Summer always brings lots of exciting events to the city and this weekend feels like the official kick-off of all the fun the warmer months have to offer. Help welcome new urban agriculture center Relish to Somerville with a launch party tonight then head back to Union Square in the morning for the first farmers market of the season. Sunday brings opening day at The Davis Flea and a SomerStreets event in East Somerville. In between there’s a free outdoor bootcamp, live music and more. I hope you get to enjoy it all!
This post is brought to you by Somerville Garden Club and The Book Shop.
Backyard Havens of Somerville: A Self-Guided Tour: The Somerville Garden Club’s 2013 tour on June 9 showcases the gardens of its members, who will be welcoming visitors to their yards on tour day. This is your chance to learn about plants, design and horticulture from this wonderful array of passionate SGC members. Prepare to be inspired and educated, and don’t be surprised if you go away eager to create your own urban haven. Tickets ($15) are on sale now at Pemberton Garden Center (2225 Mass. Ave., Cambridge), Porter Square Books (25 White Street, Cambridge) and True Grounds Café and Coffeehouse (717 Broadway, Somerville). You can also purchase tickets on Sunday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at The Davis Flea (parking lot at the corner of Holland Street and Buena Vista Road).
The Book Shop Author Event: The Book Shop (694 Broadway) hosts authors Katherine Hall Page and Hallie Ephron this Thursday, June 6 at 7 p.m. for a discussion of their books, a Q&A session and book signing. Page is the author of 20 Faith Fairchild mysteries and has been nominated for and won several awards for her work. Ephron’s newest work is the best-selling There Was an Old Woman.
Free Tastings: Ball Square Fine Wines & Liquors (716 Broadway) hosts Dom’s Meats of Malden for a Gourmet Grill Fest from 3 p.m.-5 p.m., a tasting of the June Wines of the Month from 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. and a craft beer tasting from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. In Davis Square, Dave’s Fresh Pasta (81 Holland St.) hosts a wine tasting from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. and Downtown Wine & Spirits (225 Elm St.) hosts an Atlantic Wine tasting from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. In Magoun Square, K2 Beer and Wine (500 Medford St.) hosts a wine tasting from 6 p.m.-8 p.m.
Places, Faces and Musicians of Mali: The Arts at the Armory (191 Highland Ave.) hosts this photo art exhibit on Friday from 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Donations are welcome and will be used to help the people of Mali.
UFO Wrestling: The Armory also hosts UFO Wrestling, featuring local and regional wrestlers, on Friday night. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door and $10 for kids age 10 or younger.
Relish Launch Party: Welcome Relish, a new center for urban agriculture, to Union Square as it prepares to open this weekend. Founders Mimi Graney and MaryCat Chaikin are hosting a launch party on Friday night from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. at the center’s home on Sanborn Court to usher in their new venture and everyone is invited to celebrate.
Open Garden: The Community Growing Center (22 Vinal Ave.) opens its gates to the public every Saturday from 9 a.m.-noon from now through October 6. Come down to check out what’s growing, wander the center’s paths or just relax in the shade.
The Big Brickbottom Flea Market: More than 20 families/individuals are contributing to this rummage sale, which takes place at the Brickbottom Artist Association (1 Fitchburg St.) on Saturday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. There’s plenty of free parking nearby and the sale will include items like furniture, books, decorative objects, kids’ stuff, DVDs, CDs and much more. Rain or shine. No early birds.
Union Square Farmers Market: This Saturday marks the opening of the 2013 season for the Union Square Farmers Market. Head down to the Union Square Plaza from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. to stock up on fresh, seasonal produce, baked goods, bread, meat, eggs, fish and so much more.
Assembled: Assembled: The Handmade Arts Market at Assembly Row is a free event that runs from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on most Saturdays throughout the next few months. The market features dozens of local artists, food trucks and special events. You can view photos from the first market here.
Roaring ’20s Speakeasy: Join OnStage Dance Company on Saturday night for a Roaring ’20s Speakeasy fundraiser party. The event takes place at 276 Broadway (entrance on Kenneson Road) at 8 p.m. and tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. The first 25 people to sign up are invited to a free ’20s-era dance lesson from 7:30 p.m.-8 p.m. The party will have a cash bar, music, dancing and raffle prizes and attendees are encouraged to dress for the decade.
Somerville Songwriter Series: The Arts at the Armory Cafe (191 Highland Ave.) hosts the Somerville Songwriter Series on Saturday from 8 p.m.-10:30 p.m. The event features three of Boston’s finest singer/songwriters, Brendan Hogan, Frank Morey and Casey Abrams. Admission is $10.
The Davis Flea: Back again for a second season, The Davis Flea opens for the year on Sunday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The market will feature many of the same vendors in addition to a selection of rotating sellers. There is also a new cafe and lots of local musicians will be playing throughout the season. Stop by the parking lot of the corner of Holland Street and Buena Vista Road to check it out. Rain or shine.
Carnaval @ SomerStreets: The year’s first SomerStreets is this Sunday from noon-4 p.m. in East Broadway (McGrath Highway to Pennsylvania Avenue). The streets will be closed to vehicle traffic and open to pedestrians, bikers, dancers and more. There will be live music, arts and crafts, music performances and many other activities. Rain or shine.
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