Five Reasons to Leave the House This Weekend
Fall Beer Fest
Get your weekend started off right by sampling from more than 50 craft and brand-name beers at Boston Event Guide’s Fall Beer Fest. Upon arrival, you will be given a passport with a guide to various brewing regions around the world. Your goal? Visit these regions’ booths set up at the event, and sample, sample, sample. Small bites will also be served, with full plates available for purchase. Among the brands set to participate include Samuel Adams, Paper City, Estrella Damm, John Smith’s, and Murphy’s Irish Stout.
$39-$79, Friday, November 1, 3-10:30 p.m., Cyclorama, Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St., bostoneventguide.com.
Looking for some post-Halloween fun? Visit the MIT Museum for their Sweet Science extravaganza. You’ll be able to “Trick-or-Treat” at exhibits hosted by five different MIT scientists all while enjoying candy and themed cocktails. Discussion topics will include exoplanets, Earth’s crust, and robotic fish. Costumes are strongly encouraged, guests must be 21+ to attend.
$15, Friday, November 1, 7-9 p.m., MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, mit.edu.
Newton Fall Art Festival
Newton Open Studios is going to host their annual Fall Juried Art Festival this weekend, giving people the chance to see the work of more than 70 artists — most of whom are Newton natives or have strong ties to Newton — all in one location. Paintings, photography, quilting, sculpture, and more will be on display at Newton City Hall. The festival is a great opportunity for artists to show off their work, and for the community to witness it.
Free, Saturday, November 2, and Sunday, November 3, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Newton City Hall, 1000 Commonwealth Ave., Newton, newtonopenstudios.org.
Improv comedy and Broadway musicals collide in Boston’s Unscripted Musical Project. The B.U.M.P. troupe takes a single suggestion from the audience and uses it to spontaneously create a fully improvised one-act musical. The heroes and villains invent hilarious lyrics and choreography to tell their story, while a full band dreams up a score to match. Because every show is totally unique, you never know just what B.U.M.P. will come up with, but with veterans of Chicago’s legendary Second City as well as ImprovBoston and Improv Asylum performing, you can be sure it won’t be your typical Broadway musical.
$15-$20, Friday, November 1, 9 p.m., Boston Button Factory, 50 Melcher St., bumpcomedy.com.
Cirque of the Dead
The Boston Circus Guild is a collaboration of more than 50 musicians, artists, circus performers, dancers, and event producers from the Boston area. This weekend, they’ll present a Halloween spectacular like no other. This event will take you on a gruesome journey featuring live music, burlesque, aerials, acrobatics, contortion, and much more. There will even be a tribute to teen horror movies with a Friday the 13th theme. Costumes are strongly encouraged, and bonus: if you dress like a zombie, the rest of the horde is probably less likely to eat you.
$20-$30, Friday, November 1, 7:30-11 p.m., Oberon Theater, 2 Arrow St., Cambridge, bostoncircusguild.com.