Friday, June 15
Backyard and Beyond: Forest Fridays. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 10-10:45 a.m. Enjoy a nature-based activity based on the weather and season, either in Discovery Woods or out on the conservation land adjacent to the Museum. Designed for ages 2 to 6. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $14.50, ages under 1 free. discoveryacton.org.
Riverfest. The Old Manse, 269 Monument St., Concord. 12-5 p.m. A celebration of the wild and scenic rivers, with a special concert and activities and programming for the entire family to enjoy. Through Sunday. Free. thetrustees.org.
Family Game Day. Newton Free Library, 330 Homer St., Newton. 3-5 p.m. Drop-in for family games and activities, where we provide building materials, activities, and, of course, games for you to enjoy. Free. newtonfreelibrary.net.
Saturday, June 16
Against The Tide. DCR’s Hopkinton State Park, Hopkinton. Events 7:30-10:45 a.m. Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition’s annual multi-sport event: half-mile paddleboard, competitive and recreational 1-mile swims, and 2-mile kayak components. The tree-lined rolling, paved courses prove to be scenic routes for both the USATF certified 5K and 10K runs and the 3-mile fitness walk. All ages and abilities are welcome to choose from 1, 2, or 3 of these exciting activities. The event also offers an Aquathon “Splash and Dash” component, where participants “splash” in the competitive 1-mile swim and immediately “dash” in either the 5K or 10K run (chosen by the participant). All swim, run, and Aquathon components are timed using chip timing systems. Registration is $40 per event component or $25 per event component for students. mbcc.org/swim.
In the Yard: 1812 Marines. USS Constitution Museum, Charlestown Navy Yard, Building 22, Charlestown. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Join the all-volunteer 1812 Marine Guard for a day of history, learning, and immersive education. Free. ussconstitutionmuseum.org.
16th Annual Arts Fest Beverly. 248 Cabot St., Beverly. 10 a.m. Join the town of Beverly during this outdoor art festival, with over 150 artists, crafters, vendors, entertainment, food trucks, free kid’s activities and more. Free. beverlymainstreets.org.
Preschool Story Hour: The Dandelion Seed. Broad Meadow Brook Conservation Center and Wildlife Sanctuary, 414 Massasoit Rd., Worcester. 10-11 a.m. Bring your favorite adult for a thematic hour of a story, an activity, and a naturalist-led walk. For ages 3 to 5. Register ahead. Member children $3, nonmember children $4, adults free. massaudubon.org.
Family Lego Build. Wright Tavern, 2 Lexington Rd., Concord. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Meet Cody ‘The Lego Man’ Wells and take part in the C3Brix Custom Open Build, as you create your own work of art or a structure inspired by concord. Register ahead. Members $10, nonmembers $20. concordmuseum.org.
14th Annual Art On The Green. The Village Green at The Pinehills, 33 Summerhouse Dr., Plymouth. Featuring the work of local and regional artists, this showcases handmade arts and crafts on display and for sale. Enjoy live steel drum music, face painting, balloon artists along with many food options. For all ages. Children are invited to “Make a Tie for Dad.” Free. pinehills.com.
MFA Playdates: Fun on the Farm. Museum of Fine Arts: Boston, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston. 10:15-11 a.m. Bring your toddler to enjoy story time and looking activities in the gallery, followed by artmaking featuring a celebration and exploration of farm life and land in our spaces. Recommended for ages 4 and under. Free with admission. Members free; nonmember adults $25, youths 7 and up $10, children under 7 free. mfa.org.
Early Man. Newton Free Library, 330 Homer St., Newton. 2 p.m. Watch as a plucky caveman, his sidekick, and the rest of their tribe face a grave threat to their simple existence. Free. newtonfreelibrary.net.
Happier Family Comedy Show. Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, 125 West Bay Rd., Amherst. 3-4 p.m. Enjoy an hour-long, all new, and on-the-spot created show for adults and children to enjoy alike. Member adults $9, youth $4.50; nonmember adults $10, youth $5. carlemuseum.org.
Massachusetts Pirates vs. Columbus Lions. DCU Center, 50 Foster St., Worcester. 7 p.m. Watch Massachusetts’ premier National Arena League football team take on the Columbus Lions during the Pirates inaugural season. $10 and up. dcucenter.com.
Fireflies at Pierpont Meadow. Pierpont Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary, 38 Marsh Rd., Dudley. 7-9 p.m. Enjoy a beautiful night hike, as we spend an evening in appreciation of the remarkable insect: the firefly. Register ahead. Member adults $7, nonmember adults $9. massaudubon.org.
Sunday, June 17
Father’s Day. Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Rd., Sturbridge. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. See a tinner, blacksmith, and shoemaker at work, watch gristmill and sawmill demonstrations, enjoy the outdoors, and more during this celebration of dads. Dads free, adults $28, youths $14, ages under 4 free. osv.org.
Father’s Day Family Hike. Fruitlands Museum, 102 Prospect Hill Rd., Harvard. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Get outside and celebrate Dad this Father’s Day with a guided hike on the Fruitlands grounds. Recommended for ages 6 and up. Register ahead. Member children $5; nonmember children $10, adults free. fruitlands.org.
Father’s Day Bluegrass BBQ. Powisset Farm, 37 Powisset St., Dover. 12 p.m.-2 p.m. Bring a picnic blanket, and enjoy Blue Ribbon BBQ, live bluegrass music, lawn games, and a visit with the farm animals. Register ahead. Member adults $44, children $16; nonmember adults $55, children $20. thetrustees.org.
Father’s Day Rhodie Dance Delight. Eleanor Cabot Bradley Estate, 2468 Washington St., Canton. 1-3 p.m. Come get swept off your feet and move along with your family, as we enjoy laughter, music, and fun. Register ahead. Members $9, nonmembers $15. thetrustees.org.
Time for Textures. Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, 125 West Bay Rd., Amherst. 1-4 p.m. A special Sunday in the studio exploring textures through artmaking and rub drawings. Free with admission. Adults $9, youths $6. carlemuseum.org.
Woodland Fairy Workshop. Rocky Woods, 64 Rocky Woods Reservation Entrance, Medfield. 1:30-4 p.m. Join us to build a tiny fairy house for some woodland critters and listen to the magic of the forest all around you. Member children $24, nonmember children $30. thetrustees.org.
‘College’ with Live Music. TCAN: Center for Arts, 14 Summer St., Natick. 4 p.m. Join Buster Keaton and a live band to watch the classic comedian head off to college campus featuring gag-filled visual humor and athletic prowess. Members $10, nonmembers $10. natickarts.org.
Father’s Day Bluegrass Bash. Stevens-Coolidge Place, 92-128 Andover St., North Andover. 4-7 p.m. Enjoy bluegrass, baked goods, and food featuring classic barbeque, bocce, badminton, and cornhole for dads and father figures to alike with family. Register ahead. Member adults $9, children $6; nonmember adults $15, children $10; dads free. thetrustees.org.
Appleton’s Father’s Day Bluegrass Bash. Appleton Farms, 299 County Rd., Ipswich. 4-7 p.m. Bring a picnic blanket and load up the kids for a summer evening on the farm to celebrate the special fathers in your life, featuring food trucks, lawn games, farm animals, and music. Register ahead. Member families $24, nonmember families $30. thetrustees.org.