Your Week Ahead

5 things to do in and around Boston

Best of the street performers at Faneuil Hall, festivals devoted to local food and local brews, Cape Ann artisans open their doors, and more things to do.



  • Sunday > October 6 and Saturday > October 12

  • From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. today, head down to Boston’s Rose Kennedy Greenway (near the Aquarium T stop) to celebrate home-grown eats at the Boston Local Food Festival. Sample dishes (for $6 or less) made from local ingredients, watch cooking demos, browse exhibits, meet area chefs, listen to live music, and more. Then on Friday, November 22, from 6 to 9:30 p.m. you can attend the Local Craft Brewfest at Boston’s Moakley Courthouse. Your $45 brewfest ticket gets you unlimited tastings of beer, locally distilled spirits, mead, cider, and more and helps support the food festival., 617-395-0250;, 617-395-7680

  • **In an earlier version, the date for the Local Craft Brewfest was Saturday, October 12. The event was postponed to Friday, November 22. **

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  • Friday — Sunday > October 11-13

  • Roving activist street bands from across the United States will honk their horns, beat their drums, and charge up the crowd during the annual three-day Honk! Festival in Somerville’s Davis Square, which ends with a parade to Harvard Square on Sunday. Find the list of performances and community activities at 617-383-4665


  • Saturday > October 12

  • In their second season of home games played where the New England Patriots tread, the UMass Minutemen face off against Miami (Ohio) RedHawks at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough at 3 p.m. You won’t get to see Tom Brady, but the ticket prices (starting at $25) will make you smile. 866-862-7784;


  • Saturday — Monday > October 12-14

  • Take a nice little drive along the coast Columbus Day weekend to see what members of Cape Ann Artisans have been up to during the group’s Fall Studio Tour. Some 26 painters, potters, sculptors, photographers, jewelry makers, and others will open their doors in Gloucester and Rockport from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. all three days. Find a map of the studios at 978-281-3347

  • Beth Williams will show her flame-worked glass anemone pendants (pictured).

Clark Linehan


  • Saturday — Monday > October 12-14

  • Acrobats, contortionists, pogo stickers, jugglers, escape artists, mind readers, musicians, yo-yo players, and other entertaining folk will show off their skills at Faneuil Hall’s free Street Performer Fall Festival from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily over Columbus Day weekend. Now’s the time to get an eyeful of this classic Boston spectacle while the weather holds.\\

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Correction: The Local Craft Brewfest has been postponed to Nov. 22 from Oct. 12 because of the government shutdown.

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