Aug. 23: In your local parks: ballet dancers, goats, watergoats

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In your local parks: ballet dancers, goats, watergoats

If you’re the Boston Ballet and your upcoming production features a creepy haunted German forest, where do you go to film your promotional video? The Arboretum at night provided the setting for ads you may be seeing around town soon. In Dot Park, the four goats munching away at undesirable plants (named Cole, Chester, Juno, and Butter) are nearing the end of their summer residency in the park. And it’s not an actual goat, but a trash-chomping device called a Watergoat will soon help clean up trash in the Muddy River, the water that flows through the Emerald Necklace. 

Get on your bikes and ride

Once we get through the morning showers, this weekend looks pretty dang beautiful. Grab your bike (or rent a Bluebike!) and try one of Curbed Boston’s beginner rides, chosen because they’re less crowded than major thoroughfares. Your options stretch from Millennium Park in West Roxbury to the Mystic River path up in Medford. 

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Today

Duck out of your office to see the beautiful library at the Boston Athenaeum, which is free and open to the public as one of this week’s Free Fun Friday destinations. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.//free

Can’t wait until BAMS Fest next year? They’re curating a lineup of musicians for Aeronaut Allston, including Destiny Claymore and Alexus Lee. 5-9:30 p.m.//free

Reminders: Gallery 263 summer residency show, local Tiny Desk faves concert

Saturday

The artists in residence on Georges Island are putting on an interactive open house where you can write your own poetry and create a pocket story book, all from the Harbor Island. 12-2 p.m.//free

Get outta town and up to Gloucester for the Riverfest Seaside Music Festival, where you can catch Mt. Joy, Guster, and other bands overlooking the harbor. 12-6 p.m.//free

Oopma hosts Somerville's Black, Brown & Queer Festival, celebrating artists from the QTPOC (Queer and Trans, person of color) community. 3-7 p.m.//free

Reminders: Makersfest, Union Improv Fest

Sunday

Sunday, Sunday, Sunday! Anyone can race at GrantTen's pinewood derby. Tons of prizes and they don't even care if your mom built your car for you. 2-6 p.m.//free

Forget work on Monday and take the evening trip up to Portsmouth for a string quartet performance in an antique barn overlooking the Piscataqua River. Show up at 5 p.m. for a cookout and social hour at nearby Four Tree Island Park. 7:30 p.m.//$10

Reminders: women of JP walking tour, No Hype Fest