Weekend Event Picks, Sept. 12-14

From left: “Far From Heaven’’ (Sagliio Photography Inc.); Jason Mraz (Brittany Keene); Christina Perri (Kevin Winter/Getty)
From left: “Far From Heaven’’ (Sagliio Photography Inc.); Jason Mraz (Brittany Keene); Christina Perri (Kevin Winter/Getty)

Making plans? Short on ideas? No worries. See Milva DiDomizio’s picks for the top things to do around the Hub this weekend.


HISTORIC INVASION It’s been five decades since The Fab Four stopped in Boston on the band’s first US tour. “The Beatles Invade Boston: 50th Anniversary Celebration’’ features films, lectures, concerts, and other events in honor of the anniversary. Sept. 12-14. See website for full schedule. West End Museum, 150 Staniford St., Boston. 617-723-2125, www.thewestendmuseum.org

MUSICAL ‘HEAVEN’ Due to the revelation of her husband’s deep dark secret and a compassionate gardener who turns up at just the right (wrong?) moment, the life of 1950’s Connecticut housewife Cathy is about to change forever. Speakeasy Stage Company presents the new musical version of “Far From Heaven,’’ based on the film by Todd Haynes. Sept. 12, 8 p.m. Sept. 13, 4 and 8 p.m. Sept. 14, 3 p.m. Through Oct. 11. Boston Center for the Arts, 527 Tremont St., Boston. 617-482-3279, www.speakeasystage.com


‘YES!’ MAN Singer-songwriter Jason Mraz says he plans to be #RetiredAt40. If he holds to that, you only have a few years to enjoy his music live. This weekend offers a couple of chances, when Jason Mraz and Raining Jane stop in Boston on a tour supporting Mraz’s latest release, “YES!’’ Sept. 12-13, 8 p.m. $25-$75. Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre, 270 Tremont St., Boston. www.citicenter.org

SCHOOL’S IN There are lots of rules at school, but on the Back to School Tour with Dada Life there are “no rules but the rules of Dada.’’ The Swedish DJ duo kicks off the tour in Boston. Sept. 12, 8 p.m. $35-$45. House of Blues, 15 Lansdowne St., Boston. www.houseofblues.com/boston


MIX IS UP We recommend arriving early for the 2014 MixFest. If last year’s turnout is any indication, there’ll be quite the crowd. This year’s line-up features American Idol winner Phillip Phillips, O.A.R., Christina Perri, and Canadian reggae fusion outfit Magic! Sept. 13, noon. Free. Rain or shine. Hatch Shell, Boston. www.mix1041.com

LET THE GAMES BEGIN It’s a bit more sedentary than the Olympics, but at least you can participate (non-competitively) in the Boston Festival of Indie Games. Get ready to play video games, location-based games, tabletop games, and more by established game makers and the next gen of game developers. Sept. 13, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. $10, under 13 free. MIT Johnson Athletic Center, Mass. Ave., Cambridge. www.bostonfig.com


FLOWER POWER If you’re looking to start a garden or enhance your existing garden, check out the Boston Natural Areas Network’s annual Harvest Festival and Perennial Divide. Bring plants to swap or donate, take plants home, shop for native plants and fall gardening supplies, and celebrate the harvest season with other gardeners. Sept. 13, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. City Natives, 30 Edgewater Dr., Mattapan. www.bostonnatural.org


FOODIES GATHERING Slow food, organic food, local food. It’s all at the Boston Local Food Festival, featuring farmers, local eateries, food trucks, health and fitness organizations, chef demos, a seafood throwdown, and music. Learn how to make cheese at home, get tips for gluten free living, consult with nutrition doc P.K. Newby, and nosh on healthy goodies. Sept. 14, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston. www.bostonlocalfoodfestival.com

LIKE OWNER, LIKE PET Dogs are cute, so it’s okay to look like one, right? It is at the Somerville Dog Festival, where you can enter a Dog/Owner Look-Alike Contest, take in some Doggiepieace Theater, and try agility and other events with your canine. Sept. 14, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free admission, donations (including pet care items) welcome. Dogs must be well-mannered and leashed (no flexi leads). Trum Field, Broadway and Cedar St., Somerville. www.somdogfest.org

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