10 things to do in Boston this weekend

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The Roaring Twenties Lawn Party at Castle Hill at the Crane Estate. John Jovens

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Free Ice Cream Sandwiches

It’s National Ice Cream Sandwich Day on Thursday, and while it’s kind of silly that that’s an actual thing, HP Hood is celebrating by giving away ice cream sandwiches near the giant milk bottle that bears its name outside the Boston Children’s Museum. Along with its traditional vanilla flavor, Hood will have new, limited edition birthday cake ice cream sandwiches, plus kid-friendly activities, a photo booth, and a visit from Wally the Green Monster. (Thursday, Aug. 2 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.; 308 Congress St., Boston; free; all ages)

Shaquille O’Neal DJ Set

Sure, Shaq can play basketball, act, dance, and serve as pitchman for countless products, but can he DJ? If you want to find out, O’Neal will be at the Grand Thursday night performing as DJ Diesel. No word on whether he needs to use extra-large turntables for his Shaq-sized hands(Thursday, Aug. 2 from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.; The Grand, Boston; $30; 21+)

Free Fun Fridays at Franklin Park Zoo

Another summer Friday means another round of free admission to museums and attractions across the state thanks to the Highland Street Foundation. The only gratis offering in Boston this weekend will be at the Franklin Park Zoo, which will close an hour earlier than usual on what they warn will be a busy day. Other free institutions across the state will include the Cape Cod Museum of Art in Dennis and the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst. (Friday, Aug. 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Franklin Park Zoo, Boston; free; all ages)

ICA First Fridays: White Hot

There are thunderstorms in the forecast this Friday, but in case the skies clear, the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston is throwing a 21-plus waterfront party where everyone can show off their summer whites. Partygoers also can check out the exhibits in between listening to live music, sipping on cocktails, and noshing on snacks for sale. (Friday, Aug. 3 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; ICA, Boston; $20 GA, free for members; 21+)

BIG3 Basketball

Celtics preseason games don’t start until Sept. 28, so to satisfy your hoops hunger in the interim, you can check out plenty of ex-Celtics at the Big3 at TD Garden this Friday. The second season of Ice Cube’s 3-on-3 basketball league has former C’s like Glen “Big Baby” Davis, Jermaine O’Neal, Nate Robinson, and Brian Scalabrine, among others. Attendees will get to see all eight teams in the league play, with four back-to-back games scheduled. (Friday, Aug. 3 at 7 p.m.; TD Garden, Boston; $15-650; all ages)

Boston GreenFest

The goal of Boston GreenFest is to “educate and empower people to create a more sustainable, healthier world.” The organization hopes to accomplish that at City Hall Plaza this weekend with more than 200 fun, interactive exhibits that focus on ways that individuals can help make a difference in keeping our planet safe. Visitors can check out live music, a film festival emphasizing environmental issues, a local food truck emporium, and a wine and beer garden. (Friday, Aug. 3 and Saturday, Aug. 4 from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday, Aug. 5 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.; City Hall Plaza, Boston; free; all ages)

Taste of the Caribbean Boston

Want to dine on tasty Caribbean food while helping to give back to the community? Then check out the Taste of the Caribbean Boston Food Festival in Roxbury this Saturday. Along with Caribbean cuisine from local restaurants, the fest will offer live music, face painting, and local art. Proceeds from the tickets will go toward a scholarship program for exceptional local students. (Saturday, Aug. 4 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Hibernian Hall, Boston; $15 GA, free for children ages 10 and under; all ages)

Salem Maritime Festival

If you miss seeing the Tall Ships docked in Boston Harbor over the summer, head up to Salem to get your ancient ship fix at the town’s annual maritime festival. A select number of visitors will get to ride through the harbor on the old vessels, and all attendees will get to enjoy a day filled with live music, family-friendly activities, and food. (Saturday, Aug. 4 from 10 a.m. to 8:45 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 5 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m; Salem Maritime National Historical Site, Salem; free; all ages)

Roaring Twenties Lawn Party

Say what you will about the 1920s — its economy wasn’t very good, all the movies were in black and white — but no other decade has inspired such iconic themed parties. Case in point: the annual Roaring Twenties Lawn Party in Ipswich, which expanded to two days after more than 3,000 people showed up in their Depression-era best a couple of years back. The party will be in full swing starting this Saturday at the Crane Estate. A note of caution: Tickets must be bought at least one day in advance, and none will be available at the door. (Saturday, Aug. 4 and Sunday, Aug. 5 starting at 1 p.m.; 290 Argilla Road, Ipswich; $55 GA, $44 for students and seniors, free for children ages 10 and under; all ages)

Boston Seafood Festival

Boston’s annual celebration of its most treasured cuisine will return to Boston Fish Pier this Sunday with clambakes, chef demos, a Harpoon beer garden, and a shucking contest that can net you a $500 gift card. Did we mention the lobster bake? (Sunday, Aug. 5 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Boston Fish Pier, Boston; $15 GA, $5 for kids ages 6-12, free for kids ages 5 and under, $53 for the lobster bake, $90 for VIP; all ages)