5 things to do this weekend, including the Boston Film Festival and the Emily Dickinson Museum’s poetry festival

"You know, my favorite thing about the movie is, like, it feels like a movie," Harry Styles said in a now-viral press conference promoting the new film, “Don’t Worry Darling.” If, like me, you’re dying to know what he meant by that, you’re in luck. This weekend the buzziest film of the year will be showing at the 38th annual Boston Film Festival. You can also catch a light exhibition at the Franklin Zoo and a poetry festival at the Emily Dickinson Museum. And, to everyone who got a ticket for WBUR’s sold-out celebration of The Makers, we can’t wait to celebrate with you!

Boston Film Festival

Thursday, Sept. 22-Monday, Sept. 26

Boston Film Festival is back this year with three world premieres: “Bromates” (produced by Snoop Dogg), “The Wind & the Reckoning” and “Always, Lola.” The long-awaited thriller from Olivia Wilde, “Don’t Worry Darling,” will open the festival. For the first time ever, the festival will feature a comedy night on Friday, Sept. 23 with “Bromates” and special programming for online viewers. Details on programming will be announced on Boston Film Festival’s social media. Q&A sessions with directors, actors and film representatives will follow all live premieres. [Read film critic Sean Burns’ review of “Don’t Worry Darling” here.]

Tell It Slant Poetry Festival

Through Sunday, Sept. 25

This annual festival at the Emily Dickinson Museum is named for Dickinson’s poem “Tell all the truth but tell it slant.” Catch the rest of the Emily Dickinson Poetry Marathon, which concludes Sunday. In this hybrid event, all 1,789 of Dickinson’s poems will be read aloud over the course of seven sessions. Other programming includes a poetry open mic featuring a reading from Nathan McClain, a late-night garden party with poets Tyehimba Jess and Sumita Chakraborty and a workshop on the use of exclamation points from Moriel Rothman-Zecher.


Emerald Necklace Park Fest

Saturday, Sept. 24

This family-friendly festival celebrates landscape artist Frederick Law Olmsted’s 200th year and takes place throughout all 5.5 miles of the Emerald Necklace. There will be activities all afternoon across the parks, including tree care tours and games of pétanque, a sport in which players roll silver balls on the ground, aiming to get as close as possible to a target. There will also be tunes by DJ KO’d and sailing lessons. Families and individuals can also rent Bluebikes to get around the parks for free — you have until Sept. 23 to register for a pass.


Indigenous Heritage Day at the Cape Ann Museum

Saturday, Sept. 24

On Saturday, the Cape Ann Museum presents a full day of programming celebrating the cultures of the Massachusett, Nipmuc and Wampanoag tribes. Events include dance performances, arts and crafts and an interactive telling of “Keepunumuk: Weeâchumun's Thanksgiving Story.” There will also be a revealing of two artifacts restored by artist Darius Coombs using the same methods that his ancestors used. It’s free and open to the public, a great way to honor the land's original inhabitants.

Boston Lights at Franklin Park Zoo

Through Sunday, Oct. 23

Franklin Park Zoo will shine bright until late October with lanterns creating scenes from the rainforest to the ocean. Brightly colored flowers emerge from the ground, and butterflies twinkle in the sky at night. Traditional Asian lanterns are featured alongside an 82-foot-long octopus tunnel, and places to dance and stroll through the park will be open and alight. Tickets are available in advance and at the gate.

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