Tall Ships Cruise @ Liberty Fleet
The best part of sailing is not actually having to do the sailing. Unless you’re a sailor. The Liberty Fleet of Tall Ships offers just the excursion for those looking to hit the water under the mainsail and foresail while sipping a beverage and taking in the view. The ships depart for one-and-a-half– to two-hour trips all day long, but a great way to end the day with coworkers or a hot date is to catch the 6 or 6:30 departures. No boat shoes required.
The Liberty Fleet of Tall Ships. 67 Long Wharf. Boston. 6pm/all ages/$24+. libertyfleet.com
Summer Groovefest @ Samuel Adams Boston Brewery
Sam Adams beer is to Boston what Miller High Life is to Milwaukee. Kind of. While most of its respective beer isn’t actually brewed in either city, the brewery in Jamaica Plain is a worthy trip for tourists and Bostonians alike. Kicking off a series of summer parties, this Friday offers up a rasta-fueled party with authentic Jamaican fare and reggae music from the Duppy Conquerors. Did we mention it also has great beer to wash down the dub? Ya mon!
Samuel Adams Boston Brewery. 30 Germania St., Boston. 6pm/21+/$25. samueladams.com
19the Annual Chefs in Shorts @ Seaport World Trade Center
Chefs have the sexiest legs, let’s just get that out there. Knock-kneed and smothered in bacon grease, come on, that’s just… YUM! Which is why this annual bacchanalia of BBQ and beers is a perfect place to creep on those hairless stems while they prep some of the city’s finest fare. Proceeds benefit Future Chefs, which prepares urban youth in the culinary field, so your money is well spent. Ticket price includes food and beverage sampling all night long.
Seaport World Trade Center. 200 Seaport Blvd., Boston. 7pm/21+/$80. futurechefs.net
Dead Kennedys @ Paradise Rock Club
While much has changed over the years with DK, much has stayed the same. If you were into hardcore, punk, thrash, or just pissed off in the ’80s, this band meant something to you and probably still does. The current lineup of East Bay Ray, Klaus Flouride, D.H. Peligro, and Skip may not be what you want or need, but it’s what you get. No doubt about it either; it’s what you want so get at it. Hard.
Paradise Rock Club. 967 Comm. Ave., Boston. 8pm/18+/$20.
Monday Nights @ McGreevy’s
There’s a lot of great comedy in the Boston area and plenty of great places to see it live, but more and more places are offering pop-up shows for free, and it’s only making the scene that much better. One of the best bars in the Back Bay, McGreevy’s has thrown its hat in the ring, and on Monday nights, it’s shots of whiskey in between chuckles and snorts. Stop down and see some funny faces for free and tell them we sent you.
McGreevys Boston. 911 Boylston St., Boston. 8pm/21+/FREE. mcgreevysboston.com
Somerville StrEATs @ Nathan Tufts Park
Food trucks are all the rage, and there’s no shortage of food truck festivals in and around the city. But lost among some of the larger gatherings are the sweet little hubs that bring together great street food and even better vibes. Hosted by Bon Me Foods, this cool little hang at Nathan Tufts Park has the makings for an off-the-path gem. Get to know your neighbors, or just a new neighborhood, and hang out in the setting summer sun while you get your chew on.
Nathan Tufts Park. 136 College Ave., Somerville. 4:30pm/all ages/FREE.