ONE: Welcome the autumn season with open arms at Merrimack’s 10th Annual Fall Festival, which will be hosted at James Mastricola Upper Elementary School on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Enjoy food, ice cream, vendors, face painting, farm animals and a whole lot more!
TWO: Wine ConneXtion will be hosting a special Saturday tasting of Rabble Wine Company’s brand-new Force of Nature wines. Andrew Nelson, partner and vice president of sales and marketing at Rabble, will make a special guest appearance.
THREE: Firehouse Center for the Arts will host Acting Out! Productions’ version of Footloose: The Musical with shows on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Get down with a new rendition of this classic tale of dancing, rocking rebellion performed by local Newburyport talent.
FOUR: Let’s do the time warp again! Join The Luna Theater for their third annual shadowcast of The Rocky Horror Picture Show with the Teseracte Players of Boston on Saturday at 8 p.m. This campy cult classic is always a favorite around Halloween, with impossible-to-forget songs like “Sweet Transvestite” and the aforementioned “Time Warp.”
FIVE: Help raise funds and awareness for The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention when they take their Concord-Carlisle/Metro West “Out of the Darkness” Walk starting at Hunt Recreation Center in Concord this Sunday. Get out and enjoy the fall air in support of a great cause.
SIX: Bad Moon Shop and A Little Bazaar at Mill No. 5 will be teaming up again for The Oddity & Curiosity Marketplace II on Saturday, so head on by for two floors of bizarre buys. While you’re shopping, you can also enjoy craft beer on tap and tarot/palm readings.
SEVEN: Rogers Center for the Arts will host the “live action graphic novel” The Intergalactic Nemesis Target Earth (Book 1) on Friday at 7:30 p.m. A blend of classic comic books and ’30s-era radio dramas, this innovative multimedia show combines traditional actors, projections, live sound effects and a pianist.
EIGHT: On Saturday, head to Canal Street in Lowell for Made In Lowell’s annual Oktoberfest celebration. Whether you’re looking for food trucks with German eats, delicious beverages served in a traditional beer garden or live music, this festival has you covered.