It’s Thursday, and you’ve got no idea what you’ll do this weekend. Patch is coming to the rescue. We’ve got the best bets for your done-work-outta-here time. Check our picks for the activities you'll want to take part in this weekend in Concord and beyond.
1. Festival Night in Lexington
Where/When: Lexington Center; 4 to 10 p.m., Friday, Nov. 30
Why Go: Santa Claus and local authors are coming to town, while Mass Ave merchants will stay open late and the Lexington Symphony will perform a pair of Holiday Pops concerts at 4 and 8 p.m..
Where/When: Concord Carlisle Regional High School, 500 Walden St, Concord; 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 30 and 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1
Why Go: CCHS Drama students present Neil Simon’s hilarious comedy, Rumors, in which the Deputy Mayor of New York is hosting an opulent party for his 10th wedding anniversary, but it appears he has shot himself – or has he? The guests arrive, and the funny revolves around figuring out what is true, and what is just a rumor.
Pricing: $10 in advance, $12 at the door
3. LABBB Best Buddies 3rd annual Craft Fair and annual Lions Club Coat Drive
Where/When:Lexington High School, 251 Waltham St, Lexington; 9 a.m., Saturday, Dec 1
Why Go: Because it's the third annual craft air to benefit the LABBB Collaborative's Best Buddies program, featuring more than 60 crafters and vendors who promise unique holiday shopping opportunities. Also, bring a coat for the annual Lexington Lions Club coat drive for a complimentary raffle ticket.
Pricing: Free to go
4. Lemony Snicket's The Composer Is Dead
Where/When: Concord Orchestra, 51 Walden St, Concord; 2 and 4 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 2
Why Go: The Concord Orchestra, conducted by Richard Pittman,
presents its annual family concert. Highlights include Joyce Kulhawik narrating Lemony Snicket’s The Composer is Dead, arranged for orchestra and narrator by composer Nathaniel Stookey. Members of the Westford Academy Honors Orchestra will then join the orchestra for Aaron Copland’s Hoe-Down. And the concert concludes with “Meditation on an Old Bohemian Carol” by Josef Suk
5. Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting
Where/When: Concord Center; 4:30 to 6 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 2
Why Go: Because Frosty, the gingerbread man, Mrs. Claus, Louisa May Alcott will all lead the way before Santa arrives riding atop a fire engine. The Sounds of Concord will entertain under the tree.