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50+ Great Ways to Have Fun This Week in and Around Boston

NBC Boston logo NBC Boston 8/19/2019 LIZ TAURASI
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Summer is winding down as some local students head back to school as early as next week, making this the perfect week to get out and have some fun. Check out our picks for the week ahead:

Monday, Aug. 19 

Dine Out Boston

Grab some friends and head out to sample area restaurants for lunch or dinner at special prices Aug. 18-23 and Aug. 25-30 during Dine Out Boston (formerly known as Restaurant Week Boston). Find participating restaurants here.

The 152nd Annual Marshfield Fair

The Marshfield Fair returns for its 152nd season through Aug. 25 with amusement rides, games, the annual 4-H competition, arts and crafts vendors, agricultural and horticultural events and more. Noon to 10 p.m., 140 Main St., Marshfield.

Harpoon Brewery Tours

Guided tours take place daily at Harpoon Brewery, giving visitors an up close and personal view of the brewing process. As part of the tour, visitors 21 and over will enjoy a range of freshly-brewed Harpoon and UFO beers. Tours last approximately one hour. Tickets are $5 and only available the day of the tour and can only be purchased in person. Noon to 5 p.m., Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Ave., Boston.

Salsa in the Park Mondays

Enjoy Salsa in the Park on Mondays all summer long rain or shine, thanks to MetaMovements in collaboration with BCYF’s Blackstone Community Center. 6-9 p.m., Blackstone Community Center Courtyard/Park, 50 West Brookline St., Boston.

Free Comedy Night at McGreevy’s Boston

Enjoy a free comedy night featuring some of the best stand-up comics in the Northeast at McGreevy’s Boston every Monday and Tuesday. Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m. and it’s a 21 plus show. McGreevy’s Boston, 911 Boylston St., Boston. 

Cityside Free Comedy Monday Featuring a Secret Headliner from “Saturday Night Live”

Enjoy free comedy every Monday night at Cityside Bar with some of the best stand-up comics working today, along with frequent, surprise guests. Come join in the fun to see comedians who have performed on Conan, Comedy Central, Funny or Die, Sirius XM, HBO and more. Tonight it’s Secret Headliner from “Saturday Night Live.” There’s no cover charge, it’s 21 plus and it’s first come, first seated, with standing room available if sold out. Doors open at 8:30 p.m., show starts at 9 p.m. It’s Cityside Bar, 1960 Beacon St., Brighton.

Tuesday, Aug. 20 

Storytelling at Faneuil Hall Marketplace

Head on over to Faneuil Hall Marketplace Tuesdays in July and August for storytelling as our favorite professional storytellers perform free shows that are both kid-tested and parent-approved. 10:30-11:30 a.m., Faneuil Hall Marketplace, South Market Street outside Wagamama.

Boston Public Market at City Hall Plaza

The Boston Public Market brings area vendors to Boston’s City Hall Plaza every Tuesday and Thursday all summer long. 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. City Hall Plaza, Boston.

The 152nd Annual Marshfield Fair

The Marshfield Fair returns for its 152nd season through Aug. 25 with amusement rides, games, the annual 4-H competition, arts and crafts vendors, agricultural and horticultural events and more. Noon to 10 p.m., 140 Main St., Marshfield.

Dine Out Boston

Grab some friends and head out to sample area restaurants for lunch or dinner at special prices Aug. 18-23 and Aug. 25-30 during Dine Out Boston (formerly known as Restaurant Week Boston). Find participating restaurants here.

Boston Calling Block Party on the Greenway

Enjoy bands, cocktails, games and more every Thursday night and select Tuesdays from 5-8 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Dewey Square, Boston.

Cornhole by Boston Social Sports

Social Boston Sports brings weekly cornhole leagues to the Greenway Tuesdays and Thursdays all summer long as part of the 2019 Greenway Fitness Season. 5:45-7:45 p.m., The Greenway at Atlantic Avenue and India Street, Boston. 

Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City Entertainment Series: Pop-Soul Tuesdays

Tuesdays are all about pop and soul during the Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City concert series. Tonight enjoy the music of Mystique for your live waterfront entertainment. 6-10 p.m., Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston.

