A garden tour, political satire, and PorchFest

Flowers on the Concord Museum's annual garden tour.
Flowers on the Concord Museum's annual garden tour.(Carol Ann Boughrum)

CONCORD At the Concord Museum’s 30th annual Garden Tour, Friday, May 31, and Saturday, June 1, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., visitors are invited to observe a wide variety of gardening styles and inspirations including a Japanese-style Zen oasis, an Italianate utopia, a garden of 17th-century medicinal plants, and numerous sanctuaries for birds and other woodland creatures. Tickets are $35 for museum members; $45 for nonmembers. For tickets or more information, go to or call 978-369-9763, ext. 216.

LEXINGTON The funny and irreverent performance troupe Capitol Steps will appear at Cary Memorial Hall, 1605 Massachusetts Ave., on Friday, May 31, at 7:30 p.m. Highlights of the current show from the Washington, D.C.-based political satire group include “The Sounds of Sanders,” “I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major Liberal,” “I Like Big Cuts,” “Stormy Daniels,” and more. Tickets are $39 to $59 and can be purchased at or by calling 1-800-657- 8774.


NEWTON Newton’s annual PorchFest takes place Saturday, June 1, from noon to 6 p.m. This free event features musicians playing on porches, lawns, and driveways around Auburndale, Lower Falls, and Waban, with genres including country, pop, classical, reggae, blues, rock, jazz, Latin, and R&B. For a complete schedule of acts and locations, go to

ACTON Enjoy Boston-caliber comedy in the suburbs at Boston Comedy Night on Friday, May 31, at 8 p.m. in the Gallery at Villageworks, 525 Massachusetts Ave. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 online or $15 at the door. Mike Dorval hosts the lineup, with Myq Kaplan as headliner supported by Andrew Mayer and Chloé Cunha. For tickets or more information, go to

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