9 Awesome Things To Do In Boston This Weekend: Oct 8-11

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9 Awesome Things To Do In Boston This Weekend: Oct 8-11

Looking for plans during the long weekend?

We’ve got you covered! There’s plenty of activities in and around the city for this weekend, from outdoor fall favorites to downtown festivals. Check out our top plans for October 1-3 to get some inspiration for your own itinerary.

1. Take part in the Boston Marathon festivities

You don’t have to run 26.2 miles this Monday to take part in the Marathon Madness—cheer on your friends, family, or mostly random strangers as they race across Massachusetts! If you’ve never participated before, check out our spectators guide before heading out on Monday, as things look a little different this year due to health guidelines. But after a 30 month-hiatus, the Marathon this year is sure to be an unforgettable one!

2. Get free admission to the MFA on Indigenous People’s Day

This Saturday, October 9, the MFA is offering free general admission in celebration of Indigenous People’s Day.
Throughout the day, you can explore Native American art in the Art of the Americas Wing—from ancient Mississippian pottery, Mi’kmaq quillwork, and Lakota beadwork  to more recent works by contemporary Indigenous artists. Check out our full list of museums that offer free or discounted admission for even more priceless opportunities year-round.

3. Check out the new Van Gogh immersive exhibit

The highly-anticipated Van Gogh immersive experience opened this week at the Strand Theatre, and it’s everything we imagined it to be—with artistic masterpieces swirling around you on all sides, its’s as if you’re living in Van Gogh’s world. Instead of gazing at just one painting from afar in a museum, you’re able to walk inside a comprehensive selection of Van Gogh’s greatest works at this exhibit. Tickets for this weekend are still available here—but selling out quickly!

4. Take a free BlueBike ride on Sunday

In honor of World Mental Health Day, Bluebike is offering free two-hour bike rides this Sunday, October 10. To get the free ride, simply downlaod the Bluebike app, select “Adventure Pass,” and cash in on your two free hours on Sunday! Enjoy this awesome treat by exploring Boston’s beautiful bike paths.

5. Check out local art at Boston Open Market


In partnership with the Friends of Copley Square, New England Open Markets will operate the Boston Open Market, a new weekly art market held every Saturday, May through November. Catch it this weekend starting at 11 AM in Copley Square to meet and support local artists.

6. Explore a corn maze on a brisk fall day

Before escape rooms were all the rage, corn mazes were where it’s at to have fun with your friends and solve a massive outdoor puzzle. Bring family and friends for a day of trial and error as you navigate your way through fields of corn as far as the eye can see at these mazes close to Boston.

7. Attend Providence’s WaterFire lighting show

WaterFire, Providence’s very own arts, music, and bonfire event, is in full swing for the 2021 season. The full lighting ceremony this weekend is hosted by Providence College, and there will be plenty to do around Providence’s downtown on Saturday.  This year is the 25th anniversary of Providence’s iconic tourist attraction, and there will be plenty of music, food, and arts vendors in the area to check out!

Find WaterFire at 400 North Main Street, Providence, RI


8-9. Check out a brand-new restaurant in your area

Boston gained some incredible good restaurants over the past month, and we can’t wait to check them out. At the top of our to-eat list is Bar Enza, an Italian restaurant that opened this week with a Michelin-star chef heading the kitchen. With gigantic meatballs and hundred layer lasagnas, it’s sure to be a hit. Coquette is also offering a flirtatiously fun dining experience, with costal French cuisine in a positively whimsical atmosphere!

[featured image: Unsplash / Sydney Angove]
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