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5 things to do in Boston from Sept. 7 to 14

Festivals devoted to Afro-Caribbean culture, local food, wildlife, and more.

Paul Brymer


Sunday, September 7

Dazzlingly costumed masqueraders parade their way through Central Square from 12:30 to 4 p.m. today as part of the Cambridge Carnival International. Dance to Brazilian, Haitian, soca, and reggae bands onstage near Kendall Square, enjoy Caribbean cuisine, and shop for global crafts. 617-863-0476;


Sunday, September 7

Vintage posters, jewelry, and vinyl, along with new goods, many handmade, are the stars at the Somerville Rock & Roll Yard Sale, which takes over Union Square Plaza today from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Live bands and DJs should get you (and the entire neighborhood) in the mood to browse or buy.


Saturday, September 13

Mass Audubon’s bay-front Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary in Cummaquid, Barnstable, hosts the free Cape Cod Wildlife Festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Programming by area environmental groups will include a live bird presentation, wildlife photographers sharing tips, and more. Take home something fresh from the Cape Abilities farmstand. 508-362-7475;


Saturday and Sunday, September 13 and 14


At the South Shore Natural Science Center’s 38th Corn Festival in Norwell, celebrate the fall harvest with a hayride or nature walk, Colonial craft demonstrations, shucking contests and other games, and, of course, plenty of corn to eat. (Don’t miss the corn chowder.) Open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; admission, from $8, covers most activities. 781-659-2559;


Sunday, September 14

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Locavores flock to the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. next Sunday for the free Boston Local Food Festival. At the zero-waste event, you can buy locally grown food, watch cooking demos and competitions, hear live music, chat with farmers and fishermen/women, pick up green living tips, and more. 617-395-0250;

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