Maybe more exciting than your average neighborhood block party: The Boston Calling Block Party series has returned to Dewey Square Park, part of the Rose Kennedy Greenway, bringing free concerts to the neighborhood on Thursday evenings through Aug. 29.
Groove to local musicians including the Bourbon Chasers, East Coast Soul, Nonplussed, and Gold Velvet Sofa. Speaking of sofas: Feel free to lounge on Adirondack chairs set up throughout the park, or play lawn games. Visit a cash bar for Miller Lite, Blue Moon, Peroni, and Cape Line Strawberry Lemonade to give yourself an edge at the bean-bag toss.
Wander over after work. The shows begin at 5 p.m. and end at 8 p.m. — after the subway has cleared out, hopefully.