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    Your Week Ahead

    Five things to do in and around Boston, July 18-24

    Festivals celebrating hot air balloons, African music, jazz, and more.

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    The annual South County Balloon Festival in Kingston, Rhode Island, starts Friday, July 22.


    Starting Monday, July 18

    The Barnstable County Fair, a Falmouth favorite, brings together music, food, and, naturally, livestock. Also on tap: motocross races, alpacas, amusement park rides, and on Wednesday night a demolition derby. Runs through Sunday. Tickets $3-$12; other admission options available online.


    Friday-Sunday, July 22-24

    Take your weekend to new heights at the 38th annual South County Balloon Festival in Kingston, Rhode Island. Besides riding in a hot-air balloon, you can enjoy carnival rides, see airborne jugglers, hear live music, and cheer on cooks in the Kansas City BBQ competition. Admission: $10 adults, $5 children, under 5 free, $25 family packs available. Untethered hot-air balloon rides cost $200 to $225 per person; $15 per person for tethered rides.


    Starting Friday, July 22

    See how early adopters lived in 1806, on a moonlight tour of Gore Place, probably the first home in America to have central heating. The moonlight tour spruces up Gore Place’s traditional Full Moon Tour, adding the Waltham property’s carriage house and a grounds tour. Two Fridays a month in August, September, and November. 7:30 p.m. $15 ($13 in advance online) adults; $10 ($8 in advance online) for children and members.


    Saturday, July 23


    Bring your lawn chairs and a picnic basket and spend an evening listening to world-class music by area jazz musicians at the seventh annual Hyde Park Jazz Festival. Among the performers at the DCR Martini Shell will be the Jason Palmer Quintet and MIXCLA +1, featuring Zahili Gonzalez Zamora. 3 to 9 p.m. Free.


    Sunday, July 24

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    Check out musicians and performers from Botswana, Liberia, Nigeria, and other parts of sub-Saharan Africa at the sixth annual African Festival of Boston on the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway. Also look for a drum-call parade, African-style face painting, and an Afro-fashion show. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Free (donation requested).

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