Five Reasons to Leave the House This Weekend

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High Rolling
Celebrity Vegas Night at Fenway Park

The Jett Foundation is upping the ante at its third annual Celebrity Vegas Night at Fenway Park. Spend the night playing poker, craps, roulette, and other casino classics with a full house of Boston celebrities like Red Sox alum Jim Lonberg, Paul Wahlberg of Wahlburgers, Miss Massachusetts 2012 Natalie Pietrzak, and more. They’ll be dealing you cards all night. Not a gambler? You will also have the chance to win raffles and bid on auction items including an autographed Red Sox baseball, beer for a year from Anheiser Busch, and dinner for six—Paul Wahlberg will come to your home and cook! So how about it—are you feeling lucky? All proceeds benefit the Jett Foundation for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and the Duchenne Alliance.

$75; Friday, Nov. 2, 6:30-11 p.m.; State Street Pavilion at Fenway Park, 20 Yawkey Way; 781-585-5566;


Fall Wine Fest 2012

Get a taste of fall and wine from just about every region in the world. Pick up a “passport” and go globetrotting on a self-guided wine tour around the Cyclorama. Vendors like Paris Creperie, Finale Desserterie, and Woodchuck Cider will provide samplings and help transport you to each of the regions featured at this tasty event. Plus, Sea to You Sushi will be conducting sushi rolling and sake classes throughout the day.

$49-59 (free membership sign-up required); Saturday, Nov. 3, noon-10 p.m.; The Cyclorama, Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St.; 781-444-7771;

Boston Christmas Festival at the Seaport World Trade Center

We know, we know—we’re stressing out about the holidays now that Halloween decorations are coming down, too. Regardless, Christmas is coming and it’s best just to let the holiday spirit take over. Channel your inner Buddy the Elf with a gingerbread house competition, affordable gifts, and tips on how to decorate for the holiday season.

$10 per day; Friday, Nov. 2, noon-7 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 3, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 4, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Blvd.; 617-742-3973;


Monster Jam 2012

Start your weekend early with Boston’s biggest night of hip-hop with JAM’N 94.5. Big acts such as Trey Songz, Big Sean, Meek Mill, and J. Cole will be performing. Not enough? Word on the street is that if you ‘like’ JAM’N 94.5’s Facebook page, you could win a Trey Songz VIP package. What does that entail? You get to walk Mr. Songz himself to the stage, introduce him, and get front row tickets. We’re sold.

$25+; Thursday, Nov. 1; 7 p.m.; TD Garden, 100 Legends Way; 617-624-1050;


John Hodgman, with special guest Jonathan Coulton

Need a pick-me-up as the weather gets a dreary? Come see humorist and Brookline native John Hodgman (a.k.a. “that guy who played a PC guy in those Apple commercials”) in a night of comedy at the Wilbur Theatre. Special guest Jonathan Coulton, known for his songs about geek culture (give “Code Monkey” a listen), will perform as well, rounding out a lovely night of humor, music, and nerdiness. Want a taste of what you might be experiencing? Click here for a preview that will have you laughing a little too loud at your desk job.

$33; Saturday, Nov. 3, 7 p.m.; Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St.; 617-248-9700;