Weekend Roundup

Friends, I'm going to be candid and say that this week has been a struggle. I mean, I've got my head around dealing with the tactical overwhelm, but there's so much pain and suffering right now. I'm going to be looking through these links over the weekend to figure out giving and wanted to share with you:

And meanwhile, if you're looking for something to do this weekend, here are 22 options for you. xoxoxo

1. The Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival features world-class musicians, international food, and an instrument petting zoo staffed by Berklee professionals, plus the annual Blue Man Group Boston Drum-Off (Boston)

2. Attend the 4th Annual Chinatown Main Street Paper Lantern Festival for a lion dance, kung fu, martial arts performances, cultural dances, free festival moon cakes, and more (Boston)

3. Paint Your World at this month’s ICA Playdate (Boston)

4. Kids Really Rock the Lawn on D during this free, all-day music festival celebrating Boston children and families (Boston)

5. Sing, dance, and laugh along as Astrograss performs traditional old-time and American folk music plus quirky, goofy original songs of their own (Brookline)

6. Support the Federation for Children with Special Needs at the Walk, Roll, Shobble, Stroll--this inclusive outdoor event features face painting, balloons, craft activities, music, and more (Canton)

7. Visit King Richard’s Faire, New England’s largest and longest-running Renaissance Festival (Carver)

8. It’s not too late to join or support the annual ALS and MS Walk for Living (Chelsea)

9. Celebrate autumn at the Fall Family Festival with a fire truck wash, StoryWalk, arts and crafts activities, pumpkin games, homemade ice cream, and more (Concord)

10. Enjoy flickering bonfires along the river during Ipswich Illumination, as well as art installations, dance performances, live music, food, and drink (Ipswich)

11. Join artist Salvador Jiménez-Flores for Tortilla Social, an interactive printmaking and food workshop during which participants use a tortilla press to make their own art print and enjoy freshly made tortillas (Jamaica Plain)

12. Try butter making, cider pressing, candle dipping, burlap sack racing, hoop tossing, and more at Hayfest, an exploration of Newton family life in the 1800s (Newton)

13. Congregation Shalom offers a free Yom Kippur Family Service designed for families with children in grades 2-6 (North Chelmsford)

14. Dig for potatoes, roll a beeswax candle, and swing at a piñata at Heifer Farm’s annual Global Harvest Festival, which features international crafts and games, live music, delicious food, farm animals, and more (Rutland)

15. This year’s Salem Food Truck Festival is bigger than ever with 40 of the area’s top food trucks (Salem)

16. Breakheart Reservation hosts its Annual Fall Festival with take-home crafts, roasted marshmallows, pumpkin and scarecrow decorating, face painting, live music, lawn games, and more (Saugus)

17. This Evolution of Hip-Hop Festival features rappers, singers, spoken word poets, dancers, beatboxers, and visual artists from the Somerville community and surrounding cities (Somerville)

18. The Stone Zoo and Mustangs of Massachusetts team up to present Cars and Critters, with cars of all makes and models, music, contests, and animal encounters (Stoneham)

19. Head to the Topsfield Fair, the country’s oldest agricultural fair, featuring games, rides, and traditional fun like a giant pumpkin weigh-off, monster trucks, and more (Topsfield)

20. The Middlesex Concert Band offers their annual Free Children’s Concert (Wakefield)

21. The BIg E celebrates its centennial year (West Springfield)

22. Tangled returns to the big screen (Various Locations)

Featured photo by Kevin Bluer on Unsplash