Five Reasons to Leave the House This Weekend

Cambridge Dance Party, Talking Taste at the ICA, free sailing on the Boston Harbor, and more.



Cambridge Dance Party

Head to the streets to dance the night away with friends—and thousands of strangers—at the annual Cambridge Dance Party. A DJ spinning music, colorful lights after dark, no dress code, and no cover charge. There’s no reason for anyone to go clubbing this Friday. Dance the night away in front of Cambridge City Hall instead.

Free, Friday, June 28, 7-11 p.m., Massachusetts Ave. in front of Cambridge City Hall, Cambridge, 617-349-4301,

Highland Street Foundation Free Fun Fridays

Boston and its surrounding areas hold a rich collection of art, history, and culture, scattered throughout a multitude of museums and cultural institutions. Admission to these places is often hefty, but this summer, you can take advantage of free admission to 60 venues, courtesy of the Highland Street Foundation. The nonprofit will cover admission to six venues each Friday for ten weeks, starting this week with the Freedom Trail Foundation, Mass MoCA, Stone Zoo, Worcester Art Museum, Heritage Museums & Gardens, and Tanglewood. Check out the rest of this summer’s Free Fun Fridays.

Free, Friday, June 28,

Talking Taste at the ICA

Learn the art of cooking from Boston’s most popular chefs at one of Boston’s most popular art museums. This Friday, Michael Serpa of Neptune Oyster kicks off Talking Taste, the annual series that brings visitors to the ICA Grandstand to watch demonstrations by the city’s best chefs and enjoy spectacular views of the Boston Harbor. Attend individual talks or buy a season pass to attend all four—in addition to Serpa, this season’s lineup includes Joanne Chang of Flour Bakery + Café and Myers + Chang, Will Gilson of Puritan & Co., and Jackson Cannon of The Hawthorne. As a bonus, tickets include museum admission, so you can come early and work up your appetite by ambling through the museum’s various galleries.

$10 for members, $15 for non-members, Friday, June 28, 6:30 p.m., Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave., 617-478-3100,

Frog Pond Wading Pool Opening Celebration

Find some cool relief from this week’s heat wave at the opening celebration of the Frog Pond wading and spray pool at the Commons this Saturday. Bring the whole family for an afternoon of games, face painting, cheap snacks from the Frog Pond Café, a spin on the carousel, a visit from Frog Pond Freddie, and, of course, cooling down in the water.

Free, Saturday, June 29, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Boston Common Frog Pond, 617-635-3911,

Water Fun
Boston Sailing Center Open House

The Boston Sailing Center will open its doors this Saturday for an afternoon of free sailing on the Boston Harbor. Sit back and enjoy the ride, and if you feel up for it, one of the experienced sailors that will captain each yacht will even let you take over and try your own hand at it.

Free, Saturday, June 29, 1-4 p.m., Boston Sailing Center, 54 Lewis Wharf, 617-227-4198,