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;

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.

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!”

Kevin Mazur/Getty Images

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.

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.

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