Brookline: This month’s installment of the BASH poetry reading series, curated by Black Ocean Press, features Amy Lawless (“My Dead”), Stephanie Anderson (“In the Key of Those Who Can No Longer Organize Their Environments”), and Jacqueline Waters (“One Sleeps the Other Doesn’t”) Friday at 7 p.m. at the Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St. Free. 617-566-6660, www.brooklinebooksmith-shop.com.
Concord: The seventh annual Harvest Day, a benefit for Emerson Hospital, offers hay and pony rides, water balloon toss, mining for gems, radar-measured baseball pitch, pick your own pumpkins, games, and other family activities Saturday, noon to 4 p.m., at Verrill Farm, 11 Wheeler Road. Free admission. 978-369-4494, www.verrillfarm.com.
Natick: Watch the morning mist rise off the Charles River as fall colors reflect off the water, listen to bird songs and watch for turtles and great blue herons as you paddle along during a special canoe ride, with a hearty breakfast served during a stop along the way, Saturday from 7 to 11 a.m. at the Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary, 280 Eliot St. $47; $39 for Massachusetts Audubon Society members. 508-655-2296, www.massaudubon.org.
Watertown: Celebrate Guiseppe Verdi’s 200th birthday with a special Opera Night, offering live performances by Opera On Tap and a four-course meal of specialties from the Emilia Romagna region of Italy, Verdi’s birthplace, at 7 p.m. Thursday at Stellina Restaurant, 47 Main St. $50. 617-924-9475, www.stellinarestaurant.com.