Everything Fun You Can Do in Boston This Weekend

Shakespeare in the park, seafood festivals, and a drag brunch buffet.

Hello, dog days of August. You’ve come in like a lion, so we’re here to suggest lots of ways to cool down this weekend. How about a bracing cocktail with a side of pinewood derby racing? Or a drag brunch buffet with the AC blasting? Here are eight things to do to beat the heat in Boston this weekend.

Sunday, August 7
Kimpton Marlowe Hotel
Ballroom Drag Brunch Buffet—how can you not love every word of that phrase. The show has moved indoors—to a glam ballroom, no less—so more people can attend. Performers Stef Anya, Christina Faguilera, Alana Thicc, and Pursuasion De’gorgeous are back to raise money for BAGLY while you nosh down on the new brunch buffet (and cocktails, of course) from Bambara.
Cost: $65

Friday, August 5 – Sunday, August 7
North End
Street festivals come fast and furious this time of year, and we love them all. This one starts out with the child-led procession through the streets of the North End, then parties through the weekend with Italian marching bands, raffles, a big tug-of-war match, and lots of neighborhood-centric foods like arancini, fried calamari, and cannolis.
Cost: Free

Sunday, August 7
Boston Fish Pier
No, seriously, you cannot eat too much seafood in the summer. Not too many oysters, not too many dixie cups of chowder, and most certainly not too many lobsters. The seafood fest is one of the rare in-city events that lets you celebrate our fishing history and be an unrepentant glutton while doing it.
Cost: $20 general admission

Sunday, August 7
GrandTen Distilling
You may equate Derby Day with the first Sunday in May, but this weekend GrandTen Distilling is hosting a different kind of competition. The pinewood derby will have miniature cars racing toward the finish line, and you can build your own car on site to try your luck on the 35-foot aluminum track or cheer on other competitors with a drink in hand.
Cost: Free to enter; race car kits available for $5

Sunday, August 7
Various locations
It’s the dining event that forces you to think beyond your standbys. The summertime entry of Dine Out Boston is back to bring us (more) affordable three-course meals across the city. With more than 100 restaurants participating, there are plenty of ways to fill up during this two-week-long celebration of our city’s restaurants.
Cost: Varies

Friday, August 5 – Sunday, August 7
Publico Bistro & Garden
There’s actually more than one local beach to enjoy in South Boston—and this one has cocktails. This pop-up inside Publico includes coastal decor like lifeguard chairs and driftwood, frozen craft cocktails, and seasonal snacks like ceviche, lobster rolls, and oysters. Add in some cabana seating, and you’ll wonder why you ever bother with the Sagamore Bridge.
Cost: A la carte

Friday, August 5 – Saturday, August 6
Woods Hill Pier 4
You haven’t truly enjoyed summer until you’ve mixed up your own gin and tonic outdoors. With the harbor as your backdrop, create the perfect summer cocktail with your choice of seasonal herbs or fruit, plus top-shelf snacks like grass-fed steak tartare, oysters, and caviar service.
Cost: A la carte

Friday, August 5 – Sunday, August 7
Boston Common
‘Tis the last weekend to experience the Bard in a lawn chair on the Boston Common. The Commonwealth Shakespeare Company is making much ado over Much Ado About Nothing, one of the most charming and romantic Bard plays going, and you can see it free of charge in Boston Common.
Cost: Free

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