Globe North Best Bets

This is our pick of the best of the burbs. For more information, go to and search music, restaurants, arts and crafts, and other goings-on throughout Greater Boston.


Gloucester: The Scottish trio Parcel of Rogues bring their jigs, reels, and strathspeys to the historic Annisquam Village Church, followed by shortbreads and tea. A wee dance or two is rumored to be in the mix. Sunday, 4 p.m., Annisquam Village Church, 820 Washington St. $15, $5 students.

Ipswich: In celebration of spring, the Crane Estate is hosting a free open house with lawn games, a May pole dance, a Montserrat College of Art student sculpture exhibit, a family treasure hunt, and more. Castle Hill’s 59-room mansion will be open for self-guided tours and refreshments. Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, 290 Argilla Road. Free. 978-356-4351,


Somerville: Somerville Open Studios celebrates its 15th year as one of the largest open studios events in the nation, showcasing more than 400 artists working in every conceivable medium. The citywide free event includes large and small group studios, home studios, and a community art space at the Armory. Saturday and Sunday, noon-6 p.m. Free. Various locations in Somerville. 617-666-9810,

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Somerville: The Second Line Social Aid and Pleasure Society Brass Band is celebrating 10 years of bringing the New Orleans sound to parades, rallies, and events backing social justice. Saturday, 4-10 p.m., First Church Somerville, 89 College Ave.

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