What’s Up This Weekend: May 13-15
A family classical music concert, antique show, hot dog festival and vintage baseball highlight some of the activities taking place in and around Boston this weekend.
Phantom Gourmet Hot Dog Safari
Suffolk Downs, East Boston
Saturday, 12 to 4 p.m.
The Hot Dog Safari is an entire day of food and fun, all to benefit the Joey Fund and Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The Hot Dog Safari features a dozen kinds of hot dogs, other delicious foods, and tons of fun for both adults and kids. Tickets are $10 in advance and $20 at the event, which includes the food and fun, but not beverages. Children 5 and under are admitted free.
Boston Pops Family Concert
Saturday, 3 p.m.
Keith Lockhart leads America’s Orchestra in a concert of light classical, Broadway, jazz, and patriotic compositions suitable for the entire family. This concert features music from some beloved kids’ films such as Beauty and the Beast, Star Wars, and Harry Potter. The concert also includes a performance by the BSO Youth Concerto Competition winner Gergana Haralampieva and trumpeter Byron Stripling. Tickets start at $21.
Brimfield Antique Show
The Brimfield Antiques Show began in the 1950’s and has become the largest and best-known outdoor antiques show in the country. The show covers both sides of Route 20 for about a half-mile stretch. Thousands of dealers sell everything from the finest antiques to yard sale leftovers; it would take days to see everything that is offered. You’re sure to find some treasures.
Blue Hills Mountain Bike Day
Houghton’s Pond, Milton (Picnic site #5)
Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Get an early start to summer by hitting the trails. Blue Hills Trail Watch and the New England Mountain Bike Association present Blue Hills Mountain Bike Discovery Day. It all takes place at Houghton’s Pond in Milton. There’ll be guided bike rides for all ages and abilities. Trails range from 2 to 20 miles. In addition there will be bike contests, an obstacle course and a limbo competition. Make sure you bring a helmet as they are required.
Sunday Fun in the Park
Sunday, 2 to 4 p.m.
It’s a community day of family fun, with activities for both children and adults. The Esplanade Association holds the first Sunday Fun day of the season. There will be organized games, family yoga and a photography class. Meet near the Arthur Fiedler Statue for this free event.
Vintage Base Ball Triple-Header
Newbury, 5 Little’s Lane
May 14, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Turn back the clock to an age when baseball players wore no gloves and pitchers threw underhand. Vintage baseball opens for the season in Newbury. Watch the Essex Base Ball Club play against the Brooklyn Atlantics, Ipswich Brewers, and Lynn Live Oaks, using 1861 rules. Bring your blanket or lawn chair and be prepared for entertaining old-school baseball. Admission is $5.
Franklin Park Kite & Bike Festival
Franklin Park Playstead ballfields
Saturday, 1 to 4 p.m.
Celebrate the arrival of spring with this outdoor festival. Bring your own kite or make one on site. Bring your bike, or take advantage of free rentals. Need help? No problem. There will be people on hand to help get your kite flying, or bike moving in the right direction.
Massachusetts Poetry Festival
Salem, various locations
Friday & Saturday, starting at 9 a.m.
This year’s Massachusetts Poetry Festival moves into Salem. The two-day gathering takes place at venues throughout the city. It features dozens of readings, workshops, slams, concerts and more. A $10 festival button gets you into all events.
Heroes Weekend at Davis Farmland
Saturday & Sunday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Active firefighters, police officers and armed service personnel and their families get free admission to Davis Farmland this weekend, with a valid ID. In addition to all that Davis normally has to offer: animals, pony rides, hayrides, farm activities; there will be special hero-themed activities like putting out a pretend fire. Smokey the Bear will be on hand as well as real fire trucks and police cars for kids to climb in.
Dog Day at Smolak Farms
Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Bring man’s best friend along for a day at the farm to celebrate Dog Day. Activities include walking trails, hayrides, Frisbee demonstrations, dog massages, nail clipping, doggie dishes of ice cream and more. A $2 donation is suggested, with proceeds benefiting the MSPCA Nevins Farm.
Check out more Boston area events on the CBS Boston Events page.