A selection of events to keep you busy the week of August 11 in Boston and beyond .
Thursday through Saturday > AUGUST 15-17
AN EARTH-FRIENDLY FEST
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; bostongreenfest.org
Thursday through Sunday >August 15-18
THE MADONNA AND THE ANGEL
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 fishermansfeast.com for the schedule.
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; discoverymuseums.org
Saturday > AUGUST 17
BEASTS AND BEERS
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; zoonewengland.org/fpzevents
Saturday and Sunday > AUGUST 17-18
CRAFTS BY THE SEA
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; waterfrontfestivals.com
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