Five Reasons to Leave the House This Weekend

"Hippie Chic" at the MFA, "Arrested Development" trivia, a special "Boston Strong" edition of the National Sand Sculpting Festival, and more.


2011 National Sand Sculpting Festival PHOTO VIA LORIANNE DISABATO/FLICKR

“Hippie Chic” at the MFA

Things are getting groovy at the MFA. The museum is bringing the “Summer of Love” to present-day Boston with “Hippie Chic,” an exhibit celebrating fashion from the late 1960s and early 1970s. The show features about 50 ensembles—tie-dyed silk and velvet pantsuits, printed jackets, patchwork dresses—worn by mannequins fully accessorized with vintage scarves, boots, and even wigs designed by Boston Ballet hair and makeup artist Jason Allen. And it’s not just an experience for your eyes—the gallery itself will be fully decorated with shag rugs, spinning lights, rotating platforms, and a vintage jukebox loaded with hits by the likes of The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, and The Doors.

Included with regular museum admission, July 16 to November 11, Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., 617-267-9300,

Festival Within a Festival
Fork Lift Food Fest

For the past week, Outside the Box arts festival has been turning Boston into a stage for world-class performers. Starting this Thursday, the Fork Lift Food Fest will turn City Hall Plaza into a stage for the city’s finest chefs. There will be eating: with $1 tastings from Boston favorites like the Melting Pot, Aquitaine Bar a Vin Bistro, Tresca, Legal Seafoods, Mei Mei Street Kitchen, and more. There will be drinking: with drinks from the onsite beer and wine pavilion. There will be learning: with cooking demonstrations from Michael Schlow, Todd English, Ming Tsai, and more of Boston’s culinary elite. And—as it is a festival within a festival—there will be music, with Outside the Box performers providing the tunes for your meal.

Free admission, $1 tasting tickets sold in increments of five at kiosks onsite, Thursday, July 18, Friday, July 19, Saturday, July 20, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday, July 21, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., City Hall Plaza, One City Hall Square,

Beach Fun
10th Annual National Sand Sculpting Festival at Revere Beach

For the past decade, master sculptors have been gathering at Revere Beach to shape sand into art, competing for thousands of dollars in prize money. This year’s festival will have a special twist—a centerpiece “Boston Strong” sculpture paying tribute to those affected by the Boston Marathon attacks. You can make an entire day—or weekend—out of it, with gourmet food trucks, children’s activities, and fireworks.

Free, Friday, July 19, to Sunday, July 21, 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Revere Beach, Revere Beach Blvd., Revere,

Outdoor Fundraising
3rd Annual Paddlepalooza

Another week, another heat wave. This Sunday, cool off with some fundraising in the water at Upstage Lung Cancer’s Paddlepalooza. Rent a boat from Charles River Canoe and Kayak with a 20% discount or bring your own and mosey down the river until you reach the picnic area, where lunch and entertainment will be provided, as well as a raffle for a kayak, Red Sox tickets, running shoes, and dining certificates. Bonus points for creativity—dress up in your wildest garb or bring an innovative floatation device, and you could win a prize.

$50 individual registration, $150 family registration, Sunday, July 21, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Charles River Canoe & Kayak’s Newton Boathouse, 2401 Commonwealth Ave., Newton,

Trivia Night
Geeks Who Drink’s “Arrested Development” Quiz

Think back to May 26, 2013. Did you spend the entire day holed up at home, marathoning through season four of “Arrested Development” on Netflix? If so, come to Common Ground Bar & Grill this Saturday for a chance to prove your true love for the Bluths with a themed trivia night hosted by Geeks Who Drink. A few points to remember: seating is first-come, first-served, there is a maximum of six players per team, there will be absolutely no cheating, and there is always money in the banana stand—in the form of a $200 to $500 prize.

$5 per person, Saturday, July 20, 5 p.m., tentative second seating at 8 p.m. pending demand, Common Ground Bar & Grill, 85 Harvard Ave., Allston, 617-783-2071,


“There is always money in the banana stand!” Photo via Arrested Development Wiki