Pack it up, pack it in, let summer begin.
El Centro Opens
What: Hermosillo native Allan Rodriguez brings legit Mexican fare to the South End; gorge on cactus ceviche, shredded beef chimichangas, and chocolate flan amid warm hues and a tin ceiling.
Why: Every staycation deserves frozen sangria.
When: Mon.-Fri., 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 9 a.m.-10 p.m.
Where: 472 Shawmut Ave. (617-262-5708).
Eat Residency at Adrian’s Restaurant Opens
What: Pop-up geniuses Will Gilson and Aaron Cohen debut a three-month installation, dishing out farm-to-Cape bites (crispy pork belly with local clam chowder, miso-marinated cod) in a cavernous space with transcendent views of the bay.
Why: Summer becomes one long bacon and beer fest.
When: Thurs. & Memorial Day, 8 a.m.-noon & 5:30-10 p.m.; Fri.-Sun., 8 a.m.-noon & 5:30-11 p.m. Call for regular hours.
Where: 535 Rte. 6, North Truro (508-487-4360).
What: Head to Hartford for rump-shaking indie (Freelance Whales, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Wavves, The New Pornographers) and hip-hop (Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa) at the two-day music fest to benefit youth-focused charities.
Why: It’s free. Email email@example.com to win one of two pairs of tickets.
When: Sat. & Sun., gates open at 10 a.m.
Where: Comcast Theatre, 61 Savitt Way, Hartford, Connecticut (860-548-7370). Tickets ($74-$116) online at ticketmaster.com.
Member Preview Day at DeCordova
What: Grab an annual membership ($60) and catch the first glimpse of funky wall drawings, massive cedar sculptures, and a multimedia investigation of snow when the museum unveils its eclectic summer installations.
Why: Nonmembers can picnic in the usually off-limits park ($4-$6); pups welcome.
When: Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: 51 Sandy Pond Rd., Lincoln (781-259-8355). Join online at decordova.org.
SKI (YES, REALLY)
Last Trick Rail Jam
What: Slope dopes execute a few final half-pipes on a pile of man-made white stuff decked with rails, boxes, and jumps; all levels encouraged.
Why: Crash at the stunning Stowe Mountain Lodge to receive $25 off all spa treatments (details at check-in), then glide over to the glorious farmers market the next day.
When: Sat., 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: Stowe Mountain Resort, 5781 Mountain Rd., Stowe, Vermont (802-253-3000). Admission is free.
Photo: Melissa Ostrow