Events

Five Reasons to Leave the House This Weekend

Including Andy Borowitz at Symphony Hall, the Spray Pool Opening Day at the Frog Pond, and more.


Photo courtesy of The Skating Club of Boston

GREAT OUTDOORS
Spray Pool Opening Day at the Frog Pond

It’s not really summer until the spray pool has opened for the season. Come out Friday to watch the 30-foot fountain spray for the first time in 2018, then jump in to cool off. If you’re lucky, you may be able to snag a photo with Freddie, the Frog Pond mascot himself, monocle and all. There will also be games, giveaways, face painting, and food so you can make a day of it. After Friday, the spray pool is open daily from 11-6.

Free, Friday, 11 a.m., Boston Common Frog Pond, 38 Beacon St., Boston, bostonfrogpond.com.

Photo courtesy of Mills Entertainment

COMEDY
Andy Borowitz

Andy Borowitz is the furthest thing from a classical symphony conductor, but he’s taking the stage at Symphony Hall Saturday night. Depending on when you grew up, he’s either best known for creating the hit TV show The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air or for his weekly satirical column in the New Yorker, the Borowitz Report. Borowitz, currently making the rounds on his “Make America Not Embarrassing Again” tour, never shies away from politics. The Harvard Lampoon alum is bringing his biting satire back to his old stomping grounds, this time live in person.

$45+, Friday, 7:30 p.m., Symphony Hall, 301 Mass Ave., Boston, bso.org.

Photo courtesy of The Lawn On D, Massachusetts Convention Center Authority

FILM
Jaws 

Steven Spielberg’s classic 1974 summer blockbuster will be playing for free at the Lawn on D Friday, where you can bring some chairs and a blanket to watch from the lawn or snag a spot on the coveted and Insta-famous circle swings. Live music by Ruby Force & The Weisstronauts goes on at 5, the film starts at 8, and the whole thing is sponsored by (and therefore stocked with) Narragansett Beer. Don’t worry—the Lawn on D is far enough inland to keep you safe from any surprise shark attacks (probably).

Free, Friday, 8 p.m., Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston, signatureboston.com.

Photo by Kyle Klein

DANCE
Cambridge City Dance Party

Every year, the city of Cambridge closes Mass. Ave. between Inman and Bigelow Streets for an intimate outdoor dance party—a mere 21,000 people have marked “interested” on Facebook. It’s completely free to all and draws crowds year after year. A DJ provides the tunes and a psychedelic light show starts once the sun sets, keeping the party going well into the night.

Free, Friday, 7 p.m., Cambridge City Hall, 795 Mass Ave., Cambridge, cambridgema.gov.

Photo by Matt Beard / Costumes: Giovanna Buzzi / 2016 Cirque du Soleil

SHOW
Cirque du Soleil: Luzia

Cirque du Soleil’s new spectacle combines the power of light (luz) and rain (lluvia) to produce a fantastical show of acrobatics, sound, and color. It’s a celebration of the sights and scenes of Mexico, old and new. Whether because of the awe-inspiring sets, surreal life-size animals, or ethereal soundscape, you probably won’t believe your eyes.

$36+, through August 12, 2018, Suffolk Downs, 525 William F. McClellan Highway, East Boston, cirquedusoleil.com.