's spelling bee champ, going 29 nerve-wracking rounds to advance and rep our city in the Scripps National Spelling Bee May 31—June 2. So, there's hope on the horizon for the next few days, folks—along with adrenaline-fueled diving, free ice cream, and details on a special beer collab for Pride.

After you’ve booked a table at a jaw-dropping rooftop bar to enjoy the perfect New England weather right now, here’s everything fun you can do in Boston this weekend.

Back Bay
The Banks Fish House has teamed with Cambridge-based brewery, Lamplighter, to help unveil its annual Pride Month creation. This year's Pride brew, "Miss Frizzle," is a sour imbued with herbs and flowers, giving it a radiant purple color. For every beer sold, The Banks Fish House will donate to The Boston Alliance of LGBTQ+ Youth (BAGLY), which alongside adults, prioritizes the experiences of LGBTQ+ youth of color, trans and gender non-conforming youth, and homeless LGBTQ+ youth.
Cost: $12 a pint

Friday, June 2; 6:30 pm
Gift yourself a stillness sesh led by Gen Khedrub from Kadampa Meditation Center Boston. Whether you’re looking to newly dabble in mindfulness or are already engaged in regular practice, this grassy get-together is the calm you’ve been craving. Let go of the chaos of the workweek, and connect with that feeling in your gut, reminding you to simplify things a bit. Meet at Boston Public Garden, along the lagoon edge, on the Boylston side—and wear something comfortable. The organizers will host this outdoor, Buddhist-led mediation each month and update the event page if the forecast looks iffy.
Cost: FREE

Friday, June 2; 8 pm
We love it when a legend retires from retirement. Logic is a rarity—even among rap's upper echelon. His blend of emotionally charged, culturally conscious rhymes is amplified by the fact that he spits fire to a backdrop of hooky hooks. So charge up your phone and grab a ticket to see him at MGM Fenway Music Hall—a venue big enough to match the enormity of his star power yet small enough that everyone feels VIP.
Cost: Tickets from $46.50

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Saturday, June 3; 10 am gates open, 12 pm competition begins
Seaport District
The most intense cliff divers—in the world—will hurl themselves off the Institute of Contemporary Art on Saturday. One by one, they’ll attempt to outdo each other with increasingly awe-inspiring twisty-turny dives and more flips than a stack of pancakes. The best part is you can watch this glorious early-summer madness for free. Or if you’re looking to splurge, level up for access to the VIP viewing boat, The Odyssey, docked at the Fan Pier Marina.
Cost: FREE general admission; $400 VIP Experience

Clear your calendar, and the runway, for African Fashion Week Boston. Founded by the fashion design company, The House of Nahdra, the event brings together cultural fashion designers, artists, and leaders in activism to create a powerful collection of community discussions, panels, dance exhibitions, African art gallery displays, and artisan market. The multi-day event also includes a fashion show and African Fashion Gala, and all events take place at The Guild Works. Pre-registration is required, and those attending the Gala should dress to impress.
Cost: Event prices vary; all-access pass $100

If you’re wondering what size bowl accommodates 30 flavors of ice cream (and aren’t we all, really?), the answer is the 40th annual Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl®. Basically, they pack Patriot Place with an all-you-can-eat lineup of creamy, dreamy ice cream—giving new meaning to football Sundae. There will be entertainment and OG ice cream makers—like Ben & Jerry’s, scooping flavors à la Lights, Caramel, Action!™. It’s not at the usual City Hall Plaza location. Yet, the goal is the same: eat ice cream until your brain freezes and raise money for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
Cost: Tickets from $15

Saturday, June 3; 10:30 pm
West End
Gryffin, triple-threat artist that’s equally skilled as a musician, DJ, and record producer is in town for a late-night show at Big Night Live. The after-hours air is sure to be abuzz with the thumps of EDM and rideable waves of Tropical House. He’ll be at MGM Music Hall at Fenway earlier in the evening, and then the party moves to Big Night Live to close out the night. With two shows at different venues, we’re comfortable quoting him when saying, the “Best Is Yet To Come.”
Cost: Tickets from $39.50

Well, here’s something we’ve never uttered aloud: One of the coolest things to do this weekend involves broom shopping. If you love quirky elegance, head to the Salem Arts Festival for over 70 artisans offering illustrations, wildcrafted skincare, indie fashion, and Indigenous wares. Among the most beguiling and functionally fabulous treasures are the brooms by Amuck Broom Co. The handmade items range from handheld versions to decrumb tables up to standard size. They’re all hand woven with pops of color and strikingly intricate patterns and shapes. This year’s festival will be near the Old Town Hall.
Cost: FREE

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Melanie Carden is a private chef turned travel writer. She’s equal parts adrenaline-seeker and Golden Girls vibes. You can find her trying new things, thrifting for treasures, grinding it out on a trail, or lounging on a picnic blanket—Aperol spritz in hand. She's fickle about social, but the sporadic nuggets are worth the wait—cricket tacos, anyone?