10 best events, things to do in Boston this weekend: October 21-24, 2021



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Regatta leader Charles. Globe staff / File photo

With more Massachusetts businesses and cultural institutions reinstating COVID-19 restrictions in the face of a resurgent coronavirus pandemic, residents can be torn over whether to leave their homes this weekend. With that in mind, this week’s BosTen features a mix of in-person and virtual things to do in Boston this weekend. Do you have any idea what we should cover? Leave us a comment on this article or in the BosTen Facebook group, or send us an email at [email protected].

Explore Armenian wines with Anoush’ella

Have you ever tried Armenian wine? On Thursday at 6:30 p.m., Anoush’ella’s South End site will team up with the Armenian Assembly of America to host a wine tasting featuring Armenian wines from Storica. Get a lesson on the ins and outs of these wines from Storica co-founder Zack Armen and certified wine educator Ara Sarkissian, while tasting Anoush’ella mezze. Tickets can be purchased here.

Watch the hottest movies of 2021 with IFF Boston

With the fall festival season in full swing, some of the year’s awards season favorites have already been anointed in Venice and Toronto. If you want to see some of the best films of 2021 weeks or months before they open nationwide, the Boston Independent Film Festival (IFFBoston) will screen 11 newsworthy films at the Brattle Theater through October 24 in the part of its Fall Focus showcase. Highlights include “Red Rocket,” director Sean Baker’s latest film (“The Florida Project”) about an unlucky narcissistic pornstar (Simon Rex, “Scary Movie 3”), Kenneth Branagh’s “Belfast”, about a young childhood of the boy who grew up in the cultural and political turmoil of 1960s Britain, and Pablo Larrain’s “Spencer” (“Jackie”), a biopic about Princess Diana starring Kristen Stewart (” Twilight “) as the late Diana Spencer. For a full list of films, see the IFF Boston website.

Settle in for a film during the Boston Asian American Film Festival

Over the years, the Boston Asian American Film Festival (BAAFF) has presented hundreds of films focused on the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community in Boston’s Chinatown. For its 13th edition (October 20-24), the festival will be entirely virtual, but will still offer many films by talented American directors of Asian origin. Highlights include “Sky Blossom,” a documentary about young caregivers caring for disabled veterans, and “American.ish,” which bills itself as the first Muslim romantic comedy directed by a Muslim American woman. Ticket information and a full list of films are available on the BAAFF website.

Sip whiskey drinks with the Boston.com Cocktail Club

As Kentucky is bourbon, Tennessee is whiskey, a standard bearer that distilleries in other states can only hope to emulate. This Thursday at 7 p.m., Boston.com’s virtual cocktail club heads south (virtually) as host Jackson Cannon (The Hawthorne, Eastern Standard) and guest bartender Oscar Simoza (Silvertone) whip up a pair of drinks made with Gentleman Jack, a sweet whiskey from Tennessee from Jack Daniel’s. The duo will start with the traditional Whiskey Sour, then move on to a very inventive riff of this classic, the Mala Vidas Advice. Participation in Zoom is free and you can find a full list of necessary ingredients here.

Have some early Halloween fun at Fall-o-Ween

Halloween arrives at Boston Common Frog Pond nine days earlier this year thanks to the first annual Fall-o-Ween Children’s Festival. This Friday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., join Acting Mayor Kim Janey for a variety of free festive family activities, including a haunted house, Lego pumpkin patch, Boston Circus Guild performances, and more.

Enjoy the perfect pairing – cider and cheese – at Artifact Cider Project

Stop by this weekend at the Artifact Cider Project tap rooms (The Station in Cambridge or The Cellar in Florence), and you’ll be treated to a heavenly marriage: cider and cheese. The cider house partners with Provisions at The Cellar and Formaggio at The Station to create a cheese and cider flight, featuring four ciders, four cheeses and a pairing guide. Try to pick up the cider house early – pairings are available until sold out.

Look at the head of the regatta Charles

After taking off from 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, annual regatta manager Charles will return to Charles River from October 22-24 with two extra hours of racing on Friday. Visitors will find great vantage points along both sides of the river, and will be able to enjoy food and drink at several venues, including the FALS Bar, a new location with an observation area and open cafe. air located near the awards tent. For a full regatta schedule, more information on food and beverage venues, or COVID-19 safety rules, check out the HOCR website.

Eat breakfast gyros in a new dining room

Hub Hall debuted in mid-September, and if you haven’t been to the West End food court yet, it’s worth a visit for the wide variety of vendors alone. Among those vendors is Greco, the fast-paced laid-back Greek chain that has expanded to four locations in Boston. To celebrate its new location, Greco will be hosting a pop-up gryo breakfast on Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. tzatziki, Greek American gyro with eggs, bacon or sausage and honey mustard (both stuffed with fries). The limited-time breakfast menu also features a very Greek version of a pumpkin spice smoothie.

Channel your 90s kid at Lily’s

Lily’s opened in the former Battery Park space last year, serving a casual menu of signature pizzas, spring rolls and sandwiches, as well as beer, wine and cocktails. On Friday, the restaurant and bar kick off its new ’90s karaoke night program, a comeback complete with’ 90s jams and themed appetizers and cocktails. Flaunt your best Britney Spears impression, nibble on hot ham and cheese pouches and pizza bagel bites, and order Pop Rocks cosmos and Yoohoo chocolate martinis. Wearing ’90s-themed clothing is of course encouraged – don’t forget those slap bracelets, kids.

Celebrate Halloween with the animals during Boo at the Zoo

Start the costumed celebrations early this Saturday and Sunday at Stone Zoo’s Boo at the Zoo, which promises spooky, family-friendly activities galore. Explore a trail with animals and spooky surprises, enjoy fall refreshments at Café Yukon, watch zoo animals play with their pet pumpkins, and more. For scheduled tickets for the celebration, check out the New England Zoo website.

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