Weekend 6.22-6.24: Tango Festival, Union Made & Bacon Takedown

I’m out of town, so I won’t be able to attend any of these wonderful events during the weekend, but I urge you to get out and enjoy all Somerville has to offer! Cheer on the remaining contestants in the Reaching for the Stars Final on Friday, pick up fresh fruits and veggies at the Union Square Farmers Market before heading over to the Community Growing Center for open Saturday and a beehive talk and get your fill of bacon at the Armory on Sunday.

Boston Tango Festival: From June 20-24, the Boston Tango Festival will host workshops and dances all over Somerville. Attendees can choose from the beginner, intermediate and advanced tracks or select individual classes. Presented by the Tango Society of Boston, the 9th annual festival will take place at the Armory (191 Highland Ave.), Cafe Tango (16 Bow St., First Floor), Dance Union Studio (16 Bow St., Second Floor) and Third Life Studio (33 Union Square).

Reaching for the Stars Final: Five weeks of intense competition have come down to this, the finals of the Reaching for the Stars competition on Friday, June 22, at 8 p.m. at the Armory on Highland Ave. The six remaining finalists will go head-to-head to see who will come out on top, winning $500, a recording at Q-Division and a performance at the Arts at the Armory Cafe. Tickets are $10 for this evening of sure-to-be-great entertainment!

Wine Tasting: Ball Square Fine Wines & Liquors hosts Angus Smith, who they describe as “one of Canada’s biggest wine nerds.” Stop by from 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. on Friday, June 22, to try some delicious wines.

Union Square Farmers Market: Tons of fresh, local fruits and vegetables are ripening and the farmers market will have plenty of them! Head to Union Square from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on June 23 to pick up strawberries, shelling peas and much more. This week’s market features story time from 10 a.m.-10:30 a.m., knife sharpening by Siraco Sharpening Service, Bigelow Preschool and Mochi Kitchen rice cakes in the guest vendor spots and Coastal Vineyards offering wine samples.

Open Garden Saturday and Second Annual Boston Tour de Hives Talk: Stop by the Community Growing Center at 22 Vinal Ave. on Saturday, June 23, to help out in the garden or just enjoy this urban oasis. In addition to the garden being open from 9 a.m.-noon, the Second Annual Boston Tour de Hives Talk start here at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday before heading out to various locations in the area.

Go Swimming: Latta Brothers Memorial Swimming and Wading Pool, located at Foss Park, opens for the summer this Saturday, June 23. Swimming is a great way to stay fit and active during the summer, so head down to take a dip and cool off!

Harvard Book Store Warehouse Sale: Harvard Book Store opens its Somerville Warehouse on Saturday, June 23 and Sunday, June 24, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. for its Summer Warehouse Sale. Some books will be marked down to only $1, $2 or $3 each with many others selling for 60% off their cover price.

Union Made: Union Square will host Union Made 2012, an outdoor market, on Sunday, June 24, from noon-6 p.m. The event features local markers and independent businesses selling ceramics, art prints, jewelry, edible treats and much more. There will be lots of great live music and special activities by places like Gather Here (fiber arts techniques demonstration), Small Craft Advisory (knot tying) and Boston Comics Roundtable (caricatures).

Bacon Takedown: Calling all meat lovers: The Bacon Takedown is at the Armory on Highland Ave. this Sunday, June 24! Starting at 2 p.m., more than 20 different, locally created bacon recipes will be unveiled for your tasting pleasure. Tickets are $15 for this meaty event.

Looking for more fun this weekend? Check out Martsa on Elm or The Independent for delicious eats and drinks!


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