10 things to do in Boston this weekend: July 14-17, 2022


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New Kids On The Block member Donnie Wahlberg speaks with fans.

New Kids On The Block member Donnie Wahlberg speaks with fans. Charles Sykes / Invision / AP

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Catch a free outdoor movie (or two)

While film fans have started heading back to regular movie theaters after two-plus years of COVID-19, the Boston area will once again offer a robust number of free outdoor movies now that summer has officially arrived. All summer long, you’ll be able to catch a mix of fairly recent films and certified classics at pop-up outdoor movie screenings – free of charge. On Thursday, you can head to Revere Beach for an 8 pm screening of the recent Channing Tatum pet movie “Dog.” Friday you can catch “Grease” at dusk as part of Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City series, or climb aboard the USS Constitution at 8:30 pm to watch Russell Crowe in “Master and Commander: Far Side of the World”. On Saturday, you can head to the Prudential Center lawn for a sunset screening of “Shrek.” Finally, you can wrap up the weekend of free movies on Sunday with an 8:30 pm showing of “The Sandlot” at Christopher Columbus Park. – Kevin Slane

Enjoy a lobster clambake and sunset views with Brato Brewhouse

Brato Brewhouse is teaming up with Boston Harbor City Cruises to host clambakes and lawn games on Spectacle Island this Thursday. Guests will leave from Long Wharf at 5:15 pm and arrive to enjoy a menu consisting of New England Clam Chowder, Lobster Clambake, and Farm Berries & Cream. Drinks will be available for purchase, and participants can go for a beach walk or socialize over games before returning back to the city at 8:15 pm Tickets are also being sold for dates in August and September. – Joel Ang

Listen to Les Sampou at The Burren

Now that a good chunk of Tufts students have gone home for the summer, you might actually stand a chance at getting into Davis Square hotspot The Burren without waiting in line. Stop by Thursday night at 7 pm to see singer-songwriter-guitarist Les Sampou, who started her career busking in the streets and subway stations of Boston and Cambridge. Sampou’s sound has never been easy to categorize. Early on, she was a folkie. Later, when she applied a bottleneck to her guitar, she got into the blues. Some of her compositions and performances have a country edge. If she chooses to, she can let her voice rock out. When she’s fronting her band, the Dirty Martinis, it’s as a jazz singer, digging into the Great American Songbook. The setlist for her upcoming solo show as part of the Burren Back Room Series will include pieces spanning her career. But beyond those familiar to her fans, a couple to really look forward to are the politically charged “Lies From Truth” (that first-prize-winner) and a newer one, “River Charles Blues.” – Ed Symkus

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Bask in warm weather at Eataly’s Summer of Rosé

At this point, drinking rosé in the summer feels as quintessential as a swirl of soft serve. Eataly’s large outdoor Boylston Street patio will be hosting a Summer of Rosé event this Thursday, featuring over a dozen Italian rosés as well as a selection of cheese, oysters, and fresh pasta. Guests can also decide to make a seasonal floral bouquet under the guidance of Bubbly ‘n Blooms, who will also be at the event. Tickets will be sold for two different two-hour time slots, so make sure you purchase your ticket accordingly. – Joel Ang

Catch NKOTB’s hometown show at TD Garden

Blockheads, rejoice: New Kids On The Block is heading back to Boston this weekend for a pair of concerts at TD Garden on Friday and Saturday. The boys from Dorchester will be joined by fellow Generation X mainstays Salt-N-Pepa, Rick Astley, and En Vogue, all of whom made appearances in the music video for NKOTB’s new song “Bring Back The Time.” In the video, NKOTB members dress up to pay homage to Journey’s “Separate Ways,” Devo’s “Whip It,” Talking Heads’ “Once In A Lifetime,” Twisted Sister’s “We’re Not Gonna Take It,” and many other iconic music videos of the MTV era. Tickets for both the Fri., July 15, and Sat., July 16, shows are now available on Ticketmaster. – Kevin Slane

Celebrate community at Festival Betances

This Saturday at noon, the South End will herald the in-person return of Festival Betances, one of the longest-running celebrations of New England’s Latino community. The family-friendly event went virtual for the past two years, but will be fully back for 2022 with a parade, traditional cuisine, arts and crafts, face painting, a greased pole competition, and music performances from Latino artists both local and international. – Kevin Slane

Explore and play during an adults-only night at Discovery Museum

Kids don’t get to have all the fun this summer. Celebrating the Discovery Museum’s 40th Anniversary of blending the best of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math), “Discovery After Dark” is a 21-plus event that gives adults a chance to get hands-on with science and nature this Saturday from 6: 30-9: 30 pm Set on the beautiful campus abutting 180 acres of conservation land, the night will host activities both inside the Discovery Museum, as well as throughout its outdoor nature playscape Discovery Woods and 550-square-foot treehouse . Enjoy live Caribbean steelpan music from PanNeubean Steel, drinks, pizza from Sal’s Pizza Truck, ice cream from Juniper Farms and games including a site-wide scavenger hunt with chances to win Red Sox tickets. – Cheryl Fenton

Catch the Premier Lacrosse League all-star game at Gillette Stadium

This weekend, the Patriots home host the Premier Lacrosse League’s annual all-star game for the first time ever, with the nation’s top lax players showcasing their talents this Saturday. The game will be held at 4 pm followed by the skills challenge at 7 pm Prior to hosting this year’s all-star game, Gillette hosted the PLL’s inaugural weekend in 2019 and last season’s opening games. The stadium has also hosted five NCAA men’s lacrosse championships since 2008 and has welcomed some of the largest crowds in the sport’s history over the years. Tickets for the event are on sale now through Ticketmaster. – Trevor Hass

Hop aboard Victor Wainwright and the Train

People can be forgiven for wrongfully presuming that musician Victor Wainwright comes from the family that includes Loudon III, Sloan, Rufus, Martha, and Lucy. Instead, his father and grandfather were blues artists who sang and played piano, respectively, in Victor’s birthplace of Savannah, Georgia. Over the past 17 years, the 41-year-old has recorded as a solo artist (2005’s “Piana from Savannah”), a band member (on Southern Hospitality’s 2013 record, “Easy Livin’ ”), and as the leader of The WildRoots and – most recently – The Train. Wainwright and The Train were unable to perform as scheduled – and rescheduled – at Beverly’s 9 Wallis in support of 2020’s “Memphis Loud.” That venue has since closed, but its former owners, Peter and Vickie Van Ness of gimmeLIVE, recently announced a mess of outside shows at Kowloon on Route 1 in Saugus. Among them is (you guessed it) the Grammy-winning Mr. Wainwright and his five-piece band, performing a Sunday afternoon set starting at 4 pm – Blake Maddux

Hear Howie Day at City Winery

Sometimes singer-songwriter Howie Day’s shows consist of just the man and his acoustic guitar. Sometimes he plays with a couple of accompanists – a cellist and a keyboardist – and other times with a full band. His upcoming City Winery gig this Sunday at 8 pm will be of the solo variety, though the Bangor, Maine native will add his trademark loop sampling as accompaniment. It’s been more than 20 years since Day’s career first took off when his first album “Australia” – which he wrote and self-financed – nabbed him the Best Debut Album prize at the 2001 Boston Music Awards. Two years later, he scored national radio hits with “Collide” and “Perfect Time of Day,” and now he’ll be back to where it all started. – Ed Symkus

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