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Five things to do, July 31-Aug. 6

Char & Bar Wars, Salem Maritime Festival, the Roaring Twenties Lawn Party, and more.

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The weekend-long Roaring Twenties Lawn Party features live music, swing-dance lessons, antique cars, lawn games, and more.

TAP-TAP-TAP

Starting Monday, July 31

Whether your tap-dancing idols are Bill Robinson and Shirley Temple or Gregory Hines and Savion Glover, the annual Beantown Tapfest, in Somerville and Boston, is for you. The weeklong slate of classes, panel discussions, and more peaks on Friday with two performances of On Tap, a showcase of dancers from around the world, at the Boston University Dance Theater. Through August 6. Prices vary; On Tap tickets $36. beantowntapfest.com

FIRED UP

Wednesday, August 2

Armed with tongs and cocktail shakers, local eateries and watering holes wage the Char & Bar Wars at 50 Landsdowne Street in Cambridge. Tickets include unlimited sampling of food and (for 21+ guests) drinks, as more than two dozen establishments vie for best classic burger, best signature burger, and best summer cocktail bragging rights. The outdoor event benefits the public Rindge School of Technical Arts. 5 p.m. $45. cambridgechamber.org

WHITEY WHO?

Friday-Sunday, August 4-6

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A new digital print of the definitive Boston gangster picture, The Friends of Eddie Coyle, shows at the Brattle Theatre in celebration of the centennial of star Robert Mitchum’s birth. Based on George V. Higgins’s debut novel, the 1973 film tells the story of a low-level wise guy torn between loyalty to his crime family and self-preservation — all against a backdrop of pre-gentrification Boston. Tickets start at $9. brattlefilm.org

HISTORY ON THE WATER

Friday-Sunday, August 4-6

Sail on out to the 29th annual Salem Maritime Festival. The National Park Service event features live music, interactive programs, presentations by historical reenactors, and arts and crafts demonstrations and displays. Historic vessels will be on-site for tours and ever-popular 90-minute cruises around Salem Harbor. Free. nps.gov/sama

FLAPPER FUN

Saturday-Sunday, August 5-6

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Put on your dancing shoes for the Roaring Twenties Lawn Party at Castle Hill in Ipswich. The weekend-long event features live music, swing-dance lessons, antique cars, lawn games, and more, with food and beer and wine vendors on the grounds of the Crane Estate. The Great House will be open for tours. 3 p.m. both days. $40, parking $10, tour $10; passes available. roaringtwentieslawnparty.org

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