Weekend Roundup

Happy Friday everyone, I bet you are very ready for the weekend. If you are in a state of despair over the election, I encourage you to read The Way Forward. And also spend time with your family at any of these 37 curated weekend events. I'm sending love and strength to each and every one of you.

1. Attend the 2016 Acton Chinese Music Night featuring The Dream of the Red Chamber (Acton)

2. See native animals up close with a trained naturalist from the Blue Hills Trailside Museum (Acton)

3. It’s time for Allston Open Studios (Allston)

4. Celebrate 40 years of music by U2 with the Family Folk Chorale (Arlington)

5. Build fairy houses at ArtBeat (Arlington)

6. Judy Pancoast performs from her children’s album Weird Things are Everywhere (Arlington)

7. Part food drive, part bike ride, and part scavenger hunt, the 3rd Annual Cranksgiving returns to Boston (Boston)

8. Explore the artist’s eye with this free workshop presented by The Guild of Boston Artists (Boston)

9. Young chefs get cooking at Kids in the Kitchen (Boston)

10. Enjoy a contemporary take on Cinderella (Boston)

11. Honor veterans and active military through this Veterans Day Cruise, programs, and self-guided exploration of Fort 12. Warren on Georges Island - free to Veterans and Active Military (Boston)

13. Support humanitarian efforts by attending Songs for Syria - A Concert for Humanitarian Relief (Boston)

14. Enjoy Magic by Bonaparté, featuring magic, comedy, oodles of audience participation, and the appearance of assorted furry and feathered friends (Brookline)

15. The Pied Piper comes to Puppet Showplace Theater (Brookline)

16. Search for magical creatures and meet the Harvard Horntails Quidditch team (Cambridge)

17. Get help designing a contraption for the 19th Annual Friday After Thanksgiving Chain Reaction (Cambridge)

18. Celebrate Veteran’s Day by exploring A Sailor’s Life at the USS Constitution Museum (Charlestown)

19. Join twenty award-winning authors and illustrators at the Central Massachusetts Free Book Festival (Gardner)

20. Buy, sell, or trade cloth diapers at the first North Shore Cloth Diaper Exchange (Ipswich)

21. Join speakers and vendors focused on sustainable living with children at The North Shore Natural Parenting and Baby Expo (Ipswich)

22. It’s free second Saturday at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum (Lincoln)

23. Create a craft, go on a guided hike, and learn how squirrels communicate, find food, build nests, and more at Nuts about Squirrels (Mattapan)

24. It’s a Holiday Pop-Up Art Sale at Jerome Street Studios (Medford)

25. Start your holiday shopping at The Eliot Holiday Gift and Craft Fair (Needham)

26. Meet Junie B. Jones at this live performance of Junie B. Jones and That Meanie Jim’s Birthday (Newton)

27. Make patriotic crafts (North Easton)

28. Enjoy the Wachusett Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival (Princeton)

29. Pick up crafts and handmade gifts at the Scituate High School Craft Fair (Scituate)

30. Explore the connection between water and Judaism through stories, movement, and hands-on art and science (Sharon)

31. It’s LEGO® Star Wars Days™ at LEGOLAND® Discovery Center (Somerville)

32. MassDestruction robotic combat returns to the area (Somerville)

33. Choose from gifts, accessories, decorative items, arts and crafts from local and regional artisans, and specialty foods at the 21st Annual New England Craft & Specialty Food Fair (Topsfield)

34. Go on this Beaver Moon Night Hike to search for fishers and raccoons, scan the barren treetops for owls, smell wood smoke, and feel leaves crunch underfoot (Topsfield)

35. Performers narrate the popular children’s book, I Really Like Slop! (an Elephant and Piggie Book) (Watertown)

36. Talk about Turkeys, Acorns, and Oaks at this free interactive science event (Watertown)

37. Enjoy The Bear Went Under the Mountain, an educational and interactive concert performance (Westborough)