Summer festivals are in full swing! Two arts festivals, Outside the Box and Artbeat, bring must-see, family-friendly entertainment and activities to Boston and Somerville this week. The French Cultural Center is throwing a big Bastille Day bash in the Back Bay and free outdoor music performances are popping up in towns all around the Boston area, from Payson Park in Belmont to Beebe Estate Lawn in Melrose. You can see two of our picks – Vanessa Trien and the Jumping Monkeys (pictured) and Matt Heaton and the Outside Toys – in concert more than once this week. (Don't worry, we won't tell anyone you're a kindie band groupie.)
We're already seeing back-to-school displays in the big box stores, so we're embracing the summer while we can. That may mean taking a breather on the new City Hall Porch, packing up and heading out to explore an awesome playground, making the best of a rainy day at home, or taking summer fun to a new level at a water park. Our Family Events Calendar is jam-packed with summertime activities, too.