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Labor Day weekend event picks, Aug. 31 - Sept. 3

Posted by Nicole Cammorata  August 29, 2012 02:13 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.



KNIGHTS ON THE TOWN Every year royals, peasants, knights, and troubadours gather in Carver to re-create a bustling Renaissance village at King Richard’s Faire. The 80-acre site’s attractions include acrobats, jugglers, minstrels, dancers, fire eaters, and jousts on horseback. Stop at Cassandra’s Cottage to have your fortune told, encounter wandering fairies in the forest, try your hand at the Axe Throw, and visit the Royal Zoo to see snow leopards, Siberian tigers, and other exotic big cats. When you get hungry, have a spit-roasted giant turkey leg or boule of stew. If you want to get romantic, show off your facial hair, or dress like royalty, go for one of the special themed events like the vow renewal, beard and moustache contest, and costume contests.Sept. 1-Oct. 21, weekends 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Also open Labor Day (Sept. 3) and Columbus Day (Oct. 8). $27, $15 ages 4-11, under 4 free. 235 Main St., Carver. 508-866-5391,

BOSTON TATTOO CONVENTION Tons of tattoo artists will be on hand in case you want to go home with some body art. If not, listen to music by Lenny Lashley’s Gang of One, check out performances by Black Cat Burlesque, enjoy a fashion show, and see who gets crowned Miss Boston Ink. Aug. 31, 4 p.m.-midnight. Sept. 1-2, noon-midnight. Sept. 3, noon-9 p.m. $20-$70. Back Bay Sheraton, 39 Dalton St., Boston.

FAMILY FUN DAYS When New Englanders played baseball back in the 1830s, they used an ax handle for a bat. Try it, along with other games like tug of war and hoop-rolling, at an old-fashioned weekend celebration. Visitors can also take a stagecoach or boat ride, watch a toy fire-balloon flight, visit the Freeman Farm, and try crafts including paper marbling. Sept. 1-3, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. $24, $22 seniors, $8 ages 3-17, under 3 free. Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge. 800-733-1830,


FREE FUN FRIDAYS It’s your last chance to take advantage of free admission to area museums and attractions courtesy of the Highland Foundation. Choices on the final day of the summer program include the kid-friendly, hands-on Discovery Museums and the science-oriented, indoor-outdoor experience of the EcoTarium. Aug. 31. Free. 8:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. at the Children’s Discovery & Science Discovery Museums, 177 Main St., Acton. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the EcoTarium, 222 Harrington Way, Worcester.

THE NOSE KNOWS We have Mr. Perfect, but for those who don’t, wouldn’t it be nice to create one -- kind of a Mr. Potato Head concept? In “Roxanne,” based on “Cyrano de Bergerac,” the title character likes C.D. Bales’s personality, but not his large proboscis. Steve Martin and Daryl Hannah star in the film which screens at the “Movies by Moonlight” season finale. Dusk, weather permitting. Free. Boston Harbor Hotel, Rowes Wharf, Boston. 617-439-7000.


NETSKY The Middle East Downstairs will play host to a night of electronic dance music when entertainers such as Dynamite MC, Lenore, and headliner Netsky take to the stage. The Belgian-based producer and DJ is known for melding drum and bass with what’s been called “liquid funk.” Sept. 1, 8 p.m. Tickets: $20 - $30. 18+ Middle East Downstairs, Cambridge. 617-492-9181,

OF QUEENS AND CAKE Back in the days when the 1 percent ruled the world, there was a French queen who loved cake, wigs, and fashion. Playwright David Adjmi’s new tragicomedy looks at the life of “Marie Antoinette.” The American Repertory Theater presents the play in a coproduction with Yale Repertory Theatre. Sept. 1-2, 7:30 p.m. Through Sept. 29. Tickets start at $25. Loeb Drama Center, 64 Brattle St., Cambridge. 617-547-8300,


ROGER SANCHEZ This Grammy Award-winning DJ who performs all over Europe primarily spins house music with a bit of a tribal influence. Roger Sanchez will make a stop in Quincy Sunday as part of his world tour. Sept. 2, 8 p.m. Tickets: $20. 21+ The Ocean Club at Marina Bay, Quincy. 617-689-0600,


“BIG FOOT” LABOR DAY WALKING TOUR On this all-day trek, titled “Transgressors and Transformers: Boston 1919-1969,” learn about unemployment during the Depression, the changing architectural landscape during the 20th-century, and the cosmopolitan Beantown of the sixties. Sept. 3, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $20. Meet at Hollis Street Plaza near Wang Theatre, 270 Tremont St., Boston. 617-367-2345,

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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.

Rachel Raczka is a Bostonian who enjoys buttercream frosting, gin cocktails, and conquering cobblestone streets in high heels.

Emily Sweeney is a Boston native who goes out all over, from Irish pubs in Southie to the roller rink in Dorchester.

Emily Wright is a native Cape Codder who enjoys exercising, baking, and the occasional guilty pleasure action movie.


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