Eight Great Things to Do This Weekend – 6/8/17

ONE: It might not be summer yet, but we don’t blame you if the warmth is starting to bring up fantasies of cold brews and barbecue in the backyard. Go ahead and indulge them this Friday from 5 to 9 p.m. at Navigation Brewing Co. as they host a special BBQ with Chef Byron Gibbs event. Mill City Cheesemongers will also be joining in on the fun!

TWO: Get weird — in a good way, that is — at the Haverhill Experimental Film Festival, hosted by HC Media at their new Studio 101 at Harbor Place location. On Friday, catch “Pulse” at 7 p.m. and “Orbit” at 9 p.m., and then on Saturday check out “Closer” at 2 p.m., ” Blame” at 6 p.m. and “Way” at 8 p.m. All screenings are $5 at the door, except “Closer,” for which admission is free.

THREE: The Lowell Summer Music Series kicks off this Saturday at 7:30 p.m. when Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue come to Boarding House Park. The band is known for mixing blues, soul, hop hop and funk to great effect — so if you’re around the Mill City this weekend, here’s a perfect way to kick off the warm season (even if summer’s technically still around the corner).

Eight Great Things to Do This Weekend - 6/8/17

THREE: Enjoy a skillful mix of blues, soul, hop hop and funk when Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue come to Boarding House Park.

FOUR: Hot on the heels of our most adorable event ever, Baby Goat Day, it’s something no less adorable, although a little more tranquil … and a lot more ridiculous (in the best way possible). Georgetown’s Great Rock Farm is holding a Yoga with Goats event this Saturday from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. If you’ve had a stressful week, we can think of few combinations more soothing than baby goats and yoga.

FIVE: Kids and seniors in your family (and you, of course!) can find equal enjoyment at Canobie Lake Park this Sunday, which is Big Band/Senior Day at the Salem, N.H. amusement park. In addition to seniors getting free admission to the park’s usual pleasures, the Dave Whitney Orchestra will give a special performance from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Dancehall Theater.

SIX: Head to the Lawrence History Center on Sunday at 2 p.m. for An Afternoon with Author Llana Barber, whose book “Latino City: Immigration and Urban Crisis in Lawrence, Massachusetts, 1945–2000” explores the transformation of the titular city into the first Latino-majority community in New England. To attend, RSVP to Louise Sandberg at (978) 620-3606 or lsandberg@cityoflawrence.com.

Eight Great Things to Do This Weekend - 6/8/17

FOUR: Baby goats are once again gracing Eight Great Things with their precious presence … this time, in celebration of Yoga with Goats at Great Rock Farm in Georgetown.

SEVEN: Have you read poet James Russell Lewis’ poem “What is so Rare as a Day in June?”  Learn how beautiful a June day can be when Tattersall Farm hosts Roland “Boot” Boutwell, a freelance naturalist, to lead a Nature Walk on Sunday at 3 p.m. Participants will learn some basic wildflower identification characteristics, and also some natural history and lore. A $5 donation is suggested.

EIGHT: Ease into your next work week at moonstones‘ next Sundown Sundays event from 5 to 8 p.m. Visit the raw bar, sip some wine and check out cured meats from Moody’s Delicatessen & Provisions and boards from American Stonecraft. It’s the perfect way to chill before Manic Monday rolls around again…

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