5 Saturday


Family Nature Hike, 10am, Oak Knoll Wildlife Sanctuary, 1417 Park St., Attleboro. Take a guided hike with a focus on turkeys. $2. 508-223-3060; massaudubon.org.


Family Day: Around the World in 6,000 Years, 11am – 3pm, Davis Museum at Wellesley College, 106 Central St., Wellesley. Discover a world of art through treasure hunts, art making, performances, visiting artists, tours and more. FREE. wellesley.edu.

The Great Pumpkin Chuck!, 1-3pm, Chestnut Hill Farm, Chestnut Hill Road, Southborough. Bring your saggy jack o’lantern to fly through the sky before being composted. $5 per pumpkin. 978-356-4351; ttor.org.

Bonfire Night, 5-7pm, Fruitlands Museum, 102 Prospect Hill Road, Harvard. Close out the season with the burning of a bonfire sculpture and roasting marshmallows. FREE. 978-456-3924; fruitlands.org.

8 Tuesday

Election Day


Peek a Blue Hike, 11am, Houghton’s Pond, 840 Hillside St., Milton. Join the Friends of the Blue Hills for their bi-weekly baby and toddler hiking series. Snacks and drinks provided. FREE. 781-828-1805; friendsofthebluehills.org/peekablue.

10 Thursday


Understanding Social and Emotional Learning and Anxiety in Children, 7pm, Lexington Depot, 13 Depot Square, Lexington. Dr. John Dacey, a professor of human learning at Boston College, will speak. Registration recommended. 781-862-8043; lexingtoncommunityed.org.

11 Friday

Veterans Day

Fee Free Day, National Parks, Forests and Wildlife Refuges nationwide. The National Park Service offers free admission today. FREE. nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparks.htm.

A Sailor’s Life & Legacy, 9am – 6pm, USS Constitution Museum, Charlestown Navy Yard, Charlestown. Learn about the daily struggles on board “Old Ironsides” during the War of 1812. Through Nov. 13. By donation; veterans free. 617-426-1812; ussconstitutionmuseum.org.

Our City Block Party, 6-8pm, Boston Children’s Museum, 308 Congress St., Boston. Join a block party in the street of the Boston Black exhibit with music, art, dance and more. Free with admission ($1 from 5-9pm). 617-426-6500; bostonkids.org.


Veterans Day Bootcamp Challenge, 9am – 4pm, Rocky Woods, Medfield. Prove your toughness on a self-guided hike with physical and mental challenges like pull ups and puzzles. FREE. 978-356-4351; ttor.org.

12 Saturday

Jorge Arce & Raíz de Plena y Bomba, 2pm, Hibernian Hall, 184 Dudley St., Roxbury. An Afro-Caribbean music and dance concert with special guest dancers from Hernandez and Hurley Schools. Reservations suggested. FREE. 617-598-3225; celebrityseries.org.

Holiday Shopping Expo,
10am – 4pm, Quincy High School, 100 Coddington St., Quincy. Shop the vendors, decorate holiday cookies and meet Santa. Adults, $3; youth, free. 617-471-1771.

13 Sunday


Celebrate Nature’s Harvest, 10am – 3pm, Joppa Flats, 1 Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport. Sample treats made with local beach plums and cranberries and take part in crafts, games and nature activities. FREE. 978-462-9998; massaudubon.org.

17 Thursday


Junior Bird Club, 6pm, Allens Pond, 1280 Horseneck Road, Westport. A free program for bird enthusiasts of all ages. This month, learn how birds prepare for the winter. Registration required. FREE. 508-636-2437; massaudubon.org.

18 Friday


America’s Hometown Thanksgiving Celebration, various times and locations, Plymouth. A weekend-long celebration of our nation’s history with a big Saturday parade, food festival, live music and more. Through Nov. 20. FREE. usathanksgiving.com.

19 Saturday

Faneuil Hall Tree Lighting Spectacular, 8pm, Faneuil Hall, Boston. Enjoy performances by Livingston Taylor, the Boston Children’s Chorus, Boston Ballet’s Nutcracker, Blue Man Group and more. FREE. faneuilhallmarketplace.com.


Dog Sled Fun Run, 1pm, Houghton’s Pond, 840 Hillside St., Milton. Meet furry sled dogs up close at this educational presentation on dog sledding. FREE. 617-698-1802; mass.gov.

20 Sunday

Opening: Blink! A Light and Sound Extravaganza, 4:30-9:30pm, Faneuil Hall, Boston. Watch as more than 350,000 lights dance to the beat of music from the world famous Holiday Pops. Through Jan. 1. FREE. bostonblinks.com.

21 Monday


Thanksgiving Story Hour & Colonial Craft, 2pm, Powisset Farm, 37 Powisset St., Dover. Preschoolers can join in a Thanksgiving-themed story hour and craft project. $5. 508-785-0339; ttor.org.

25 Friday

Wampanoag Nation Singers and Dancers, 10:30am, JFK Presidential Library and Museum, Columbia Point, Boston. Hear stories of native history and modern culture; end with an audience powwow. Reservations required. FREE. 617-514-1644; jfklibrary.org.


Giving Thanks for Nature and Our Senses, 10am – 1pm, Drumlin Farm, 208 South Great Road, Lincoln. Local artists give trailside performances; create expressions of thanks with family crafts and activities. FREE. 781-259-2206; massaudubon.org.

26 Saturday


Author Stop, 10am, Deer Hill School, 208 Sohier St., Cohasset. Author/illustrator Jan Brett will give a book talk and illustration demo about her latest release, Gingerbread Christmas. FREE. rhalee.com/janbrett2016.

Sea Turtle Open House, 10am – 3pm, Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, 291 State Highway Route 6, Wellfleet. Learn more about sea turtles and why they strand on the beaches of Cape Cod in late fall. FREE. 508-349-2615; massaudubon.org.