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5 Things to Do This Weekend: March 5-6

Mardi Gras weekend approaches and you're unable to find a way down to New Orleans. What to do? No worries; there are plenty of local alternatives to the real deal, guaranteed to be just as pleasurable, if just a bit cleaner.

It’s Thursday, and you’ve got no idea what you’ll do for the weekend.

Dedham Patch is coming to the rescue. We’ve got the best bets for your done-work-outta-here time. Check our picks for the activities to hit and new bars/restaurants/shops to explore.


  1. Where/When: At in Legacy Place this Friday at 9 p.m.
    Why go: It's karoke - Lady Gaga style. Dress up like the pop star (if you dare). Best impersonation gets two free tickets to a sold out show at the TD Garden.
    Pricing: Free
  2. Mardi Gras Masquerade
    Where/When: At the this Friday from 7 to 11 p.m.
    Why go:  To revel in the spirit of Mardi Gras, beads and masks and all (available at the door), and welcome the dawn of spring with open arms and cocktail attire. Creole cuisine will be provided by and proceeds will support the Dedham Community House.
    Pricing: $40/person in advance; $45 at the door; any donations
  3. "Feeling the Beat, Feeling the Spirit"
    Where/When:  At the  gymnasium Saturday from 2 to 3 p.m.  
    Why go:  To embrace the spirit of music through sing-along and dance with the aid of multi-instrumentalist and instrument-crafter John Root; take-home lyric sheets and instrument-making instructions might add further incentive for any parents and children in need of a hobby or afternoon activity.
    Pricing:  Free.
  4. Barry O’Malley Solo Acoustic Performance
    Where/When: Friday evening at the .
    Why go:  To hear the acoustic stylings of a true Irishman, playing covers of Springsteen, Bob Marley, as well as some traditional Irish tunes; get your St. Paddy’s on in advance.
    Pricing:  Free, assuming sobriety.
  5. Mardi Gras Party 
    Where/When: This Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m. at .
    Why go:  Yet another chance to enjoy the New Orleans-based festivities, sans the more risqué traditions, and celebrate the coming of spring with fellow community members.
    Pricing: Free 

And still you want more? Check out our family-friendly refreshed every Wednesday.

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