BOSTON DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL
Get a lesson in Asian heritage at this event that honors a 2,000-year-old tradition. Forty teams compete, racing along the Charles River in 39-foot, Hong Kong-style vessels. Saturday sees trials from MIT Boathouse, but Sunday holds final heats and a cultural festival boasting Asian food, crafts, classical music and dance, Japanese taiko drumming, martial arts and more.
June 10, 7 am-2 pm; June
11, 7 am-5 pm. Free. Weeks Footbridge, Cambridge.
BOSTON PRIDE WEEK
Celebrate diversity at the biggest gay-friendly party in town. Festivities take place over 10 days, kicking off with a flag-raising ceremony at City Hall Plaza, followed by a family-friendly Pride Day at Faneuil Hall, the signature Pride Parade and Festival, block parties, pageants, and more. June 2-11. City Hall Plaza, 617.262.9405.