I feel like I’ve been to Assembly Row more this year than I have in the last six years that I’ve lived in Somerville combined. New retail development, a Somerville Road Runners-sponsored 5K and the Assembled arts market are just some of the reasons I’ve found myself in this changing neighborhood. And this weekend’s Riverfest is sure to draw even more people to the area.
The Sixth Annual Riverfest kicks off this Saturday at 11 a.m. at the new Baxter Park along the Mystic River. The event features food trucks, fireworks and family-friendly festivities ranging from ballon artists and face painting to live music and a photo booth.
The final Assembled: The Handmade Arts Market at Assembly Row will be held during Riverfest featuring more than 50 artists selling their wares. At the market you’ll find handmade crafts like jewelry, clothing, art, pottery and much more.
Riverfest will feature live music from Steampunk band Frenchy and the Punk, funk, jazz and hip-hop percussion from Bloco AfroBrazil and rock and roll from Peachpit, among other bands and performers.
Food trucks have been one of the highlights of the near-weekly Assembled market and the same will be true of Riverfest. Grab lunch or dinner from some of the area’s top trucks like Bon Me, Frozen Hoagies, Lobsta Love, The Pasta Pot, Boston Super Dog, Grilled Cheese Nation, LM Slush and The Spud Stud.
And to close out the day, Mayor Joe Curtatone will be making a speech prior to a fireworks show over the Mystic River at 8 p.m.
Baxter Park, Assembly Row
Saturday, September 21, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.