The Weekend Guide

boston local food festival!

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Boston Local Food Festival
Suss out sustainable vendibles from more than 100 area farmers, restos, nonprofits, and specialty purveyors — including Start Small, Go Big finalist Nella Pasta — at the free alfresco grub gala.
Why: Hops on over to Daily Catch’s outdoor grotto for the Local Beer & Wine Tasting.
When: Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Congress St., b/t Dorchester Ave. & Children’s Museum, Fort Point. Beer and wine tasting tickets ($10-$20) online at brownpapertickets.com.

Fraulein Maria
Take one childhood musical sound track, add cross-dressers and mock-sexy modern dance moves, and smile at Doug Elkins’s cheeky reimagining of The Sound of Music at the newly revamped Paramount Center.
Why: Add it to your list of favorite things (after whiskers on kittens, of course).
When: Tonight & Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 2 & 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 1 & 5 p.m.
Where: 559 Washington St., Downtown. Tickets ($25-$69) at 617-824-8000 or online at artsemerson.org.

Be a Better Chocolatier
Pastry mistress Lee Napoli leads hands-on tutorials on artisanal truffle, beignet, and bark making; students leave with a solid pound of self-assembled chocolates ($80).
Why: Make your own daily candy already.
When: Every Sat., 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Where: ChocoLee Chocolates, 23 Dartmouth St., South End (617-236-0606). Call to register.

South Boston Yoga Grand Opening Celebration
Gratis downward dog all weekend in the studio’s cavernous new digs — we’re talking two floors of murals, disco balls, and aerial swings — and sample outside-the-box classes like capoeira and natya yoga.
Why: Inner peace sometimes does come cheap.
When: Fri.-Sun. Schedule online at southbostonyoga.net.
Where: 36 W. Broadway St. (617-315-7448).

The Boston Lobster Party
Make like a Brahman and scarf multiple crustacean creations from Rocca, Stoddard’s, South End Buttery, and more. Wash them down with craft beers from fifteen area breweries.
Why: The event will sell out quickly — don’t get shelled by the early birds.
When: Oct. 16, 2-4:30 p.m.
Where: Trolley Barn, 540 Harrison Ave., South End. Tickets ($35) online at eventbrite.com.

Photo: Courtesy of Nella Pasta

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Paramount Center
559 Washington St
Boston, MA 02135
Trolley Barn
540 Harrison Ave
Boston, MA 02118
ChocoLee Chocolates
23 Dartmouth St
Boston, MA 02116
Boston Local Food Festival
Congress St
@ Dorchester Ave
Boston, MA 02210
36 W Broadway
Boston, MA 02127