7 Things To Do in Boston This Weekend

Skip Netflix this weekend—here are seven fun ways to get out of your home and not be bored in the city.

Boston International Kids Film Festival

For children who love film or aspire to someday work in the film industry, the fourth annual Boston International Kids Film Festival offers a wide range of activities over the course of four days. Visitors can buy individual tickets or daily passes for short film packages (some of which are free), workshops on topics like stop-motion animation, and even films made by kids themselves.

  • Saturday, November 5 and Sunday, November 6 at various times; Arlington Capitol Theatre and Somerville Theatre; $0-60; all ages

From the Ground Up

As of June of this year, the Berklee College of Music and the Boston Conservatory are one entity. Starting Thursday, the newly minted Dance Division of the Boston Conservatory at Berklee is putting on their fall showcase, featuring new works created by leading choreographers specifically for Conservatory students and accompanied by the Boston Conservatory Orchestra.

  • Saturday at 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.; Boston Conservatory Theater, second floor; $25 GA; $30 premium seating, $20-25 for senior citizens, Boston Conservatory alumni, and WGBH members; $15-20 for students; all ages.

Boston Christmas Festival

The 30th annual Boston Christmas Festival will feature bargains and extravagant luxuries alike from more than 300 master American craftsmen. Visitors can also bid on gingerbread houses constructed by top chefs, with the proceeds benefitting Housing Families, a charity dedicated to ending family homelessness in Massachusetts.

  • Saturday, November 5 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, November 6 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Seaport World Trade Center; $13 entry fee; all ages.

Hassle Fest 8

Brain Arts, an all-volunteer nonprofit organization dedicated to the independent art, film, and music community of Greater Boston, is throwing the eighth edition of underground music and arts showcase Hassle Fest for two nights at the Brighton Music Hall. Along with more than 30 musical acts, the venue will be decorated by local artists using recycled or upcycled materials, with organizers describing the “Trash Land” effect as, “Oh the Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss meets post-apocalyptic alien landscape.”

  • Saturday, November 5 from 1 p.m. to 1 a.m.; Brighton Music Hall; $25 for each night; all ages

Punkin Chunkin Quincy

Instead of throwing out those rotting jack-o’-lanterns quite, why not launch them from a giant slingshot? Boy Scout Troop 6 of Quincy is setting up their pumpkin-tossing machines for four hours on Saturday, with the money paid to fling gourds across Pageant Park benefitting the troop.

  • Saturday, November 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Pageant Park, Quincy; $5 per pumpkin launch; all ages

Britney Brunch

In 2014, the city of Las Vegas declared November 5 Britney Spears Day in honor of the singer’s continued residency at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. To celebrate this November 5, 6B Lounge is throwing a Britney Brunch, where diners can enjoy their standard breakfast food options to the tune of the former Mickey Mouse Club star’s greatest hits. The event is free, but the restaurant strongly encourages making a reservation. 

  • Saturday, November 5 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; 6B Lounge; free; all ages

Harpoon Brewery Friendsgiving

If jumping right into Christmas-themed events is too much for you, Harpoon is offering a compromise with an early Friendsgiving. Along with a traditional Thanksgiving meal with some Harpoon-inspired elements, guests can enjoy live music, sample the newest seasonal beer from the brewery, and taste a Friendsgiving-exclusive beer. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Greater Boston Food Bank.

  • Sunday, November 6 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Harpoon Brewery; $70; 21+
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