Everything Fun You Can Do in Boston This Weekend

From boozy courtyard chilling to virtual flower shows and so much more.

Sigh, another Patriot’s Day weekend without a marathon. Although the Red Sox will be playing—and wearing crazy neon yellow uniforms, to boot—so all is not lost. In fact, this long weekend is chock full of spring-friendly options, from a new outdoor dine-and-play venue to an Earth Day cleanup (one of many, actually) and advance tickets to a remote flower display. And that’s on top of all the sweet bar and restaurant patios, breezy parks, and the nearby travel opportunities that await you. Here’s everything you must do in Boston this Patriot’s Day Weekend.

Check out your new favorite boozy playground

Friday, April 16 - Monday, April 19
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 at the Cisco Brewers Seaport Beer Garden

Friday, April 16 - Monday, April 19
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

Book your tickets now for Art in Bloom

Friday, April 16 - Monday, April 19
Museum of Fine Arts
Nothing like a collection of gorgeous floral installations to break you out of your pandemic winter doldrums—even if it’s all virtual this year. From the comfort of your home, enjoy one-of-a-kind arrangements from 27 New England-area garden clubs via recorded walking tours. Then pick up a souvenir at the digital Art in Bloom Marketplace to keep the springtime vibes going clear into summer. 
Cost: Access runs $10 per recorded tour or $24 for all three

Roll up your sleeves for the Muddy River Cleanup

Monday, April 19
Back Bay Fens, Olmsted Park
Thanks to pandemic-fueled safety measures, this one-day event has transformed into an entire week of treating our city to a much-needed greenifying. The annual Earth Day cleanup aims to gather more than 3000 volunteers along the banks of the Charles River to pick up litter, remove invasive plant species, and assist with park maintenance. The effort kicks off today at The Fens and continues through next Saturday.
Cost: Free

Start planning your victory garden at the City Natives Plant Sale

Friday, April 16 - Monday, April 19
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, April 16 - Monday, April 19
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 

Toast everyone’s all-time favorite food at Eataly’s Pizza Celebration

Friday, April 16 - Monday, April 19
Eataly Boston
This is one party we can get behind. For the next month, Eataly is spotlighting the 30+ pizzas available throughout the store while also offering weekly pie specials onsite at La Pizza & La Pasta. Once you’ve had your fill, sign up for one of the remote pizza-making workshops happening every Saturday (there’s also an in-person demo each Wednesday). 
Cost: Prices vary

Support the arts remotely via ACCESS: Art 

Friday, April 16 - Monday, April 19
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 

Get excited for National Poetry Month with the Cambridge Poetry Mashup

Sunday, April 18
Squirrel Brand Park
We’re raising a glass to Cambridge’s vibrant poetry scene over the next four Saturdays with both (safe) in-person and virtual events spotlighting the artistry and diversity of the city’s poets. The whole shebang is curated by Toni Bee, poet populist emeritus of Cambridge and Saturday’s kickoff event features headliners Reggie Gibson and J. Sylvan performing in person. 
Cost: Free, but donate generously to their GoFundMe page

Beeline it to the city’s best courtyard to see the Hanging Nasturtiums

Friday, April 16 - Monday, April 19
Isabella Stewart Gardner
The tradition might have been cruelly snatched from us last year, but as we slowly crawl back to normalcy we’re thrilled to see this creeping, hanging plant exhibit back in action. The 20-foot vines have been tended to all winter in the museum’s greenhouse and require up to 10 people to install. The blooms only last around three weeks, so no time like the present to stop in and smell the flowers. 
Cost: $20 per person

Support our local AAPI community

Various locations
In light of the horrific shooting in Georgia and the rise of Asian hate crimes both locally and nationally, now could not be a better time to give to local organizations like the Saffron Circle and national organizations like Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy, which has a local Boston chapter.
Cost: No cost is too great

Honor the Year of the Ox at The Herd

Friday, April 16 - Monday, April 19
The Greenway
Nothing like a little gratis art to lift the spirits. Creator Andy Li has put up a large-scale textile and text installation that celebrates the ox’s most prominent attributes, including determination, honesty, and patience—all qualities we can use right about now.  
Cost: Free

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