As winter approaches, it’s easy for your schedule to lack diversity, especially during the work week. But that doesn’t mean that cool things aren’t happening. It just means that you should get off your duff, put on a jacket, and go do them. Here are ten things you can do this week to spice things up a bit.


Nov. 8-16 – Boston Comedy Festival

A laugh-filled event featuring a week-long stand-up competition as well as performances from seasoned comics like Lenny Clarke and Judah Friedlander should keep you chuckling until Nov. 16 (at Davis Square Theatre and surrounding venues; times and prices vary, 18+).

Nov. 11 – Thirst Boston Day 2

If you weren’t able to indulge in any delectable beverages or tasteful beverage discussion on Sunday, catch the second half of this prestigious drink festival at Hotel Commonwealth and surrounding venues (12:30 p.m., $135, 21+).

Nov. 11 – Anarchist Book Fair

Catch day two of a gathering of anarchist, countercultural, and community members that brings workshops, vendors, skillshares, and various speakers to gain a new perspective on Boston’s present and future (at the Paresky Center at Simmons College; 10 a.m., free, all ages).

Nov. 12 – Project Bread’s Strike Out Hunger Bowl-a-thon

Support a good cause and bowl a few frames at Lucky Strike Lanes at Jillian’s with the folks at Project Bread. The event will include free appetizers, a raffle, and more activities to help you get in the giving spirit (5:30 p.m., $20, 18+).

Nov. 14 – Bounty-ful Local Wine and Cheese Tasting

Head to the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology and try selections from highlighted local wineries and artisan cheeses from local farms. If you taste something you like, food and wine will be on sale, as well (5 p.m., $35, 21+)


Nov. 11 – Native

Indiana punks Native hit Great Scott to make sure that the end of your long weekend sucks less. They bring Montreal’s solids and locals Sneeze along for the ride (8:30 p.m., $10, 18+).

Nov. 12 – Elton John

Tickets are still available to see the man behind “Can You Feel The Love Tonight?” (at TD Garden; 8 p.m., $27-147, all ages).

Nov. 12 – Session Americana

The local folk collective continues its Tuesday residency at Lizard Lounge with special guest Duke Levine (9:30 p.m., $10, 21+).

Nov. 13 – Dan Bejar of Destroyer at Brighton Music Hall

Lead man Dan Bejar of the veteran Canadian indie rock band hits Brighton Music Hall joined by Vancouver’s Pink Mountaintops (8 p.m., $15, 18+).

Nov. 13 – Sky Ferreira and Smith Westerns

A neo-pop hero and a Chicago art-rock trio share a killer bill with local psych-rockers Guillermo Sexo opening (at Paradise; 8 p.m., $18, 18+).