Five Reasons to Leave the House This Weekend

Including Somerville ArtBeat, a family festival, and a craft beer and BBQ tasting.

WGBH Fun Fest / Photo by Carlos Vaquero

WGBH Fun Fest. / Photo by Carlos Vaquero

WGBH Fun Fest

Every year the WGBH Fun Fest has different musicians, games, and vendors, and this year’s annual celebration is no different. Kids can listen to live music outdoors, get their face painted, play on inflatable rides, or enjoy food including 17-year-old Little G’s homemade ice cream. “There is definitely fun for the whole family, including exotic food trucks like Armenian BBQ,” says Emily Balk, WGBH’s media relations coordinator. You can even ditch the kids at night and stick around the studios for the evening’s Beer Fest.

$14 for one ticket or $35 for four, Saturday, July 16, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., WGBH Studios, One Guest St., Boston,

Boston Beer & BBQ Fest / Photo by Drink Craft Beer.

Boston Beer & BBQ Fest. / Photo by Drink Craft Beer

Boston Beer and BBQ Fest

A sure-to-be mouthwatering night for any beer, BBQ, or bacon lover. This event will have 70-80 beers on tap from 20 local breweries and food to taste or buy from five BBQ vendors. But save room for dessert, “I Want Pig Candy” will be in attendance, selling their infamous candied bacon that’s slow roasted with brown sugar, along with long-time Boston BBQ legend, M&M BBQ. “I’m especially stoked about M&M,” Drink Craft Beer cofounder Jeff Wharton says. “They started in the food truck scene before it was cool.”

$55 per person, July 15-16, 200 Stuart St., Boston,


This DJ set at the ICA Friday night will transform your work week blues into weekend excitement. New England native, Smith College graduate, and Tune-Yards lead Merrill Garbus combines drum and ukulele music with vocals to create fun, upbeat music that has been featured in commercials including Weeds and Blackberry Torch.

Friday, July 15, 5-9 p.m., 25 Harbor Shore Dr., Boston, 608-478-3100,


Just like this year’s theme, “roots,” tie people and things together while keeping them grounded, Somerville’s ArtBeat weaves together art, dance, and music performances with craft food vendors. Sit back, listen, and watch, or step up and join in the conversation at this interactive celebration of heritage and community.

Free, July 15-16, 1 Davis Square, Somerville,

Outside the Box Boston

This weekend, catch the end of this six-day outdoor performing arts festival with music, dance, and comedy acts throughout the day. Daughtry will headline Friday’s performances and Orange Is the New Black‘s Lea Delaria will be at the Common Saturday night.

Free, July 13-17, Boston Common, 617-936-0203,