Making plans? Short on ideas? No worries. See Nicole Cammorata and Milva DiDomizio's picks for the top things to do around the Hub this Columbus Day weekend. Now get out and go to it!
SEACOAST FRINGE FESTIVAL: Non-mainstream artists and performers gather for a celebration of the arts. The event features jazz, folk, swing, fusion, klezmer, oldies, magic, improv, comedy, puppets, plays, dance, and even a mind reader. Oct. 8-10. Various venues in the downtown area of Portsmouth, NH. 603-749-3405, www.seacoastfringefestival
OCTOBER HARVEST WEEKENDS: Pumpkins are one of the best things about fall. Pick your own this weekend at Drumlin Farm and enjoy games, special activities, a hayride, and live animal demonstrations. Oct. 8-10, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Activities 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Pick your own hours 10 a.m.-2 p.m. while supplies last. $7, $5 ages 2-12. Drumlin Farm, 208 South Great Rd., Lincoln. 781-259-2200, www.massaudubon.org/drumlinfarm
JAY & SILENT BOB GET OLD: Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith, better known as Jay and Silent Bob, turn their podcast into a live performance, in which they try to fight adulthood to remain the two dudes hanging outside the Quick Stop, grooving to the boom box. Oct. 7, 7:30 p.m. $45. Wilbur Theatre. 866-448-7849, www.thewilburtheatre.com
REMEMBERING LENNON: Beatles legend John Lennon would have been 71 on Sunday. The Nu-Utopians (formerly the John Lennon Song Project) honor the occasion with the tribute John Lennon Imagined. Storytelling, three-part harmonies, and a seven-piece band offer fresh interpretations of Lennon’s songs from his Beatles and solo days. Oct. 7, 8 p.m. $35. Center for Arts, 14 Summer St., Natick. 508-647-0097, www.natickarts.org
MATT NATHANSON: If you’ve heard this Lexington-bred singer-songwriter’s buoyant 2009 hit “Come On Get Higher,” chances are you had trouble getting it out of your head. He hopes the same will be true of tunes from his new album “Modern Love,” which features a duet with Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland. Vanessa Carlton, whose latest album “Rabbits on the Run” is getting great reviews, opens the show. Oct. 8, 6 p.m. Tickets: $25-$39.50. House of Blues. 800-745-3000, www.livenation.com
OKTOBERFEST: When the Burgermeister oversees the Tapping of the Keg Ceremony, the festivities begin at the 19th Annual International Oktoberfest. They include performances by the Grammy-winning Jimmy Sturr Orchestra, yodeling, dancing, and children’s activities. Get your brew at the International Biergarten, and dine on knackwurst, bratwurst, and schnitzel. Oct. 8, noon-9 p.m. Oct. 9, noon-8 p.m. Oct. 10, noon-5 p.m. $10-$40, under 12 free. Newport Yachting Center, Commercial Wharf and America’s Cup Ave., Newport RI. 401-846-1600, www.newportwaterfrontevents.com
THE HOOT, FAREWELL TO SUMMER: Summer's demise is the inspiration for the reprise of The Hoot, a night of vaudevillian entertainment at Oberon. There will wordplay from spoken word group ARTiculation, burlesque dancing, live music, and comedy from the likes of Bethany Van Delft, MC Scared Pete, and Rob Crean. Oct. 9, 8 p.m. (doors at 7:30 p.m.) Tickets: $20. Oberon. 2 Arrow St., Cambridge. 617.496.8004, www.cluboberon.com
OONA'S AFTER HOURS: Harvard Square vintage clothing shop Oona's is behind this throwback night, held every second Sunday at Zuzu. Dress in your best vintage threads while sipping on classic cocktails and bopping along to the beats of Primordial Sounds, who will be spinning vinyl from decades gone by. Oct. 9, 10 p.m. Free. 21+. Zuzu. 617-864 -3278, www.zuzubar.com
SMOKE THIS RIB FEST: Who makes the best ribs in town? Taste and decide as pit masters compete for the distinction. Besides the barbecue, the event features chef demos, children’s activities, and music. Oct. 9, noon-4 p.m. Admission free. $20 taste ticket for ten rib samples. Cambridge St. between Fulkerton and Fifth Sts., East Cambridge. www.eastcambridgeba.com
BARK: A FIELD GUIDE TO TREES OF THE NORTHEAST: Leaves aren’t the only way to identify a tree. Learn how to do it by looking at bark, and you won’t be stumped come winter when the leaves are gone. Author Michael Wojtech discusses tree identification, the structure and ecology of tree bark, how it evolved, and phases of trees’ life cycles. The talk is offered in conjunction with the exhibit “New England Forests.” Oct. 9, 2 p.m. Free with admission of $9, $7 seniors and students, $6 ages 3-18. Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St., Cambridge. 617-495-3045, www.monh.harvard.edu
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.