Come One, Come All
Ahead of — or in place of — the holiday cookout, take the family to the free Museum of Fine Arts Memorial Day Open House for music, film, crafts, and more. Go on a gallery tour, make art inspired by current exhibitions, watch films, and enjoy live music, including a concert by teens from Sociedad Latina of Roxbury. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. mfa.org
Kick off the annual Arlington Greek Festival on Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m. with gyro and pastry night outside St. Athanasius the Great Greek Orthodox Church in Arlington Heights. The celebration continues with live Greek music and dance, children’s activities, and more on Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Free. saintathanasius.org
Laughing at Life
John Hodgman is back on the road for the paperback release of his best-selling 2017 memoir, Vacationland: True Stories from Painful Beaches. The Brookline native shares his comic take on middle age at the Brattle Theatre at 6 p.m. Tickets $5 (includes a $5 Harvard Book Store coupon) and $18.75 (includes book). harvard.com
Explore meticulously preserved and restored residences — many of which date to the 17th and 18th centuries — during free tours at the Historic New England Open House. The annual event showcases 34 homes across the region. Participating Massachusetts locations include the Otis House in Boston’s West End and the Lyman Estate in Waltham (above). Most tours run between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Free. historicnewengland.org
Introduce the kids to live music, from Beethoven to Afro-Cuban drumming, at the Boston Public Library’s Hyde Park branch. The Chameleon Arts Ensemble presents “Songs in Brilliant Hues,” a concert inspired by paintings. After the show, check out the “petting zoo,” where musicians help kids learn about and even play instruments. 2 p.m. Free. chameleonarts.orgShare your event news. Send information on Boston-area happenings at least three weeks in advance to email@example.com. Follow us on Twitter@BostonGlobeMag.