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Your Week Ahead

5 things to do in and around Boston

The city’s preliminary mayoral election, Boston Fashion Week, Somerville’s What the Fluff? festival, and more

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GET OUT AND VOTE

  • Tuesday > September 24

  • Who will be Boston’s next mayor? Tuesday’s preliminary municipal electionis the first big step in answering that question. It will determine which two candidates, from a dizzying field of 12, will appear on the November 5 ballot. Five City Council seats are up for grabs, too. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. You can check that your voting status is active and find your polling place at cityofboston.gov/elections/voter or by calling 617-635-3767.


WHAT MENINO LEAVES BEHIND

  • Thursday > September 26

  • As we prepare to elect a new mayor, the Ford Hall Forum at Suffolk University takes a closer look at how the man who led Boston for the past two decades will be remembered. The Boston Foundation’s president, Paul Grogan, moderates “The Menino Legacy: Down to the Wire,’’ a panel discussion among local pundits, starting at 6:30 p.m. Register at fordhallforum.org. 617-557-2007

Yoon S. Byun/Globe Staff

FOR THE STYLISH SET

  • Starting Friday > September 27-October 5

  • Trunk shows, pop-up shops, talks, receptions, and a whole lot of runway events are all a part of Boston Fashion Week, taking place over nine days at bars, clubs, shops, malls, and even churches throughout Boston. Some events are free; find the (exhaustive) schedule at bostonfashionweek.com.

  • Pictured, swimwear from Karina Bresnahan graced a past Boston Fashion Week runway.

Berklee Beantown Jazz Festiva

FALLING FOR JAZZ

  • Saturday > September 28

  • Three stages’ worth of jazz, blues, Latin, and groove are the main attraction at the annual Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday on Columbus Avenue between Mass. Ave. and Burke Street in Boston’s South End. Meshell Ndegeocello, the Will Calhoun Trio, and the Matt Savage Quartet are among the performers at this free event. beantownjazz.org

Hank Hauptmann

CRAZY FOR FLUFF

  • Saturday > September 28

  • Card-carrying Somervillians know that the marshmallow-y spread known as Fluff was invented within their city limits back in 1917. And on Saturday afternoon from 3 to 7 in Union Square, they’ll celebrate the sweet stuff at the annual free What the Fluff? festival, featuring games (Pin the F on Fluff Boy!), music, vendors selling Fluff treats, and a cooking contest. unionsquaremain.org/fluff-festival

  • SHARE YOUR EVENT NEWS. Send information on Boston-area happenings at least three weeks in advance to week@globe.com.

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