Actually Fun Things To Do in Boston This Weekend

Volunteer for MLK Day, go snow tubing, or indulge in some post-hike beers.

Holy lord do we already need a long weekend. 2021, man—you better slow up already.  To take your mind off the endless dumpster fire that is our lives, might we take a hike followed by a little beer tasting? Or a steak dinner courtesy of the city’s newest butcher shop? Or maybe you want to get started on your resolutions by taking a knitting class, or volunteering (virtually) throughout MLK Weekend. As always, continue to support our local restaurants any way that you can and, if you’re gainfully employed, give generously to local food banks and other organizations supporting those less fortunate. Here is everything you must do in Boston this weekend.

Make the most of your long weekend with Boston Cares

Friday, January 15 - Monday, January 18
“A day on, not a day off” has been Boston Care’s motto since 2006. Each year on MLK Day, the organization gathers hundreds of Bostonians for a community outreach project that honors the work of the day’s namesake. And nope, a pandemic isn’t going to stop them. In fact, they’ve expanded their effort this year into an incredible community weekend of virtual volunteer opportunities, training sessions, and virtual conversations on race and community issues.
Cost: Free; register online. You can also donate to Boston Cares directly

Bring home the best raw steak in town thanks to the Grill 23 Butcher Shop

Friday, January 15 - Saturday, January 16
Grill 23
Thank the meat gods and goddesses: Grill 23 is now selling its full lineup of Brandt Farm filet mignons, ribeyes, and porterhouses, ready to cook up and top with their beef butter. And rest assured you can make a meal of it, thanks to the raw bar and side dish add-ons (hello, shrimp cocktail and taleggio creamed spinach!) Have we mentioned the cocktails to go? Order before 3 pm and you can pick up your order the same day; delivery is also available. 
Cost: Your monthly (yearly?) steak allowance (and so worth it!)

Make 2021 the year of G-rated pursuits thanks to a beginner’s knitting class

Saturday, January 16
Third Piece
Knitting is the new sourdough baking (so sayeth us). It’s soothing, it’s time-consuming, and the end product is something that lasts you more than a couple of days. This true beginner’s class teaches you the ins and outs of casting on, knit stitch, binding off, basic sewing, and finishing. Afterwards, be sure to check out Third Piece’s other drop-in classes throughout the weeks so you can build on your newfound skill set. 
Cost: $38; cost includes materials

Earn that beer by working up a hike sweat

Saturday, January 16
Appleton Farms
Are you keeping your New Year’s resolution (hiking) or breaking it (beer)? Eh, who cares—an hour-long guided hike through some gorgeous Ipswich trails, followed by some beer from a local brewery, sounds pretty damn therapeutic to us. 
Cost: Trustees members $24; nonmembers $30

Stock your freezer thanks to the T&L Pig Share

Friday, January 15 - Monday, January 18
Thistle & Leek
If you haven’t yet made it to Newton Centre to grab takeout from the newish gastropub Thistle & Leek, you can at least gain an appreciation of Chefs Kate and Trevor Smith’s ingredient fanaticism. The new monthly pig share sources heritage pork from Chickering Chicks in New Hampshire, bringing you locally raised sausage, bacon, rillettes, and bone-in pork chops. Opt for the “Make a Meal of It” package and you’ll get additional ingredients for complementary side dishes. 
Cost: $100/month for pig, $175/month for meal kit; email to order

Forget your COVID cares for two hours thanks to a little snow tubing

Friday, January 15 - Monday, January 18​​​​​​​
Nashoba Valley Ski Area
Well, this sounds damn invigorating (for once): a couple of hours feeding your need for speed, all while keeping a safe distance from anyone not in your COVID cohort. Nashoba’s snow tubing park is now open Thursdays through Sundays for the duration of winter—and is open this Monday for the long weekend—but book early since we aren’t the only ones desperate to get a little fresh air and freedom of mind. 
Cost: $35

Check out some new public art thanks to Design Seaport

Friday, January 15 - Monday, January 18​​​​​​​
Let’s continue to embrace the simple pleasures, shall we? Through the end of February, two large-scale, immersive installations, Teltta and Supernormal, will be on display down towards the water, providing some immediate opportunity to play outside for free. 
Cost: Free

Treat yourself to Gordon’s CruBox

Friday, January 15 - Monday, January 18​​​​​​​
Gordon’s FIne Wine & Liquors
You totally forgot to buy yourself something this year, didn’t you? We have the answer. The new monthly wine club from one of our favorite local liquor shops places the focus squarely on terroir, sourcing four bottles from around the world, including detailed explanations of each, and even hosting monthly Zoom tastings so you can learn even more about each bottle. (PS: This of course makes the easiest, and most well-received, belated gift for someone else.)
Cost: $125 a month

Make your Sunday spread something to sing about thanks to Pamily Sunday Suppers

Sunday, January 17
Doesn’t this sound delish? A comfort spread of meatballs, garlic knots, eggplant parm, and lumanche bolognese—to name just a few options—now available for takeout from one of our favorite Cambridge spots (dine-in is also available). 
Cost: A la carte

Get into the spirit, safely, at the Mendon Christmas Drive-In

Friday, January 8 - Sunday, January 10
Mendon Twin Drive
Pure pleasure: during every weekend for the rest of November and December, the Mendon Drive-In will air a holiday classic paired with a carol-singalong laser light show (sometimes before, sometimes after the movie). Kicking it off this weekend? Three chances to watch Elf on the big (huge!) screen.
Cost: $30 per car for laser show; $50 per car for laser show and movie

Drink and relax outside at the Samuel Adams Winter Beer Garden

Friday, January 15 - Sunday, January 17
Samuel Adams Boston Brewery
Betcha didn’t know that the Sam Adams outdoor area has been transformed into a winter oasis. We’re talking heat lamps, we’re talking in-house, beer-friendly bites, and of course we’re talking hearty brews like Chocolate Bock.​​​​​​​
Cost: A la carte; make reservations online

Support local restaurants through a little booze thanks to the #RYESUP Campaign

Friday, January 8 - Sunday, January 10​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
Boston Harbor Distillery
Beyond, you know, ordering tons of takeout and tipping lavishly, here’s another way to support your local restaurants. For the next while, Boston Harbor Distillery will donate $20 from every bottle of Putnam New England Whiskey sold to the Massachusetts Restaurant Association’s Education Foundation. Plus, guest stars like Andy Husbands of The Smoke Shop BBQ and Asia Mei of Moonshine 152, along with their restaurant bartenders, will be sharing their favorite Putnam Whiskey cocktails on the BHD social media channels every few days. 
Cost: $50-90 per bottle

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Meaghan Agnew has her dogs and her wine, so she’s happy. Join her in indulging in the simple pleasures by following her on Instagram.