This is our pick of the best of the burbs.
Gloucester: For the Downtown Gloucester Block Party, Main Street will be a promenade of entertainment, music and dance, al fresco dining, art, open stores and galleries, and a childrens’ game area. The series celebrates Gloucester on the third Saturday of each month during July, August, and September. Saturday at 6 p.m. Hancock and Main streets. Free. 978-525-3131, www.glostablockparty.com
Lynn: At McLaughlin’s Old Car Show and Family Day, parents can enjoy the antique cars and kids can enjoy a moon bounce and some games. Music will be all around. Proceeds benefit Cancer Research and Wounded Veterans. Saturday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. McLaughlin’s Car & Truck Repair Center, 164 Blossom St. $2. 781-595-4343, www.keepyouingear.com
Newburyport: Richard Thompson is a founding member of the seminal ’60s folk rock group Fairpoint Convetion and was chosen by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the top 20 guitarists of all time. Friday at 8 p.m. The Theatre at Newburyport High School, 241 High St. $40. www.HeptunesConcerts.com
Stoneham: Visit Stone Zoo and discover why enrichment is so important. In celebration of summer, the animals at Stone Zoo will be enjoying beach-themed enrichment items including papier-mache beach balls filled with treats, ice treats, and other fun surprises. Throughout this special day, sponsored by
Yellowbook, guests will have the opportunity to see many of the animals receive enrichment items made especially for them. Saturday,
10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Stone Zoo, 149 Pond St. $14, children (ages 2-12) $10, Seniors $12, under 2 free. 781-438-5100, www.zoonewengland.org