5 things to do in Boston this weekend

Laura S. Wilson
Josh Ritter

MFA Late Nites

The MFA will host another evening of its Late Nites programming on Friday, keeping portions of the museum open until 2 a.m. Visitors can explore a dozen galleries, including “Frida Kahlo and Arte Popular,” an exhibit focused on the Mexican artist that ends its run at the MFA next month. There will also be late-night snacks, performance artists, and live music in various sections of the museum. (Friday, May 10, from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; $20; all ages)

Somerville PorchFest

Once a year during PorchFest, Somerville transforms into one huge concert, with hundreds of musicians performing on porches across the city. Artists on West Somerville porches will play throughout from noon to 2 p.m., while those in Central Somerville will perform from 2 to 4 p.m., and those in East Somerville will take to their instruments from 4 to 6 p.m. (Saturday, May 11, from noon to 6 p.m.; various locations, Somerville; free; all ages)

Josh Ritter

Onetime Somerville resident Josh Ritter has been putting out a blend of folk and alt-country for more than 20 years now, and he dropped his 10th album, “Fever Breaks,” last month. The singer-songwriter will play the Wilbur on both Saturday and Sunday along with his Royal City Band. Saturday’s show is almost sold out, but plenty of tickets remain for Sunday’s set. (Saturday, May 11, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, May 12, at 8 p.m.; The Wilbur, Boston; $32-$151; all ages)

Duckling Day


In honor of the beloved children’s book “Make Way for Ducklings,” Boston Common will play host to its annual Duckling Day, a morning filled with kid-friendly activities. The event will be capped by a parade of duck-costumed families from Parkman Bandstand to the Public Garden led by the Harvard Marching Band. Registration fees for the parade benefit Friends of the Public Garden. (Sunday, May 12, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Boston Common, Boston; $35-40 per family; all ages)

Lee Fields and the Expressions

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R&B and soul singer Lee Fields is a true throwback, having collaborated with legends of yesteryear such as B.B. King, Bobby Womack, and Kool and the Gang. Fields hasn’t slowed either, as he and his group the Expressions have put out five albums during the last 10 years, including this year’s “It Rains Love.” It’s that album that will bring Fields to Brighton Music Hall on Sunday. (Sunday, May 12, at 7 p.m.; Brighton Music Hall, Boston; $15; 18+)


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