Your Week Ahead

Five things to do in and around Boston, May 30-June 5

MFA’s Memorial Day Open House, Salem Arts Fest, Irish Fest in Canton, and more.

Catch the “Megacities Asia” exhibit, including this piece by Hema Upadhyay, at the MFA’s free open house.
Catch the “Megacities Asia” exhibit, including this piece by Hema Upadhyay, at the MFA’s free open house. (Photograph from Studio la Citta, Hema Upadhyay)


Monday, May 30

At the Museum of Fine Arts Memorial Day Open House, visitors can catch a 1 p.m. performance by high school students from Sociedad Latina’s Music Ensemble Group, see works on display by some of ArtLifting’s homeless and disabled artists, and attend talks and gallery tours. Art-making activities will get the kiddies’ creative juices flowing. Free. 617-267-9300;


Friday-Sunday, Jun 3-5

The Salem Arts Festival turns the city’s downtown into one big exhibition during this three-day festival. There will be a juried gallery of artists’ works in the Old Town Hall, a mural slam on Artists’ Row, live performances in Derby Square and elsewhere, and a collaborative project on Front Street featuring pinwheels. Free.



Starting Saturday, June 4

A blizzard in Alaska and a case of second thoughts bring together a stranger and a runaway bride in Cindy Lou Johnson’s 1989 play Brilliant Traces, presented by the Brown Box Theatre Project. Watch the two characters confront their loneliness, regrets, and fears, at Atlantic Wharf on June 4, 5, 10, 11, and 12 at 8 p.m. Free.


Saturday & Sunday, June 4-5

Get a taste of the Emerald Isle with Irish Fest Boston at the Irish Cultural Centre in Canton. Highlights include the sounds of Dublin’s The Wolfe Tones, Irish football, a genealogy tent to trace your roots, and a jam session open to all on Saturday night. Hours are 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday. One-day pass $15, two-day pass $25. 888-464-7474;


Saturday & Sunday, June 4-5

Like to see how other folks live? Tour artist lofts, a high-design residence hall at MassArt, an innovative Somerville farm, and more than 40 other places as part of the Common Boston Festival, sponsored by the Boston Society of Architects Foundation. Most sites are open to the public from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., though some are not open both days. Free.


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