Five Reasons to Leave the House This Weekend

Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series, Saint Anthony's Feast, Boston Day of Peace, and more.



For Thrill Seekers
Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series 2013

As a contemporary art museum, the ICA is well-known for exhibitions that defy tradition. This weekend, the ICA will once again push boundaries—and not through an art installation. On Sunday, the museum will host round five of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series. Watch world-class divers plunge 90 feet into the Boston Harbor from the roof of the building—we dare you not to gasp.

Free, pre-registration required, Sunday, August 25, 2 p.m., Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave.,

Saint Anthony’s Feast

Make sure to at least take a stroll through the North End this weekend, when its streets will be lined with pushcarts of the finest Italian cuisine—arancini, pizza, pasta, cannoli, you name it—in honor of Saint Anthony’s Feast. Since 1919, the feast has become a yearly tradition by Italian immigrants from Montefalcione in Avellino. As always, there will be live entertainment, contests, cooking demonstrations, and a ten-hour procession of the Statue of Saint Anthony accompanied by marching bands and floats, so don’t be surprised if your stroll turns into a day-long—or even weekend-long—outing.

Free, Friday, August 23, to Sunday, August 25, Endicott, Thacher, and North Margin Streets in the North End,

Food Fun
Boston Food Swap

This Sunday, join Boston Food Swap for its monthly “part silent auction/part village marketplace/part fun-loving open house.” There’s sure to be an abundance of baked goods, jams, pickles, spreads, herbs, spices, and even home brews—all homemade, homegrown, or foraged. Show up, sample, mingle, pick up new goods for your pantry and/or share the fruits of your own culinary labor.

Free, Sunday, August 25, 2-5 p.m., Collaboratory on the mezzanine balcony of 40 Berkeley Street,

Family Fun
Free Fun Friday at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

On its second-to-last Free Fun Friday, the Highland Street Foundation invites you inside the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum—and the museum is offering you more than just free admission. Bring the kids into the Education Studio and Greenhouse Classroom for hands-on activities and art making, go on a self-guided scavenger hunt throughout the galleries, take a look at the outgoing Composite Landscapes exhibition, and learn from museum staff about how founder Isabella Gardner turned her historic mansion into one of Boston’s most celebrated art institutions.

Free, Friday, August 23, timed tickets available on-site from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 280 Fenway,

Community Gathering
Boston Day of Peace

On Saturday, Boston Day of Peace—with a mission statement based on the belief that “peace begins with each individual”—invites you to honor the victims of the 2013 Boston Marathon by coming together at Copley Square. The gathering will include yoga instruction, music performances, demonstrations by peace organizations like Massachusetts Peace Action and Veterans for Peace, as well as presentations by keynote speakers Pam Guyer and Boston City Councilor Charles C. Yancey.

Free, Saturday, August 24, noon-6 p.m., Copley Square,