ONE: The 94th Annual Feast of the Three Saints will be held on Common and Union Street in Downtown Lawrence on Friday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Different festivities will be held each day, from silent auctions and raffles to musical performances and a parade. The one critical piece that will run through all of it, of course, is the feast itself: tons and tons of delicious Italian food will be available for your devouring pleasure.
TWO: St. Anthony’s Maronite Church will hold its annual Mahrajan (Festival) on Friday from 6 p.m. to midnight, Saturday from 5 p.m. to midnight and Sunday from noon to midnight. Expect homemade Lebanese and American cuisine, activities and games for children, and plenty of live entertainment.
THREE: Carry Out Cafe & Catering and Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm have teamed up for a pair of handcrafted, multi-course The Farmer’s Table dinners this weekend, one on Friday and another on Saturday. Both events require registration and start at 7 p.m. Attendees must be 21 years of age or older.
FOUR: 92.5 the River’s 16th Annual Newburyport Riverfront Music Festival will be held on Saturday from noon to 6:30 p.m. at Waterfront Park. This year’s lineup includes They Might Be Giants, Chris Trapper, Marcus King Band and more. Attendees are encouraged to get to the park early with blankets & chairs for a day of great live music!
FIVE: This Saturday is the first of the month of September, so you know what that means… time for another Open Art Studios at Western Avenue Studios! The fine folks at the studios and lofts will open their doors to the public from noon to 5 p.m., so go ahead and browse through the art, chat with the artists, and purchase some unique gifts for your friends and family.
SIX: Kids & Family Wild Animal Kingdom Day is this Sunday at 1 p.m. at Winnekenni Castle! Wild Wonders will wind their way up the hill to the Castle to present an array of animals to the crowd followed by a Q& A session and a hands-on meet & greet for the children with some of the special animal guests. Admission is free with a $5 suggested donation.
SEVEN: This Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m., remember a loved one or make a special wish at Greater Newburyport Ovarian Cancer Awareness’ Newburyport Lantern Festival. At this free, family-friendly outdoor event, you can listen to live musical performances leading up to the eventual “grand illumination,” when lanterns are released onto the Bartlet Mall Frog Pond. If you want to decorate and release your own lantern, they can be purchased for $10.
EIGHT: As if there weren’t enough festivals jam-packed into this edition of Great Eight, there’s also the legendary 33rd Bread & Roses Heritage Festival happening on Monday from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Campagnone Common. Enjoy an eclectic day of musical, dance, and theatrical performances from a range of cultures, stroll down the walkway of food vendors and visit the booths of artists, activists and organizers while your children enjoy the Kidz Zone.