Weekend Planner

What to Do This Weekend in Boston

By Scott Kearnan  |  August 1, 2014

Sunday. Jamaica Plain's charming tapas joint Tres Gatos is known for its equal love of food and music. The rear room of the restaurant actually functions as a record and book shop, stocked with crates of vinyl classics, rarities and random finds. But on Sunday, August 3 at 3 PM, Tres Gatos will host a guest whose famous family needs no introduction: Daryl Brown, son of "The Godfather of Soul" James Brown. This weekend sees the release of the new movie "Get On Up," based on the life of James Brown. So it seems like the perfect time for Daryl to offer a reading from his new memoir, "Inside the Godfather," which should shed some truly insider light on his music legend dad. Throughout, Tres Gatos will be serving up its "afternoon menu" with new dishes like bluefish ventresca, fava beans with whipped strawberry ricotta and beef heart pastrami, and chickpea and pea green salad with grilled lemon and smoked beef tongue. Funky. 

Sunday. If you've visited brew-your-own beer hall Hopsters, you've had the experience of pouring grains, malts and more into their big brew kettles. But this Sunday, August 3, those kettles will contain something else. Hopsters is hosting its first "Lobstah Boil and Brew Fest" from 12-10 PM, which will see the brew kettles temporarily re-purposed for boiling fresh lobsters. They'll be served to guests in two-hour sessions throughout the day; each $65 ticket includes not only your 1.5 pound lobster, but steamers, sides, and two pints of a specialty ale brewed just for the Fest. Get your claws into them here.

Sunday. If you want to make sure you get a good night's sleep before the weekday onslaught begins again, bourbon and a whole roast feast sound like the perfect way to enter a deep food coma. So grab tickets ($100 here) for Sunday, August 3 at 6:30 PM, when Tavern Road will host a whole lamb roast; the three-hour experience will stuff you full of lamb, charcuterie, sides (spaetzle, zucchini, and fried potatoes), cookies for dessert and four (count 'em four) drinks featuring Angel's Envy bourbon.