Five Reasons to Leave the House This Weekend
Photo courtesy of the St. Anthony’s Feast Committee
St. Anthony’s Feast
The “Feasts of all Feasts” is back for its 93rd year! The largest Italian religious festival in New England, it fills the North End with parades, live entertainment, contests, and cooking demonstrations. Not to mention, you can fill up on the best Italian street foods from 100 pushcarts, including arancini, quahogs, pizza, and, best of all, zeppole, cannoli, and gelato. The highlight of the festival is the spectacular 10-hour procession of the Statue of St. Anthony through the streets, ending at his chapel as confetti and streamers rain down from the rooftops. Free, August 24-26, Endicott, Tacher, and North Margin Streets, Boston, 617-723-8669, stanthonysfeast.com.
3rd Annual Mass Brewers Fest
With 30 Massachusetts breweries, 2,000 friends, and more than 100 beers to sample, this really is the ultimate summer beer festival. The event is held at the beautiful World Trade Center Head House Concourse, offering Waterfront views to enjoy while sipping your favorite local drafts. All proceeds benefit the Massachusetts Brewers Guild, which helps protect and promote the rights of brewers in Massachusetts. So, in that case, drink up! Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 at the door, August 24, World Trade Center Head House Concourse, 200 Seaport Boulevard, Boston, massbrewersguild.org.
With two appearances on “The Tonight Show,” a half-hour special on Comedy Central, and a spot on Vince Vaughn’s Wild West Comedy Tour under his belt, John Caparulo has taken the stand-up scene by storm. Catch him when he performs his sharp, witty, curse-filled routine at the Wilbur Theatre this Saturday. $31, August 25, Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston, 617-248-9700, thewilburtheatre.com.
Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde
As part of their sixth season, themed “Sex and Politics,” Bad Habit Productions presents Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde. It tells the story of the famously outed—and subsequently condemned—literary genius and the Victorian society that oppressed him for his art and sexuality. At a time when gay rights have taken center stage, this production is more relevant than ever. $18, August 23-26, Virginia Wimberly Theatre in the Stanford Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts, 527 Tremont St., Boston, 617-933-8600, bcaonline.org.
Food Fest on the Farm
Dig into grub from Tasty Burger and Brasserie Jo at the 2nd annual Food Fest on the Farm, hosted by NECN’s TV Diner. The festival features lives music, a fresh selection of you-pick seasonal fruits, beer, and wine. Some farm animals will be there to party, too. $30, August 26, Lookout Farm, 89 Pleasant St., South Natick, MA, 508-651-1539, lookoutfarm.com.