Wednesday, July 31
Hamilton: 15th Annual Vehicle Night, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St. Visit the library’s parking lot for a festival of fire engines, emergency trucks, cruisers and snow plows. Event made possible by the fire, police, and public works departments of Hamilton and Wenham, Dodge Tree Service, and Mix 104.1. www.hwlibrary.org.
Thursday, Aug. 1
Topsfield: Eco-Art: Celebrate seeds, 9 to 11 a.m. at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row. For families with children ages 4 to 12. The seed is the most common way for plants to multiply. If conditions are right, each seed can grow into a plant that will produce many other seeds. Look at a variety of seeds and seed cases and then participate in a seed scavenger hunt. Using found objects, create collages and sculptures from seeds. Instructor: Meg Atkins, sanctuary field teacher and artist. Cost $10 adults, $8 children (member discounts available). Registration required. 978-887-9264.
Ipswich: Castle Hill Summer Picnic Concert Series: Roomful of Blues, 7 to 9 p.m., Castle Hill, 290 Argilla Road. Blues music. Gates open 5 p.m. for picnicking, and close once capacity is reached. Admission is at the gate only; $30 per car, $20 per car for members of The Trustees of Reservations, $10 for walk-ins. www.thetrustees.org or 978-356-4351.
Hamilton: Pastel Workshop, 7 to 9 p.m., Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St. Greg Maichack presents “Paint the Starry Skies in Pastel,” a hands-on pastel workshop for teens and adults (inter-generational) with all materials included. Registration is required; space is limited. www.hwlibrary.org.
Friday, Aug. 2
Beverly: Summer Fairy Tale Musical Series: “Aladdin,” 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the North Shore Music Theatre, 62 Dunham Road. Tickets range $10 to $12. 978-232-7200 or www.nsmt.org.
Wenham: Free Fun Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wenham Museum, 132 Main St. Free admission to the Wenham Museum as part of the “Free Fun Friday” program, created by the Highland Street Foundation. Parking is free but limited; carpooling encouraged. 978-468-2377; wenhammuseum.org.