20+ Great Ways to Have Fun This Weekend in and Around Boston

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The weekend is finally here. Check out our picks for your weekend of fun:

Friday, Aug. 9

Fun Free Fridays

Highland Street Foundation’s Fun Free Fridays offers no-cost admission to some of the most treasured, cultural venues in the state. Today enjoy free admission to: the Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park, the Davis Museum at Wellesley College, Gore Place, Hancock Shaker Village, the JFK Hyannis Museum, Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists, the New Bedford Whaling Museum, the Old Colony History Museum, the Greenway Carousel and the Worcester Historical Museum.

Truck and Tractor Day

Head over to the Greenway today for the Greenway Conservancy’s fifth annual Truck and Tractor Day where you can experience, interact with and learn about a variety of trucks, tractors, machinery and more. Noon to 3 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, High Street at Atlantic Avenue, Boston.

Trillium Garden on the Greenway

The Trillium Garden returns to the Greenway Wednesday through Sunday. Located at the corner of High Street and Atlantic Avenue, the Trillium Garden on the Greenway is Boston's first fully open-air Beer Garden, featuring draft beers by Trillium Brewing Co. and wine by Westport Rivers Winery. 2-10 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston.

City Winery on The Greenway

City Winery Boston and the Greenway Conservancy bring City Winery on The Greenway to Dewey Square this summer. This downtown open-air wine garden will feature wine by City Winery Boston, along with beer and cider from Harpoon Brewery. Head down today from 3:30-10 p.m., Dewey Square, Atlantic Ave, Boston.

KoRn and Alice In Chains

WAAF Presents KoRn & Alice In Chains as they take the stage at the Xfinity Center, along with Underoath, on Friday, August 9. Tickets start at $35. 6:30 p.m., Xfinity Center, 885 South Main St., Mansfield.

Citizens Bank Weekly Cornhole Tournament

The weekly cornhole tournament, sponsored by Citizens Bank returns for summer.The first eight teams of two will compete for “Lawn Bucks.” All the fun starts at 6:45 p.m.. Sign up for free at the Citizens Bank kiosk starting at 6:30 p.m. Enjoy live music from Wolfpack from 7-10 p.m., The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $45. 7:30 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston. 

Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City Entertainment Series: Movie Fridays “Aquaman”

Friday is movie night during the Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City concert series. Tonight enjoy “Aquaman” on the big screen for your waterfront entertainment. The movie starts at dusk, Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston.

Astronomy After Hours

Enjoy a free night full of astronomy themed fun. Hope for good weather and small telescopes will be available for a hands-on experience, plus visitors can view the evenings featured astronomical object through the 11” Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope in the Museum’s Gilliland Observatory. 8:30 p.m., Museum of Science, Boston, Gilliland Observatory, 1 Science Park, Boston. 

Saturday, Aug. 10

9th Annual Boston African Festival

The 9th Annual Boston African Festival returns featuring best of African arts, fashion, vendors, foods, musicians and talents promoting diversity/inclusion and community building through the arts. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Boston Common, 139 Tremont St., Boston. 

World Lion Day at the Franklin Park Zoo

Celebrate World Lion Day at the Franklin Park Zoo by meeting 10-year-old lion brothers Dinari and Kamai ad the lion exhibit, then enjoy lion-themed crafts and activities, plus scheduled chats with the zoo’s educators and zookeepers. 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Trillium Garden on the Greenway

The Trillium Garden returns to the Greenway Wednesday through Sunday. Located at the corner of High Street and Atlantic Avenue, the Trillium Garden on the Greenway is Boston's first fully open-air Beer Garden, featuring draft beers by Trillium Brewing Co. and wine by Westport Rivers Winery. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston.

Greenway Open Market

The Greenway Open Market is back for another season featuring area artists, crafters and independent designers. Explore the parks, stroll tree-lined promenades, take in the city sights, soak up the sunshine, play in the Rings Fountain, grab a bite to eat at a food truck, and shop at this original Boston experience. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., The Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway, Rings Fountain, Milk Street, Boston.

Pasta Making Workshop

Learn how to make pasta from scratch with Law of Pasta and this hands-on pasta making workshop led by Chef Avery. $56-$70. 1-3 p.m., The KITCHEN presented by the Trustees, The Boston Public Market, 100 Hanover St., Boston.

City Winery on The Greenway

City Winery Boston and the Greenway Conservancy bring City Winery on The Greenway to Dewey Square this summer. This downtown open-air wine garden will feature wine by City Winery Boston, along with beer and cider from Harpoon Brewery. Head down today from 1-9 p.m., Dewey Square, Atlantic Ave, Boston.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $45. Performances today at 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston. 

Movies in the Park: “How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World”

Grab a blanket, pack some snacks and enjoy free movies under the start at Assembly Row all summer long. Tonight it’s “How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World.” 7 p.m., Sylvester Baxter Park, Assembly Row, Somerville.

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band

It wouldn’t be summer if Jimmy Buffett didn’t come to town. Join Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band at the Xfinity Center, 8 p.m., 885 South Main St., Mansfield.

Sunday, Aug. 11

50th Annual Chinatown August Moon Festival

Don’t miss the 50th Chinatown August Moon Festival featuring two stages of live performances of Chinese dance, music and martial arts, along with food and merchandise vendors, sponsor tables, arts and crafts booths and more. 10 a.m.t o 5 p.m., Phillips Square, 1 Harrison Ave., Boston. 

SoWa Open Market

Stop by the award-winning SoWa Open Market and enjoy Boston's largest celebration of local art, food and music. Celebrate opening day with Fiddlehead Brewing Company taking over the beer garden to pour some exclusive taproom only brews, live music by Elisa Smith and The Tiny Little Lies, the 15th annual SoWa Art Walk, plus Boston’s favorite food trucks and more. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., SoWa Boston, 450 Harrison Ave., Boston. 

City Winery on The Greenway

City Winery Boston and the Greenway Conservancy bring City Winery on The Greenway to Dewey Square this summer. This downtown open-air wine garden will feature wine by City Winery Boston, along with beer and cider from Harpoon Brewery. Head down today from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Dewey Square, Atlantic Ave, Boston.

Sunday Funday

Come play in and enjoy great food, drinks and lawn games during Sunday Funday at The Lawn on D. From 6-7 p.m. enjoy live music from Thomas Park. Noon to 11 p.m. The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston.

Trillium Garden on the Greenway

The Trillium Garden returns to the Greenway Wednesday through Sunday. Located at the corner of High Street and Atlantic Avenue, the Trillium Garden on the Greenway is Boston's first fully open-air Beer Garden, featuring draft beers by Trillium Brewing Co. and wine by Westport Rivers Winery. Noon to 6 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $45. Performances today at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

Nelly, TLC, and Flo Rida

Nelly, TLC, and Flo Rida are bringing their tour to the Boston area on Sunday, August 11. Tickets start at $25. 7 p.m., Xfinity Center, 885 South Main St., Mansfield.

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