GREENWAY CAROUSEL GRAND OPENING No horses for our new custom-designed carousel, nosiree. There are 14 animals associated with the land, sea, and sky of Massachusetts including a lobster, seal, sea turtle, fox, and grasshopper. Drawings by Boston school children provided the inspiration for carousel sculptor Jeff Briggs. Aug. 31 from 10 a.m.-9 p.m., rain or shine. $3. The Greenway Carousel at the Tiffany & Co. Foundation Grove, Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston. 617-292-0020. www.rosekennedygreenway.org/carousel
OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL Here’s another L. Frank Baum-based Oz story. Set 20 years before the novels and the iconic MGM movie, this film is about Oscar Diggs who meets up with three witches in the Land of Oz: Theodora, Evanora, and Glinda. Diggs is recruited to restore order. Aug. 29 at sunset, weather permitting. Free. Pope John Paul II Park, Gallivan Boulevard, Dorchester. 617-787-7200. www.mass.gov/dcr
DAY OUT WITH THOMAS Take a 20-minute ride with Thomas, meet Sir Topham Hatt, visit “A Thomas & Friends Imagination Station,” listen to live music and stories, and more.Aug. 31-Sept. 2, Sept. 6-8 from 9 a.m.-10 p.m. $20. Edaville USA, 5 Pine St., Carver. 866-468-7630. www.edaville.com
FALL FAIRY TALE FESTIVAL KICK OFF WEEKEND How would “Little Red Riding Hood” be told in Ancient Rome? Would Little Red wear leather sandals? This is one of the stories told by Perry Alley Puppet Theatre at “Snow White and Other Tales.” Other magical stories include “The Princess and the Pea” and “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.” Aug. 31 and Sept. 1 at 1 and 3 p.m. (festival through Oct. 14). $12. Puppet Showplace Theatre, 32 Station St., Brookline.617-731-6400. www.puppetshowplace.org
ASSEMBLED Saturday’s theme is “Locally Made” which means you will help yourself and local artists when you purchase wares at the Handmade Arts Market at Assembly Row. The Sept. 7 theme is “Common Good Market” followed on Sept. 21 by “Steampunk and Riverfest.” Aug. 31 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free admission. Assembly Row, 300 Grand Union Blvd., Somerville. www.assemblyrow.com
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM There are no save-the-date cards, but there are plenty of adventures, fairies, and more that involve the marriage of the Duke of Athens and Hippolyta. Brown Box Theatre presents Shakespeare’s comedy. Aug. 31 from 2-4 p.m. Free. DCR Carson Beach, 165 William J. Day Blvd., South Boston (Sept. 1 at DCR Marine Park, South Boston). 617-333-7404. www.mass.gov/dcr
CHAMPIONS OF FREEDOM These heroes won battles on the field of social justice by defending religious tolerance, abolition, education, and women’s equality. The Boston By Foot “Big Foot” tour focuses on average citizens who worked to make our lives better. Sept. 2 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., rain or shine (there will be a lunch break). $20. Meet at the corner of Beacon and Charles streets, Boston. 617-367-2345. www.bostonbyfoot.org
APPLE STREET FARM-TO-TABLE TOMATO DINNER Labor Day has come and gone, so now it’s time to put away the bikini and fill your tummy with a four-course dinner and wine pairings from Chef Frank McClelland. Organic produce, protein, and eggs from Apple Street Farm in Essex are yours from the award-winning chef James Beard. Sept. 4 at 7 p.m. $115 (reservations required). L’Espalier, 774 Boylston St., Boston.