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I’m going to go ahead and say this is one of the greatest weekend events roundups ever assembled. Let’s get after it.


North End Week – Friday, Aug. 28 to Sunday, Sept. 6 – Tons of free or low-cost activities to be had, including live music, fireworks, the BostonArts Festival and, of course, the multi-day feast for our dear friend St. Anthony. Admission is mostly free.

“Maleficent” at the Hatch Shell –  Sundown – A summertime tradition that’s fun for the whole family! Unless you’re 31 years old, like me, and the last Angelina Jolie flick you enjoyed was Mr. and Mrs. Smith. But still. Good excuse to get out. Admission is free.

Strandbeests in Boston – 4:30 to 7 p.m. – Rose Kennedy Greenway, Dewey Square – What in the great hell is a Strandbeest, you ask? Why, a wind-walking “beach beast” capable of reacting to the environment around it, of course. “Eventually,” said creator Theo Jansen, “I want to put these animals out in herds on the beaches, so they will live their own lives.” Admit it, you’re intrigued. Admission is free.


G’Day Mate Coffee Cruise – 10 to 11:30 a.m. – Karma Crew Yacht Charters, Charlestown – I’m all for a good booze cruise (even at 10 a.m.) but something about artisanal coffee aboard a vintage wooden-hull yacht just sounds so peaceful. Also, there will be breakfast pies and sausage rolls. I repeat: breakfast pies and sausage rolls. Admission is $20 (for a limited time).

Back Bay Chocolate Walking Tour – 10:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. – Flour Bakery, 131 Clarendon St. – If you haven’t indulged heavily in Flour’s delectable treats, well you haven’t lived. Enjoy some of Back Bay’s sweeter sights, like Dom Perignon Champagne Truffles. Saaay what?? Admission is $48 (half off for a limited time).

Hub on the Run – 10:30 a.m. to noon – Boston Marathon adidas RunBase – Every Saturday at 10:30, the fine folks behind adidas RunBase (more on that here) will put on a fun running tour of the city. This is the first, so now’s your chance to get in on the ground floor. Lockers and showers available for all. Admission is free.

3rd Annual Cape Cod Food Truck Festival – noon to 5 p.m. – Cape Cod Fairgrounds – I shouldn’t have to convince you of this event’s merit, but here goes: 20+ premier food trucks, Sam Adams beer, Cape Cod. There, you happy? Admission is $5.

Dinner Detective Murder Mystery Show – 6 to 9:15 p.m. – Holiday Inn Bunker Hill – “Solve a hilarious murder case while you feast on a fantastic four-course plated dinner.  Just beware.  The killer is hiding somewhere in the room, and you may find yourself as a Prime Suspect.” Admission is $70.


SoWa Sundays – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. – 540 Harrison Ave. – Have you been to SoWa yet? Go to SoWa. Admission is free. But you’ll pay for that Cookie Monstah ice cream sandwich in more ways than one.

Sports Sundays at The Lawn on D – 1 to 8 p.m. – You can drink outside. You can eat outside. And now you can watch the Red Sox take on the New York Mets outside, courtesy of The Lawn on D’s giant screens. Admission is free.

Sunday Funday Sail Aboard Roseway – 3 to 5 p.m. – Rowes Wharf – Remember when I said I’m all for a good booze cruise? Well, I meant it. Admission is $35.

The Fantasy Football Comedy Hour: Draft Special – 8 to 9:30 p.m. – ImprovBoston – “We’ll prove that the main thing you need to dominate your drafts is laughter.” Also a dominant RB, don’t forget that. Admission is $14.

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