What To Do in Boston This Weekend

Boston Sci-Fi Fest

By Landry Harlan
BU News Service

Snow! Snowmageddon! Snowpocalypse! Or, as Stephen Colbert said Thursday night, #flakenews. Let’s get this straight right away: Your top priority this week is building a snowman and then immediately going inside to make hot chocolate, curl up in a blanket and watch all eight Harry Potter movies in a row. But, if you’re feeling brave enough to venture out into the sub 20 degree temps, there’s a world of film, music and comedy to check out over the weekend. Oh, and folks, you better get planning Valentine’s Day for that special someone in your life. Singles, it’s still okay to buy yourself flowers and chocolate. You deserve it.

The 42nd Annual Boston Sci-Fi Film Festival

The 42nd Annual Boston Science Fiction Film Festival returns to the Somerville Theatre in Davis Square Feb. 10-20, bringing area fans 11 days of cutting edge world premieres, classic sci-fi and in-person appearances from emerging and established local and international filmmakers who define the genre.

The event culminates in a mind-bending 24-hour sci-fi marathon on Feb. 19, where fans get the chance to cozy up with over 700 of their new best friends to watch classics including Brazil, The Creature from the Black Lagoon, Galaxy Quest, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Mad Max Fury Road, Gattaca and more. Visit bostonscifi.com see the complete schedule. 

Where: The Somerville Theatre

When: Various times Friday through Monday, Feb. 20

Cost: FREE


Valentine Gras

Valentine’s Day is on Feb. 14. Fat Tuesday is on Feb. 28, so why not have a Valentine’s Day/Mardi Gras hybrid event? Tickets to Valentine’s Gras begin at $15. You’ll get tons of bang for your buck with this crawl, including:

$3 or less drink at each bar, a light Up LED rose, a beverage mitt, sunglasses, beads, a candy wristband, temporary tattoos, a drawstring backpack, photo booth, limbo contest with prizes for winners and no covers at scheduled bars.

Where: Starts at Faneuil Hall

When: Saturday 12 – 7 p.m.

Cost: $15-25


Noam Pikelny with Special Guest Anaïs Mitchell

Noam Pikelny, hailed by the Chicago Tribune as the “pros’ top banjo picker,” has emerged as the preeminent banjoist of his generation. Noam is a founding member of Punch Brothers, a string ensemble which The Boston Globe calls “a virtuosic revelation” and The New Yorker describes as “wide- ranging and restlessly imaginative.” Singer and songwriter Anaïs Mitchell, who appeared on the Series in 2016’s Use Your Voice with Patty Griffin and Sara Watkins, appears as a special guest. Presented by the Celebrity Series of Boston.

Where: Sanders Theater

When: Saturday 8 – 10 p.m.

Cost: Typically $42, but half price tickets are available HERE.


Stand Up Comedy @ The Hideout (Faneuil Hall)

The Standup Sampler is every Friday and Sunday night! Go and get a taste of the absolute BEST stand-up comics working today. These comedians are all pros, many having had their comedy featured places like Comedy Central, Funny or Die and more! Hosted by Dylan Krasinski & Luke Touma. $4 Coors Lite and free popcorn available. Doors at 7:30 p.m., show at 8. 21+.

Where: The Hideout

When: Sunday from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Cost: $5

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