5 things to do in Boston this weekend

A cooking demonstration at the 2017 America's Test Kitchen Boston Eats Festival.
A cooking demonstration at the 2017 America's Test Kitchen Boston Eats Festival. (Steve Klise/America's Test Kitchen)

Boston Comedy Festival

The annual local laughfest officially kicked off on Tuesday, but the final three days will feature some of the festival’s highlights, including the semifinals and finals of the stand-up competition, a set featuring the previous year’s winners, and Emo Philips headlining on Saturday. A full schedule of events is available on the festival’s website. (Thursday, Sept. 13, to Saturday, Sept. 15, at various times; various locations; $15-$30 per show; 21+)

Hamiltunes Singalong

What better place to belt out revolutionary tunes than Lexington, the town where the Revolutionary War began? The opening of “Hamilton” in Boston is almost upon us, and while not everyone has gotten tickets, everyone can sing along to some of their favorite songs from the musical at Cary Hall in Lexington this Friday. Costumes are encouraged, and there will be a raffle to win a life-size cutout of “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda. (Friday, Sept. 14, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.; Cary Hall, Lexington; $4 GA, free for kids ages 7 and under; all ages)

America’s Test Kitchen
Boston Eats Festival


For more than 25 years, Americans have welcomed America’s Test Kitchen into their homes through the company's cookbooks, magazines, and TV shows. This weekend, the Boston-based institution will welcome locals into its own home at the Innovation and Design Building in the Seaport for a trio of events. Friday, at the 25th birthday party for the company’s Cook’s Illustrated magazine, you can sample unlimited food from top Boston chefs and mingle with the stars of ATK’s long-running TV shows. Saturday's cooking, food, and wine festival will mean more of ATK’s test cooks putting on cooking demonstrations and unlimited food from dozens of local restaurants. Finally, at the ATK Kids Fest on Sunday, there will be more of the same but with a number of kid-friendly activities mixed in as well. (Friday, Sept. 14, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 15, 2 to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, Sept. 16, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; Innovation and Design Building, Boston; $250 for weekend passes, $50-$125 for daily passes; Friday and Saturday 21+, Sunday all ages)


Everett Village Fest

You’ll “just wanna fly” over to the fourth annual Village Fest at Night Shift Brewing this Saturday, where you’ll be able to listen to six hours of bands, headlined by ’90s hitmakers Sugar Ray. There will also be a number of local food trucks, kid-friendly activities (yes, kids will be welcome at the brewery), and a second mini-stage with more bands down the street at Bone Up Brewing. (Saturday, Sept. 15, 3 to 9 p.m.; Night Shift Brewing, Everett; free; all ages)

Festival at the Farm

For the third straight year, Festival at the Farm will bring a range of tunes, farm-fresh food, and family-friendly activities to Prowse Farm in Canton. This year’s festival will be led by the soulful Philly singer-songwriter Amos Lee and LA folk rock quartet Dawes, with other acts like bluegrass band Trampled by Turtles and Americana performer Martin Sexton joining the fun. (Saturday, Sept. 15, at 1 p.m. to Sunday, Sept. 16, at 10 p.m.; Prowse Farm, Canton; $15-$125; all ages)


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Correction: Because of a reporting error, an earlier version of this story misspelled Martin Sexton’s name.

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