48 Hours of Freedom

It’s the weekend. You can spend it parked in front of the air conditioner, or you can get out and enjoy it. Here are some other suggestions for your precious days of total freedom, prepared for you by Boston Daily.

One of these things is not like the other, but somebody thought 311 and Snoop Dogg belong on the same bill.

Preview fall fashions and pick up some summer duds on sale at Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale.

Love Barbara Lynch’s food? Now you can meet the James Beard Award-winning chef at the ICA’s Talking Taste series.

We love al fresco dining, especially when we can duck inside for an equally beautiful view when it gets too hot. The MFA’s Summer Fridays series kicks off tonight.

Wiffleball enthusiasts unite! The Life is Good Festival features competitions between backyard athletes, live music, and themed villages.

After all that Frisbee, you’re bound to be hungry. But probably not as hungry as the competitive eaters who will battle it out at the world’s largest Italian sausage eating contest at Eastie’s Italian Festival.

He speaks of the pompitous of love. We still don’t know what that means, but we’re sure the Steve Miller Band will speak of it as they perform with Joe Cocker.

If you buy art locally, you can be sure it has a small carbon footprint. Davis Square’s ArtBeat Festival has a green theme this year.

Skydiving looks like a lot of fun, especially when it’s for charity. Operation Swandive hosts a fundraiser in which crazy souls jump out of a plane to raise money for Lyrics for Life. For scaredy-cats, there will be a musical performance by ’90s pop-rockers Sister Hazel. On terra firma, naturally.

For less dangerous fun in midair, head to the University of Rhode Island for the South County Hot Air Balloon Festival.

Get your kids away from the Hannah Montana files on their iPods by bringing them to Regattabar Kids Music Summer Series. Tell them that if they manage to sit through the entire performance without muttering about the superiority of the Jonas Brothers, they can have their post-concert cookie and ice cream from Henrietta’s Table.

The South End Open Market is open for business on Sunday. From funky jewelry to fresh-baked breads, there’s a little something for everyone.

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