Five things to do in Newton this weekend

It’s that quiet period between schools closing and July 4, when it seems like nothing is going on in the city. But there’s plenty.

This weekend starts with sidewalk art a movie and ends with a drag brunch, and in between there’s even a Charles River paddling event to check out (or even participate in). No one can say Newton doesn’t love some variety.

And the weather is set to be perfect for most of the weekend, with mostly sunny skies and temperatures in the 70s. Some thunderstorms may arrive Sunday night.

Friday, June 28

From 4 to 4:45 p.m., the Newton Free Library will host “Proud to be Me,” a rock-painting and fizzy sidewalk paint event, for kids ages 5 and older, on the front patio of the library. If there’s rain, the event will be moved indoors to the Children’s Program Room.

From 6 to 10 p.m., the Charles River Reprobates, an all-star band of blues/roots musicians Jimmy Ryan, Danielle Miraglia, Eddie Scheer and Bob Enik, will perform a concert at the Hyde Center. At dusk, the event will also feature a screening of the movie “Luca.”

From 9 to 11:30 p.m., the West Newton Cinema will host an opening night screening of “Paradise” followed by a panel discussion with the film’s producer and guests from the Indian and Sri Lankan communities. “Paradise” follows an Indian couple’s anniversary trip to Sri Lanka that takes a bad turn with a robbery, and the film deals with justice, marital discord and socio-political issues against the backdrop of Sri Lanka’s economic crisis.

Saturday, June 29

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Indigenous Peoples Day Newton and the Charles River Watershed Association will host the 2nd annual Quinobequin Intertribal Paddle. Special guest Danielle Frank of the Hoopa & Yurok tribes will talk about undamming the Klamath River and the return of the Salmon. This event will be held rain or shine. Canoes will be provided with life jackets, and lifejackets are required for all participants. Participants under 16 must have adult supervision at all times.

Sunday, June 30

From 12 to 3 p.m., Moldova Restaurant will have Drag Brunch with host MaryJay Garay, celebrating the one-year anniversary of the start of the restaurant’s drag brunches. There will be food, beverages and performances by several Boston area drag performers, including special guest Bossi Boots.

Have an event to promote or looking for an event to attend? Check out the Newton Beacon events calendar.