5 things to do in Boston Nov. 17-23

A Thanksgiving parade in Plymouth, an art festival, Brewfest, and more.

Jonathan White’s “Ironclad,” hand-built earthenware clay.
Jonathan White’s “Ironclad,” hand-built earthenware clay.Jonathan White


Friday-Sunday, November 21-23

The Paradise City Arts Festival may truly be nirvana for art enthusiasts and holiday shoppers ready to kick off the season, with wares of more than 175 juried artists on display. Highlights include the wax-based creations of Kingston's Amy Keller and floral images by Needham artist Dario Preger, as well as this year's special exhibit "Face to Face: From Portraits to Selfies." The fair runs Friday through Sunday at the Royal Plaza Trade Center in Marlborough. Admission is $13. 800-511-9725; paradisecityarts.com


Starting Thursday, November 20

Cicely Tyson will re-create her Tony Award-winning role in the 2013 Broadway revival of playwright Horton Foote's The Trip to Bountiful. The 2½-week run begins Thursday at the Emerson/Cutler Majestic Theatre and costars Vanessa Williams and Blair Underwood. Tickets start at $25. 617-824-8400; artsemerson.org



Friday, November 21

If getting tipsy in a government courthouse has a certain appeal, consider the fifth annual Local Craft Brewfest, Friday night from 6 to 9:30 at the Moakley federal courthouse in Boston. Dozens of area beer makers and distilleries will present tastings of their finest adult beverages. Tickets are $47 and must be purchased in advance. 617-395-0250; bostonlocalfoodfestival.com


Friday-Sunday, November 21-23

Celebrate Thanksgiving right where it all began, in Plymouth, at America's Hometown Thanksgiving Celebration. Friday night's festivities kick off with a candle-lighting ceremony, street fair, and free concert. In Saturday's 11 a.m. parade, floats will chronicle our history, ranging from the story of the Wampanoag natives to the 200th anniversary of The Star-Spangled Banner. Special guest Alveda King, Martin Luther King Jr.'s niece, will help commemorate the historic 1963 civil rights march on Washington. Events continue with a Sunday harvest market. 508-746-1818; usathanksgiving.com



Starting Saturday, November 22

Boston sister city Hangzhou, China, is explored and explained in an exhibition debuting Saturday at the Boston Children's Museum and running through April 26. "Children of Hangzhou: Connecting With China" gives a glimpse of life in the Far East, from a bustling high school to a day in the countryside planting rice. 617-426-6500; bostonchildrensmuseum.org

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