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Things to Do in Boston: Saturday, September 6, to Friday, September 12

BY: Sean O'Toole | Sep 4, 2014
Things to Do in Boston: Saturday, September 6, to Friday, September 12Whether you’re building strength during a workout at Harvard Stadium or gawking at preserved muscles at the Body Worlds exhibit, it’s a big week for the human physique. This week also brings Boston’s biggest music fest and a major cultural festival in Cambridge, plus a comic hypnotist whose show is currently featured in a Groupon deal. As always, you can check Groupon for more ideas for things to do in Boston. things-to-do-in-boston-september-6-to-september-12_600c390 Boston Calling Downtown | September 5–7 The city’s highest profile music festival returns less than four months after its last installment, this time with an even bigger lineup: The National, Lorde, and Nas x The Roots headline each respective night, with Spoon, The Hold Steady, Neutral Milk Hotel, and a dozen others also performing. (City Hall Plaza; $75–$175; buy tickets here) Cambridge Carnival International Cambridge | Sunday, September 7 Billed as the largest festival in Cambridge, this celebration of Afro-Caribbean cultures includes everything from creole cuisine to calypso and salsa concerts. But the highlight is the grand costume parade, in which colorful masqueraders and musicians stroll past Central Square. (Kendall Square; free) The November Project's Stadium Workout Allston | Every Wednesday Find it easier to stay motivated when you work out with other people? Then why not surround yourself with a stadium full of them? Of course, the stadium isn’t exactly “full”—you should have plenty of room to climb the concrete-block seats during one of four pre-designed workouts. (65 N. Harvard St.; free) things-to-do-in-boston-september-6-to-september-12-santos_600c360 Comic Hypnotist Frank Santos, Jr. Theater District | Friday, September 12 We’d tell you to be careful what you say around Frank Santos, Jr., but it wouldn’t help. His entire act consists of hypnotizing audiences into doing and saying things they normally wouldn’t, mostly of the R-rated variety. (Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St.; $15.50 on GrouponLive; buy tickets here) Body Worlds Downtown | Through September 14 Time’s running out to catch the Faneuil Hall Marketplace hit, which displays authentic human bodies that have been preserved through a process called plastination. The bodies offer rare insight into the complexities of human anatomy, especially since they’re arranged in poses that show off different organs and muscle groups. (Quincy Market, 4 S. Market St.; $15.50–$22.50; buy tickets here)