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Your Week Ahead

5 things to do in and around Boston

Brews among the beasts, an earth-friendly fest, crafts by the sea, and more.

A selection of events to keep you busy the week of August 11 in Boston and beyond .


Thursday through Saturday > AUGUST 15-17


  • Trying to trim your carbon footprint? Boston GreenFest on City Hall Plaza has educational exhibits and workshops and a forum with Boston’s mayoral candidates, along with live entertainment, games, ultra-efficient vehicles, eco films, healthy food, eco fashions and crafts, and more to inspire you. Festivities begin at 5 p.m. Thursday. 617-477-4840;

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Thursday through Sunday >August 15-18


  • The Madonna and the AngelThe North End’s feasts of the saints are a classic summer spectacle in Boston, and the Fisherman’s Feast of the Madonna del Soccorso di Sciacca is a good one to catch. Processions, music, the flight of the angel, and, of course, the vending of Italian sausage take place on Fleet, Lewis, and North streets, starting at 6 p.m. Thursday. Visit for the schedule.

Jenn Erickson

Fridays > AUGUST 16, 23, AND 30


  • Three more chances remain this summer to take the tots to the Discovery Museums in Acton for free on Fridays. Admission fees are waived on August 16 and 23, from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., and all day on August 30, 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. 978-264-4200;

Saturday > AUGUST 17


  • Narragansett, Harpoon, Dogfish Head, and Rapscallion are among the 30 breweries serving up frosty tastes at Franklin Park Zoo’s Brew at the Zoo Saturday from 5 to 9 p.m. in Dorchester. Enjoy beer-friendly food from American Flatbread, Harrow’s Chicken Pies, Ole Mexican Grill, and others. Tickets cost $50. 617-541-5466;

Castleberry Fairs

Saturday and Sunday > AUGUST 17-18


  • Browse jewelry, pottery, quilts, candles, and much more from 175 artisans at the Gloucester Waterfront Festival in Stage Fort Park along Gloucester Harbor. The event includes a pancake breakfast; antique auto show on Sunday; and live Celtic, ragtime, and folk music. 978-283-1601;

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