I hope you’re ready for an absolutely jam-packed weekend of fun because that what’s in store in the ‘Ville during the next few days. From a library book sale and bulb planting to several Halloween events for all ages, there’s a little something for everyone. I’ll be at the second session of Harvest Fest, so be sure to say hi if you also attend! And don’t forget to enter the ONCE de los Muertos all you can eat, all local MassMex dinner and dancing fiesta ticket giveaway!
Friends of the Library Book Sale: Stock up on books to read on chilly winter days this weekend at the Friends of the Library Fall Used Book Sale. The event runs on Friday from noon-4 p.m., on Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and on Sunday from 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. at the Central Branch (79 Highland Ave.).
Free Tastings: Ball Square Fine Wines & Liquors (716 Broadway) hosts a New School wine tasting from 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. and a Sierra Nevada beer tasting from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Davis Square’s Downtown Wine & Spirits (225 Elm St.) hosts a Commonwealth Liquors tasting from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Also in Davis, Dave’s Fresh Pasta (81 Holland St.) hosts a Sicilian red wine and a crisp, fall white wine tasting from 5 p.m.-7 p.m.
Somerville’s LGBT Halloween Skate Night: Residents of all ages are invited to attend Somerville’s LGBT Halloween Skate Night on Friday at 6 p.m. at Veteran’s Memorial Rink (570 Somerville Ave.). Tickets are $5 in advance and $6 at the door and skate rentals are $5. Prizes will be awarded for the best costume!
Tomes of Terror: This weekend the Post-Meridian Radio Players are participating in a “staged radio thrillogy,” Tomes of Terror, in honor of Halloween. They will be performing The Shivers on Highway 61, The Crasher and The Red Line, which are sure to delight and thrill audiences. This weekend’s showings: Friday, October 26 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, October 27 at 2 p.m. (matinee) and at 8 p.m. All performances will be held at Unity Somerville (6 William St.). Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students/seniors.
Shudder Fest: Get ready to get scared at this Friday and Saturday’s Shudder Fest at the Somerville Theatre (55 Davis Square). On Friday, catch American Mary at 10 p.m. and Murder University at midnight. On Saturday, there’s a scary short film program at 7 p.m. and Video Diary of a Lost Girl shows at 9 p.m. Tickets are $9 for adults or $6 for seniors 62 and older.
Union Square Farmers Market: The market is open from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. every Saturday through November 17. This week’s market special guest vendor is Dan’s Brick Oven Bread. Terry Walters of Clean Food will be doing a cooking demonstration. If you’re looking for a way to use up some of the delicious fall produce at the market right now, I’ve got a tasty recipe that you can cook up this weekend! (And don’t forget to check out the Davis Square Farmers Market on Wednesdays from noon-6 p.m. through November 21.)
Somerville Bulb Blitz: Join the citizens of Somerville as they beautify the city’s public spaces from 10 a.m.-noon on Saturday. Gardeners are gathering in front of the Davis Square CVS, on the Community Path at Willow St., at Nunziato Field in Union Square (on the corner of Summer St. and Vinal Ave.), at Walnut Street Park (outside Union Square), at Wilson Square and at the Blessing of the Bay Boathouse (in the Ten Hills Neighborhood on Shore Drive) to plant bulbs that will bloom come spring. It’s a BYOT (Bring Your Own Tools) event and interested parties can sign up here.
Joe’s Jazz and Blues Fest: Come by Powderhouse Park on Saturday from noon-6 p.m. (raindate is November 4) to listen to the musical stylings of bands such as the Sonic Explorers, the Jellyrollers, Agachiko, the Tim Gartland Group and the Jeremy Lions Trio, plus the Somerville High School Jazz Ensemble. There will be food trucks on hand so attendees don’t go hungry. If you can’t make it to the park, head to Cantina la Mexicana (247 Washington St.) at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday to see the Sarah Levecque Band.
Harvest Fest: Local beer, local food and local people are what you’ll find at this Saturday’s Harvest Fest at Arts at the Armory (191 Highland Ave.). This two-session event (1 p.m.-5 p.m. or 6 p.m.-10 p.m.) is Somerville Local First’s big gala fundraising event of the year. It promises to be a celebration of all things Somerville with Slumbrew and Pretty Things (among other breweries) pouring beer, food from restaurants like 3 Little Figs, The Independent and many other local favorites, live music, raffles, a costume contest and more! Tickets are still available for either $30 or $40.
Krazy Karaoke Halloween Party: Orleans Restaurant (65 Holland St.) in Davis Square is hosting a karaoke party on Saturday that kicks off at 10 p.m. (Harvest Fest after party perhaps?). There will be prizes for the best costume, seasonal beers and cocktails. Looking ahead to the week, Orleans is hosting a Wicked Trivia Halloween Party on Wednesday at 8 p.m. with prizes for the best costume (both team and individual) and those seasonal beers and cocktails.
The Davis Flea: This is the final Sunday for you to shop the Davis Flea (52 Holland St.) from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The market features vendors selling vintage apparel, antiques, jewelry, food and much more (like the terrarium at right). And while you’re out treasure hunting, check out The Collector on Highland Ave.!
Monster Mashed Up @ SomerStreets: Head down to Somerville Ave. between Washington and Beacon Streets on Sunday from noon-4 p.m. (rain or shine) for Monster Mashed Up @ SomerStreets. This family-friendly event will feature a pumpkin carving exhibition, music, the opening of the Milk Row Cemetery (details below), children’s activities, food and craft vendors, a costume parade and contest and Oktoberfest (Washington St. to Bow St., 1 p.m.-6 p.m.).
The Ghosts of Somerville: Up Close and Intimate: Milk Row Cemetery (400 Somerville Ave.) will be open to the public on Sunday from 12:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. for a guided tour of the historic site. There is a suggested $5 donation for adults (seniors and children are free) and costumes are encouraged!
Day of the Dead at Taza Chocolate Factory Store: Head to Taza Chocolate (561 Windsor St.) on Sunday from 1 p.m.-5 p.m. for the store’s annual Day of the Dead celebration. There will be a taco truck, live mariachi band, free samples from Slumbrew, Q’s Nuts and Chive Sustainable Events. Taza will also provide some special Day of the Dead treats and will have T-shirts for sale. And anyone wearing a Day of the Dead costume to the event will receive 10% off a factory store purchase.
P.S. Have you entered to win two tickets to Cuisine en Locale’s ONCE de los Muertos dinner and dancing fiesta taking place next Friday, November 2 at Arts at the Armory (191 Highland Ave.)? Tell us your best Halloween costume in the comments on this post or Tweet us (or do both) and you’ll be entered to win two tickets to this festive event!