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Things to do in Boston this weekend

Find the very best things to do in Boston this weekend including cool events, lively shows and so much more

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By Eric Grossman and Time Out Boston Staff |

Bostons cultural calendar gets hotter in summer; at any given time, there are plenty of noteworthy shows and events taking place across the Hub. If nothing on our list here strikes your fancy, take a look at our guides to the best places to see live music in Boston or best free things to do in Boston. If you’re looking to beat the heat, consult our guides to the best museums in Boston and where to see art in Boston, or go out and enjoy a meal at one of the best waterfront restaurants in Boston.

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Things to do in Boston this weekend

Time Out Market patio, influencers
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Time Out Market

Check out the action at Time Out Market Boston

Boston’s newest destination for all things food and drink has burst on to the scene, attracting hordes of ravenous foodies and a diverse mix of locals and visitors to its jaw-dropping home at 401 Park in the Fenway. Keep an eye on the @timeoutmarketboston IG handle for specific events, including DJs and jazz trios. This week, stop by the green space in front of Time Out Market on Friday (7/19) from 4-7pm for a big Fenway Fridays bash, featuring oysters from Eventide and a yacht rock-inspired party with DJ Frank White.

Dear Evan Hansen
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Theater, Performing arts space

Dear Evan Hansen at Boston Opera House

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The Tony and Grammy-winning musical sensation finally comes to Boston, appearing at the Opera House from July 10-Aug 4. The personal and contemporary story has struck a chord with millions around the world; even if you’re not a fan of musicals, don’t miss this modern classic.

The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical
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Things to do

The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical at Huntington Avenue Theatre

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From July 17-28, the Huntington Theatre is hosting The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical. This adaptation of the best-selling Disney-Hyperion novel by Rick Riordan — a family-friendly, crowd-pleasing hit — follows Percy on an epic quest to find Zeus's lightning bolt to prevent a war between the gods.

Boston skyline
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Free Fun Fridays

During the Highland Street Foundation’s annual series, make a nice summer Friday even better with complimentary entry to area attractions. This week's highlights include the Boston Children's Museum, Fall River's Battleship Cove, and the New England Historical Genealogical Society.

SoWa Open Market
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Shopping, Markets and fairs

SoWa Open Market

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Head to the South End every Sunday, when the SoWa Open Market runs from 10am-4pm. Now in its 16th year, the kid- and pet-friendly market includes more than 175 artists, makers, bakers, and other food vendors. Every week, a different local brewer will set up shop in the beer garden, and the food truck lineup includes the likes of Blackbird Doughnuts, Bon Me and the Chubby Chickpea. 

Club Café, Restaurants and cafes, Boston
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Steel Magnolias at Club Café

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Running from Jul 19-Aug 3, this Hub Theatre Company of Boston production — based on the award-winning film — tells the sass-filled story of six Southern women who swap gossip, jokes and wisdom at their local beauty salon. Among the whir of blow dryers and puffs of hairspray, the women explore sisterhood and the strength and unity of women. The event is pay-what-you-can, and donations of toiletries and beauty supplies will be given to local women’s shelters.