Five Reasons to Leave the House This Weekend

Music, films, Game of Thrones-inspired beer, and more.

harlem globetrotters

Hang out with the Harlem Globetrotters this weekend. Photo by Randy Miramontez /

International Folk Festival

The International Folk Festival is a music lover’s dream and a celebration of Berklee’s international student population. The festival will showcase music, instruments, and unique clothing from the homelands of international students and faculty and will give a taste of how diverse and beautiful music from all around the world can be.

$8 in advance, $12 at the door, Thursday, March 27, 8:15 p.m., Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston, 617-747-2261,


The Boston Underground Film Festival is an annual film festival celebrating the bizarre and insane. It was started by David Kleiler in 1998 as an all-night film marathon and has grown into a multi-day festival with creepy but awesome films like The Strange Color of Your Body’s Tears, School of the Holy Beast, and All Cheerleaders Die.

$10 per screening or $110 festival pass, Wednesday-Sunday, March 26-30, Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St., Cambridge, full film schedule:, tickets:

Dominican Carnival Family Cultural Event

Come celebrate Dominican culture with the Asociación Carnavalesca de Massachusetts. The event is family-friendly with games, crafts, free samples of Caribbean foods, and a parade of diablos cojuelos (“limping devils”) in traditional costumes. For a full list of the day’s events, visit

$12 for adults, $8 for kids 3-18, Saturday, March 29, 2 p.m., Peabody Museum, 11 Divinity Ave., Cambridge, 617-496-1027,

Saloon Hosts Brewery Ommegang

If you’re obsessed with Game of Thrones and love beer, Saloon in Somerville is bringing the two together. Rejoice as Saloon holds an event for Brewery Ommegang’s new ale, “Fire and Blood,” which was inspired by the hit TV series and in particular, the fierce Daenerys Targaryen and her dragons. So dress like a wildling, a white walker, or a member of your favorite house, and head over to Saloon for a chance to meet fellow fans and sample the Fire and Blood Red Ale before its national retail release on March 31. Plus, you’ll be geeking out for a good cause, because all proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society.

$20, Thursday, March 27, 7- 11 p.m., Saloon, 255 Elm St., Somerville, 617-628-4444,

Harlem Globetrotters at TD Garden

Get ready for some family fun with the Harlem Globetrotters, who have been delighting basketball fans, kids, and everyone in between for more than 80 years. This time, the Globetrotters are upping their game by letting the fans pick new rules to be used in the actual game. So vote for your favorite rule, like the Trick-Shot Challenge or Two-Ball Basketball, and watch the game like you’ve never seen it before.

$24-164, Saturday, March 29, 7:30 p.m., TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston, 617-624-1050,, rule voting at