Weekend 5.3-5.5: Open Studios, Donuts & Cinco de Mayo

After longing for warm, sunny weather and pretty blooming flowers for months, they have finally arrived in Somerville. And this weekend looks to be simply gorgeous, perfect for getting out to enjoy all the events happening around town. The big news is that it’s Somerville Open Studios, but there are lots of other happenings during the next few days too. Union Square Donuts is opening at its new location, The Book Shop has a special kids’ event, it’s Spring Garden Day, Free Comic Book Day and Cinco de Mayo. I hope you have a lovely weekend–see you out there!

This post is brought to you by The Book Shop.

Book Shop 1Ball Square’s The Book Shop (694 Broadway) has two very special events this week. On Sunday at 1 p.m., the shop hosts Jeff Jam, a friendly, goofy guy who sings and performs songs for children of all ages. Born in Massachusetts, Jeff Jam now travels all over the world with his acoustic guitar, bringing songs and smiles to children everywhere. Jeff Jam is a certified Music Together teacher and leads classes in Cambridge on Saturdays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

And this Thursday, May 9 at 7 p.m., The Book Shop hosts best-selling author Linda Barnes, who will discuss her latest novel, The Perfect Ghost. Barnes has written 16 mystery novels, several plays and short stories and been nominated for a Shamus Award by the Private Eye Writers of America and an Edgar Award. Barnes lives near Boston with her husband.

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Friday

Union Square Donuts Grand Re-Opening: It’s the moment many have been waiting for: the grand re-opening of Union Square Donuts at its new location. Come to 16 Bow St. on Friday, Saturday or Sunday from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. to snag one of the highly coveted sweet treats. The shop will operate under its new regular hours starting next week (Thursday-Sunday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.).

Somerville Open Studios: Though the 15th annual Somerville Open Studios officially kicks off tomorrow, some studios are having special events tonight. All of the studios are open from noon-6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. There are artists of all kinds participating, from photographers and painters to jewelry makers and fashion designers and much more. Orange balloons mark the studios, there is a free trolley service running throughout the city and parking restrictions are lifted for the event. There are mapbooks in artist-made stands around Somerville and there will be information kiosks in Union and Davis Squares. I highly recommend snagging a mapbook, as it’s the perfect way to keep track of where you’ve been, where you want to go and other details about the weekend.

Spring flowers

Saturday

Spring Garden Day: The Growing Center (22 Vinal Ave.) hosts its Spring Garden Day on Saturday from 9 a.m.-noon. Bring seedlings and seeds to swap, put up the Maypole and just enjoy the garden on what will hopefully be a beautiful spring day.

Jane’s Walk of Union Square: The Somerville Historic Preservation Commission and Union Square Main Streets are hosting Jane’s Walk to honor urban activist and writer Jane Jacobs this Saturday from 10 a.m.-noon. This is a worldwide event and Somerville’s walk leaves from the Union Square Plaza and ends at Bloc 11 (11 Bow St.). The walk will be led by community leaders involved in the rebirth of Union Square and explore some of the historic housing and industrial buildings in the area. Rain or shine.

Hub Comics

Free Comic Book Day: Union Square’s Hub Comics (19 Bow St.) is participating in Free Comic Book Day this Saturday during the store’s regular business hours from 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

Somerville Open Studios: This Saturday and Sunday, May 4 and 5, mark the 15th annual Somerville Open Studios, when local artists open their doors to the public. Studios around Somerville are open from noon-6 p.m. both days. There are artists of all kinds participating, from photographers and painters to jewelry makers and fashion designers and much more. Orange balloons mark the studios, there is a free trolley service running throughout the city and parking restrictions are lifted for the event. There are mapbooks in artist-made stands around Somerville and there will be information kiosks in Union and Davis Squares. I highly recommend snagging a mapbook, as it’s the perfect way to keep track of where you’ve been, where you want to go and other details about the weekend.

The Big Thrifty: This annual event, billed as “a day of bargain shopping for FATshionistas,” takes place on Saturday from noon-5 p.m. at Unity Somerville (6 William St.). Pay $5 at the door and explore clothing sized XL and up priced between 50-cents and $10.

