Friday, August 30 

Free Fun Friday. Sponsored by the Highland Street Foundation, take advantage of free admission to the following: Old Sturbridge Village; Cape Cod Museum of Natural History; Griffin Museum of Photography; Hull Lifesaving Museum; Mass Audubon’s Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary; MASS MoCA; Museum of the First Corps of Cadets; Osterville Historical Museum; Capron Park Zoo; EcoTarium. Hours vary.

Spencer Fair. Fairgrounds, 48 Smithville Rd., Spencer. 8 a.m.-11 p.m. Midway with rides and games, livestock shows, classic fair foods and fun. Adults $12, kids $7, children 6 and under free. spencerfair.org. 

Backyard and Beyond: Forest Fridays. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 10-10:45 a.m. Join a nature-based activity while enjoying the weather of the season in the Discovery Woods or adjacent conservation land. Recommended for ages 2 to 6. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $14.50, ages under 1 free. discoveryacton.org.

Three County Fair. Three County Fair, 54 Fair St., Northampton. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Experience carnival rides and games, live musical performances, delicious food, animal and livestock viewing, interactions and competition, and more. Advance $10.50, day-of $2, ages 11 and under free. 3countyfair.com.

Free Friday Flicks: Dumbo. Hatch Shell, 47 David G Mugar Way, Boston. 6 p.m. Bring a blanket or lawn chair, pack a picnic, enjoy free games, and watch this live-action reimagining following a young elephant with oversized ears. Free. wbznewsradio.iheart.com/featured/free-Friday-flicks.

Free Family Movie Night Under the Stars. Nikitas Field, 27 Franklin Rd., Fitchburg. 7:25-9 p.m. Bring a blanket, chair and snacks and watch Space Jam under the stars. Movie starts at dusk, approx 7:30 p.m. Free. facebook.com. 

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Saturday, August 31 

Sunflower Festival. Lanni Orchard, 294 Chase Rd., Lunenburg. 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Over 4 acres of sunflowers in a variety of colors to pick and take pictures with, plus the unveiling of the Space Odyssey Corn Maze. Tickets $10-$25. lanniorchard.com.

Spencer Fair. Fairgrounds, 48 Smithville Rd., Spencer. 8 a.m.-11 p.m. Midway with rides and games, livestock shows, classic fair foods and fun. Adults $12, kids $7, children 6 and under free. spencerfair.org. 

Muster Day. Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Rd., Sturbridge. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Cheer on your favorite militia company as you listen to 19th century martial music, talk to members of volunteer militia companies, see a sham fight, and learn marching. Free with admission. Adults $28, youths $14, ages under 4 free. osv.org.

Play Date: Seaside Horizons. Institute of Contemporary Art: Boston, 25 Harbor Shore Dr., Boston. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Join a family tour of exhibitions, create art together, or enjoy a selection of short films, and enjoy the waterfront. Free. icaboston.org.

Appleseed Country Fair. Red Apple Farm, 455 Highland Ave., Phillipston. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Delicious food and beverage vendors, crafters, and the Brew Barn for beer and wine lovers, plus lots of live entertainment. Tethered hot air balloon rides and the chance to take family photos in a breathtaking field of sunflowers. $10 per car. appleseedcountryfair.com.

Three County Fair. Three County Fair, 54 Fair St., Northampton. 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Experience carnival rides and games, live musical performances, delicious food, animal and livestock viewing, interactions and competition, and more. Advance $10.50, day-of $2, ages 11 and under free. 3countyfair.com.

Make a Mess: Foamy Fun. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Drop-in and have some good, clean fun. Experiment with shaving cream and paint to create unique, marbleized masterpieces. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $14.50, ages under 1 free. discoveryacton.org.

Family Film Festival: Dumbo. Prudential Center, 800 Boylston St., Boston. 6 p.m. Enjoy entertainment, children’s activities, giveaways, and this live action reimagination of the classic tale of Dumbo, the amazing flying elephant. Free. prudentialcenter.com.

Old Home Day Fireworks. The Overlook, 88 Masonic Home Rd., Charlton. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Live music starts at 7 p.m. before fireworks light up the sky at 9 p.m. Bring a blanket and sit on the rolling hills of The Overlook and enjoy dancing and food. Free. facebook.com. 

Sunday, September 1 

Spencer Fair. Fairgrounds, 48 Smithville Rd., Spencer. 8 a.m.-11 p.m. Midway with rides and games, livestock shows, classic fair foods and fun. Adults $12, kids $7, children 6 and under free. spencerfair.org. 

Free First Sunday at WAM. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tour the galleries, see some amazing art, and enjoy our Museum for free. Free. worcesterart.org.

Appleseed Country Fair. Red Apple Farm, 455 Highland Ave., Phillipston. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Classic country fair with hayrides, music, crafts, tractor pulls, fields of sunflowers and hot air balloons. $10 per car. appleseedcountryfair.com. 

Three County Fair. Three County Fair, 54 Fair St., Northampton. 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Experience carnival rides and games, live musical performances, delicious food, animal and livestock viewing, interactions and competition, and more. Advance $10.50, day-of $2, ages 11 and under free. 3countyfair.com.

Crazy Creatures. Boston Children’s Museum, 308 Congress St., Boston. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Drawn an animal you know or invent your own creature and connect with your wild sides and explore ‘Crazy Creatures’ through drawing. Free with admission. Members free; nonmember adults $18, youths 1-15 $18, ages under 1 free. bostonchildrensmuseum.org.

First Sunday. Museum of Russian Icons, 203 Union St., Clinton. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Explore the galleries, take a look at our exhibition ‘Wrestling with Angels,’ and create an angel-inspired craft. Free. museumofrussianicons.org.

Monday, September 2 

Spencer Fair. Fairgrounds, 48 Smithville Rd., Spencer. 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Midway with rides and games, livestock shows, classic fair foods and fun. Adults $12, kids $7, children 6 and under free. spencerfair.org. 

Old Home Day. Town Common, Main St., Charlton. 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Craft fair, art show, kids’ games, live entertainment, food and more. Free. townofchalrton.net. 

Three County Fair. Three County Fair, 54 Fair St., Northampton. 10 a.m. Experience carnival rides and games, live musical performances, delicious food, animal and livestock viewing, interactions and competition, and more. Advance $10.50, day-of $2, ages 11 and under free. 3countyfair.com.

Appleseed Country Fair. Red Apple Farm, 455 Highland Ave., Phillipston. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Classic country fair with hayrides, music, crafts, tractor pulls, fields of sunflowers and hot air balloons. $10 per car. appleseedcountryfair.com.

Labor Day: Free Admission. Institute of Contemporary Art: Boston, 25 Harbor Shore Dr., Boston. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Celebrate Labor Day with some art viewing and exploration in the galleries, a seat looking at the Boston Harbor or trip on the ICA Water Shuttle. Free. icaboston.org.

Jaws. Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St., Brookline. 7 p.m. Close out Summer with a viewing of this 1975 blockbuster following the good people of Amity Island as a Great White Shark begins preying off beachgoers. Adults $13.25, children $11.25. coolidge.org.