Labor Day weekend in Boston is, in a single word, hell. Roughly 80% of the city’s leases run Sept-Sept thanks to the giant student population. At about 200,000 students, the 25 four-year colleges in the city have dominated the rental market and made it, to reiterate, hell. In case you haven’t heard, you cannot drive a moving truck down Storrow Drive. Oh you didn’t hear me before? You cannot drive a moving truck down Storrow Drive. The historic bridges of the waterfront roadway are ancient and low and will rip your budget rental open like a tin can. People will take pictures of you and laugh. There’s a term for it. Getting Storrowed. Boston Mag has quick guide on surviving this weekend. Trillium has a beer. Good luck, and please, remember YOU CANNOT DRIVE A MOVING TRUCK DOWN STORROW.

Give me a sign

Maybe you’ve walked past the “Trolley Snacks & More” sign at Lechmere or noticed the sign for The Neighborhood, Somerville’s beloved breakfast spot. Both of these signs — and a bunch more around the Boston area — were made by Signtronix. And David Hebb, a self-identified commercial archaeologist, is on a mission to document all of them. Follow Atlas Obscura along for a journey with him to visit a few of the Boston area’s Signtronix landmarks. The video is the pilot episode of the broader Sign Project chronicling Hebb’s quest.



The Colby Farms sunflower field is open for the season. Get your next Insta pic or just enjoy a field full of sunbursting flowers. 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.//$10 parking fee

Before there was “Cat Person” there was Jacques Tourneur’s noir film “Cat People.” The Brattle screens the quasi-sequel, “The Curse of the Cat People.” 5:30 or 9:15 p.m.//$12


Cambridge Naturals teams up with the soon-to-open Landsmith Cafe + Outdoor Adventure Clubhouse for a before-work community climb in The Fells. Your ticket includes coffee. 7 a.m.//$12

The Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus, a nonpartisan organization dedicated to getting more women elected to political office, is hosting a Summer Soirée to give young professionals a chance to meet endorsed candidates and get ready for the busy election season this fall and beyond. 6-8 p.m.//free


Boston city planners will be hanging out at Aeronaut Allston to answer your questions about zoning at Zone 3, the area that the beer garden is located in. 5-8 p.m.//free

Join Mayor Walsh for ice cream and a school supply drive. Admission is free but donations of the following items are encouraged! 6-8 p.m.//free


Does your love and knowledge of Market Basket run deep? Throw your name in the ring to be crowned Mr Mrkt Bskt (any and all gender identities encouraged to compete) or just show up to watch the showdown. 7:30 p.m.//$10 

Coleslaw's Corner celebrates a year of delightful drag shows hosted at the Hayden Planetarium. This birthday party show features their largest lineup of Queens yet. 7:30 p.m.//$15


Passim’s campfire. festival, which starts Friday and runs through Monday, is a surefire way to find your new favorite folk band. 6-12 p.m.//$10 for the day or $25 for the whole weekend

Join Boston Hassle for their latest underground installment: Folk-Pop Night with For Now, Via Intercom, and Salus at The Root Cellar. 8-11 p.m.//$10


Tailgate the New England Revolution’s football (soccer) match with the French Cultural Center, who have a very cute explanation of what a tailgate is in case you are not familiar with this American football tradition. 5:30 p.m.//$35

Ghostbuster and SNL star Leslie Jones is at the Wilbur doing standup for the night. 7 p.m.//$41+


The ICA Watershed closes for the season after Labor Day, so see the space and catch John Akomfrah’s incredible immersive film “Purple” before it’s gone. 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.//free

Snag some vintage furniture and decor for your new apartment at the Somerville Flea in Davis before the fall chill sets in. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.//free