There are plenty of ways to celebrate spring this week, from boat races to garden shows to a literary festival.
Hundreds of paddlers are expected to compete Sunday in the 36th annual Run of the Charles, the largest flat-bottom boat race in New England. Events include the 24-mile relay race for teams and the 19-mile, 9-mile, and 6-mile races for individuals. Races start at various locations along the Charles River from Dedham to Brighton.
And landlubbers rejoice! You can watch boats finish the race from the vantage point of Herter Park along Soldiers Field Road. The free Finish Line Festival starts at 11:30 a.m. and features live music, raffles, and vendors. For more information, go to www.crwa.org/run-of-the-charles.
For a quieter pursuit, head to Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston for its “Hello Spring” celebration. Coming up first is the African Violet Show on Saturday and Sunday . The following three weekends will showcase daffodils, artisans, and primroses. For more information, go to www.towerhillbg.org.
Book worms will enjoy the 13th annual Newburyport Literary Festival, which takes place at various venues Friday and Saturday . Ann Hood (inset) has been named the festival’s 2018 honoree. Her bestsellers include “The Knitting Circle” and “The Red Thread,” as well as the memoir “Comfort: A Journey Through Grief.” For a schedule of events, visit newburyportliteraryfestival.org.
The Arlington Jazz Festival tunes up for the seventh year, taking place Thursday through Sunday at venues around town. Highlights include world-renowned bass guitarist John Patitucci, who will perform with his singer/songwriter daughter Grei, guitarist Jay Azzolina, and drummer Nate Winn. For a complete lineup, go to www.arlingtonjazz.org.
Marshfield’s Town Meeting is scheduled to vote Monday whether to spend $1.4 million to buy the local YWCA campground. The town has a signed purchase-and-sale agreement with the Cambridge Young Women’s Christian Association, which owns the property, but the deal is not final. The 9.2-acre property at 76 Ferry Hill Road once hosted summer campers. The town is considering it for open space or recreational purposes.Leslie Anderson can be reached at email@example.com.