Weekend 8.1-8.3: OPENAIR Circus, BKBDAY & Pet Palooza

Is anyone else completely shocked that it’s August already? The polar vortex seemed to linger forever and now summer is flying by way too quickly. The season likely seems so speedy because there have been an endless stream of super fun events happening in Somerville. And this weekend is no exception. From a pop-up Mexican restaurant and first birthday party at Brooklyn Boulders Somerville to Pet Palooza and OPENAIR Circus performances, there’s plenty do!

Keep in mind that with rain in the forecast, some events may be postponed or canceled, so check in with the organizers before heading out!

Brooklyn Boulders Somerville Opening

Friday

Hot Spot: Come to Brickbottom Gallery (1 Fitchburg St.) on Fridays from noon-5 p.m. through August 16 to see its current exhibit, Hot Spot. The summer members’ show features painting, photography, sculpture and mixed media.

Winter: Come to the Nave Gallery Annex (53 Chester St.) on Fridays from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. to see the current exhibit, Winter, which “explores the degrees of the frost season.” The show is up until August 16.

OPENAIR Circus: This Somerville nonprofit is hosting its annual outdoor performances this weekend featuring 200 kids taking to the stage to share what they’ve learned this summer. The circus takes place at Conway Park (560 Somerville Ave.) on Friday at 7 p.m. and there is a $3 suggested donation.

Pop-Up Mexican Restaurant: Kitchen Inc. (201 Somerville Ave.) will be transformed into a Mexican restaurant on Friday night when Estela Calzada whips up taquitos durados with cheese and potatoes, mole using four kinds of Taza Chocolate and flan with mezcal. The dinner starts at 7 p.m., costs $60 and includes four courses (no vegetarian options), beer/wine and tip.

BKBDAY: Brooklyn Boulders Somerville (12A Tyler St.) is celebrating its first birthday with a One Year Boulder Competition on Friday at 7 p.m. Registration for the 200 competition spots is $20 and there are prizes aplenty. If you’d rather watch, attendance is free, but registration is required. After the competition is over, attendees can enjoy food and drinks from neighbors Aeronaut Brewing, music, entertainment and more.

USD Maple Bacon

Saturday

Union Square Farmers Market: The Union Square Farmers Market is open this and every Saturday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. through November 22. Shop for vegetables, fruit, bread, sweets and more at the market on the Union Square Plaza.

Pet Palooza: Assembly Row and som|dog are teaming up this weekend for Pet Palooza, a two-day family- and pet-friendly event at Assembly Row. Come down from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday to take in the DockDogs regional competition, demonstrations, “Ask the Trainer” stations, vendors and even adopt a pet of your own. Rain or shine.

Assembled Art Market: The Assembled art market is open at Assembly Row this and every Saturday through September 13 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Shop handmade art, jewelry and other wares from local and regional craftspeople.

Donut and Wine Pairing: Union Square Donuts and All For Wine – Wine for All are teaming up on Saturday for a donuts and wine brunch where you can learn the history of Union Square Donuts, discover skills for honing in on wines you like and enjoy specially crafted donut and wine pairings. Tickets are $50 for the event, which runs from noon-2 p.m. and takes place at the Boston Wine School (1354 Commonwealth Ave.).

Hot Spot: Come to Brickbottom Gallery (1 Fitchburg St.) on Saturdays from noon-5 p.m. through August 16 to see its current exhibit, Hot Spot. The summer members’ show features painting, photography, sculpture and mixed media.

Somerville Mobile Farmers Market: The Somerville Mobile Farmers Market is open this and every Saturday through November 1 from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. at the Mystic Housing Development (530 Mystic Ave.). Housing development residents and those receiving food assistance are eligible to purchase food for half-price.

A Taste of A Cappella: Come to Prospect Hill Park on Saturday from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. for an outdoor a cappella concert. The family-friendly event is being hosted by The Eight Tracks and will feature some of the Boston area’s best a cappella groups and food trucks.

Winter: Come to the Nave Gallery Annex (53 Chester St.) on Saturdays from 1 p.m.-5 p.m. to see the current exhibit, Winter, which “explores the degrees of the frost season.” The show is up until August 16.

OPENAIR Circus: This Somerville nonprofit is hosting its annual outdoor performances this weekend featuring 200 kids taking to the stage to share what they’ve learned this summer. The circus takes place at Conway Park (560 Somerville Ave.) on Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and there is a $3 suggested donation.

Me and My Friends Make Art III: Come to the Washington Street Art Center (321 Washington St.) on Saturday from 7 p.m.-10 p.m. for the opening reception for Me and My Friends Make Art III. The third installment of this exhibit features a selection of Washington Street artists and their friends. You can also see Me and My Friends Make Art III on Saturdays from noon-4 p.m. through August 30.

Sylvester Baxter Riverfront Park Movie Series: Come to Assembly Row on Saturdays in August for free movies under the stars. The films start at dusk and are being shown at Sylvester Baxter Riverfront Park. This Saturday’s flick is Men in Black 3.

Jazz at The Green Room: Come to The Green Room (62 Bow St.) on Saturday at 8 p.m. for a performance by Ameranouche, “the premier gypsy jazz trio in the United States.” Tickets are $10.

Zeus 2013

Sunday

The Somerville Flea: Shop for vintage wares, antiques and other fun goodies at The Somerville Flea this and every Sunday through October 26 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. You’ll find the market in the parking lot on the corner of Holland Street and Buena Vista Road in Davis Square.

Pet Palooza: Assembly Row and som|dog are teaming up this weekend for Pet Palooza, a two-day family- and pet-friendly event at Assembly Row. Come down from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday to take in the DockDogs regional competition, demonstrations, “Ask the Trainer” stations, vendors and even adopt a pet of your own. Rain or shine.

OPENAIR Circus: This Somerville nonprofit is hosting its annual outdoor performances this weekend featuring 200 kids taking to the stage to share what they’ve learned this summer. The circus takes place at Conway Park (560 Somerville Ave.) on Sunday at 2 p.m. and there is a $3 suggested donation.

Ongoing

School Supplies Drive: The Tufts Graduate Student Council is hosting a school supplies drive to benefit Somerville Public School students starting on Saturday, August 2 and ending on Saturday, August 23. You can drop off supplies and monetary donations at any of the three branches of the Somerville Public Library (Central: 79 Highland Ave.; East: 115 Broadway; West: 40 College Ave.) during the next three weeks. The most needed supplies are: #2 pencils, large pink erasers, crayons (16-pack), colored pencils, water-based markers, ballpoint pens, spiral-bound or composition notebooks, loose-leaf paper (hole-punched), three-ring binders (one- or two-inch) and calculators. The supplies collected at the drive will go to help 500 underprivileged Somerville students (including those who are homeless).

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