MARBLEHEAD FESTIVAL OF ARTS KICKS OFF. Wednesday, July 3, through Sunday, July 7, at venues throughout downtown Marblehead. Features fine art exhibits; outdoor concerts; outdoor film festival; workshops, exhibits, and presentations by authors, novelists, poets, essayists and journalists; family events including a kite festival, sand sculpture competition, children’s festival, model boat building workshop followed by a regatta at Redd’s Pond, and a street festival; Tea Room; Artisans’ Marketplace; and more. The event is the largest all-volunteer arts festival in the region. It is a celebration for all ages, and almost all events are free. www.MarbleheadFestival.org.
FRIDAY FLICKS AND FIRES. Friday, June 28, 6 to 8:30 p.m., Endicott Park, 57 Forest St., Danvers. Watch a “green themed” movie in the Carriage House and then head out to the campfire for roasting marshmallows and telling stories. Drop-off program suitable for children in grades three to five. $12. Sign up at danversrec.com.
“EAT MY DUST.” Monday, July 1, 6:30 p.m., Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St., South Hamilton. Charlie Willliams is a mud-slinging, noise-making children’s comedian. Watch the story of Henry Ford’s first car race and learn how to imitate a dirt bike and monster truck. www.hwlibrary.org.
DIG INTO ART: DIGGING UP DINOSAURS. Tuesday, July 2, 10 a.m. for ages 8 to 11, 11 a.m. for ages 5 to 7, Peabody Institute Library, 82 Main St., Peabody. Explore the ancient world of dinosaurs, learn all about fossils, then dig for and make fossils out of clay. Advance registration required at 978-531-0100, ext. 29.
THE NOISEGUY. Tuesday, July 2, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Peabody Institute Library, 15 Sylvan St., Danvers. Charlie Williams, the noiseguy, is an author, vocal sound impressionist and children’s comedian. 978-774-0554.
Fun with the family
FAMILY FARM DINNERS: EARTH OVEN PIZZA NIGHTS. Friday, June 28, 5:30 p.m., Appleton Farms, 219 County Road, Ipswich. Join the farm staff and a volunteer guest chef for a Friday night pizza party on the farm. Children can visit the chickens, pick herbs for their pizzas and play some good old-fashioned games while homemade pizzas are baked in the new earth oven in the outdoor kitchen. Salad (from the farm) and tart lemonade for all. Attendees can also make their own ice cream for dessert; bring a bowl. Event part of Appleton Cooks! program. $10/person. 978-356-5728 or firstname.lastname@example.org.