Gloucester: The 29th annual Gloucester Schooner Festival takes place next weekend in the harbor and nearby waters of America’s oldest seaport, honoring the contribution of fishing schooners to the heritage of Gloucester and the Eastern Seaboard. Activities begin Friday, Aug. 30, at 5 p.m. and will be held all day Saturday and Sunday. Maritime Gloucester, 23 Harbor Loop. 978-281-0470, www.gloucesterschoonerfestival.net
Lowell: Toots and the Maytals, the indefatigable roots reggae act, with leader Frederick “Toots” Hibbert nearing 70, still has plenty to teach young dreads in the art of stirring it up. Thursday, Aug. 29, 7:30 p.m. Boarding House Park, 40 French St. $30 in advance, $40 day of concert. 978-970-5200, www.lowellsummermusic.org
Newburyport: Spend the day on the waterfront in Newburyport at the 12th annual Riverfront Festival. Come early and enjoy food and shopping while waiting for the concert to begin. This year’s line-up includes AJ Edwards and Satellite. Saturday, Aug. 31, noon-6 p.m. Newburyport Waterfront Park, Downtown Newburyport behind the Firehouse. Free. business.newburyportchamber.org
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