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5 things to do in Boston from Aug. 24-Sept. 6

Jeff Bridges croons, pooches get a play date, schooners set sail, and more.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3

The dude also sings

In addition to scooping up Oscar nods, Jeff Bridges sidelines as a musician. He stops in at Boston’s Wilbur for one show with his band — who could only be named the Abiders. Tickets start at $40. 617-248-9700; thewilbur.com

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 27

In Poitier’s footsteps

The Huntington Theatre Company raises the curtain September 5 on a stage adaptation of Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, with Malcolm-Jamal Warner in the role Sidney Poitier made famous in the 1967 film. On August 27, the Huntington hosts a free screening of the classic movie at Dorchester’s Strand Theatre at 7 p.m., followed by a chat with Warner and play director David Esbjornson. RSVP to the movie, or buy tickets to the play (running through October 5 at BU Theatre), at huntingtontheatre.org. 617-266-0800

FRIDAY-SUNDAY, AUGUST 29-31

Seafaring weekend

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Twenty-four ships arrive in Cape Ann Friday for the Gloucester Schooner Festival, which culminates Sunday in a parade of sail, followed by the 1 p.m. Mayor’s Race. Saturday’s activities include open houses aboard the US Coast Guard Barque Eagle and at the Coast Guard Station, a lobster bake, parade of lighted boats, and fireworks display over Gloucester Harbor. gloucesterschoonerfestival.net

SATURDAY-SUNDAY, AUGUST 30-31

Arts in the park

So you’re staying put Labor Day weekend? Head to Christopher Columbus Park in the North End from noon to 6 p.m. for the free Ahts: The Boston Arts Festival. Along with 45 local artists selling their work, the lineup includes live music by the 20-plus member Animal Hospital Ensemble, stories from the PBS radio show The Moth, a fireworks show over Boston Harbor at 9 p.m. Saturday, and more. cityofboston.gov/arts/arts_festival.asp

SATURDAY-SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 6-7

Buster’s day out

Here’s an outing for you and your best friend. Pooch-a-Palooza takes over the Topsfield Fairgrounds from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. the first weekend in September, offering the chance to see canine entertainers conquer an obstacle course and catch high-flying Frisbees. Enter your own precious pup in a pooch pageant. Also look for play areas for kids and for dogs, spa treatments for the furry set, and pet wellness info. Tickets cost $10. pooch-a-palooza.org

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