The time of their lives
CIRCUS SMIRKUS “Topsy Turvy Time Travel: A Blast From the Past & Fun From the Future” is the name of the show for the 25th Big Top Anniversary Tour. Kids, ages 11-18, are on the high wire and trapeze and also perform as clowns, jugglers, and acrobats. The troupe includes Olivia Saunders from Acton and Remi Sanchez from Amherst. July 26 and 27 at noon and
7 p.m. (through July 29 at Gore Place; see website for other venues). $25, $19 ages 2-12. Gore Place, 52 Gore St., Waltham. 877-764-7587. www.smirkus.org/htm/tour/tourschedule.html
“ANNE OF GREEN GABLES” Middle-aged brother and sister Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert want to adopt a boy to help out on their Prince Edward Island farm. What they get is orphan Anne Shirley. The Harwich Junior Theatre musical by Janet Vogt and Mark Friedman is based on the book by Lucy Maud Montgomery. July 26 at 7 p.m. (through Aug. 5). $22, $15 under 21. Harwich Junior Theatre, 105 Division St., West Harwich. 508-432-2002. www.hjtcapecod.org
HOUGHTON’S POND COOL SUMMER FEST Bring your fishing rod and reel or borrow one from the nice folks at Houghton’s Pond who have a great day planned. Activities include water games, live music, an inflatable obstacle course, crafts, pond exploration, and wildlife. July 28 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free.
DCR Houghton’s Pond Recreation Area, 840 Hillside St., Milton. 617-698-1802. www.mass.gov/dcr
RUN & RIDE AT CAMBRIDGESIDE At this run and bike duathlon to promote kids’ fitness and health, Miss Massachusetts USA Natalie Pietrzak
stops by to check things out. There will be giveaways, StoryWalk, and entertainment. July 29 at 8:30 a.m. Free (for ages 5-15; register online by 5 p.m. on July 27; please bring a new school supply for East End House). In and around CambridgeSide Galleria, 100 CambridgeSide Place, Cambridge. 617-621-8668.
“THE A RAVEN’S SORROW EXPERIENCE” A Raven’s Sorrow partners with art
communities on its national tour to showcase the work of local visual artists. The band will perform and celebrate its new release, “Chrysalis.” The art theme is life’s darker aspects and the human condition. July 27 at 7 p.m. Free. All ages. House of Blues Foundation Room, 15 Lansdowne St., Boston. 781-269-2128. www.arsband.com/show-dates.html
CHARLES RIVER FOOD TRUCK FESTIVAL Sample portions and full meals and feast on music and children’s activities at this festival featuring New England gourmet food trucks. Participants include Grilled Cheese Nation, Lobsta Love, and VeeBop’s Ice Cream. July 28 at 11 a.m. Tasting tickets are $13-$48. DCR’s Artesani Herter Park, 1175 Soldiers Field Road, Brighton. 617-782-7117. www.foodtruckfestivalsofne.com
IN SEARCH OF EDIBLE WEEDS Feel like foraging through the South End at this walk presented by Boston Natural Areas Network? You’ll look for edible plants found in parks and along sidewalks followed by a 30-minute weed tasting. July 28 from 9-10:30 a.m. Free (registration required). Meet at the MBTA Orange Line entrance along Massachusetts Avenue, Boston. 617-542-7696. www.boston
DAVIS SQUARE WALKING TOUR Move over Beacon Hill, Davis Square has arrived. The Somerville hot spot is now a tour offered by Boston By Foot with sites including the Somerville Theatre, Rosebud Diner, Sacco’s Bowl Haven, and several historical residential streets. July 29 at 2 p.m., rain or shine. $15. Meet at the outdoor plaza opposite the Somerville Theatre and Davis Square T-Stop. 617-367-2345. www.bostonbyfoot.org