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Everything Fun You Can Do in Boston This Weekend

Get your appetites in gear.

Could it be that we’re actually getting to see our moms in person this year?! Such is the power of vaccinations. And little surprise that restaurants around town are pulling out all the stops for Mother’s Day (even if Lilac Sunday is cancelled again this year, sniff). Now that you’ve got Sunday covered, time to figure out the rest of the weekend. You could definitely commit to hitting every seasonal eating and drinking spot in town--we’re keeping track of them all. An alfresco workout also sounds pretty relaxing. And why not leave the grilling to the experts for once? Meantime, keep supporting all the newly reopened patios (expert tip: make reservations), and explore the nearby travel opportunities that await you. Here is everything you must do in Boston this weekend.

Stake out a seat at Il Patio di Eataly

Friday, May 7 - Sunday, May 9
Eataly Boston
Further proof that nature is on our side? Eataly’s seasonal patio is back in action. Picture a luxe Italian-inspired garden space with a light-bites menu to match: Aperol spritzes, Rossopomodoro pizzas (served hot off the new al fresco oven, mind you), and tasty aperitivos like Italian olives, salumi, and formaggi boards. New this year is Cocktail Collabs for a Cause, a monthly rotating cocktail special benefiting a local community org (this month it’s Rosie’s Place). Also look for regular weekly pop-ups featuring area businesses like Trident Booksellers and Cafe, Rococo Floral, and Bubbly & Blooms.
Cost: No cover; Menu prices vary 

Make a beeline for The Raw Bar at Island Creek Oyster Farm

Friday, May 7 - Sunday, May 9
Duxbury
Last year, the mid-summer reopening of ICO’s seasonal pop-up might well have saved our sanity, and this year, it’s arriving even earlier than before. Head down south, pup in tow, to savor oysters, beer, wine, and Duxbury Bay views. Oh, and PS: If your appetite for bivalves is truly insatiable, good news—Row 34 Burlington is also hitting the scene this Saturday. 
Cost: No cover; Menu prices vary

Enjoy gratis exercise thanks to Seaport Sweat

Friday, May 7 - Saturday, May 8
Seaport Common
When the workouts are free, there truly is no excuse. The Seaport’s outdoor boutique classes are back for another season, and this time they’re taking mercy on our pale quarantined bodies with an earlier-than-ever debut. Look for bootcamp, yoga, and barre classes, all of which are also available virtually. The special Saturday schedule features a roster of monthly and bimonthly classes including a Barre Fit Cardio + Yoga Equinox class this Saturday. Even better? The whole shebang runs clear through October. 
Cost: Free 

Let the pros play grillmaster at Fire Fridays

Friday, May 7
Viale
Viale is showing off a brand new patio with a brand new (well, newly-returned) offering: One night of fired-up al fresco offerings like grilled oysters, calamari, beef skewers, tuna, and literally anything else chef-owner Greg Reeves has decided to throw on the grill. Bon appetite.
Cost: No cover; Menu prices vary

Check out your new favorite outdoor playground: Bambara’s Backyard

Friday, May 7 - Sunday, May 9
Bambara Cambridge
Because we all need more excuses to play outside, Bambara has taken over Hotel Marlowe’s courtyard to offer umbrellaed dining, backyard games like bocce and corn hole, live music on Friday and Saturday evenings, and soon-to-launch Sunday drag brunches benefiting BAGLY
Cost: No cover; Menu prices vary

Revisit the simple pleasures of life at the Cisco Brewers Seaport Beer Garden

Friday, May 7 - Sunday, May 9
Seaport
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 fare from Rexicana Surf Cantina, which dishes out Caribbean- and Central American-influenced cuisine
Cost: No cover; Menu prices vary

Start planning your victory garden at the City Natives Plant Sale

Friday, May 7 - Sunday, May 9
Virtual
You can grow your own food and support area community gardens in the process—56 of them, to be exact. Stock up now on seed packs, flowers, and all manner of vegetable plants, all in the name of eating local. 
Cost: Prices vary

Switch up your couch wine for outdoor spirits at the Bully Boy Distillers Cocktail Garden 

Friday, May 7 - Sunday, May 9
Bully Boy Distillers
The Boys are back and better than ever. These spirited hometown heroes—who are celebrating their 10th anniversary this year, BTW—have reopened their divine, reservations-only cocktail garden complete with a new spring menu revamp (we have our eye on the Mai Tai), including a few in pitcher form. 
Cost: No cover; reservations can be made online 

Support the arts remotely via ACCESS: Art 

Friday, May 7 - Sunday, May 9
Virtual
Need a break from the non-stop Zooming? Head over to Boston Center for the Arts’ website this weekend for a virtual exhibition featuring 10 artists exploring the concepts of access and audience. 
Cost: Free 

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