This is our pick of the best of the burbs. For more information, go to www.boston.com and search music, restaurants, arts and crafts, and other goings-on throughout Greater Boston.
Malden: The Oak Grove Improvement Association and the Chinese Culture Connection invite you to the Harvest Moon Festival, a family-friendly event for all ages. The theme of the festival is based on combining a traditional Harvest Fest with the Chinese Moon Festival. Saturday, 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Fellsmere Pond, Fellsmere East/Savin Street. Free. www.oakgrovemalden.org.
North Reading: The town’s 17th annual Apple Festival features an apple pie contest, Historical Society merchandise, local entertainment, children’s games, and pony rides. There is also a silent art auction, art raffle, apple pie and ice cream, and food and drink. Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Rev. Daniel Putnam House, 27 Bow St. Free. 978-664-1066, www.nreadinghistory.org.
Stoneham: “Lumberjacks in Love” is a new musical comedy that tells the tale of five burly bachelors, 200 miles from the nearest woman — or so they think. When Slim accidentally obtains for himself a mail-order bride, their simple, shanty lives turn upside down. Bluegrass and folk music is played on “homespun” instruments by the actors themselves. Thursday, 7:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 3 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. Shows continue through Sept. 30. Stoneham Theatre, 395 Main St. $44-$48, senior, student discounts available. 781-279-2200, www.stonehamtheatre.org.