Busking

Weirdos and freaks, among others, walk the streets of Lawrence every day. But when more weirdos, freaks and street performers than usual are hanging around downtown and providing music, magic and feats of strength, it must be the Lawrence Busker Festival. Two don’t-miss acts at this third annual event, continuing through Sunday, are Mama Lou Strongwoman and El Glenno Grande. All told, the weekend fest features a variety of acts and performances on several stages along Massachusetts, as well as on New Hampshire and Vermont streets. Expect family-friendly fare during the day, with stranger, darker stuff as the moon rises. Call 785-749-2226 for information; see lawrencebuskerfest.com for a complete schedule. — Matt Mitchell

Fri., Aug. 20, 5-11 p.m.; Sat., Aug. 21, 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun., Aug. 22, 12-5 p.m., 2010