Five Reasons to Leave the House This Weekend

The Great Urban Race, the Women in Comedy Festival, and more.

Wine sampling

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6th Annual Women in Comedy Festival

Get ready to laugh as the most hilarious women in comedy head to Boston for this weekend-long event. You’ll have the chance to see improv shows, standup comedy, sketches, and musical comedy from the funniest females around, including Janet McNamara, Amy Sedaris, and Judy Gold.

Thursday, May 8, through Sunday, May 11, Improv Asylum, 216 Hanover St., Boston, 617-263-6887,

Boston Theater Marathon

Come to the Boston Center for the Arts for this all-day theater marathon. Actors will perform more than 50 different 10-minute plays that were chosen from more than 400 entries by New England playwrights. Need another reason to give a standing ovation? Proceeds from the event will go to the Theatre Community Benevolent Fund, an organization helping Boston-area theater artists and companies in crisis.

$10+, Sunday, May 11, 12 p.m., Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St., Boston, 617-426-5000,

Food and Drink
Wine Tasting and Chocolate Buffet

Join the Friends of the Malden Public Library for a tasting of wines from around the world, a sampling of cuisine from local restaurants, and a decadent chocolate buffet. The 12th annual event will be held in the library’s art galleries and will included live music and raffles.

$35, Friday, May 9, 7 p.m., Malden Public Library, 36 Salem St., Malden, 781-324-0218,

Great Urban Race

How well do you know your city? Test your Boston knowledge at the Great Urban Race, which will challenge attendees to solve riddles and puzzles at obstacles around the city. So grab your friends and sign up as a team because you’ll be racing for cash prizes. Awards will go to the top three finishing teams, the team with the best costumes, and the top St. Jude fundraisers.

$60+, Saturday, May 10, 10 a.m., The Kinsale, 2 Center Plz., Boston, 617-742-5577,

International Children’s Film Festival at the MFA

You don’t have to be a kid to enjoy this film fest, though your children will surely be entertained by films like Anina, Jack and the Cuckoo Clock Heart, and more. You can never go wrong with the short films, which include the Oscar-nominated short Mr. Hublot.

Friday, May 9, through May 25, Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Avenue, 617-267-9300,