Your Week Ahead

Five things to do around Boston the week of May 28-June 1

Historic New England Open House, Arlington Greek Festival, John Hodgman, and more.

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Explore preserved and restored homes during free tours Saturday.


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.


Hellenic Hoedown

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.


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).


House Party


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.


Mini Musicians

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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.

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