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HARPOONFEST This annual celebration of local beer serves up Summer Beer, UFO White, and the brewery’s newest year-round suds, Rich & Dan’s Rye IPA. Local music groups include Will Dailey & the Rivals, Mean Creek, and Jenny Dee & the Deelinquents. May 18 (5:30-
11 p.m., doors close at 9:30 p.m.), May 19 (2-9 p.m., doors close at 7:30 p.m.). Rain or shine. $20 (includes a drink ticket and souvenir cup). 21+. The Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Ave., Boston. 888-427-7666. www.harpoonbrewery.com
GREENWAY CAROUSEL GRAND OPENING Round and round and round they’ll go at this opening event. There will be a limited number of free rides and free cotton candy, so get there early. May 17 from 6-
8 p.m. Free (limited number). Greenway Carousel, between State Street and Atlantic Avenue, Boston. 617-292-0020. www.rosekennedygreenway.org
“CHARLOTTE’S WEB” Friendship wins out on the farm in this children’s classic presented by actors in grades 2-4 from the Watertown Children’s Theatre. May 18 at 7 p.m. (May 19 and 20 at 1 p.m.). $10. Black Box Theater, Arsenal Center for the Arts,
321 Arsenal St., Watertown.
ZOO 100 DAY Franklin Park Zoo celebrates its 100th birthday in October, but why wait? The first of many events is this day of zookeeper encounters and entertainment including the musical group Jumping Monkeys (10:15-11 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.-noon, weather permitting). The first 1000 visitors receive a free mini cupcake or frosting shot from Sweet Cupcakes. May 19 from 10 a.m.-
5 p.m. $17, $14 seniors, $11 ages 2-12. Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Road, Boston. 617-541-5466. www.franklin
MOTIF NO. 1 DAY You probably have a photo of this red fishing shack, a symbol of Rockport’s art heritage. Since 1949, residents and visitors have celebrated the town’s art history with an annual festival. Activities include an Art Zone, sidewalk chalk art contest, scavenger hunt, interactive art exhibits, instrument petting zoo (10:30 a.m.-noon at the Old Firehouse Trust Building in Dock Square), and music (Back Bay Brass concert from noon-1 p.m. at the Shalin Liu Performance Center). May 19 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Downtown Rockport. www.rockportartfestivals.com
ARTS AT UNION This first annual fund-raiser hopes to further the arts and sports connection in Boston. Food, local music, and works by local artists celebrate this gym founded in 1851 as an outlet for Boston youth. May 17 from 5-9 p.m. $20, $15 students. Union Gym, 48 Boylston St., Boston.
HERB FESTIVAL In addition to a variety of herbs, perennials, wildflowers, everlastings, annuals, tropicals, succulents, and vegetables, the festival offers guided garden walks and programs including “A Kitchen Garden” (Sunday at 2:30 p.m.). May 18, 19, 20 from 10 a.m.-
4 p.m. Free programs. Green Briar Nature Center, 6 Discovery Hill Road (off Route 6A), East Sandwich. 508-888-6870. www.thorntonburgess.org
NEWTON OPEN STUDIOS Red balloons at more than 50 locations indicate which homes and studios are ready to show off their photographs, ceramics, jewelry, and other artistic gems. Maps are available online. May 19 and 20 from
11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Newton homes and studios.