Five Reasons to Leave the House This Weekend

Including outdoor movies in Allston, the Boston Local Food Festival, MixFest, and more.

North Allston Outdoor Film Festival

What do your favorite pizza-eating vigilante turtles and Clint Eastwood’s Man With No Name have in common? They’ll both be starring at the Brattle Theatre-run North Allston Outdoor Film Festival this weekend. Bring a blanket to the green pastures of Barry’s Corner to catch first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles then, the following night, the classic Spaghetti western A Fistful of Dollars. Come in costume and win prizes and bragging rights.

Free, Saturday and Sunday, September 19-20, 7:15 p.m., 267 Western Ave., Allston. For more info, visit

Boston Local Food Festival / Courtesy Photo

Boston Local Food Festival / Courtesy Photo

Boston Local Food Festival

Fresh, organic, and sustainable produce is on display at the Boston Local Food Festival. Vendors will offer the best of seasonal Massachusetts crops, game, and dairy products, including charcuterie from Westminster Meats and organic veggies from Red Fire Farm. But taste isn’t the only sense getting the local treatment. A Seafood Throwdown involving chefs from Women of Fishing Families and New England Fishmongers will keep the eyes and ears busy as well.

Free, Sunday, September 20, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston,

Third Eye Blind by Julia via Flickr

Third Eye Blind by Julia via Flickr


Free concerts just sound better. So don’t miss out on this year’s MixFest, the free concert bringing Rob Thomas, Third Eye Blind, Andy Grammer, and more to the banks of the Charles River. Don’t dawdle on the way there, either—admission is first come, first served!

Free, Saturday, September 19, 11 a.m., DCR Hatch Memorial Shell, 47 David G Mugar Way, Boston,

Ales & Tails

Beer tasting and beast viewing mix at Stone Zoo this weekend. Breweries such as Smuttynose, Goose Island, and Samuel Adams will share the scene with otters, cougars, and bears, oh my! Sounds kinda like the Alley on their Fuzz Friday night… 

$40 advance; $50 day-of, Saturday, September 19, 5-7:30 p.m. Stone Zoo, 149 Pond St, Stoneham,

South Boston Street Festival / Photo by Donna Charpentier

South Boston Street Festival / Photo by Donna Charpentier

South Boston Street Festival

Celebrate the best that Southie has to offer at this year’s South Boston Street Festival. Grab grub from vendors such as Cafe Porto Bello, The Sausage Guy, and Lucky’s Lounge and buy wares from Baubles by Barbie, Gift Uncommon, Petiquette, and more. For the tots there will be performances from Karen K and the Jitterbugs and the young dancers of Peggy Woods School of Irish Step Dance.  

Free, Saturday, September 19, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., East Broadway, between I and L Streets,