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The best 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

By Eric Grossman and Time Out Boston Staff |
Boston waterfront
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Bostons cultural calendar is relentless this time of year; 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, best cheap things to do, and best free things to do in Boston. If you're looking to get out of the elements, consult our guide to where to see art in Boston, including the best art galleries and best museums 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 (every Fri and Sat from 7-10pm) and live jazz (most Sundays from 11am-1pm). On Fri Nov 15, Lord Hobo is hosting a tap takeover from 5-10pm; choose from nine brews offered throughout the evening: 617, Boomsauce, Glorious, Freebird, Godmother, Angelica, Doomsauce, Single Hop Pale Ale, and Virtuoso.

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Museums, Art and design

Kusama's LOVE IS CALLING at the ICA

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Be among the first wave to come and experience the new anchor of the ICA Boston’s collection. LOVE IS CALLING (2013) is the largest and most immersive of the iconic Japanese contemporary artist Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirror Rooms, which have thrilled museumgoers across the globe. Visitors enter a darkened, mirrored room illuminated by inflatable, tentacle-like forms—covered in the artist’s signature polka dots—that extend from the floor and ceiling, gradually changing colors. The installation is accompanied by a continuous recording of Kusama reciting a love poem in Japanese.

Sleeping Beauty Dreams
Photograph: Kirill Simakov
Music, Music venues

Sleeping Beauty Dreams at the Orpheum Theatre

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On Nov 16, Sleeping Beauty Dreams comes to the Orpheum Theatre. From the production company Magic Reality Group, this contemporary dance and art experience uses innovative technology to explore the story of Sleeping Beauty. The unique performance combines visual arts, contemporary dance, groundbreaking real-time avatar technology, and electronic dance music.

Elton John performs at Madison Square Garden on December 4, 2013.
Photograph: Michael J. Chen
Things to do, Event spaces

Elton John at TD Garden

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TD Garden on Nov 15 is set to host Elton John's final Boston-area performance. Come see the living legend for what he claims to be his final ever world tour.

Shubert Theatre
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Theater, Performing arts space

Buddy Holly & Roy Orbison Hologram Show at the Shubert Theatre

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On Nov 16, go to the Shubert to see Roy Orbison & Buddy Holly: The Rock ’N’ Roll Dream Tour, a groundbreaking holographic-based live concert featuring the music of the rock and roll legends. A live band and back-up singers accompany holographic performances with remastered audio.