Five Reasons to Leave the House This Weekend

St. Patrick's Day isn't the only cool thing happening in Boston this weekend.


New Zealand royalty is gracing Boston with her presence this weekend. Since her “Royals” debut in 2012, Queen Bee Lorde has taken the world by storm. She’s only 17 but she already has more Grammys than you ever will–Lorde recently won Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance for “Royals.” Billboard magazine praised Lorde for being “an incredibly savvy performer” and warned America to watch out for this pop sensation.

$43+, Friday, March 14, 9 p.m., Orpheum Theatre, 1 Hamilton Place, Boston, 617-482-0106,

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Tony award winner Tom Morris reunites with Handspring Puppet Company this weekend to bring one of Shakespeare’s most popular works back on stage. Fairyland, King Oberon, and Titania spring to life among the trees, objects, and tools thanks to Handspring Puppet Company. Joining them on stage are the actors from Bristol Old Vic, the longest continuously running theater in the UK. The course of true love never did run smooth for those four young Athenian lovers. Lord, what fools those mortals be.

$25+, Thursday-Saturday, March 13-15, multiple show times, Cutler Majestic Theatre, 219 Tremont St., Boston, 617-824-8400,

The Whale

Weighing more than 500 pounds, Charlie is eating himself to death. After a personal tragedy, he coped with grief with food and became a morbidly obese couch-bound recluse. His health failing, Charlie makes one last attempt to patch up his relationship with his estranged teenage daughter in this deeply emotional play.

$25+, Friday, March 14, through April 5, multiple show times, SpeakEasy Stage Company, 539 Tremont St., Boston, 617-933-8600,

Boston Flower & Garden Show

Whether you love to garden or you just need to see some green, get inspired by the beauty of this flower show. Romance in the Garden is the theme for this year’s eye-popping colorful garden displays and stimulating programming. Spice your love life up with an outside-the-box date; the horticultural society promises scenes of love and passion.

$20, Friday-Sunday, March 14-16, various times, Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Blvd., Boston, 617-385-5000,

Pi Day

How many digits of pi can you recite? Scratch that–you’re not in middle school anymore. Forget about those mean math teachers that made you memorize pi digits for homework, and celebrate Pi Day for what it really should be–a day to eat all types of pie for $3.14.

$3.14, Friday, March 14, 7 a.m.-10 a.m., Beacon Hill Hotel and Bistro, 25 Charles St., Boston, 617-723-7575,

If, however, those darn digits are forever burned into your memory, then enter into the Petsi Pies competition starting at 1:59 p.m. (duh, 3.14159…). Recite 10 digits of Pi and win a free Cutie Pie. Recite 314 digits and you’ll win a free large pie. If you recite 628 digits, you’ll win a pie per season gift card.

Free for pi whizzes, Friday, March 14, 1:59 p.m., Petsi Pies, 285 Beacon St., 617-661-7437,