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5 things to do in Boston the week of July 27

Options include a free jazz festival, seafood extravaganza, and Sox screening.

Terri Lyne Carrington

Terri Lyne Carrington.


Sunday, July 27

Cambridge launches its own jazz festival today from noon to 6 p.m. at University Park Commons. Motown’s Valerie Simpson and Grammy winner Terri Lyne Carrington are among the acts to perform at the free event, which features food vendors and a beer cafe. Fernando Brandao and the Berklee Brazilian All-Stars, Dominique Eade, and others are also on the schedule. 617-945-8052;


Sunday, July 27

The Boston Fish Pier, celebrating its 100th anniversary this year (it’s the oldest working fish pier in the country), hosts the annual Boston Seafood Festival today from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. See chef demos, enjoy tastings and entertainment, and watch an oyster shucking contest. Tickets start at $10.


Sunday, July 27

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The Red Sox are in Tampa, but you’ll feel like you’re right there in the stands when you watch the game on a massive screen set up on Boston Common during the Out of the Park event starting at 1:40 p.m. today. Fenway Franks, popcorn, Hood ice cream, and a visit from Wally are also on tap. Better yet, no tickets needed.


Friday-Saturday, August 1-2

Take your knowledge about herbs to the next level at Tower Hill Botanic Garden’s New England Herb Show: Herbs of Magic and Mystery starting at 9 a.m. Friday and Saturday in Boylston. See herb displays, learn about herbal medicine and aromatherapy, make a sachet, and more. 508-869-6111;


Saturday-Sunday, August 2-3

New Englanders called it the War for Independence, and more than a thousand costumed reenactors will remember it through mock battles and encampments next Saturday and Sunday at the Redcoats and Rebels event at Old Sturbridge Village. Kids enter free. 800-733-1830;

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