A selection of events to keep you busy in Boston and beyond.
June 9: ROCK AROUND THE BLOCK
Two neighborhood celebrations today will close out Boston Pride Week in style. The Back Bay Block Party (noon to 8 p.m., St. James Avenue) features a DJ and food and drink vendors, while the Jamaica Plain Block Party (noon to 7 p.m., Perkins Avenue) puts the focus on families with face-painting, dancing, and more. There is a $10 suggested donation.bostonpride.org
June 9-16: LEADER OF THE PACK
Some 300,000 motorcycles roar into New Hampshire for the 90th Laconia Motorcycle Week, the oldest rally in the United States. The schedule is packed with races, demos, tours, and concerts, but particularly popular will be the rides to the top of Mount Washington on Monday and Thursday — with the road closed to everything but motorcycles — and Saturday’s charity motorcycle parade, which aims to set a Guinness record. laconiamcweek.com
June 9-16: BOSTON REALLY UNPLUGGED
It’s easy to see why critics say the Boston Early Music Festival is one of the best series of its kind in the world. Among the talks, classes, and concerts, visitors will get the chance to see Mozart’s personal violin and viola and hear them played, and the festival will premiere its star-studded Almira, an opera Handel wrote when he was just 19. Buy festival tickets and passes at bemf.org or 617-661-1812; individual tickets to Almira at aestages.org or 617-824-8000.
June 14: BARBECUE FOR YOU
Local culinary luminaries fire up their grills — and show some leg — at Friday night’s Chefs in Shorts fund-raiser for the nonprofit Future Chefs at the Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center. Chris Douglass (Ashmont Grill), Andy Husbands (Tremont 647), Sara Ross (Kickass Cupcakes), and some three dozen others will serve up grilled food, desserts, and other taste treats in the great outdoors. Cost is $70 per person, including food, beer, and wine. seaportboston.com
JUNE 15: SECRET GARDENS
Gardeners and snoopers alike get a peek into enclosed patios, rooftop terraces, and other gorgeous green spaces during Saturday’s South End Garden Tour. The self-guided excursions start at the South End branch of the Boston Public Library. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 on the day of the rain-or-shine event.southendgardentour.org
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