10 Actually Fun Things to Do in Boston This Weekend

Time to sit back and unwind.

Hey ho, it’s almost officially summer! And what a summer it’s going to be. (Have we mentioned that things are starting to feel eerily normal again?) On the eve of the summer solstice, we say, embrace the outdoors wholeheartedly. There is Sunday jazz, and yoga with beer, and a (semi) in-person film festival that includes free outdoor screenings—never mind a Father’s Day to celebrate with a patio brunch. Here is everything you must do in Boston this weekend.

Celebrate Juneteenth all day at Bow Market

Saturday, June 19
Bow Market
It’s a daylong showcase of Black art and culture that you’ll be hard-pressed to tear yourself away from. First there’s the daytime Black Owned Bos. retail bazaar featuring wares from House of Art & Craft, Adorn Me Africa, Ankhara by Luciana, and more; come afternoon and nightfall, enjoy a vinyl and book bundle followed by a steamy read-aloud of romance novels, poems, and stories celebrating Black love and pleasure. Stacey Abrams would approve. 
Cost: Free; register online

Center the work of filmmakers of color at the Roxbury Film Festival

Friday, June 18 - Sunday, June 20
Virtual/Museum of Fine Arts
This year it’s a hybrid model—some in-person screenings, some remote—but the mission and excitement are the same: Dozens of features, short films, and documentaries, plus panels and workshops, all celebrating the global creative work of BIPOC filmmakers.
Cost: Single film ticket prices vary; Full festival passes run $125

Add some suds to your zen at Untapped Yoga

Saturday, June 19
Exhibit ‘A’ Brewing Company
Yin meets yang this Saturday as aspiring yogis roll out their mats for a one-hour, outdoor class that includes sun salutations, backbends, standing poses, and a little fun with arm balances. Afterwards, treat yourself to a post-class complimentary beer straight from the taps at this Framingham brewery. 
Cost: Admission runs $10 per person

Wake up with a bang at Bootcamp Brunch

Sunday, June 20
Tuscan Kitchen
It’s always nice to earn your Hollandaise. Starting this Sunday, you can kick off the morning with a weekly sweat fest outside Tuscan Kitchen with MoveStudios, a “gym on wheels” experience that goes far beyond the typical outdoor workout. The post-sweat cooldown includes a complimentary cocktail from the restaurant, which will also be serving a special brunch menu on Sundays.
Cost: Admission runs $30 per person

Vary your end-of-weekend routine with the Time Out Market Boston Jazz Brunch

Sunday, June 20
Time Out Market Boston
Settle in for live music from The Johnny Frazee Band while exploring Time Out’s new cross-booth brunch items like the Nu Burger Umami Truffle Burger topped with a fried egg and Revolution Health Kitchen's loaded avocado toast. And don’t forget to try Union Square Donuts’ just-debuted blueberry coffee cake donut and jumbleberry donut. 
Cost: No cover; menu prices vary

Shop with pride at the Night Shift Virtual Pride Market

Friday, June 18 - Sunday, June 20
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

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 with more than 60 vendors currently open for biz, including some art vendors.
Cost: No cover; shopping prices vary

Support another dining neighborhood at the inaugural Roxbury Restaurant Week

Friday, June 18 - Saturday, June 19
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 18 - Sunday, June 20
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

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

Friday, June 18 - Sunday, June 20
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 18 - Sunday, June 20
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.

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