Five Reasons to Leave the House This Weekend

Check out five fun events happening in Boston this weekend, including the Cambridge River Festival, Crawfish for Cancer's Boston Crawfish Boil, and more.

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Smart People Photo by T. Charles Erickson via The Huntington on Flickr

Smart People

Four Harvard intellectuals search for love, success, and identity in this play by Huntington Playwriting Fellow Lydia Diamond. It’s been called provocative, controversial, and hey—what do you know?—smart. “Fundamentally, it’s a play of ideas and the interpersonal relationships that emerge…sort of like an emotional popcorn machine,” says artistic director Peter DuBois.

$25+, through June 29, Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA, 527 Tremont St., Boston, 617-266-7900,

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Crawfish for Cancer’s Boston Crawfish Boil

The price tag on this event is on the heftier side, but tickets afford you a full day of live music, unlimited crawfish, corn, and potatoes, and an open bar with Sam Adams beer, wine, and assorted Deep Eddy Sweet Tea Vodka cocktails. Besides, ticket proceeds will support the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, so when you go home with a food coma, at least you can sleep easy knowing it was all for a good cause.

$80+ tickets, Saturday, June 7, 2-7 p.m., Pier 4, Charlestown Navy Yard,

SculptureNow 2014 at The Mount

“If you love contemporary art, timeless writing, historic architecture, and beautiful gardens, The Mount is the place to come to,” says SculptureNow director Ann Jon. SculptureNow is partnering again this summer with The Mount to put on a special outdoor exhibit, titled Common Ground, where art meets nature. Twenty-five large sculptures add a contemporary flair to Edith Wharton’s home. The exhibit is free with admission to The Mount.

$12 grounds pass, $18 regular admission, through October 31, 2 Plunkett St., Lenox, 617-637-3366,

Cambridge River Festival

This year’s annual event actually isn’t quite a river fest, since various hurdles have prompted a temporary move to Central Square. Regardless, the 35th edition gives hundreds of thousands of attendees a taste of what Cambridge has to offer with a full afternoon of lively performances, activities, and food.

Free, Saturday, June 7, 12-6 p.m., Massachusetts Ave. and Sidney St., Central Square, Cambridge, 617-349-4380,

Renovated Impressionist Gallery at the MFA

After a four-month renovation, the Impressionist Gallery reopened at the Museum of Fine Arts this week with a fresh coat of paint, new wallpaper, LED lighting, and other updates. But most importantly, the art has returned. As proven by the MFA’s temporary exhibit during the renovation “Boston Loves Impressionism,” the style really does hold a special place in museum-goers hearts. Curator Emily Beeny points out that “what made these impressionist pieces so shocking at the time (the color, the brightness) is exactly what make them so appealing today.” Learn more.

$25 regular admission, however, Bank of America and Merrill Lynch credit and debit cardholders get free admission Saturday and Sunday for BoA’s Museums on Us promotion. Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston, 617-267-9300,