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4 weekend events you should know about

Karen Morales
4 weekend events you should know about
Children wave Puerto Rican flags during the parade leading to the Festival Betances, a South End cultural festival held in July at the Villa Victoria housing development.

If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, whether it’s fun for the whole family or beneficial to a social cause, check out the following events.

Festival Betances 
Saturday July 21 – Sunday July 22, 12:00 – 9:00 p.m., 100 W. Dedham St., Boston. Free

Known as New England’s longest-running Latino cultural celebration, the annual Festival Betances is bigger than ever this year. The festival’s host, Inquilinos Boricuas en Accion, is celebrating its 50th anniversary with world-renowned Latin music acts such as Andy Montañez and Giro López, food stalls, game tournaments, special guests and raffles. For more information, visit 

Boston’s black-owned business pop-up market 
Saturday July 21, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., 75 Northern Ave., Boston. Free

The Boston Young Black Professionals group is hosting a pop-up market with over 30 black-owned businesses in the heart of the Seaport district. Come shop to support the community and grab drinks and food at the Gather restaurant next door. RSVP here.

Roxbury Community College fourth annual Roxbury Rocks Music Festival
Saturday July 21, 12:00 – 4:00 p.m., 1234 Columbus Ave, Boston. Free

Held at the RCC campus, the fourth annual Roxbury Rocks Music Festival will feature music by local artists, dancing, free ice-cream, balloons and face painting. Local vendors will be on site selling their goods and wares. For more information on the event and musical lineup, visit

Town hall to end incarceration 
Saturday July 21, 1:00 – 3:30 p.m. 14 Crawford St., Boston. Free

Hosted by local organizations Families for Justice as Healing and Sisters Unchained, this town hall event at Roxbury’s Freedom House will be an opportunity for community members to discuss the criminal justice system in Massachusetts, how it affects women, girls and their families and how to end incarceration. To RSVP, click here.

Dorchester Brewing turns two 
Saturday July 21, 11:30 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. 1250 Massachusetts Ave., Dorchester. Free

Dorchester Brewing Company is celebrating two years of operation by thanking their loyal customers with an all-day party on Saturday. Expect free donuts for the first 50 customers, a special performance by Keytar Bear at 1 p.m., a food truck and the release of a new beer.

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