Making plans? Short on ideas? No worries. See June Wulff and Courtney Hollands' picks for the top things to do around the Hub this weekend. Take a peek, then get out!
Newport WineFest: What's your comfort level on wine tasting? If you don't have more than a sip of knowledge, give up 30 minutes of your time Friday at 7:30 for "How to Taste Wine & Why!" This is one of many events at The Newport WineFest including Saturday's Kitchen Stage chefs Kim Canteenwalla from Las Vegas and Dave Martin of "Top Chef: Season 1." This celebration of wine, beer, spirits, and food features tastings, brunch, a culinary stage, and beer garden. Friday-Sunday, rain or shine. Check website for schedule and ticket prices. Newport Yachting Center, 4 Commercial Wharf, Newport, R.I. 860-953-0444, ext. 151. newportwinefest.com
Davis Mega Maze: With seven intensity levels, many survival challenges and technological twists, let's see how your hand-held GPS unit or WiFi connection helps you navigate the complex "Survivor" cornfield maze. And every day at 1 p.m., the maze configuration changes. Daily 10 a.m.-6 p.m., weather permitting (Sat and Sun from Sept. 6 - Nov. 14). $16.95, $12.95 seniors and ages 5-12. Davis Mega Maze, 145 Redstone Hill Road, Sterling. 978-422-8888. davismegamaze.com
Tango Bar Milonga: This name of this popular monthly party pays tribute to iconic singer Carlos Gardel's 1935 film "Tango Bar." Impress your partner with that tidbit as you tango, swing, and salsa in Union Square. And don't fret if you have two left feet: There's a free dance crash course from 8-9 p.m. 9 p.m. Tickets: $12, $7 students. Dance Union, 16 Bow St., Somerville. 617-699-6246, bostontango.org
The B-52s: The Lowell Summer Music Series has rocked this summer with a fabulous line up, and it's still rockin' with Friday's concert by the B-52s. First things first. The pop/rock band's name is Southern slang for the bouffant wigs worn by singers Kate Pierson and Cindy Wilson. Another piece of band genealogy is its formation in the mid '70s after a drunken night at a Chinese restaurant. Amesbury's The Brew opens the "Love Shack" in Lowell. 7:30 p.m. $50, free under 13. Boarding House Park, Lowell (rain location is Lowell Memorial Auditorium, 50 East Merrimack St., Lowell). 978-970-5200. lowellsummermusic.org
Middle School Dance Party: Oh, middle school dances: The drama. The poor fashion choices. The "Macarena." Relive those special moments sans awkwardness and acne at this throwback fête. Get down as DJs Mikey Lee, Damien Paul, and the Death Star duo spin old school gems — think "We Like to Party" and "Return of the Mack" — in the Good Life's streamer-strewn basement. 9:30 p.m. Tickets: $5. 21+. Good Life, 28 Kingston St., Boston. 617-451-2622, goodlifebar.com
Corn and Tomato Festival: Summer is all about corn, tomatoes, and vacation. We can't help you with the vacation, but we recommend Saturday's fest at Verrill Farm. More than 30 varieties of heirloom and hybrid tomatoes will be sliced and ready to eat, along with several types of corn including white, super sweet, and bicolor. You'll sample dishes made with both in the farm stand kitchen. For those who like meat with their tomatoes and corn, there will be hamburgers and more available for purchase. Monadnock Bluegrass will serve the music. 11 a.m.-4 p.m., rain or shine. Tastings are $8.50, $4.50 under 10. Verrill Farm, 11 Wheeler Road, Concord. 978-369-4494. verrillfarm.com
Piers Park Sailing Summer Dock Party: Stare at the Boston skyline, dance to roots music by the Squeezebox Stompers, dine on a gourmet barbecue from Scups on the Harbor — all on the end of the pier. Piers Park Sailing and Paralympic Sport Club Boston host this benefit for their sailing and environmental programs for at-risk youth and the disabled. 6 p.m., rain or shine. $45 (online), $50 (at the door). Boston Harbor Shipyard and Marina, 256 Marginal St., East Boston. 617-561-6677. piersparksailing.org
'TWO: two dancers, two duets, two solos': Daniel Charon tells intimate stories through his choreography which is known for effortless lifts, poetic subtlety, and full-throttle body emoting (this last one sounds intriguing). At this show, Charon partners with Natalie Desch in "Snapshots of a Past," "Dissolving Clouds," "Rush," and "To and From — Next To Me." This last piece draws from an artist's life on the road with its life cycle of greetings, connection, intimacy, and farewells — just like dating. 8 p.m. $18. Reservations are recommended. Julie Ince Thompson Theatre, Dance Complex, 536 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. 617-290-9525. danielcharondanceintensive.com/two.php
Take a Hike!: The Boston Center for Adult Education invites you to take a guided hike (3-4 miles) through the Middlesex Fells Reservation. There are free apps after the walk at Redbones in Somerville. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. $25 (Registration required; comfortable clothing, sturdy sneakers or hiking boots, water, snack, and bug spray recommended). Meet at the Middlesex Fells Reservation main entrance at South Border Road, Medford. 617-267-4430. bcae.org
The Temptations and the Four Tops: We are always amazed at how these guys harmonize effortlessly while executing that smooth, non-stop choreography — the way they do the things they do. Catch the R&B Temptations and their hits like "My Girl" and "Papa Was a Rolling Stone." The Four Tops will get you with "Baby I Need Your Loving" and "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)." 8 p.m. $43.25, $60.25. Cape Cod Melody Tent, 21 West Main St., Hyannis. 508-775-5630. melodytent.org
'Carmen': When a passionate gypsy meets an already spoken for Spanish army corporal, look out. Georges Bizet's tragic opera starts the new season of "Europe's Grand Operas," screenings of live performances from Italy's La Scala and other major European opera houses. This 2009 La Scala production stars mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili in the title role. Next up is "Aida" on Sept. 12. 10 a.m. $20, $17 students and seniors. Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St., Brookline. 617-734-2500. coolidge.org
Stephanie Callahan is a native Bostonian who loves cooking, traveling, spa treatments, and being on the ocean.
Milva DiDomizio is a New England native who's fond of cooking, singing, and Boston's arts and culture scene.
Swati G. Sharma is a Somerville resident and is a fan of city living, exploring Bostons nightlife, and dancing.
Emily Sweeney is a Boston native who goes out all over, from Irish pubs in Southie to the roller rink in Dorchester.