Your Week Ahead

Six things to do in and around Boston

A big, brand-new arts festival, Shakespeare on Boston Common, Fourth of July fireworks, and more.

This edition of your week ahead covers two weeks. Look for the next Globe Magazine on July 14.

Herb Goldberg


  • The Marblehead Festival of Arts has the makings of a fun family outing: free outdoor concerts and short local films, a kite festival, sand sculpture competition, model boat regatta, artisans’ marketplace, kids’ festival, tea room in the King Hooper Mansion, and more. 781-639-2787;

Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff


  • The event Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular, 40th anniversary

  • The place Esplanade

  • The guests Hundreds of thousands

  • The schedule:

  • Concert 7:30 p.m.

  • Fireworks 9:30 p.m.

  • Televised WBZ-TV Channel 4


Ryan Maxwell


  • Silliness takes center stage when Commonwealth Shakespeare Company’s free outdoor production of The Two Gentlemen of Verona opens at 8 p.m. Saturday on Boston Common. For the performance schedule (or to spring for a $35 reserved chair), go to

July 12: LE PARTY

  • Berets and bands take over Back Bay for one night (6 to 11) at the French Cultural Center’s annual Bastille Day bash. Marlborough Street is shut down between Berkeley and Clarendon streets, and two musical groups provide entertainment. Tickets cost $25 at, $30 at the event. 617-912-0400;

July 11-August 29: PICNIC TIME

  • Catch everything from big band to blues to Latin music at eight Thursday Night Picnic Concerts at Castle Hill on the Crane Estate in Ipswich. The gate opens at 5 o’clock for picnicking — bring your own or order one in advance; music at 7 p.m. Admission is $30 per car.

July 13-21: NINE DAYS OF FUN

  • Billed as the largest free entertainment event of the summer in Boston, with some 200 performers, the new Outside the Box arts festival gets going July 13 on Boston Common and City Hall Plaza. Music for adults and kids, comedy, dance, puppets, magic, a food fest, and more are all on the schedule, posted at

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