Weekend 6.28-6.30: Family Fun Day, Cupcake Camp & Markets Galore

After a spring that seemed slow to get going, summer has come rocketing into town with high temperatures and lots of fun events. This weekend brings live music at the Armory, the final performances of The Baltimore Waltz by Theatre@First, Family Fun Day, Cupcake Camp Boston 2013, the Meatball Takedown and markets featuring local produce and art. Details on those events and more are below.

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The Book Shop (694 Broadway) is putting out an open call for local artists interested in selling their creations at the Ball Square store. Contact owner Gil Barbosa at thebookshop@yahoo.com for details on how to get started. And if you’re looking for some great summer reads you can purchase right in Somerville, I’ve got three recommendations and a way for you to help support The Book Shop.

Early season spring greens

Friday

Free Tastings: Ball Square Fine Wines & Liquors (716 Broadway) hosts a tasting of the store’s July Wines of the Month from 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. and a Smuttynose 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 a Select 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.

Music at the Armory: Come to the Arts at the Armory (191 Highland Ave.) on Friday for two events featuring live music. The cafe doors open at 7 p.m. for Sex, Drugs and the Great American Songbook, an evening of live music, trivia and more. The event is free (donations accepted) and there will be a cash bar. The performance hall doors also open at 7 p.m. for a show by Overboard, an award-winning a cappella group. The event costs $10 at the door and a cash bar will be open during the event.

The Baltimore Waltz: Theatre@First is performing Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel’s The Baltimore Waltz, a tragical-farcical love letter to her brother, Carl, who died of AIDS in 1988. You can see the play tonight at 8 p.m. or tomorrow at 2 p.m. at Unity Somerville (6 William St.). Tickets are $15 for general admission and $12 for students or seniors.

YS Flowers

Saturday

Union Square Farmers Market: Head down to the Union Square Plaza on Saturday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. to stock up on fresh, seasonal produce, baked goods, bread, meat, eggs, fish and so much more at the Union Square Farmers Market. The market runs on Saturday mornings through November 23. Local strawberries are in and if you’re looking for a tasty way to use them, I suggest trying this Strawberry Panzanella Salad.

Somerville Mobile Farmers Market: The Somerville Mobile Farmers Market brings fresh, affordable fruits and vegetables to neighborhoods around the city. You can find it on Saturday from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Mystic Housing Development (530 Mystic Ave.) and from 2 p.m.-5 p.m. at the North Street Playground (14 North St.). The market will also be at the Council on Aging at the TAB Building (167 Holland St.) every Thursday from 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m. The market accepts EBT, SNAP, WIC, Farmers’ Market Coupons, cash, credit and debit cards.

Somerville by Yarnstorm, Granny, oh Granny: The Nave Gallery hosts the next installment of Somerville by Yarnstorm, a public art project that supports the Somerville Homeless Coalition, this Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in Davis Square. From April to October, the Nave will give one special tree in various Somerville neighborhoods a warm and fuzzy makeover. You can see the Nave’s Yarnstorming of Perry Park from last year here.

Family Fun Day: Come to Trum Field on Saturday from noon-5 p.m. for the city of Somerville’s Family Fun Day, which features a free barbecue, kids’ activities, watermelon eating contests, face painting, music and much more. Rain date is Sunday, June 30.

The Baltimore Waltz: Theatre@First is performing Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel’s The Baltimore Waltz, a tragical-farcical love letter to her brother, Carl, who died of AIDS in 1988. The final performance of the play is on Saturday at 2 p.m. at Unity Somerville (6 William St.). Tickets are $15 for general admission and $12 for students or seniors.

Dancing in the Streets: This is the final performance in the Somerville Arts Council’s Dancing in the Streets series in which local dancers take to Somerville’s parks, squares and basketball courts for free performances. This Saturday’s event is at 8:30 p.m. in Davis Square (406 Highland Ave.) and will feature performances by EgoArt, Inc. and Weber Dance. Rain date is Sunday, June 30.

Loved this set-up.

Sunday

The Davis Flea: The Davis Flea is open on Sundays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. from now through October 27. The market features new and returning vendors selling antiques, vintage goods and more. Stop by the parking lot of the corner of Holland Street and Buena Vista Road to check it out. Rain or shine.

Cupcake Camp Boston 2013: 3 Graces Productions brings Cupcake Camp Boston 2013 to Hodgkins-Curtain Park between Davis and Teele Squares this Sunday from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Amateur and professional bakers share their sweet treats at this event to benefit the Somerville Winter Farmers Market. Participate in cupcake relay races, cupcake games and other fun activities for kids and families. And of course, sample the tasty baked goods! Tickets are $7 and kids under age three get in free. Rain or shine.

Meatball Takedown: The Arts at the Armory (191 Highland Ave.) hosts the Meatball Takedown on Sunday from 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Tantalize your tastebuds by sampling meatballs prepared by local cooks. Attendees and the editors of Cook’s Illustrated magazine will judge the showdown. Tickets are $15.

Upcoming

Sustainable Salmon Dinner: JJ Gonson, chef/owner of Cuisine en Locale, and Josh Lewin, Beacon Hill Bistro executive chef, are teaming up next Sunday, July 7 to host a dinner highlighting Alaska’s Bristol Bay sockeye salmon. The dinner is part of a national campaign by Chefs Collaborative to raise awareness for the Bristol Bay salmon fishery. The five-course dinner takes place at Kitchen Inc. (201 Somerville Ave.) from 6 p.m.-9 p.m., costs $75 and is BYOB.

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