There’s no running from it, fall officially starts this weekend. While we have to bid farewell to the summer season, there’s plenty of awesome events happening around town to heat up the fall. Here’s our guide to the best things to do in Boston this weekend.
Things to do in Boston this weekend
ARTS & CULTURE
Things to do in Boston this weekend: Boston Film Festival
Get ready cinephiles, the Boston Film Festival returns this weekend. A number of interesting screenings are set to take place, including the pilot of the new NBC medical drama New Amsterdam on Saturday, as well as the film Grace, which was shot around Boston and will close out the festivities on Sunday. Stars Tate Donovan and Katie Cassidy of Arrow fame are set to appear.
Sept. 20-23, various locations, bostonfilmfestival.org
Things to do in Boston this weekend: Hamnet
This interesting production is a multimedia theatrical experience by Ireland’s Dead Centre, which revolves around Shakespeare’s only son, who died without meeting his famous father at the age of 11. The upcoming run with Arts Emerson will mark the show’s U.S. debut.
Sept. 20-Oct. 7, Paramount Center, 59 Washington St., Boston, $20+, emerson.edu
Things to do in Boston this weekend: Tom Arnold
The comedian has been back in the headlines recently after getting into a scuffle with Mark Burnett at a pre-Emmys party. Expect to hear all about it when he takes over Laugh Boston this weekend.
Sept. 21, 7 p.m., Laugh Boston, 425 Summer St., Boston, $25, laughboston.com
Things to do in Boston this weekend: Kevin Hart
Ahead of the debut of his new comedy Night School next week, the stand-up star will head to the Hub for an evening at the Garden. See Hart bring the laughs when he takes over the venue on Friday night with his Irresponsible tour.
Sept. 21, 7 p.m., TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston, $39.50+, tdgarden.com
Things to do in Boston this weekend: Jay Mohr
The weekend of comedy continues with Jay Mohr, who’ll be in town for one-night only at City Winery. Local comedy star Lamont Price will open for the Saturday Night Live alum and former Last Comic Standing host when he performs in Boston on Thursday.
Sept. 20, 8 p.m., City Winery, 80 Beverly St., Boston, $35+, citywinery.com
Things to do in Boston this weekend: Scott Rogowsky
If you’re a fan of HQ Trivia, then you definitely know who Scott Rogowsky is. While the New York native has become a household name for his work with the trivia app, he’s also a pretty funny guy. Check out his comedy work (and a bit of trivia) when he takes over The Wilbur this weekend.
Sept. 21, 8 p.m., The Wilbur, 246 Tremont St., Boston, $32+, thewilbur.com
FOOD & DRINKS
Things to do in Boston this weekend: Mollusk Mania
Legal’s Oyster Festival continues this weekend with a rooftop party in honor of everyone’s favorite mollusk. The festivities include a raw bar filled with amazing seafood, a shucking tutorial, plus VIP ticketholders will get to feast on baked oysters, grilled oysters, oyster sliders and fried oyster sushi hand rolls.
Sept. 23, Legal Harborside, 270 Northern Ave., Boston, $55+, eventbrite.com
Things to do in Boston this weekend: Phantom Gourmet Food Festival
Head to the Fenway neighborhood to enjoy a day filled with great bites, courtesy of the folks at Phantom Gourmet. A hundred different samples will be on hand, so come hungry (just leave the pets and kids at home, as this is a 21+ event).
Sept. 22, noon-4 p.m., Game On, 82 Lansdowne St., Boston, $40+, phantomgourmetfoodfestival.com
Things to do in Boston this weekend: Pumpkin Spice Brunch
It’s fall, so everyone is breaking out their pumpkin spice dishes. If you can’t get enough of the autumn flavor, head to City Table this weekend, as the restaurant is hosting a special brunch featuring pumpkin spice beignets, pumpkin ravioli and more.
Sept. 22-23, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., City Table, 65 Exeter St., Boston, citytableboston.com
Things to do in Boston this weekend: Taste of Fenway
Fenway is shaping up to be a foodie’s paradise all weekend long. The upcoming taste event will live music, art, plus plenty of food and drinks from area culinary stars, including Tiffani Faison, Jody Adams and more.
Sept. 20, 5 p.m.-7 p.m., Van Ness St., Boston, $45, tasteofthefenway.org
Things to do in Boston this weekend: Bobby Brown + Bel Biv Devoe
Hot off the heels of the recent Bobby Brown mini-series on BET, the music icon and his former New Edition pals Bel Biv Devoe will be back home in Boston this weekend. RBRM will take over the Wang Theatre on Thursday night.
Sept. 20, 8 p.m., Wang Theatre, 270 Tremont St., Boston, $45+, bochcenter.org
Things to do in Boston this weekend: Dispatch
The fan-favorite New England band will also be back in Boston this weekend. Enjoy the very last days of summer 2018 with Dispatch as they perform at the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion as part of their summer tour on Thursday and Friday.
Sept. 20-21, Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, 290 Northern Ave., Boston, $39.50+, livenation.com