Events

Everything You Can Do in Boston This Weekend

Dance on the Greenway and lace up for a virtual race.

Even with some rain in the forecast, things continue to look up this weekend. Our beaches are becoming more accessible, the city continues to debut creative endeavors like a free drive-in movie night, and those victory gardens we planted in the spring are starting to bear fruit. As for the weekend, we say it’s time to learn some Argentine dance steps, participate in a remote charity road race, and chase your fifth Hamilton viewing with some locally produced audio plays. In the meantime, continue to support the Black community as well as the local dining, grocer, dispensary, fitness, and drinking scenes. Here is everything you must do in Boston this weekend.

Stop singing “One Last Time” already and listen to Dream Boston

Friday, July 10 - Sunday, July 12
Huntington Theatre Company 
We get it -- all the Hamilton songs are stuck in our head, too. But diversity is the spice of life. So hit pause on the soundtrack and spend a little time listening to a new series of six-minute audio micro-plays from local playwrights. Each depicts an iconic Boston locale (Boston Common, MIT Great Dome) in an imagined future, near or not, when we will actually be able to mingle in person again. Three plays are available for listening now, with a new one posted each Thursday. 
Cost: Free

Enjoy the simple pleasures at the Cisco Brewers Seaport Beer Garden

Friday, July 10 - Sunday, July 12
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 freshly made slices and salads from Oath Pizza. All the usual COVID-19 rules apply; contactless ordering online and via QR code makes things extra easy. 
Cost: Free to enter

Get your summer fix at The Raw Bar at Island Creek Oyster Farm

Friday, July 10 - Sunday, July 12
Duxbury
We woke up one late spring morning despondent that we wouldn’t get to visit the seasonal ICO raw bar. But then (almost) everyone was terrific about wearing their masks and social distancing, and we were gifted with another coveted seasonal spot. Head down south to savor oysters, beer, wine, and Duxbury Bay views. The menu may currently include only freshly shucked bivalves and beverages, but that’s more than enough for us these days.
Cost: Free to enter

Dip a toe into normalcy at the Colonnade Pool

Friday, July 10 - Sunday, July 12
Colonnade Hotel
Hard to believe it’s rooftop pool season again, and even harder to believe that we’re lucky enough to still have options. To help cool you down while still keeping you safe, the Colonnade has instituted a strict set of COVID-19 protocols, including reducing roof deck capacity to below 50 percent, temperature checks, and masks when not in a lounge chair. We’ll take it. 
Cost: $45 per person; reservations required by calling 617-425-3408 no more than 48 hours in advance

Stylishly support some vital causes via the Design Yard Sale

Friday, July 10 - Sunday, July 12
Harvard Graduate School of Design
It’s a sale, it’s an auction... it’s a sale and auction of curated design works, from prints and sculptures to etches and books. All proceeds go to anti-racism organizations the Bail Project and Colloqate Design.
Cost: You’ll be happy about whatever you spend

Pretend you’ve gone west via the Tanglewood Online Festival

Friday, July 10 - Sunday, July 12
Tanglewood
We knew we wouldn’t get the in-person Tanglewood experience this summer, but we didn’t know the powers that be would bring the experience to us. Recitals, chamber and orchestra performances, and family concerts throughout the week complement best-of replays from seasons past. Turn on the video stream, put out some cheese and wine, and pretend you’re in Lenox.
Cost: $12 per video, $100 for entire season; archival events are free

Master some Barbara Lynch classics

Friday, July 10 - Sunday, July 12
Home
You can’t keep a great teaching kitchen down. Stir has morphed into Stir at Home, offering virtual group cooking classes Thursdays through Sundays. The Thursday and Friday virtual events mimic Stir’s interactive, in-person dinner parties, while Saturdays and Sundays are lower key, virtual demos. 
Cost: $75 per household for virtual dinner party; $50 per household for virtual demo; cooking kits can also be added

Support local, Black-owned businesses

Friday, July 10 - Sunday, July 12
Multiple locations
One of the many disparities revealed by this pandemic is that minority-owned businesses are being disproportionately affected. So several black-owned businesses have taken matters into their own hands, forming the Boston Black Hospitality Coalition to bring attention and needed resources to the city’s essential businesses. 
Cost: Give generously if you can

Settle in for a cozy evening at the Soleil Virtual Movie Theater

Friday, July 10
Soleil Restaurant
Don’t mindlessly head over to Netflix -- instead, support another Black-owned restaurant by renting a movie online. Fifty percent of rental proceeds will go back to Nubian Square’s Soleil -- which, FYI, is also doing takeout. 
Cost: $5.99 per movie rental

Shake off your anxieties with a little Tango in the Park

Saturday, July 11
Online
Are you missing those free alfresco workouts on the Greenway? Some good news: They’re coming back, slowly but surely, this time as a mix of in-person and virtual events. And while couples’ dancing won’t be happening in public anytime soon, you can practice your tango moves thanks to a free online class. Be sure to check out the additional class schedule, which includes yoga, HIIT, and parkour (and yes, some of it happening outside). 
Cost: Free

Lace up for the 2020 Franciscan Children's Virtual Walk/5K/10K

Saturday, July 11
Online
The rules are loose: walk or run a 10K, a 5K, or an any-old K -- or just commit to moving somehow, either indoor or out. Whatever you do, it’s for a great cause. The virtual race is raising funds for Franciscan Children’s, the sole pediatric post-acute provider in New England.
Cost: $40

Enjoy spirits at the Bully Boy Distillers Outdoor Cocktail Garden

Saturday, July 11
Bully Boy Distillers
Every week, we tip our hat to the ways local folks have found creative ways to bring us outdoor experiences. Today’s heroes are the folks behind Bully Boy, who have opened their first-ever cocktail garden across from the distillery. Two words: boozy popsicles. 
Cost: Free to enter; reservations are encouraged and can be made online 

Learn some tricks from Joanne Chang thanks to Flour Love

Sunday, July 12
Flour Bakery + Cafe
Have you been slow to jump on the quarantine baking wagon? Let the city’s greatest baker kickstart your new endeavor. Each week, Joanne Change is offering baking kits to go, then goes live on Instagram on Sunday nights to chat about the baking process and show off her own finished product.
Cost: $15

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Meaghan Agnew finally took some vacation time and has been falling asleep at 8:30pm every night. Find out how else she parties by following her on Instagram.