Five Reasons to Leave the House this Weekend

Augustana at the Paradise, Red Sox players at Jillian's, and more.

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If you’re looking to have a nice and relaxing night filled with good music, then the Paradise Rock Club is where you should be this Friday night. Billboard Pop 100 band Augustana comes to the Paradise for a night of acoustic music. It’s likely that you’ve heard of this band, their hit single being entitled, “Boston.” Tickets for this show are available beforehand on the Paradise Rock Club website and are also available at the door the night of the show.

$15, Friday, Jan. 18, 8 p.m., Paradise Rock Club, 967 Commonwealth Ave., 617-562-8800,

5th Annual New England Book Festival

Everyone loves a good book on a Saturday afternoon, so what could be better than a whole Saturday full of books? The New England Book Festival will hold a public daytime book fair and publishing seminar this Saturday at the Omni Parker House Hotel. The seminar will focus on the changes going on in the world of independent and mainstream book publishing. Many authors and publishers will exhibit their work throughout the day, and plenty of special readings will also take place.

Free, Saturday, Jan. 19, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Omni Parker House Hotel, 60 School St., 323-665-8080,

2013 New England International Auto Show

Whether you’re buying a car, a car buff, or someone who just wants to get out of the house this weekend, the 2013 New England International Auto Show is the perfect destination. Being the biggest auto show in New England, there will be plenty of cars to fit everyone’s style. The event will showcase all different types of cars for the newest model year, both imported and domestic. Every paid admission into the show will also receive a one year’s subscription to Details magazine.

$12 adults, Thursday-Monday, Jan. 17-21, hours vary, Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, 415 Summer St., 781-237-5533,

Gilt City Boston’s Style Me Pretty Weddings Book Party

Are you in the process of planning the perfect wedding? The Style Me Pretty Weddings Book Party is the answer to your wedding prayers. Local weddings blogger and author of Style Me Pretty Weddings Abby Larson will read from her book and conduct a short Q&A session. Not only will you receive a signed copy of the book, but there will also be wine, cake truffles, flowers, and more provided by Style Me Pretty‘s vendors. If you or someone else you know is a bride-to-be, this is not an event you want to miss.

$45, must be 21+, Thursday, Jan. 17, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Grettacole, 10 Huntington Ave., 617-266-6166,

New Stars for Young Stars

If you’re the type of person who loves the Red Sox (and let’s be straight, most Bostonians do), and you’re the type of person who loves to show your support for a cause, then this event is for you. On Saturday, the Jimmy Fund will host “New Stars for Young Stars,” with some of the new players from the Boston Red Sox and many up-and-coming minor league players. The event will consist of an autograph signing and meet-and-greet with the players. There will also be a buffet lunch, a sports memorabilia sale, a silent auction, and a bowling contest to help “strike out” cancer.

$89-250, Saturday, Jan. 19, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Jillian’s Boston, 145 Ipswich St., 617-632-3613,