CAVALCADE OF CLASSICS
Saturday, June 21
In a quest for $150,000 in prize money, more than 100 vintage autos make an overnight pit stop in Lowell starting at around 4:45 p.m. as part of the 2014 Great Race. Come by to chat with the drivers and check out the cars on the first day of the 2,100-mile rally that ends in The Villages, Florida. greatrace.com
GO, New Englanders!
Regional competitors in the Great Race include:
> George Sweezey and Andrew LaBier of Mansfield and Plymouth, Massachusetts — 1939 Lasalle 5019
> Tom and Peggy Pease of Florence, Massachusetts — 1965 Mercury Comet Cyclone
> Frank Buonanno and Chris Clark of Newtown and Ansonia, Connecticut — 1915 Hudson 6-40 Speedway Racer
> Bill and Sharon Herrmann of Arlington, Vermont — 1952 GMC 5-ton pickup
PERKS FOR POPS
Sunday, June 15
Among the attractions offering free admission for good ol’ dad on Father’s Day are: Boston’s Franklin Park Zoo and Stoneham’s Stone Zoo (both at 617-541-5466; zoonewengland.org) and Boylston’s Tower Hill Botanic Garden (508-869-6111; towerhillbg.org).
DAY OF DRAGONS
Sunday, June 15
Sixty-two teams of paddlers battle it out at the free Boston Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival from noon to 5 p.m. on the Charles River between Western Avenue and the Weeks Footbridge. The day also includes traditional dances, music, arts and crafts, and food. bostondragonboat.org
Wednesday, June 18
The Museum of Fine Arts commemorates the end of slavery in the United States with a Juneteenth celebration from 6 to 9:45 p.m. Take a tour, hear from civil rights leaders, and more. 617-267-9300; mfa.org/programs/special-event
Thursday, June 19
What role does investigative journalism play in society today? WGBH and the New England Center for Investigative Reporting host a panel discussion among journalists from Frontline, the Globe, and elsewhere at WGBH in Boston at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $35. 617-300-5400; wgbh.org/events
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