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.
Andover: Keith Lockhart will present a talk on composer Igor Stravinsky’s “The Soldier’s Tale,” illustrated by music performed by a group of seven musicians. Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Northern Essex Community College. Collins Center, 100 Shawsheen Road. $35. www.necc.mass.edu.
Salem: The Boston Artists Ensemble performs British composer Weir’s Piano Trio (1998), Spanish composer Turina’s Piano Quartet, and other works. Friday, 8 p.m., Peabody Essex Museum, East India Square Mall. $27. 978-745-9500, www.bostonartistsensemble.org.
Newburyport: Oktoberfest features traditional German food, music, and craft beers in the beer tent. There will be games, rides, and activities for all ages. Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. Cashman Park, 5 Pop Crowley Way. http://business.newburyportchamber.org.
North Andover: Aquila Theater presents “Fahrenheit 451,” Ray Bradbury’s dystopian tale of a bleak future where literature and knowledge are on the edge of extinction. Wednesday, 7:30 p.m., Rogers Center for the Arts, Cullen Avenue and Walsh Way. $25, $20 advance, $18 seniors. 978-837-5355, www.merrimack.edu.