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Weekend event picks, Aug. 10-12

Posted by Nicole Cammorata  August 8, 2012 12:01 PM

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Making plans? Short on ideas? No worries. See Nicole Cammorata, Milva DiDomizio, and June Wulff's picks for the top things to do around the Hub this weekend.

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FRIDAY

DJ HEEMS The ICA kicks off its waterfront party series, DJs on the Harbor, with a performance by DJ Heems of Das Racist on Friday night. DJ Knife will perform the opening set. Aug. 10, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $10 members and students, $15 non-members. The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston. 617-478-3100, www.icaboston.org

SATURDAY

KNOCK ABOUT The main and side stages at the Naukabout Music Festival are loaded with music by the Ryan Montbleau Band, the Dune Billy All-Stars, John Brown’s Body, Adam Ezra Group, Dub Apocalypse, Will Evans from Barefoot Truth, Tall Heights, and more. There are activities for the kids. Aug. 11 from noon-10 p.m., rain or shine. $29, $39 at the gate, free under 12. Barnstable County Fairgrounds, 1220 Nathan Ellis Highway, East Falmouth. www.naukabout.com

SWINGING ON THE CHARLES Learn how to swing like the best of them thanks to the folks at Boston Swing Central. Jitterbug on over to the docks of Community Boating near the Hatch Shell where you can take an hour lesson followed by a night of dancing under the stars. Aug. 11, lesson at 7 p.m., dancing at 8 p.m. Tickets: $12, $10 students and seniors. Community Boating, Boston. www.bostonswingcentral.org

COMMONWEALTH SHAKESPEARE COMPANY FAMILY DAY This bard bonanza features City­Stage’s “A KidSummer Night’s Dream,” an adaptation of “The Tempest” for kids, Boston Conservatory students in “Bard Over Broadway,” and “Shakespeare on Love” featuring actors from CSC’s summer apprentice program. The Boston Circus Guild enhances the festival atmosphere with jugglers, aerialists, and acrobats. Aug. 11, noon-4 p.m. Free. Boston Common, Parkman Bandstand. www.commshakes.org

HUNGRY TIGER STREET FOOD FESTIVAL Union Square channels a night market like those found in the Far East, Mexico, or old Europe. El Potro, Pao de Açucar, India Palace, and other eateries serve up global cuisine, artisans ply their wares, musicians play, and street performers entertain with fire throwing and other feats. Aug. 11, 6-10 p.m. Free admission. Union Square Plaza, 70 Union Square, Somerville. Rain date Aug. 12. www.somervilleartscouncil.org


SATURDAY & SUNDAY

NEW ENGLAND PIRATE FAIRE Ahoy, maties, be ye ready for swashbuckling swordplay, buried treasure, and all manner of interactive pirate fun? Then head to Pastimes Entertainment’s rollicking event. Aug. 11-12, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $12, $8 ages 4-11, under 3 free. Pioneer Village, Forest River Park, Salem. 781-893-5410, www.pastimes entertainment.com


SUNDAY

HARDWELL Despite being just 24, this Dutch DJ is racking up praise and fans as he tours the world this summer spinning electro-house and progressive beats. Born Robbert van de Corput, he has been DJing since he was just 13. Resident DJs Bamboora and Dirty Dek will also perform. Aug. 12, 8 p.m. Tickets: $35. 21+ The Ocean Club at Marina Bay, Quincy. 617-689-0600, www.oceanclubatmarinabay.com

AUGUST MOON FESTIVAL See lion dances, Chinese opera, martial arts, Chinese dough art, and Chinese folk dancing at this annual Chinatown festival. And don’t forget to get your mooncakes. Aug. 12, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Chinatown, Boston. www.chinatownmainstreet.org

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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.

Milva DiDomizio is a New England native who's fond of cooking, singing, and Boston's arts and culture scene.

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