Fringe Table

Pretty Things Springtime Party: Stop by Pretty Things world headquarters, Fringe Union (9 Olive Square), on Saturday from noon-6 p.m. for a special spring party event. There will be treats from Pretty Things, Union Square Donuts and Fiore di Nonno, music from John Funke, an opportunity to check out the Fringe space and businesses working in it, a place to donate to the One Fund Boston (which Pretty Things will match) and more. (Don’t forget to bring your old fleece and sign up for ReFleece’s Kickstarter while you’re there!)

Cinco de Mustache: Rosebud Bar and Grill (381 Summer St.) hosts Cinco de Mustache, an evening of music, margaritas and mustaches on Saturday from 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m. There will be local music and a chance to win prizes at this event, which benefits the MSPCA. All are invited to don mustaches, whether they were grown or stuck on. There is an $8 cover.

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Sunday

Somerville Open Studios: This Saturday and Sunday, May 4 and 5, mark the 15th annual Somerville Open Studios, when local artists open their doors to the public. Studios around Somerville are open from noon-6 p.m. both days. There are artists of all kinds participating, from photographers and painters to jewelry makers and fashion designers and much more. Orange balloons mark the studios, there is a free trolley service running throughout the city and parking restrictions are lifted for the event. There are mapbooks in artist-made stands around Somerville and there will be information kiosks in Union and Davis Squares. I highly recommend snagging a mapbook, as it’s the perfect way to keep track of where you’ve been, where you want to go and other details about the weekend.

Open Space Community Acupuncture Free Day: Stop by Open Space Community Acupuncture (66 Union Square) this Sunday from noon-5 p.m. for free acupuncture, refreshments and camaraderie to celebrate May Day and the space’s second year in business. Walk-ins are welcome or you can schedule online.

Jeff Jam at The Book Shop: This Ball Square book store (694 Broadway) hosts Jeff Jam, a friendly, goofy guy who sings and performs songs for children of all ages, on Sunday at 1 p.m. Born in Massachusetts, Jeff Jam now travels all over the world with his acoustic guitar, bringing songs and smiles to children everywhere. Jeff Jam is a certified Music Together teacher and leads classes in Cambridge on Saturdays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Taza Sample

Cinco de Mayo Block Party: The Taza Chocolate Factory Store (561 Windsor St.) hosts a Cinco de Mayo Block Party on Sunday from 1 p.m.-5 p.m. with dueling taco trucks, bites from Ole Mexican Grill, sodas from Spindrift, beers from Brooklyn Brewery and live entertainment.

Milk Row Cemetery Seasonal Sundays Launch: Come to Milk Row Cemetery (439 Somerville Ave.) on Sunday from 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. to explore this historic burial ground. There is an informational tour from 2 p.m.-3 p.m. with light refreshments after. Rain or shine.

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Cinco de Mayo at Olde Magoun’s Saloon: This Magoun Square restaurant and bar (518 Medford St.) is celebrating Mexican heritage and pride this Sunday with a special Cinco de Mayo menu featuring tostados, enchiladas and fajitas.

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Ongoing

Art Scavenger Hunt: Participate in a city-wide public art scavenger hunt that kicks off this weekend and runs throughout May. Take photos of or describe public art that you find in your travels around the city and submit them to the Somerville Arts Council. The submissions will be used to create a map of Somerville’s public art, which will be released this summer. There are prizes for the most submissions by one person during Open Studios weekend, for the most complete submission sent in the first week, for the most submissions in May, for the most pieces submitted in each Somerville neighborhood and for submitting the most beautiful photos of public art.

Bike Month: May is Bike Month and there are several events happening in the next few weeks in Somerville to celebrate. Things kick off on Tuesday with the Rush Hour Race and continue throughout the month with group bike rides, a commuter breakfast and commuter convoys.

P.S. Looking for fun stuff to do in Somerville every night of the week? I’ve got the guide to what’s happening around town right here.

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