ONE: The Newburyport BluesCruise kicks off the summer season with the highly-acclaimed Erin Harpe and the Delta Swingers on Saturday at Waterfront Park from 7 to 10 p.m. The award-winning Boston band’s diverse influences range from acoustic Piedmont and Delta blues roots to hard rocking electric slide guitar, boogie blues, funk and soul.
TWO: Thursday is the first day of Dani Kaye’s Pop-Up Shop at Farley’s of Newburyport (which will be held July 12-15, 19-22 and 26-28). For their opening day, they’ll be holding a special Sip and Shop event from 5 to 8 p.m.
THREE: Greenbelt, Essex County’s land trust, invites runners of all levels to the 11th running of its popular trail run through the beautiful wooded hills of the Pingree Reservation on Saturday morning. The Pingree School will serve as the base camp for the 5K and 10K races, both of which begin at 9 a.m.
FOUR: This Saturday, the Concord Museum will provide a walking tour from historic Wright Tavern through downtown Concord from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Visitors will have an opportunity to learn about the significant role the tavern played in the events of the Revolution. All tours will be led by a Concord Museum educator and highlight two pivotal moments in Concord’s (and America’s) history.
FIVE: Island Street Studios will hold Open Studios: Block Party on Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m., bringing musical performances, creative vendors and delicious food provided by Mami’s Empanadas together for an afternoon of fun in downtown Lawrence.
SIX: Studio 506 is continuing its 2018 season with “Everybody,” by playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, this Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. at Mill City Grows’ Rotary Club Community Garden. Focusing on the universality of our journeys with death, this modern riff on the 15th-century morality play “Everyman” follows Everybody (chosen from amongst the cast by lottery at each performance) as they travel down a road toward life’s greatest mystery.
SEVEN: Enjoy an evening of dancing on the boardwalk with the next event in the Harbor Place Summer Series: Salsa Dancing on the Boardwalk at Harbor Place Plaza this Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. Even if you don’t know how to salsa, professional dancer Burju Perez will be on hand to help show you the ropes.
EIGHT: To begin its 26th anniversary season, Maudslay Arts Center will welcome an old favorite, the Paul Broadnax Trio, for a concert on Sunday at 2 p.m. Known for taking powerful inspiration from Nat King Cole and Joe Williams, Broadnax has appeared with many nationally recognized jazz artists Clark Terry, Milt Hinton and Dorothy Donegan.
Looking for even more great things to do this weekend? Check out our event calendar!