Five Reasons to Leave the House This Weekend

Including swing dancing by the Charles, the Boston Seafood Festival, and more.

Swingin' on the Charles / Photo by Swingin' on the Charles

Swingin’ on the Charles. / Photo by Mike Hibarger

Swingin’ on the Charles

Dancing outside on the banks of the Charles at sunset…what more could you ask for in a beautiful summer night? The evening will start with a lesson for beginners and then music and dancing will continue until 11 p.m. It’ll be something to feel nostalgic about when driving down Storrow on a gloomy winter day.

$17 advance, $22 day of, Saturday, August 7, 7-11 p.m., Community Boating, 21 David G Mugar Way, Boston,

Chia Yang Khang, a Hmong embroidery artist from Laos / Photo by Cultural Survival

Chia Yang Khang, a Hmong embroidery artist from Laos. / Photo by Cultural Survival

Cultural Survival Bazaar

Meet and learn about different cultures from all over the world through artists, without a long commute. This weekend’s free-admission Cultural Survival Bazaar features art, crafts, cuisine, and live music from indigenous artists. There will be performances Saturday and Sunday from Native American, Ecuadorian, and Malian bands.

Free, Saturday-Sunday, August 6-7, 10-5 p.m., Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St., Jamaica Plain,

Boston Seafood Fest 2015 / Photo by Boston Seafood Fest

Boston Seafood Festival 2015. / Photo by Boston Seafood Festival

Boston Seafood Festival

Don’t clam up without Sunday plans: the Boston Fisheries Foundation is hosting a day-long celebration of one of New England’s greatest pastimes. The event will include seafood tastings, clambakes, chef demos, and a Battle of the Shuckers where participants compete for cash prizes. But the day isn’t only centered around food—there will be pirates, face painting stations, and live music at the pier as well.

Sunday, August 7, 11-7 p.m., Boston Fish Pier, 306 Northern Ave., Boston,

PorchfestFEST at Lawn on D

Porchfest will be taken to a new level this Saturday at the Lawn on D with a much bigger porch—the Lawn on D’s stage. The free event has a diverse lineup of local performers from Dorchester, Roxbury, Jamaica Plain, and Mattapan. Bring your friends or come solo and take advantage of the color-changing swings after dark.

Free, Saturday, August 8, 3-9 p.m., Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston,

Open Newbury Street

This Sunday, you won’t need to worry about looking left or right before crossing—Newbury Street will be car-free. Walk as carelessly as you like. With outdoor musicians also enjoying the open space, there will be a festive atmosphere all day.

Free, Sunday, August 7, 10-6 p.m., Newbury St., Boston,