Weekend 5.30-6.1: Assembly Row Grand Opening, The Better Block & Carnaval

The big news this weekend is that many of the shops and restaurants at Assembly Row are opening. There are lots of events, including free yoga, kids’ activities and live music, to celebrate. SomerStreets kicks off its season on Sunday with Carnaval in East Somerville, The Better Block is coming to Union Square on Saturday for some spontaneous urban design and The Somerville Flea (formerly The Davis Flea) is back on Sunday. And don’t forget to enter to win two tickets to the Hyper-Local Craft Brewfest–the giveaway ends on Sunday at midnight!

Assembly Row J.P. Licks

Friday

Assembly Row Bar Stars Cocktail Mix-Off: Kick off the Grand Opening weekend at Assembly Row with a cocktail competition among the bartenders from the restaurants opening in the neighborhood. Watch them mix drinks and then judge who makes the best cocktail on the Row. This 21-plus event is free, though there is a suggested donation to support Project Smile. The Cocktail Mix-Off takes place at The Point (300 Grand Union Blvd.).

The Stand-Up Shakespeare Show: The Arts at the Armory (191 Highland Ave.) hosts The Stand-Up Shakespeare Show on Friday night. See scenes from several of Shakespeare’s plays interspersed with performances from Boston-area stand-up comedians. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door for the 8 p.m. show.

Gender-Swapped Star Trek: The Trouble with Tribbles: The Post-Meridian Radio Players are bringing their gender-swapped version of The Trouble with Tribbles to Unity Church (6 William St.) this weekend. Catch the show on Friday at 8 p.m. for free ($5 suggested donation).

Union Square A

Saturday

Yoga on the Mystic: Join instructors from O2 Yoga for a free session at Baxter Riverfront Park at Assembly Row on Saturday at 9 a.m. Just bring your yoga mat!

Union Square Farmers Market: The Union Square Farmers Market is open 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. You can see photos from opening day here.

Fashion, Picnic and Concert: Assembly Row hosts a fashion show at the top of every hour starting at 11 am. and ending at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday. Come to The Point (300 Grand Union Blvd.) for special offers, discounts and a Q&A with a Boston stylist. Free kids’ activities (face painting, balloon twisting and magic shows) will take place throughout Assembly Row and Baxter Riverfront Park from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., with a picnic in the park at noon. At 6 p.m., settle in for a free concert with The Change Up followed by Richard James and The Name Changers at the Baxter Park amphitheater.

Edge States: The Washington Street Art Center (321 Washington St.) is currently showing Edge States: Inner Landscapes Outside on Saturdays in May from noon-4 p.m. The exhibit features watercolors and artist’s books by Amy Fleisher and poems by Anna M. Warrock.

Gender-Swapped Star Trek: The Trouble with Tribbles: The Post-Meridian Radio Players are bringing their gender-swapped version of The Trouble with Tribbles to Unity Church (6 William St.) this weekend. Catch the show on Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. for free ($5 suggested donation).

Dancing in the Streets: The Somerville Arts Council is hosting a city-wide dance festival for the second year throughout May and June. Come see Contrapose Dance and Quicksilver Dance perform on the Union Square Plaza on Saturday at 3 p.m. Rain date: Sunday, June 1 at 1 p.m.

The Better Block Project: The Better Block Project, which travels around helping communities re-imagine their infrastructure to better suit their needs, is coming to Union Square this weekend. Check out their spontaneous redesign on Saturday from 4 p.m.-7 p.m.

Cambridge Symphony Orchestra Concert: The Cambridge Symphony Orchestra presents Applachian Spring by Aaron Copeland, Symphony No. 1 by Johannes Brahms and Danse Bacchanale by Camille Saint-Saëns at the Arts at the Armory (191 Highland Ave.) on Saturday at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $10 for students/seniors.

SS Face Painting

Sunday

Boot Camp, Fashion and Jazz: Start your Sunday at 9 a.m. with free boot camp at Assembly Row. More fashion shows, discounts and tips will occur on Sunday from 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at The Point (300 Grand Union Blvd.). And at noon, join J.P. Licks for coffee and music from the Mark Greel Band at the Baxter Park amphitheater.

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

Carnaval @ SomerStreets: East Somerville kicks off this year’s SomerStreets events this Sunday from noon-4 p.m. with Carnaval. East Broadway from McGrath Highway to Pennsylvania Avenue will be closed to vehicle traffic to host live music and dance performances, local ethnic food, arts and crafts and more. The free event will be held rain or shine.

P.S. Tell us your favorite local beer and you could win two tickets to the Hyper-Local Craft Brewfest. Enter now, the giveaway ends on Sunday at midnight!

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