Five Reasons to Leave the House This Weekend

Check out five fun events happening in Boston this weekend, including the BCAE's "Sip the Rainbow" event, the Kite and Bike Festival in Roxbury, and more.

A Woman Flying a Kite via Shutterstock

Kite photo via Shutterstock

Sip the Rainbow

Enjoy signature cocktails created by local mixologists from Ki Bar Event Planning and Cocktail Design Inc. to celebrate the the 10th anniversary of the first gay marriages in Massachusetts. Along with colorful drinks, you’ll get to preview two incredible sets of photos going on display at the BCAE: “The Hard-Won Fight: America’s First Legal Same-Sex Marriages” featuring the work of Marilyn Humphries and Susan Symonds, and “Marriage Equality/10th Anniversary Portraits” with the work of Joel Benjamin. [Learn more.]

$15-$20, Friday, May 16, 6-8 p.m., Boston Center for Adult Education, 122 Arlington St., Boston, 617-267-4430,

Kite and Bike Festival

Relive your childhood memories of kite flying and bike riding at the fourth annual Kite and Bike Festival. Don’t worry if you’re not totally prepared for the event—you and your family will be able to buy kites of all sizes and enjoy free bike rentals to tour the park. Plus, there will be space for picnics and plenty of local food trucks.

Free, Saturday, May 17, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Franklin Park, 1 Franklin Park Road, Roxbury,

Burger Slam 2014

Burger lovers, if you just can’t wait until our annual Burger Battle, consider this weekend’s Burger Slam, where you’ll have the chance to taste burger creations from five local chefs. The event will also include a silent auction and raffles, and proceeds will go toward the programs and facilities at the JP Manning School.

$20-$25, Saturday, May 17, 6:30 p.m., Spontaneous Celebrations, 45 Danforth St., Jamaica Plain, 617-524-6373,

Roller Derby

If you’ve never seen roller derby live, you don’t want to miss this event. The Boston Derby Dames are coming out with a vengeance as they host the Bronx Gridlock. Admission includes access to the Dames’ after-party.

$5-$16, Saturday, May 17, 4 p.m., Simoni Ice Rink, 155 Gore St., Cambridge,

Stone Carving Saturday

If you like trying new things, then join this one-day intensive workshop for stone-carving beginners. You’ll learn hand-carving techniques, view and discuss stone carving, and discover how to find imagery by looking into the rocks. The use of the studio’s tools and the price of your piece of alabaster are included with the fee, and you’ll go home with your very own stone sculpture.

$115 ($83 if you bring your own stone), Saturday, May 17, 9:30 a.m., Scott’s Stone Carving Classes, 701 Concord Ave., Cambridge, 781-258-9530,