Five Reasons to Leave the House This Weekend

Why stay inside when there are beer summits, Bollywood dance parties, and hip-hop trivia to check out?


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Get crafty at CraftBoston, where 90 selected artists will display their work, including furniture, jewelry, clothing, and home decor. You’ll get a chance to meet the artists, view their contemporary crafts, and purchase something totally unique for spring at this biannual event.

$7.50-$15, Friday, April 4, through Sunday, April 6, Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St., Boston, 617-426-5000,

Hip-Hop Trivia

Show off your musical knowledge and test your skills as you join Future Boston Alliance, a hub for young professionals, and Savin Hill Bar & Kitchen for hip-hop trivia. Be sure to grab your friends and study up, because the winning team will get a gift certificate for Savin Bar & Kitchen, and of course, bragging rights.

Free, Saturday, April 5, 10 p.m., Savin Bar & Kitchen, 112 Savin Hill Ave., Boston, 617-288-7500,

Bollywood Dance Party

Put on your dancing shoes, or your dancing sari, because DJ Rekha is turning the Peabody Essex Museum into a hot Indian dance club as a part of the museum’s “Sensational India! Bollywood Dance Party.” There will be dancing, drinks, and the latest Bollywood, Bhangra, and Western music.

$15, Saturday, April 5, 9 p.m., Peabody Essex Museum, East India Square Mall, Salem, 978-745-9500,

Annual Boston Shakespeare Sonnet-thon

When Shakespeare wrote, “listen to many, speak to few,” he may or may not have been talking about the annual Shakespeare Sonnet-thon, where you can listen to fellow Boston residents read your favorite sonnets. The event will be hosted by Jonathan Epstein, renowned Shakespearean actor and teacher, and anyone can participate, as long as you email with three sonnet choices.

Free, Monday, April 7, 5 p.m., Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St., Boston, 617-536-5400,

Boston Beer Summit 2014

Spring is coming to Boston, and as the temperatures rise and the streets begin to thaw, why not grab a cold beer at the Boston Beer Summit? Get ready to try out more than 200 beers from 60-plus craft breweries. And as you sample some of the best local, regional, and international brews from breweries like Blue Hills, Kennebec River, Moonlight Meadery, and Tuckerman, you can feel good knowing that $10 of every ticket purchased will be donated to the Pan-Mass Challenge.

$50, Friday, April 4, and Saturday, April 5, Park Plaza Castle, 130 Columbus Ave., Boston, 617-457-224,