FAVORITE DOLL TEA Kids are invited to bring special doll friends to an afternoon tea. Beverages, dessert, and history instruction will be served, as docents lead guests on a tour that features an antique dollhouse. Aug. 15, 2-4 p.m. $10, reservations required. Babcock-Smith House Museum, 124 Granite St., Westerly, R.I. 401-348-8178, www.rhody
NEW ENGLAND PIRATE FAIRE Ahoy, maties, be ye ready for swashbuckling swordplay, buried treasure, and all manner of interactive pirate fun? Then head to Pastimes Entertainment’s rollicking event. Aug. 11-12, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $12, $8 ages 4-11, under 3 free. Pioneer Village, Forest River Park, Salem. 781-893-5410, www.pastimes entertainment.com
COMMONWEALTH SHAKESPEARE COMPANY FAMILY DAY This bard bonanza features CityStage’s “A KidSummer Night’s Dream,” an adaptation of “The Tempest” for kids, Boston Conservatory students in “Bard Over Broadway,” and “Shakespeare on Love” featuring actors from CSC’s summer apprentice program. The Boston Circus Guild enhances the festival atmosphere with jugglers, aerialists, and acrobats. Aug. 11, noon-4 p.m. Free. Boston Common, Parkman Bandstand.
FIELD WORK: A YOUNG WRITERS WORKSHOP What’s hatching down on the farm? At this weeklong workshop, ideas for stories and essays. In between sessions of individual and group writing, teens ages 15-18 experience aspects of farm life including collecting eggs and planting seeds. Aug. 13-17 and 20-24, 9 a.m.-
noon. $250 per week. Appleton Farms, 219 County Road, Ipswich. 978-317-7706.
LOWELL QUILT FESTIVAL There’s nothing wrong with a nice old-fashioned quilt, but these days the art form goes way beyond the cozy blankets Grandma used to make. The proof is at this festival presenting quilts as wall art with bold fabrics, embellishments, and thread-as-paint. A juried exhibition, lectures, trunk shows, vendors, and appearances by quilting personality Marianne Fons and her daughter Mary Fons are featured.
Aug. 9-11. Fees vary. Various venues in Lowell. www.lowell
HUNGRY TIGER STREET FOOD FESTIVAL Union Square channels a night market like those found in the Far East, Mexico, or old Europe. El Potro, Pao de Açucar, India Palace, and other eateries serve up global cuisine, artisans ply their wares, musicians play, and street performers entertain with fire throwing and other feats. Aug. 11, 6-10 p.m. Free admission. Union Square Plaza, 70 Union Square, Somerville. Rain date Aug. 12. www.somervilleartscouncil.org
AUGUST MOON FESTIVAL See lion dances, Chinese opera, martial arts, Chinese dough art, and Chinese folk dancing at this annual Chinatown festival. And don’t forget to get your mooncakes. Aug. 12, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Chinatown, Boston. www.chinatownmainstreet.org
FOO FEST Music on indoor and outdoor stages, interactive art installations, children’s activities, local cuisine, and community organizations are all part of this festival showcasing artists and performers living and working in Rhode Island. Big Freedia and the Divas headline. Aug. 11, 1 p.m.-1 a.m. $7, under 5 free. Empire St., Providence. www.as220.org