It’s Thursday, and the weekend is right around the corner. Patch has your back with a few fun things to do. Check our picks for the activities to hit and some places to explore. Here's what's happening in and around your town.
1. First Home Football Game of the Season
- Where/when: , Rosemary Street and Highland Avenue, Needham; Friday, Sept. 7 at 7 p.m.
- Why go: Signs the season is rapidly changing into fall: The kids are back in school, the Pumpkin Spice Latte is back at and now football has returned to ! Come celebrate the season and cheer on the Rockets at the first home varsity football game of the year, Friday against Norwood High School.
- Pricing: Gate admission is $5 for adults, $3 for students and senior citizens and free for children age 6 and under; concessions for sale
- Where/when: cafeteria, 609 Webster St., Needham; Friday, Sept. 7 from 9-11 p.m.
- Why go: The Needham Coalition for Youth Substance Abuse Prevention (NCYSAP) is offering another series of 5th Quarter events this fall, held after home varsity football games for all Needham high school-aged students. Teens can enjoy free pizza, snack and drinks, a live DJ, raffles and games like ping-pong and foosball. Funding for this program comes from the Needham Education Foundation. No registration required.
- Pricing: Free
3. Johnny the K Show
- Where/when: Community Room, 1139 Highland Ave., Needham; Saturday, Sept. 8 at 10:30 a.m.
- Why go: Award-winning children’s performer Johnny Kelleher will interact with his young audience using his 12-string guitar and a truck full of zany hats and disguises. With music ranging from calypso to rock ‘n roll to rap, ballad and country, children are sure to enjoy this fun-filled concert. This program is sponsored by the Library Foundation of Needham. No registration required.
- Pricing: Free
- Where/when: , 800 Highland Ave., Needham; Sunday, Sept. 9, 10:15 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Why go: Following their 10:15 a.m. worship service, Carter Memorial United Methodist Church invites the community to come enjoy a delicious lunch and fun and games for all ages on the church grounds until 2 p.m. Information on the church’s many outreach and educational opportunities will be available.
- Pricing: Free
- Where/when: , 23 Dedham Ave., Needham; Sunday, Aug. 19, 1-5 p.m.
- Why go: Along with the usual selection of locally grown produce, herbs, meat, baked goods and more, visitors to the this Sunday will enjoy a special celebration of the tomato. Choose from a variety of heirloom and award-winning tomatoes. Bring in your own tomatoes for contests including celebrity look-alike tomatoes, biggest tomato and ugliest tomato. There will also be a guess-the-weight-of-the-tomato contest for visitors ages 12 and under. Featured artisans will be Debbie Winnick and Sheryl Scipione, and there will be fantastic music by Finally Friday. The will be at the nonprofit table. The market is held every Sunday through October. Learn more at www.needhamfarmersmarket.org.
- Pricing: Free admission; items for sale
- Where/when: , 865 Central Ave., Needham; Sunday, Sept. 9, 3:30-5 p.m.
- Why go: North Hill retirement community invites local residents to “adopt a grandparent” for the day and come celebrate Grandparents Day on Sept. 9. The celebration will feature children’s entertainer Rick Goldin and refreshments, including the famous North Hill cookie. Visit with “adopted” grandparents living at North Hill and just have a good time.
- Cost: Free