Five Reasons to Leave the House This Weekend

Including Alfred Stieglitz photos at the MFA, the Figment festival, and more events around Boston.

figment boston arts festival

Photo by Jo Oltman


Come experience immersive, interactive art on the beautiful Rose Kennedy Greenway at Figment Boston. Figment is a free international festival that brings together artists in all mediums and audiences to participate and interact with the art. This year includes bellydancing, a performance from a local marching band, a number of interactive sculptures and installations, and a live DJ set. Starting at 6 p.m. is Figment After Dark, the special viewing hours for the light-based projects that require darkness.

Free, Saturday and Sunday, July 22 and 23, 11 a.m. on Saturday, noon on Sunday, Rose Kennedy Greenway, Atlantic Ave & High St.,

Georgia OKeefe Alfred Stieglitz MFA

Photo courtesy of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Alfred Stieglitz and Modern America opening at the MFA

As one of the first fine arts museums to display photography, the MFA celebrates the works of New York photographer Alfred Stieglitz and will present a selection of his photos. One of the foremost artists of photography, Stieglitz focused on the geometry of New York, the play within nature, his wife, painter Georgia O’Keefe, and life in the early 20th century. With photos donated by Stieglitz and O’Keeffe, this exhibition shows some of the best examples in his career.

$25, July 22-November 5, the Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave.,

laugh boston comedy world series

Photo courtesy of Laugh Boston

The World Series of Comedy

Throughout one week, watch 40 professional comedians from around the country compete at Laugh Boston with their best bits, jibes, and quips. Starting on Wednesday, each show narrows down the competition a little bit more until Saturday’s double-header shows featuring the top-ranked winners. The comedian who wins in Boston will move on to the next competition in Las Vegas with a 50 club, nation-wide contract on the line.

$20+, Thursday-Saturday, July 20—22, 8 p.m., Laugh Boston, 425 Summer St.,

riverfest dorchester neponset river

Photo provided by Neponset River Watershed Association


Cool down this weekend with kayaking on the Neponset River, fishing tutorials, and frozen lemonade at DCR Neponset Park’s RiverFest. The events are free and family-friendly, offering the chance to explore the wildlife through bike paths and walking paths along the river. RiverFest also features a number of other local highlights like Capriotti’s food truck, Ruby’s Ice Cream & Frozen Lemonade, local art vendors, and live music.

Free, Saturday, July 22, 10 a.m., DCR Neponset Park, 180 Granite Ave.,

USS constitution old ironside

Photo by Michael Blanchard Photography

“Old Ironsides” Afloat Again

After two years in dry dock for maintenance and restoration, the USS Constitution returns to the water in a special event with the National Parks of Boston. The ship launched in October 1797, and through its 200 years the USS Constitution has seen action in the War of 1812 and traveled to Europe and Africa, before settling in our harbor in 1954. To mark its return to the water, the USS Constitution Museum plans a day of free family events like a scavenger hunt, sea chantey sing alongs, and a display of behind the scenes footage of the restoration process. The USS Constitution officially hits the Boston Harbor at 11:30 p.m., and there will be a live stream to follow the late-night events.

Free, Sunday, July 23, 9 a.m., USS Constitution Museum, Charlestown Navy Yard, Building 22, Charlestown,