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Actually Fun Things To Do in Boston This Weekend

Thrillist logo Thrillist 2 days ago Meaghan Agnew

© Charles River Esplanade It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day. Halle-freakin-lujah. Why, all this newfound optimism might just be enough to get us out of our pajamas and into the wide world this weekend! For starters, there’s a light and sound art installation down at the Hatch Shell. There’s also snow tubing to be had just outside the city, lack of snowfall be damned. Then it’s time to eat our happy feelings: We have our eye on a lunch to-go for a cause courtesy of one of our favorite Cambridge spots. As always, continue to support our local restaurants any way that you can and, if you’re gainfully employed, give generously to local food banks and other organizations supporting those less fortunate. Here is everything you must do in Boston this weekend.

Wake up your eyes and ears at Hatched: Breaking Through the Silence

Friday, January 22 - Sunday, January 24

Hatch Shell

Multisensory illumination experience? That sounds like the perfect way to kick off an era of hope and renewal. For four weeks, the Hatch Shell will play host to a 15-minute laser and music installation that plays on repeat each night from 5-9 pm, rain or shine. 

Cost: Free


Make your dining budget stretch even farther thanks to Viale’s Lunch Benefit

Saturday, January 23


In normal times, it’s an in-person benefit, but even a takeout lunch tastes much sweeter when it supports a good cause. All proceeds from the four-course meal go to food rescue org Food for Free. As for the meal itself? Think fried cauliflower with pine nuts, crispy duck leg, fettuccine alfredo, and ricotta fritters.

Cost: $40; Call 617-576-1900 or email to place your order


Bring home the best raw steak in town thanks to the Grill 23 Butcher Shop

Friday, January 22 - Saturday, January 23

Grill 23

Thank the meat gods and goddesses: Grill 23 is now selling its full lineup of Brandt Farm filet mignons, ribeyes, and porterhouses, ready to cook up and top with their beef butter. And rest assured you can make a meal of it, thanks to the raw bar and side dish add-ons (hello, shrimp cocktail and taleggio creamed spinach!) Have we mentioned the cocktails to go? Order before 3 pm and you can pick up your order the same day; delivery is also available. 

Cost: Your monthly (yearly?) steak allowance (and so worth it!)

Stock your freezer thanks to the T&L Pig Share

Friday, January 22 - Sunday, January 24

Thistle & Leek

If you haven’t yet made it to Newton Centre to grab takeout from the newish gastropub Thistle & Leek, you can at least gain an appreciation of Chefs Kate and Trevor Smith’s ingredient fanaticism. The new monthly pig share sources heritage pork from Chickering Chicks in New Hampshire, bringing you locally raised sausage, bacon, rillettes, and bone-in pork chops. Opt for the “Make a Meal of It” package and you’ll get additional ingredients for complementary side dishes. 

Cost: $100/month for pig, $175/month for meal kit; email to order

Forget your COVID cares for two hours thanks to a little snow tubing

Friday, January 22 - Sunday, January 24

Nashoba Valley Ski Area

Well, this sounds damn invigorating (for once): a couple of hours feeding your need for speed, all while keeping a safe distance from anyone not in your COVID cohort. Nashoba’s snow tubing park is now open Thursdays through Sundays for the duration of winter but book early—we aren’t the only ones desperate to get a little fresh air and freedom of mind.

Cost: $35

Drink and relax outside at the Samuel Adams Winter Beer Garden

Friday, January 22 - Sunday, January 24

Samuel Adams Boston Brewery

Betcha didn’t know that the Sam Adams outdoor area has been transformed into a winter oasis. We’re talking heat lamps, we’re talking in-house, beer-friendly bites, and of course we’re talking hearty brews like Chocolate Bock.

Cost: A la carte; make reservations online


Support local restaurants through a little booze thanks to the #RYESUP Campaign

Friday, January 22 - Sunday, January 24

Boston Harbor Distillery

Beyond, you know, ordering tons of takeout and tipping lavishly, here’s another way to support your local restaurants. For the next while, Boston Harbor Distillery will donate $20 from every bottle of Putnam New England Whiskey sold to the Massachusetts Restaurant Association’s Education Foundation. Plus, guest stars like Andy Husbands of The Smoke Shop BBQ and Asia Mei of Moonshine 152, along with their restaurant bartenders, will be sharing their favorite Putnam Whiskey cocktails on the BHD social media channels every few days. 

Cost: $50-90 per bottle

​​​​Make your Sunday spread something to sing about thanks to Pamily Sunday Suppers

Sunday, January 24


Doesn’t this sound delish? A comfort spread of meatballs, garlic knots, eggplant parm, and lumanche bolognese—to name just a few options—now available for takeout from one of our favorite Cambridge spots (dine-in is also available). 

Cost: A la carte

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Meaghan Agnew has her dogs and her wine, so she’s happy. Join her in indulging in the simple pleasures by following her on Instagram.


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