Five Reasons to Leave the House This Weekend

Check out fun events happening in Boston this weekend, including South Boston Open Studios, Gatsby Night with the Boston Pops, and more.

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The Hot Sardines will join the Boston Pops for Gatsby Night this weekend. / Photo via Hot Sardines © Harry Fellows

South Boston Open Studios

See the work of more than 40 artists this weekend at the spring edition of South Boston Open Studios. While most of the artists and their work will be gathered at The Distillery, painter Nick Ward recommends also visiting King Terminal. “Their street art is definitely worth seeing,” Ward says. For a more structured afternoon, consider joining New Art Love on a guided “South Boston Art Crawl.”

Free, Sunday, June 1, 12-6 p.m., The Distillery, 516 E. 2nd Street, and other locations, Boston, $10 for Art Crawl, 2:45-5 p.m.,

Gatsby Night with the Boston Pops

In case you missed “Out of This World” last week, hosted by Spock—er, Leonard Nimoy, then consider a more down-to-earth musical celebration this weekend with the Pops and special guests The Hot Sardines. “We will transform Symphony Hall into a giant speakeasy, but don’t worry, the alcohol will be legal,” conductor Keith Lockhart explains. Well then, may the green light be with us.

$24+, Thursday, May 29, and Friday, May 30, 8 p.m., Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston, 617-266-1492,

American Craft Beer Fest

Not all beer fests are created equal. Here’s one that’s big enough to meet your boisterous buddies’ need for a party atmosphere, and your beer-snob friends’ need for quality craft brews. The seventh annual event, hosted by BeerAdvocate and Harpoon Brewery, will include more than 640 craft beers from more than 140 American brewers. In other words, three sessions of craft beer bliss.

$48 per session, Friday, May 30, 6-9:30 p.m., Saturday, May 31, 1-4:30 p.m. and 6-9:30 p.m., Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Blvd., Boston,

Faneuil Hall Street Performer Showcase

Locals who usually steer clear of Faneuil Hall might consider swinging by this weekend, when 45 acts including musicians, acrobats, jugglers, and magicians will show off their talents throughout the weekend. Sure, you often have to wait through 10 minutes of setup and hype before a single acrobatic move is performed, but if anticipation isn’t your game, seek out the musicians instead.

Free, Saturday, May 31, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., and Sunday, June 1, 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Faneuil Hall Marketplace, 4 South Market St.,

Danity Kane at the House of Blues

Pop culture fiends may recall the rise and fall of Making the Band’s most successful output. Discovered and mentored by Sean “Diddy” Combs on the reality competition show, Danity Kane peaked with their 2008 hit “Damaged.” Diddy dismantled the group, but four of the five women have since reunited for their current “No Filter” tour.

$44+, Friday, May 30, 7 p.m., House of Blues, 15 Lansdowne St., Boston, 888-693-2583,