Everything You Can Do in Boston This Weekend

To us, fall means Oktoberfest and oyster pop-ups.

Wow. It’s completely, undeniably fall. Who saw that coming? We’re still shocked it’s September. Regardless, we’ve been blessed with gorgeous temps this weekend, which means it’s time to hit up all the area beer gardens and oyster pop-ups before they start to shutter for the season. You can also visit the Museum of Fine Arts now. We’re also pretty excited that Oktoberfest events are popping up, albeit in modified form. In the meantime, as always, continue to support the Black community as well as the local dining, grocer, dispensary, fitness, and drinking scenes. Here is everything you must do in Boston this weekend.

Extend summer at the Summer Shack Harvard Square pop-up

Friday, September 25 - Sunday, September 27
One Bennett Square
Such divine weekend weather demands oysters and then some. The new pop-up from our Summer Shack friends includes plenty of bivalves as well as sashimi, clam chowder, whole belly fried clams, and lobster rolls. And if you can’t make it this weekend, you have a little time: It’s open daily through the end of October. 
Cost: A la carte; seating on first-come, first-served basis

Leaf peep right in your own backyard

Friday, September 25 - Sunday, September 27
Emerald Necklace
Why rent a car and trek up north when you can get your foliage fix in town? The Emerald Necklace boasts more than 8,000 trees, and the conservancy’s mobile guide will take you on a leisurely tour of the various flora amidst the park’s 1,100 acres.
Cost: Free

Pick your own flowers and eat lots of apple crisp

Friday, September 25 - Sunday, September 27
Parlee Farms
Yes, Parlee Farms has PYO apples, but it’s the fresh flower picking that lures us back year after year. Pop in for sunflowers or the other wildflowers, then be sure to indulge in either the roasted corn or the just-reintroduced apple crisp. The farm also has an outdoor tent set up where you can shop for other farm goods. 
Cost: $3 entrance; $5.99/lb for sunflowers and $10.99/lb for all other flowers

Go whole hog and order a pig roast to go

Friday, September 25 - Sunday, September 27
Got 10 people in your pod? Good--now it’s time to feed them. Citizen is doing the only to-go pig roast in town, a massive smorgasbord that starts with local oysters and clams before moving on to a whole suckling pig and five seasonal sides. And with wine, beer, and cocktails to go, you can make a party of it without lifting a finger. 
Cost: $580 for 10 people; each additional person costs $58 (if safe!). Must be ordered 48 hours in advance

Enjoy the simple pleasures at the Cisco Brewers Seaport Beer Garden

Friday, September 25 - Sunday, September 27
Just in time for the holiday weekend, our favorite seasonal beer garden has reopened. Pretend you’ve been transported to Nantucket while enjoying your favorite Cisco brew and chowing down on freshly made slices and salads from Oath Pizza. All the usual COVID-19 rules apply; contactless ordering online and via QR code makes things extra easy. 
Cost: Free to enter

Get your early fall fix at The Raw Bar at Island Creek Oyster Farm

Friday, September 25 - Sunday, September 27
We woke up one late spring morning despondent that we wouldn’t get to visit the seasonal ICO raw bar. But then (almost) everyone was terrific about wearing their masks and social distancing, and we were gifted with another coveted seasonal spot. Head down south to savor oysters, beer, wine, and Duxbury Bay views. The menu may currently include only freshly shucked bivalves and beverages, but that’s more than enough for us these days.
Cost: Free to enter

Do right by Oktoberfest at Dorchester Brewing Company

Saturday, September 26 - Sunday, September 27
Dorchester Brewing Company
There may not be a live band this year, but there will be a live accordion player. There’s also the ever-quaffable DBco Fest Bier (best enjoyed in a limited-edition stein), brats with sauerkraut, and oversized pretzels with your choice of dipping sauce. Oh, and you definitely want to dress up in your best lederhosen, because prizes await. 
Cost: Free to enter and reservations are recommended

Add one more outdoor brunch to your repertoire thanks to Fox & the Knife

Sunday, September 27
Fox & the Knife
Karen Akunowicz understands these are hard times, which is why she continues to soothe our souls through food. From now until the weather stops cooperating, she’s hosting a limited-edition Sunday brunch series. This weekend, it’s baked goods from Vinal Bakery -- think homemade English muffins and muffins galore -- which can and should be chased with both a honey coconut iced coffee and an Aperol spritz.
Cost: Sandwiches are $8-$10; available 10am to noon

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Meaghan Agnew is a Boston-based contributing writer. Follow her on Instagram.