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Your Week Ahead

Five things to do in and around Boston

A maritime festival, free opera, concert at Fenway, and more.

A selection of events to keep you busy in Boston and beyond.

Rob Martin

Thursday-Sunday > August 8-11 SEA PLUS

  • Marblehead pulls out all the stops for its annual (mostly free) Maritime Festival. Kicking off Thursday evening with a garden party, the weekend brings a regatta, live entertainment, a market where you can buy a yacht  or a painting of one, a dog parade, even a beer truck. 781-631-2868; marbleheadmaritimefestival.com


Friday > August 9 LYRIC AT THE LIBRARY

  • The Boston Lyric Opera performs at Friday’s free lunchtime concert from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the courtyard of the main branch of the Boston Public Library. In the coming weeks (Fridays through August 30), jazz, blues, and chamber music are on the schedule. bpl.org/programs/concerts.htm

Dustin Kerstein

Saturday > August 10 CARRYING A TORCH?

  • The Somerville Arts Council is so fired up about Union Square’s dining scene it’s hosting a food and performance festival there from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday. Expect fire twirlers, restaurants spilling into Union Square plaza and parking lot, and more at “Ignite!” somervilleartscouncil.org

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Saturday > August 10 FIELD OF DREAMS

  • Justin Timberlake and Jay Z stop at Fenway Park on their Legends of the Summer tour. Should be a monster of a show. The fun starts at 7 p.m. livenation.com

Saturday > August 10 MADE IN MASS

  • Assembly Row in Somerville plays host to weekly “Assembled’’ outdoor handmade-arts markets for most of the summer. Saturday’s session (11 a.m. - 4 p.m) features Wicked Etsy, a local group based loosely around the popular website. Two paper artists in particular are worth a look: Rachel Robinson of Robinson Press, and printmaker and paper cutter Kelsey Nollette of Ink & Hope. assemblyrow.com/events

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