Making plans? Short on ideas? No worries. See Nicole Cammorata and June Wulff's picks for the top things to do around the Hub this weekend.
MARINES AND MARBLEHEAD United States Marine Corps Aviation started in Marblehead 100 years ago with a solo flight by Lieut.Lieutenant Alfred Cunningham. Celebrate at the Marblehead Maritime Festival, starting with a viewing of Marine helicopters (2-6 p.m. and Aug. 4 noon-6 p.m. at the Village Street School) and an art display of the 100 years of Marine Corps aviation. Aug. 3 at 2 p.m. (through Aug. 12; Aug. 4 parade at 10:30 a.m.). Most events are free. Throughout Marblehead. 781-631-2868. www.marbleheadchamber.org
NATIONAL WATERMELON DAY Seeds or no seeds? We’re in the latter camp, but either way you slice it, it’s yummy. Several venues celebrate National Watermelon Day with treats like a “skinny” cocktail that’s under 100 calories (Haru); arugula, shaved red onion, watermelon, and black sesame seeds with toasted cumin cayenne vinaigrette (The Tip Tap Room). Aug. 3 at several venues including Legal Harborside (270 Northern Ave., Boston), all Legal Sea Food locations, Scampo at the Liberty Hotel (215 Charles St., Boston), the Tip Tap Room (138 Cambridge St., Boston), and Haru (55 Huntington Ave., Boston).
FIRST FRIDAYS: BRAZILIAN STREET PARTY The ICA is kicking off its “Os Gêmeos” exhibit of Brazilian street art with an outdoor dance party overlooking the water. Music will be supplied by DJs Pajaritos and Roger Dee, and there will be Caipirinhas, white sangria, and other specialty cocktails for the occasion. Aug. 3, 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Tickets: $15. 21+ The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston. 617-478-3100, www.icaboston.org
PARK SCIENCE SERIES Thanks to Mayor Thomas M. Menino and the Boston Parks and Recreation Department, kids can learn about science in the city’s parks. There will be botanical art lessons and family activities. Aug. 3 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. (series continues Aug. 29 and Sept. 22). Free. The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, 125 Arborway, Jamaica Plain. 617-961-3051. www.cityofboston/parks
ESSEX NATIONAL HERITAGE AREA PHOTO SAFARI The Essex National Heritage Commission and Hunt’s Photo & Video offer instruction from pros to help you get gorgeous shots of Long Hill & the Sedgwick Gardens. Aug. 4 from 8 a.m.-noon. and 1-5 p.m. $45 (reservations required). Long Hill & the Sedgwick Gardens, 572 Essex St., Beverly. 978-740-0444. www.essexheritage.org/photosafari
TANGO BY MOONLIGHT We just love that this event hosted by the Boston Tango Society is timed with each full moon of the summer. Something about bridges and moonlight and dancing under the stars just screams romance. Each session includes some instruction before dancing the night away. Aug. 4,
7:30 p.m. Free. Weeks Footbridge, Cambridge. 617-699-6246, www.bostontango.org
JASON SMITH New York-based DJ Jason Smith was initially drawn to hip-hop records when he first started spinning. In the years since, he’s expanded his repertoire to include everything from pop, R&B, and even a little Grateful Dead here and there. As he told Spinner in 2010, “I try to make sure that people have a good time.” Aug. 4, 10 p.m. Tickets: $15-$20. 21+ The Estate, Boston. 617-351-7000, www.theestateboston.com
A NIGHT IN ROXBURY Jazz standards and hip hop aren’t strange bedfellows, and you’ll hear why at Jazz at the Fort’s “Hip Hop 1942.” Berklee College of Music jazz and hip-hop musicians will move you through the decades starting in 1942 when Dizzy Gillespie wrote “A Night in Tunisia.” This iconic jazz piece provided hooks for Gang Starr’s 1989 “Words I Manifest.” Aug. 5 from 5-7 p.m. (chairs, blankets, picnics encouraged; rain venue is 1234 Columbus Ave.). Free. Highland Park, accessible from Fort Avenue and Beech Glen Street, Roxbury. 617-747-6057. www.berklee.edu/events
HOT, HOT, HOT Hot Like Fire scorches SurfSide5’s 8,000 square-foot oceanfront deck on Salisbury Beach with its reggae music. The band won last year’s New England Urban Music Award for Best Caribbean Band, so check them out at “Reggae Sundays.” Aug. 5 from 4-8 p.m., rain or shine (summer Sundays). $10 cover. SurfSide5, 25 Broadway, Salisbury Beach. 978-463-9222. www.surfside5.com
Stephanie Callahan is a native Bostonian who loves cooking, traveling, spa treatments, and being on the ocean.
Meghan Colloton is a Bostonian who loves traveling, channeling her inner Julia Child, and trying weird things -- from food to bungee jumping.
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Rachel Raczka is a Bostonian who enjoys buttercream frosting, gin cocktails, and conquering cobblestone streets in high heels.
Emily Sweeney is a Boston native who goes out all over, from Irish pubs in Southie to the roller rink in Dorchester.
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