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There’s 11 days until the first presidential debate, and lucky for the politically disinclined — if there is such a thing in this election — there’s enough going on in Boston this week to keep your mind off HCR’s pneumonia and Trump fangirling over Putin.


Dorchester Bike & Brew Fest – 5 p.m. – Peabody Square – Two of our favorite things will unite at Peabody Square this Thursday evening. In case you were wondering, the League of American Bicyclists will have you know that cycling after a few pints of ale is not, in Massachusetts, a prosecutable offense (but be safe out there!).


Celebration on the Greenway – 4 p.m. – Rose Kennedy Greenway – Freight Farms, the company making hydroponic gardens all bundled up inside walk-in shipping containers, is having a festival and after-party to celebrate some yet-unknown company news. Stay tuned.


Everett Village Fest – 3 to 9 p.m. – Everett – Break out your choker and wear your best crushed-velvet dress, because Eve 6, that 90s band that won’t let you forget the nights they felt alive, is playing at Night Shift Brewing for Everett’s Village Fest 2016.

American Field Pop-Up Market – Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. – Seaport – Go see Made in the USA on full display during a pop-up market at the Innovation and Design Building this weekend. American-made products will be bought and sold at this event hosted by Ball and Buck and co-sponsored by New Balance, GQ, and more.

Social Fitness on City Hall Plaza  7 a.m. to 8 p.m. – City Hall Plaza – If you’re anything like us, you love City Hall Plaza but lament its lack of spandex-clad fitness fiends. No sweat, you’re in luck.

mfaNOW Overnight: Launch Party  6 p.m. to 9 a.m. Fenway – In an event ripped from Ben Stiller’s worst nightmares, spend the night eating, drinking, dancing and patronizing the arts at an overnight party organized by the MFA. Pre-registration is required.

MixFest 2016  11:00 a.m. DCR Hatch Memorial Shell  OneRepublic, Ingrid Michaelson, and Shaggy are performing at a free concert organized by radio station Mix 104.1.

Oktoberfest Kick-Off 11:30 a.m to 11 p.m. – Dorchester – Head to the Dorchester Brewing Company for $2 brats, brews in traditional German liter stein, and real live German musicians at their first Oktoberfest celebration of the year. Come early, only the first 50 customers get tubed-meat.


Boston Local Food Festival  11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Head to the Rose Kennedy Greenway for a local food festival organized by the Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts. Meet the farmers, fishers, and cooks responsible for it all. Thank them.


Plant Night7 p.m. Boylston  Got a green thumb and hate being sober? You’re in good company. Play to your strengths and plant some succulents while sipping chardonnay at this week’s Plant Night, held at Dillon’s bar and restaurant.


EBASS Open Mic 6 p.m. Somerville – The Emerging Boston Area Singer-Songwriters (EBASS) group is launching an Open Mic Series featuring performances by 19 local musicians.


Story Club – 7 to 10 p.m.  Dorchester Brewing Co. – The description says it all: “Story Club is like Fight Club. Except everyone tells stories instead of punching each other in the face. And everyone talks about Story Club. Everyone.” 


Kendall Square Farmers’ Market Cambridge – Keep your money in the Cambridge economy by shopping at the Farmers’ Market at Kendall Square. The market features Boston-area favorites swissbakers, Kitchen Millie, Fire Garden Pottery, and more.

Leafly Comedy Tour 8 p.m. Wilbur Theater – Whitney Cummings is performing a set at a comedy show sponsored by Leafly, which bills itself as “the world’s cannabis information resource.”  Head on down, if you don’t forget.

Bugs & Berries Bash 6 to 9 p.m.  Jamaica Plain – Samuel Adams and Danish microbrewery Mikkeller are celebrating the launch of their collaboration beer, the alliterative Bugs & Berries.