ONE: Join The Switchboard on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. for their Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. Enjoy light refreshments and peruse the art on display while learning more about the space, which is intended to unite, inspire and support the creative community of Haverhill by providing entrepreneurial and experience-based opportunities through art- and music-based programming.
TWO: Join a refuge ranger for a Behind the Scenes Tour of Parker River National Wildlife Refuge on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. or Sunday at 1 p.m. The tour will present an up close and personal look at the refuge via a van ride with several brief stops along the way. Interested parties are required to register by calling (978) 465-5753.
THREE: The fifth annual S.A.L.S.A. (Supporting Active Lifestyles for All) Festival will be held at the O’Connell South Common in Lawrence on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. This free, family fun event will offer games, kite making and flying, trolley rides, sports, dance, taekwondo, obstacle courses, info booths, demonstrations on fire safety, ambulance tours and more. Prizes and a healthy lunch will be provided.
FOUR: Join in the Greater Lowell Pride fun this Saturday from noon to 1 p.m. with a pride parade marching from Lowell Memorial Auditorium to City Hall. Afterwards, from 1 to 5 p.m., enjoy a festival at JFK Plaza including live entertainment, vendors, food trucks and more.
FIVE: Founded and hosted by Merrohawke Nature School, Touch-a-Boat Newburyport will let your family explore the boats and meet the captains and crew of Newburyport’s working waterfront! Quite a few local organizations will be participating in the event, such as 9th Wave Sailing Charters, American Yacht Club, Lowell’s Boat Shop and many more. Bring the kids over to the Newburyport Central Waterfront on Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. for some free fun.
SIX: Explore five acres of artists’ studios at Western Avenue Studios’ monthly First Saturday Open Studios from noon to 5 p.m. Check out beautiful art — then talk to the artists behind it about their creative process, what inspires them and anything else that comes to mind!
SEVEN: Dracut Road Runners Car Club will hold their 60th Anniversary Car Show at Lo Kai Restaurant on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to benefit the Shriner’s Transportation Fund and St Jude’s Children’s Hospital. There will be raffle prizes to win, live music and, of course, some really cool cars to check out.
EIGHT: This Sunday at 5 p.m. during Hymns & Hops, order delicious food and drinks at The Peddler’s Daughter in Nashua and be ready to sing with gusto. John Read, director of music ministry at First Lutheran Church of West Barnstable, Mass., will lead you in song. (And don’t worry about dusting off that old hymnal in the attic – one will be provided for you.)
Looking for even more great things to do this weekend? Check out our event calendar!