Planet Rock: Earth Fest
Grab a lawn chair and arrive early for the annual day-long free music festival along the Esplanade.
Shell sounds: Local heroes Gentlemen Hall join headliners Vertical Horizon (remember "Everything You Want"?) on the bill.
Sat 10a. DCR Hatch Memorial Shell, 1 David Mugar Way, Back Bay (617-263-1184). Free.
Nearby: Beacon Hill Hotel & Bistro; Seven's Ale House; Cheers
Fish Feast: Seafood at Sundown
When the sun goes down, your weekend starts here with just-caught local seafood and beer from Cambridge Brewing Company.
Daily catch: Lobster rolls and a full raw bar pair perfectly with pristine sunset views of the sunset over the bay.
Fri 6-9p. Red's Best Local Seafood, 13-15 Fish Pier St., Seaport (617-752-2762). $75 here.
Nearby: The Barking Crab; No Name Restaurant; Rosa Mexicano
Little Tokyo: Japan Festival
This annual Japanese cultural expo has the same live music and artistic cuisine you'd find in Tokyo, minus the 12-hour plane ride.
Taste of Asia: More than 20 food booths will be on hand, serving everything from ramen to onigiri rice balls.
Sun 10a-6p. City Hall Plaza, Government Center. Free.
Nearby: Scholar's; The Kinsale; The Red Hat
Bourbon On the Bay: Boston Whisky Guild Cruise
What's better than a Saturday boat cruise? A boat cruise that features more than 50 top-shelf whiskeys for the tasting.
Pre-game: Make sure to fill up on apricot-glazed pork loin at the lunch buffet before you start downing scotch.
Sat 1p-3:30p. Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Blvd., Seaport (617-385-4000). $95-115 here.
Nearby: Sam's at Louis Boston; Rosa Mexicano; The Daily Catch