Five Reasons to Leave the House This Weekend

Don't be an American Idiot and stay in this weekend—there's plenty of eating, drinking, movie watching, and celebrating to do.

American Idiot

This weekend only, catch the Broadway hit show American Idiot. The musical tells the story of three lifelong friends, forced to choose between their dreams and the safety of suburbia. If you’re a fan of Green Day, you won’t want to miss this.

$43.40+, shows Friday-Sunday, February 7-9, Boston Opera House, 539 Washington St., Boston, 617-259-3400,

Valentine’s Bar Crawl

Celebrate Valentine’s this weekend by drinking your way through Faneuil Hall. Lovebirds and singletons can visit multiple bars all day while collecting Valentine’s-themed swag. Make sure to buy your ticket soon; this event has sold out every year. Proceeds go toward the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

$25, Saturday, February 8, 12–7:30 p.m., Faneuil Hall, Boston,

Winter Escape
Mahoney’s Rocky Ledge Garden Center

Escape the dreariness of this February winter and step into a lush, tropical rain forest. Mahoney’s in Winchester is filling its greenhouses with colorful orchids and houseplants to help cheer up your S.A.D. For those 21+, they will also serve wine and cheese samples.

Free, Saturday, February 8, through Sunday, February 16, Mahoney’s Rocky Ledge Garden Center, 242 Cambridge St., Winchester, 781-729-5900,

Lunar New Year Chinatown Tour

In Chinese Celebration, good fortune can be summoned by good food so celebrate the Year of the Horse this Sunday with a food tour of Chinatown. Learn the in and outs of Chinatown’s best markets, restaurants, and bakeries all while racking up some good fortune. If you don’t want to pay, come to Chinatown at 11a.m. to watch the traditional Lion Dance Parade.

 $130 + 5% tax, Sunday, February 9, 10 a.m., Chinatown, Boston, 617-523-6032,

Boston Science Fiction Film Festival

Beam them up, Scotty. From February 7 to 17, travel through the land of the impossible with the 39th Boston Science Fiction Film Festival. New films, oldies, classics, and even flops will be celebrated.

$50+, February 7-17, 8:30 p.m., Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square, Somerville, 617-625-5700,