It's a long holiday weekend marking the unofficial end of summer, so pace yourself so you have enough energy for that Labor Day cookout Monday. Without belaboring the point, here a few things to take you through the weekend in Westport:

Get tuned up for the weekend with a visit to Bobby Q's BBQ & Grill, 42 Main St., on Friday for a free performance by Double Hung. The music starts at 9 p.m., Call 203-454-7800 or visit for more information.

Good food and good music abound when the 6th annual Blues, Views & BBQ Festival kicks off Saturday for two days of smokin' fun and food on Jesup Green. The festival on both days features two days of BBQ competitions, food and music. Hours: Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Admission is $15 and $25 for a one-day pass and $45 and $25 for a two-day pass. For a complete schedule of events, visit

Saturday is "Mom's Day Off" at the Westport Country Playhouse, 25 Powers Court. Moms will kick off the 3 p.m. performance of "Oblivion" with a mimosa toast on the playhouse patio. Tickets are $30 and reservations are required. Call 203-227-4177 or visit

Be sure to visit the Conservation Quest exhibit at Earthplace, 10 Woodside Lane. The exhibit, which runs through Sept. 23, features hands-on, play-filled learning experiences and is free with admission. Earthplace is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. For more information, visit or call 203-227-7253.

Make it a point this weekend to visit at least one of the 11 Westport businesses that made it onto "Connecticut" magazine's "Best of" list. You'll find everything you need, from margaritas (Viva Zapata's), to jewelry (the Silver Ribbon), to parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme (Gilbertie's Herb Farm). For a complete list of businesses, visit