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5 things to do in and around Boston

EarthFest, a day for kites and bikes, Lilac Sunday, and more.

Pat Wagenknecht of Newton smells a lilac at the Arnold Arboretum in Jamaica Plain.
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Pat Wagenknecht of Newton smells a lilac at the Arnold Arboretum in Jamaica Plain.

May 12


It’s Mother’s Day. Why not take her for a colorful, fragrant stroll through the Arnold Arboretum today, Lilac Sunday? The free event includes live music, family activities, a rare (for this venue) chance to picnic, and 176 kinds of lilacs. Activities begin at 10 a.m. 617-524-1718;

May 16


How far have Middle Eastern countries progressed since 2011’s Arab Spring? Middle East scholar Leila Farsakh of UMass Boston and Elizabeth F. Thompson, author of Justice Interrupted: The Struggle for Constitutional Government in the Middle East, discuss sociopolitical changes in the region over the past two years, at Suffolk University’s free Ford Hall Forum on Thursday, starting at 6:30 p.m. 617-557-2007;

Andrew Eccles
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, "Revelations."

May 16-19


Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater performs five shows at Citi Wang Theatre from Thursday to Sunday. Look for home-grown talents Kirven James Boyd of Boston and Belen Pereyra of Lawrence onstage. Tickets start at $30. 617-482-2595;

May 18



Roxbury’s Franklin Park celebrates two-wheeling and high-flying at its annual Kite & Bike Festival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Bring your own kite or buy one on-site; free bike rentals will also be


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Music for adults (Vertical Horizon, Cracker, Camper Van Beethoven, and other bands), and kids (Super Cool Beans, Fiddlin’ Quinn, and others), plus earth-friendly product exhibitors, an eco-pavilion for greener living, and free bike valet are part of the festivities at the no-admission, daylong Radio 92.9 EarthFest, starting Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Hatch Shell.

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