Santana: Supernatural Now Tour

Santana celebrates the 20th anniversary of the band’s blockbuster “Supernatural” album and the 50th anniversary of their Woodstock performance with the Supernatural Tour coming to Mansfield. Tickets start at $47. 7 p.m., Xfinity Center, 885 South Main St., Mansfield.

Free Comedy Night at McGreevy’s Boston

Enjoy a free comedy night featuring some of the best stand-up comics in the Northeast at McGreevy’s Boston every Monday and Tuesday. Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m. and it’s a 21 plus show. McGreevy’s Boston, 911 Boylston St. 

Trivia Tuesdays at Dorchester Brewing Company

On Tuesday nights, head on over to Dorchester Brewing Company for Trivia night by Stump! Test your knowledge and have some fun. 7:30-10:30 p.m., Dorchester Brewing Company, 1250 Massachusetts Ave., Dorchester.

Wednesday, Aug. 21 

The 152nd Annual Marshfield Fair

The Marshfield Fair returns for its 152nd season through Aug. 25 with amusement rides, games, the annual 4-H competition, arts and crafts vendors, agricultural and horticultural events and more. Noon to 10 p.m., 140 Main St., Marshfield.

Dine Out Boston

Grab some friends and head out to sample area restaurants for lunch or dinner at special prices Aug. 18-23 and Aug. 25-30 during Dine Out Boston (formerly known as Restaurant Week Boston). Find participating restaurants here.

Collaborative Art

Head over to this all-ages event to contribute to a new group making activity each week. 1-2 p.m., Faneuil, Hall Marketplace, 4 South Market building, Boston.

Trillium Garden on the Greenway

The Trillium Garden returns to the Greenway Wednesday through Sunday. Located at the corner of High Street and Atlantic Avenue, the Trillium Garden on the Greenway is Boston's first fully open-air Beer Garden, featuring draft beers by Trillium Brewing Co. and wine by Westport Rivers Winery. 2-10 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston. 

City Winery on The Greenway

City Winery Boston and the Greenway Conservancy bring City Winery on The Greenway to Dewey Square this summer. This downtown open-air wine garden will feature wine by City Winery Boston, along with beer and cider from Harpoon Brewery. Head down today from 3:30-10 p.m., Dewey Square, Atlantic Ave, Boston. 

Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City Entertainment Series: Rat Pack Wednesdays

Wednesdays are all about the Rat Pack during the Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City concert series. Tonight enjoy the music of Patrick Tobin for your live waterfront entertainment. 6-10 p.m., Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $45. 7:30 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

Thursday, Aug. 22

Boston Public Market at City Hall Plaza

The Boston Public Market brings area vendors to Boston’s City Hall Plaza every Tuesday and Thursday all summer long. 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. City Hall Plaza, Boston.

Dine Out Boston

Grab some friends and head out to sample area restaurants for lunch or dinner at special prices Aug. 18-23 and Aug. 25-30 during Dine Out Boston (formerly known as Restaurant Week Boston). Find participating restaurants here.

The 152nd Annual Marshfield Fair

The Marshfield Fair returns for its 152nd season through Aug. 25 with amusement rides, games, the annual 4-H competition, arts and crafts vendors, agricultural and horticultural events and more. Noon to 10 p.m., 140 Main St., Marshfield.

Trillium Garden on the Greenway

The Trillium Garden returns to the Greenway Wednesday through Sunday. Located at the corner of High Street and Atlantic Avenue, the Trillium Garden on the Greenway is Boston's first fully open-air Beer Garden, featuring draft beers by Trillium Brewing Co. and wine by Westport Rivers Winery. 2-10 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston.

Beer Garden at Boston Landing

Two-Roads Brewing Company brings their craft beers to Boston Landing tonight for a pop-up beer garden at Athlete’s Park. Enjoy live music, tasty fare from Waltham Popcorn and more. 4-7 p.m., Athlete’s Park, Guest Street, Brighton.

Free Neighborhood Night at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Enjoy free admission during the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum’s Neighborhood Night tonight featuring performances, hands-on art-making, food trucks, a cash bar and gallery games. Tonight it’s “Map This Block Party,” celebrating the culmination of the Map This community engagement project both inside the Museum and on the street. 5-9 p.m., 

Boston Calling Block Party on the Greenway

Enjoy bands, cocktails, games and more every Thursday night and select Tuesdays from 5-8 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Dewey Square, Boston.

