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Boston Calling Block Parties – Thursdays – Dewey Square – The 19-week Boston Calling Block Party series features a slew of live shows and food trucks, set in the heart of the Greenway. Tonight’s headliner: The Swinging Johnsons. (Wait, what?) Free.
Boston Calling – Friday to Sunday – City Hall Plaza – With headliners Sia, Robyn and Disclosure, and better food and beer offerings than ever before, Boston’s biggest music festival is a can’t miss staple of spring. Go for the music, stay for the people watching. Tickets start at $60.
Patriot Week – Now through Wednesday – Various locations – Massachusetts Fallen Heroes has launched its first-ever Patriot Week, a 10-day series of events honoring local veterans and their families. Upcoming events include the annual Softball Classic and the Patriot Fest Concert. Full list of events, here.
Food Truck Rodeo – 6 to 10 p.m. – SouthField, Weymouth – Weymouth? We know. But if 25 local food trucks, lawn games and a Jimmy Buffet cover band is wrong, then we don’t want to be right. Free.
campfire. Music Festival – Friday to Monday – Club Passim, Cambridge – Well what do you know? Boston Calling isn’t the only game in town, after all. Over in Cambridge, this one has been blurring the line between performer and audience member for more than 15 years now. Tix: $10 for the day, $25 for the weekend.
Memorial Day Flags – Right now – Boston Common – Each Memorial Day Weekend, tens of thousands of American Flags are planted on the Boston Common – 37,00 to be exact, one for each Massachusetts service member who has died since the Revolutionary War. Click the link for a time-lapse of them being planted.
Beastmode Some Burgers – All day – All over the city – It’s National Burger Day, which means restaurants all over the city will be having special deals. Not that you need an excuse to crush a burger. But this is as good a one as you’re going to find. Try TAMO Bistro & Bar, Roost Bistro, Davio’s, Tony C’s, Precinct Kitchen + Bar, Townsman, Toro and more.
Space Battle Boston 2016 – 8 to 10 p.m. – Boston Common Parade Ground – “Pick a side, good or evil and use a glowing sword to fight in the ultimate nocturnal showdown.” Thousands of people are expected to turn out. For every $10 you donate, you get a 3-foot glowing sword. Proceeds go to benefit Make-A-Wish Massachusetts & Rhode Island.
Redman – 8 p.m. – Hard Rock Cafe Boston – Unless you’re a tourist, you’ve probably never stepped foot in the Hard Rock Cafe in Faneuil Hall. An intimate concert with Redman is a pretty good reason to make your first appearance. Can’t Wait? Whatever, Man: It’ll probably Blow Your Mind. Tix: $65 and up.
Go Market Hopping – All day – South Boston – Now that the South End Open Market has split from the SoWa Open Market, you’ve got TWICE the opportunity to blow a bunch of money on gourmet lobster rolls and ice cream sandwiches. Consider it your civic duty.
MFA Open House – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Museum of Fine Arts – “Open to all, and offers a wide array of programming, art-making activities, and talks and tours on works in the Museum’s collection.” Check out the current exhibit, Megacities Asia, or a special showcase from Boston-based ArtLifting. Free.
Beantown Boxing Bootcamp – 6 to 7:30 – Cambridge Innovation Center – Learn how to box from the student trainers at Level Ground, a local organization that challenges urban youth to “cultivate grit” through mixed martial arts. Suggested donation: $15.
7th Annual Ciclismo Classico Bike Travel Film Festival – 7 p.m. – Regent Theater, Arlington – This is reportedly the only film festival in the country that focuses specifically on bicycle travel, which is cool. Because who hasn’t dreamed of touring Italy on a vintage Schwinn at some point in their lives. Preview one of the flicks, here. Tix: $20 at the door.
A Night With Friends – 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. – Omni Parker House – Join the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston’s Friends Council for an evening of drinking, dancing, raffle prizes and a silent auction. All proceeds go to support the Club’s summer programming. Tix: $110 for non-members.
Seaport Sangria Smackdown – 6 to 8 p.m. – The Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center – Local bartenders are challenged to bring their best sangria recipe in hopes of being named the Smackdown Champion. For $20, it’s your job to decide who takes home the crown while enjoying the sunshine under the arches of the WTC. Hey, someone’s got to do it.
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