Your Week Ahead

5 things to do in and around Boston

Faberge comes to the Peabody Essex, corporate blokes try mixed martial arts, and more this week.

A selection of events to keep you busy in Boston and beyond.

Renata von Tscharner

Sundays, June 16-September 29: SUNDAY IN THE PARK

  • Badminton, croquet, Frisbee, bocce, lawn toss, paddleball, and more are yours for the playing along the banks of the Charles River near the Weeks Footbridge every summer Sunday, starting today. Enjoy Sunday Parkland Games, courtesy of the Charles River Conservancy and the Department of Conservation and Recreation, from 3:30 to 6 p.m., while Memorial Drive is closed to cars. Free yoga class at 5 p.m. 617-608-1410;

Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments, Harvard University


  • The Harvard Museums of Science and Culture celebrate the summer solstice with free admission and fun in the sun from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday. Hang outside at the new Harvard Plaza (between the Harvard Science Center and Sanders Theatre) for Aztec and Morris dance performances or to participate in a human sundial. Venture inside to any of the four museums, or head to the science center’s roof deck to squint into solar telescopes on the longest day of the year.

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  • By day they work in equities trading, corporate real estate, construction management, and other fields, but for one night they’ll become mixed-martial arts fighters to benefit the youth charity Office to Octagon. The 18 local business professionals-turned-fighters received 12 weeks of MMA training and will battle it out in nine bouts at Boston’s Revere Hotel Saturday night. Doors open at 8 o’clock. Tickets cost $100.

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

June 22-September 29: EGGCELLENT

  • Opening Saturday in Salem, the Peabody Essex Museum’s newest exhibition, “Faberge Revealed,” from the collection of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, spans some 230 luxe treasures, from ruby-encrusted brooches to gold cigarette cases and four imperial eggs. 978-745-9500;



  • On Prowse Farm in Canton, watch four-legged members of the Marvelous Mutts catch Frisbees and navigate obstacle courses. You can also shop a canine-themed marketplace, listen to live bands, and kick back in the beer garden at Pooch-A-Palooza, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and next Sunday. Pups welcome, of course. 781-890-2661;

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