Your Week Ahead

Five things to do, Aug. 8-14

The Rockport Jazz Festival, a Duck Derby, the August Moon Festival, and more.

Jazz trumpeter Terence Blanchard.
Henry ADEBONOJO/Rockport Jazz Festival
Five-time Grammy winner Terence Blanchard will perform at the Rockport Jazz Festival.


Thursday-Sunday, August 11-14

With five concerts over four days, the 5th annual Rockport Jazz Festival at the Shalin Liu Performance Center brings the riffs. Featured: esteemed musicians like five-time Grammy winner Terence Blanchard, 2017 National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master Dr. Lonnie Smith, and Thinkin’ Big, an 18-piece big band made up of Berklee College of Music and New England Conservatory students and graduates. Tickets $20 to $59.


Saturday & Sunday, August 13-14

Could your rubber ducky be the one? Find out at the annual Mass Audubon Allens Pond Duck Derby in Westport. This quirky event features thousands of the cheery toys floating on the incoming tide from Buzzards Bay. For $10, you can adopt a duck and receive a number. First one across wins a dinner for two, anywhere in the world (with airfare and two-night stay included). More than 40 other prizes will be presented. Race is at 2:15 p.m. Saturday; winners announced at Sunday’s Duck Derby festival, which runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and includes a plant auction and live music (you do not have to be present to win). Free.


Sunday, August 14

New Yorker writer and best-selling author Jane Mayer, who got her start working at small weeklies in Vermont, will discuss her latest book, Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right, as part of the Martha’s Vineyard Authors Series. Interviewing her at the Chilmark Community Center will be Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Tony Horwitz. Audience Q & A and book signing to follow. 7:30 p.m. $20, $40 with signed copy of book.


Sunday, August 14


Come to Boston’s Chinatown to share mooncakes and learn about Chinese culture and arts at the August Moon Festival, a tradition dating to the eighth century BC. There will be lion dances, calligraphy, Chinese opera, martial arts, and more. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free.


Starting Sunday, August 14

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Break out the stretch pants! It’s time for Dine Out Boston, when restaurants across Greater Boston entice patrons with special menus and prices. Since 2001, this event has been giving diners a chance to try the area’s amazing culinary offerings without breaking the bank. Lunch $15, $20, $25; dinner $28, $33, $38. August 14-19 and 21-26.

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