Your Week Ahead

5 things to do in the Boston area

The Greenway gets a new carousel, a fleet of schooners sails into Gloucester, and more.

This edition of Your Week Ahead covers two weeks. Look for the next Globe Magazine on September 8.



  • Sunday > August 25

  • Oceans of records from vendors all over the Northeast, plus vintage and handmade wares, live music, and DJs, are the main attractions at the Somerville Rock & Roll Yard Sale in Union Square from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.


  • Wednesday > August 28

  • The Boston Landmarks Orchestra pays tribute to the 50th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech with a free concert at the Hatch Shell starting at 7 p.m. Hear King’s nation-changing words set to music, a live narration of Aaron Copland’s “Lincoln Portrait” by none other than Governor Deval Patrick, and other works. 617-987-2000;

Carl Gustin


  • Friday to Sunday > August 30-September 1

  • Twenty-three vessels old and new — including the 1926 schooner “Adventure,” a National Historic Landmark — will flock to Gloucester Harbor Labor Day weekend for the Gloucester Schooner Festival. Enjoy maritime exhibits, concerts, a lobster bake, lighted-boat parade, and fireworks on Saturday, a Sunday parade of sail, and more. 978-281-0470;

David L. Ryan/Globe Staff


  • Opening Saturday > August 31

  • Tots can take a seat atop a lobster, sea turtle, fox, falcon, or a bevy of other beasts at the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway’s new carousel, open for rides at 10 a.m. Saturday. Here are some fast facts on the whirligig, located across from Christopher Columbus Park:

  • • Carousel diameter: 36 feet

  • • Accommodates: 36 passengers

  • • Maximum speed: 4 r.p.m.

  • • Total number of light fixtures: 660

  • • Music includes: Raffi songs, the Star Wars theme, and “I’m Shipping up to Boston” by the Dropkick Murphys (Bonus: Lighting is programmed to music of six songs.)

  • • Cost: $3 per ride

Carmine Monzo


  • Opening Thursday > September 5

  • Rebellious, hedonistic, womanizing 17th-century poet John Wilmot, 2d Earl of Rochester, is the protagonist of Stephen Jeffreys’s “The Libertine,” playing at the Boston Center for the Arts’ Calderwood Pavilion September 5-22. The production, a collaboration between Boston’s Bridge Repertory Theater and New York’s Playhouse Creatures Theatre Company, launches the first full season of the Bridge. Tickets cost $40. 617-933-8600;

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