ICA Free Thursday Night

Did you know the Institute of Contemporary Art is free for all visitors every Thursday? It sure is. 5-9 p.m., Institute of Contemporary Art, 25 Harbor Shore Drive, Boston.

Greenway Play Session

Enjoy some free play in Chin Park complete with books, games and more. 5-7 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Chinatown Park, John F. Fitzgerald Surface Road, Boston.

Cornhole by Boston Social Sports

Social Boston Sports brings weekly cornhole leagues to the Greenway Tuesdays and Thursdays all summer long as part of the 2019 Greenway Fitness Season. 5:45-7:45 p.m., The Greenway at Atlantic Avenue and India Street, Boston.

Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City Entertainment Series: Blues Thursdays

Thursdays are all about the Blues during the Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City concert series. Tonight enjoy the music of the Bruce Marshall for your live waterfront entertainment. 6-10 p.m., Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston.

Trivia Night in the Tap Room

Head over to Harpoon Brewery for Trivia Night tonight. This event is free and open to the public. 7-9 p.m., Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Ave., Boston.

Rascal Flatts: Summer Playlist Tour 2019

Rascal Flatts is joined by Jordan Davis and Morgan Evans for its Summer Playlist Tour 2019 coming to Mansfield. Tickets start at $25. 7:30 p.m., Xfinity Center, 885 South Main St., Mansfield.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $45. 7:30 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston. 

The Australian Pink Floyd Show: All That You Love World Tour 2019

The Australian Pink Floyd Show brings its All That You Love World Tour to the Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion. Tickets start at $35. 8 p.m., Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion, 290 Northern Ave., Boston.

Friday, Aug. 23

Fun Free Fridays

Highland Street Foundation’s Fun Free Fridays offers no-cost admission to some of the most treasured, cultural venues in the state. Today enjoy free admission to: The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, the Berkshire Museum, Boston Athenaeum, Buttonwood Park Zoo, Emily Dickinson Museum, the Fort Devens Museum, the Freedom Trail Foundation, Heritage Museums & Gardens, the Museum of African American History and the Mary Baker Eddy Library & Mapparium.

Dine Out Boston

Grab some friends and head out to sample area restaurants for lunch or dinner at special prices Aug. 18-23 and Aug. 25-30 during Dine Out Boston (formerly known as Restaurant Week Boston). Find participating restaurants here.

The 152nd Annual Marshfield Fair

The Marshfield Fair returns for its 152nd season through Aug. 25 with amusement rides, games, the annual 4-H competition, arts and crafts vendors, agricultural and horticultural events and more. Noon to 10 p.m., 140 Main St., Marshfield.

TGIF at The Lawn on D

Celebrate the end of the week at The Lawn on D. Play, enjoy great food, drinks and lawn games. 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston.

Trillium Garden on the Greenway

The Trillium Garden returns to the Greenway Wednesday through Sunday. Located at the corner of High Street and Atlantic Avenue, the Trillium Garden on the Greenway is Boston's first fully open-air Beer Garden, featuring draft beers by Trillium Brewing Co. and wine by Westport Rivers Winery. 2-10 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston.

City Winery on The Greenway

City Winery Boston and the Greenway Conservancy bring City Winery on The Greenway to Dewey Square this summer. This downtown open-air wine garden will feature wine by City Winery Boston, along with beer and cider from Harpoon Brewery. Head down today from 3:30-10 p.m., Dewey Square, Atlantic Ave, Boston.

Citizens Bank Weekly Cornhole Tournament

The weekly cornhole tournament, sponsored by Citizens Bank returns for summer.The first eight teams of two will compete for “Lawn Bucks.” All the fun starts at 6:45 p.m.. Sign up for free at the Citizens Bank kiosk starting at 6:30 p.m. Enjoy live music from Swipe Right from 6-10 p.m., The Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston. 

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $45. 7:30 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City Entertainment Series: Movie Fridays “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

Friday is movie night during the Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City concert series. Tonight enjoy “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” on the big screen for your waterfront entertainment. The movie starts at dusk, Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston.  

