What To Do in Boston This Weekend


By Landry Harlan
BU News Service

Boston International Film Festival

The Boston International Film Festival was created to celebrate the art of filmmaking and to honor the filmmakers who make it all possible. This is a festival dedicated to rewarding artists for their individual talents and for their creative expression through the medium of film. The festival strives to bring together in Boston local, national and international filmmakers by promoting the world’s most artistic and creative independent and experimental films.

Where: Paramount Theatre / AMC Loews / BPE Studio

When: Friday through Monday, various times, full schedule HERE.

Cost: All Screening Passes $75.00, Individual Session $12.00

Rent: 20th Anniversary

In 1996, an original rock musical by a little-known composer opened on Broadway … and forever changed the landscape of American theatre. Two decades later, Jonathan Larson’s RENT continues to speak loudly and defiantly to audiences across generations and all over the world. And now, this Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award®-winning masterpiece returns to the stage in a vibrant 20th anniversary touring production. A re-imagining of Puccini’s La Bohème, RENT follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out. With its inspiring message of joy and hope in the face of fear, this timeless celebration of friendship and creativity reminds us to measure our lives with the only thing that truly matters—love.

Where: Shubert Theatre

When: Friday through Sunday, various times, schedule HERE.

Cost: Sign up to win $24 lottery tickets HERE. $39 Angel Seats are available for those who don’t win lottery tickets.


11th Annual Cambridge Science Festival

The Cambridge Science Festival is an annual 10-day celebration of science, technology, engineering, arts, and math in Cambridge and New England. Every spring, the Cambridge Science Festival makes science accessible, engaging and fun for everyone through multifaceted, multicultural events.

Clear your schedule, gather your family and friends and head to the 10-day Festival, packed with hands-on events that encourage curiosity and invite exploration. This year you’ll find a wide range of programming that will inspire kids and adults to celebrate science, dive deeper and—as always—be curious!

Explore questions of the moment and for the ages. What’s behind “fake news” and where’s it going? Is there other intelligent life in our galaxy? How are leading journalists grappling with climate change? Join events that range from small and intimate (hone your iPhone photography skills) to our expo-style Science Carnival & Robot Zoo.

Where: Various locations in Cambridge

When: Friday through Sunday, April 23. Various times. Full schedule HERE.

Cost: Most events are FREE. Check the schedule for details.


Boston Midnight Marathon Bike Ride 2017

In 2009, Boston University student Greg Hum proposed this simple yet inexplicably awesome idea for a group bike ride. And thus, the Boston Midnight Marathon Bike Ride was born. From a simple Facebook event for Greg and his friends, word spread, and about 50 people gathered at South Station to take the commuter rail out to the starting line. Many agreed to make it an annual tradition, and the following year 70 people showed up.

Starting with the 3rd ride, Greg teamed up with the Boston Society of Shenanigans, an underground cohort of urban adventurers and pranksters, to spread the idea and keep people on the same page. Today, well over 1,000 people take the train or get rides to the starting point to bike the route under the stars, from Southborough to Back Bay.

Where: Start from the Southborough Station parking lot and follow the Boston Marathon route all the way back to town.

When: Sunday, Riders get to Southborough by a variety of means, but mostly via the 10:40pm commuter rail departure from South Station.

Cost: FREE, sign up to ride HERE.

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