Looking for fun things to do in Boston this weekend? We've got you covered. Check out our picks for all of top events in town, and make sure to pick up Metro Boston's WKND issue for a complete guide to all the best things happening around the Hub every weekend.
Things to do in Boston this weekend
FOOD & DRINKS
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What's a better combo than beer and cheese? Fill up on both at Drink Craft Beer's annual two-day fest this weekend. Sip and munch on offerings from dozens of New England breweries and cheese makers.
March 9-10, The Cyclorama, 539 Tremont St., Boston, $60, drinkcraftbeer.com
Harpoon St. Patrick’s Day Festival
Get a head start on St. Patrick's Day at Harpoon's annual bash. The fun kicks off on Friday with a ceremonial keg tapping and continues through Saturday evening with live Irish music, traditonal Irish fare and, of course, plenty of beer. Drinks on tap will include Harpoon IPA, The Craic, Boston Irish Stout, Fresh Tracks, House Golden, Craft Cider, UFO White, UFO Apricadabra and the brewery's newest addition, UFO Pineapple.
March 9-10, Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Ave., $25, harpoonbrewery.com
Take a trip up to Salem this weekend to celebrate 20 years of the Dude at a special pop-up event. The Lobster Shanty is teaming up with Deacon Giles Distillery for a night of food, drinks and "Big Lebowski"-themed fun.
March 9, 6 p.m., Deacon Giles Distillery, 75 Canal St., Salem, deacongiles.com
ARTS & CULTURE
Taste of Iceland
From music and film to food and drinks, experience Icelandic culture right here in Boston when the annual fest returns this weekend. Through Sunday, The Towsman and Beat Brasserie will have special menus in honor of Taste of Iceland, while a free concert dubbed Reykjavik Calling is set to take over the Paradise Rock Club on Friday night. The festivities will conclude with a pair of free events, including a discussion about Icelandic design at the BSA Space on Saturday, followed by a short film festival at the Brattle on Sunday.
March 8-11, various locations, icelandnaturally.com/article/taste-iceland-boston-2018
Known for his deadpan delivery and love of palindromes, the stand-up star and "Daily Show" alum heads to Boston this weekend for a pair of shows at The Wilbur.
March 9, The Wilbur, 246 Tremont St., Boston, $39.50, thewilbur.com
March Comedy Madness
Some of the nation's top up-and-coming comics will verbally duke it out at this annual comedy contest. 16 local comics will get to test their skills in the opening bracket at Laugh Boston on Friday night, with the winner getting a chance to go for gold at the final four championship round at Mohegan Sun in April.
March 9, 10:15 p.m., Laugh Boston, 425 Summer St., Boston, $15+, laughboston.com
"Paw Patrol Live"
The little ones are definitely in for a treat this weekend, as a live production of the hit cartoon is set to take over the Wang Theatre on Saturday and Sunday. Grab the kids and explore a "Great Pirate Adventure” with these loveable pups.
March 10-11, Wang Theatre, 270 Tremont St., Boston, $25+, bochcenter.org
JJ Grey & Mofro
The Southern soul band ships up to the Boston area for an evening at The Cabot on Sunday. American rockers Hollis Brown will join Grey and company at this weekend's show.
March 11, The Cabot, 286 Cabot St., Beverly, $28.50+, thecabot.org
The St. Patrick's Day fun continues with this block party-style bash on Saturday. Now in its fifth year, the festivities will feature live music, giveaways as well as take over five bars near the TD Garden, including The Greatest Bar, Hurricane's at the Garden, Rogue, Causeway, Boston Sports Grille and Boston Beer Works.
March 10, 10 a.m., The Greatest Bar, 262 Friend St., Boston, $15+, blarney2018.eventbrite.com
Irish Pub Challenge
Take a tour of Boston's Irish pub scene with this epic crawl on Saturday. For the 10th year in a row, thousands of people will join up to take part in challenges across more than a dozen local bars.
March 10, 11 a.m., Fanueil Hall, Boston, $25+, irish-pub-challenge-2018.eventbrite.com
Sam Adams Air & Après
Head to Wachusett Mountain on Thursday for a night of high-flying ski action. Sam Adams is hosting a special fest complete with a lights display and aerial stunts from some of today's stop skiiers and snowboarders. There will also be plenty of beer flowing during the outdoor party, plus the meet and greet session with the athletes following the show.
March 8, Wachusett Mountain, 499 Mountain Rd., Princeton, free, samueladams.com/airandapres
Who doesn't love a good trivia night? Head to the Trillium Garden at the Roslindale Substation on Thursday to test your knowledge with your typical trivia questions, plus a few beer-inspired bonus rounds, for a chance to win prizes.
March 8, 7 p.m., Trillium Garden at the Roslindale Substation, 4228 Washington St., Boston, trilliumbrewing.com