Astronomy After Hours

Enjoy a free night full of astronomy themed fun. Hope for good weather and small telescopes will be available for a hands-on experience, plus visitors can view the evenings featured astronomical object through the 11” Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope in the Museum’s Gilliland Observatory. 8:30 p.m., Museum of Science, Boston, Gilliland Observatory, 1 Science Park, Boston.

Saturday, Aug. 24

Teddy Bear Check-Up

Bring your favorite teddy bear for a day of fun at the Franklin Park Zoo. Their trained staff will make sure your teddy bear is healthy for the start of a new school year with a proper physical. After, enjoy bear crafts and activities plus learn more about Bubba and Smoky, the two black bears who call Stone Zoo home. Free with the price of admission. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Stone Zoo, 149 Pond St., Stoneham.

Trillium Garden on the Greenway

The Trillium Garden returns to the Greenway Wednesday through Sunday. Located at the corner of High Street and Atlantic Avenue, the Trillium Garden on the Greenway is Boston's first fully open-air Beer Garden, featuring draft beers by Trillium Brewing Co. and wine by Westport Rivers Winery. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston.

Greenway Open Market

The Greenway Open Market is back for another season featuring area artists, crafters and independent designers. Explore the parks, stroll tree-lined promenades, take in the city sights, soak up the sunshine, play in the Rings Fountain, grab a bite to eat at a food truck, and shop at this original Boston experience. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., The Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway, Rings Fountain, Milk Street, Boston.

The 152nd Annual Marshfield Fair

The Marshfield Fair returns for its 152nd season through Aug. 25 with amusement rides, games, the annual 4-H competition, arts and crafts vendors, agricultural and horticultural events and more. Noon to 10 p.m., 140 Main St., Marshfield.

City Winery on The Greenway

City Winery Boston and the Greenway Conservancy bring City Winery on The Greenway to Dewey Square this summer. This downtown open-air wine garden will feature wine by City Winery Boston, along with beer and cider from Harpoon Brewery. Head down today from 1-9 p.m., Dewey Square, Atlantic Ave, Boston.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $45. Performances today at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston. 

Movies in the Park: “Dumbo”

Grab a blanket, pack some snacks and enjoy free movies under the start at Assembly Row all summer long. Tonight it’s “Dumbo.” 7 p.m., Sylvester Baxter Park, Assembly Row, Somerville. 

Sunday, Aug. 25

SoWa Open Market

Stop by the award-winning SoWa Open Market and enjoy Boston's largest celebration of local art, food and music. Celebrate opening day with Fiddlehead Brewing Company taking over the beer garden to pour some exclusive taproom only brews, live music by Elisa Smith and The Tiny Little Lies, the 15th annual SoWa Art Walk, plus Boston’s favorite food trucks and more. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., SoWa Boston, 450 Harrison Ave., Boston.

City Winery on The Greenway

City Winery Boston and the Greenway Conservancy bring City Winery on The Greenway to Dewey Square this summer. This downtown open-air wine garden will feature wine by City Winery Boston, along with beer and cider from Harpoon Brewery. Head down today from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Dewey Square, Atlantic Ave, Boston.

Dine Out Boston

Grab some friends and head out to sample area restaurants for lunch or dinner at special prices Aug. 18-23 and Aug. 25-30 during Dine Out Boston (formerly known as Restaurant Week Boston). Find participating restaurants here

The 152nd Annual Marshfield Fair

The Marshfield Fair returns for its 152nd season through Aug. 25 with amusement rides, games, the annual 4-H competition, arts and crafts vendors, agricultural and horticultural events and more. Noon to 10 p.m., 140 Main St., Marshfield.

Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse

Combining music, technology and comedy, Blue Man Group creates a form of entertainment that can’t be defined, but appeals to people of all ages. Described as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining,” the best way to truly understand what Blue Man Group is, is to see the show yourself. Tickets start at $45. 5 p.m., Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston.

Breaking Benjamin

Breaking Benjamin, along with Chevelle, Three Days Grace, Dorothy and Diamante take the stage at the Xfinity Center. Tickets start at $29.50. 5:30 p.m., Tickets start at $25. Xfinity Center, 885 South Main St., Mansfield.

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