Your Week Ahead

5 things to do in Boston the week of May 11

“The Tempest,” student fashion, a profusion of lilacs, and more.

Dina Rudick/Globe Staff


  • Sunday > May 11

  • Led by the Harvard Band, hundreds of tiny tots, many dressed as ducklings, will march through Boston Common to the Public Garden today in the annual Mother’s Day Duckling Day Parade. Face painting, puppet and magic shows, and a theatrical reading of Robert McCloskey’s beloved story precede the parade. Registration costs $40 per family and starts at 10:30 a.m.

  • 617-723-8144;

Jon Hetman


  • Sunday > May 11

  • The Arnold Arboretum’s lilac collection, which includes 176 different types of the plant, is one to savor. Wander among the heady blossoms until dusk today, Lilac Sunday, a free annual event that includes tours, children’s activities, and the once-a-year chance to picnic on the grounds. Lucky for you, a dozen food trucks will be there, selling everything from barbecue to ice cream.

  • 617-524-1718;


  • Sunday > May 11

  • Celebrating its 100th birthday today at 6 p.m., Somerville Theatre rewinds to earlier days with vaudeville acts performing to a live orchestra, classic short films, and a screening of the 1939 Technicolor gem “The Wizard of Oz.” Tickets cost $10.

  • 617-625-5700;

The Smith Center/Geri Kodey


  • Sunday > May 11

  • With music by Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan, choreography by Pilobolus, and magic by Teller, who co-directs with Aaron Posner, The American Repertory Theater’s production of “The Tempest,” playing in Cambridge through June 15, is bound to be a one-of-a-kind experience. Tickets start at $25.

  • 617-547-8300;

Keitaro Yoshioka


  • Saturday > May 17

  • Is Boston nurturing the next Vera Wang or Ralph Lauren? Decide for yourself when more than 100 students send their designs down the runway at the annual MassArt Fashion Show at 7:30 p.m. at the Castle at Park Plaza. Tickets cost $40.


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