Weekend 7.19-7.21: ArtBeat, Theater & Markets

The big event in Somerville this weekend is ArtBeat, a two-day music, art and community festival that takes over Davis Square tonight and tomorrow. Come out to see all of the weird, wonderful things Somerville has to offer. And be sure to load up on sunscreen and water, it’s going to be hot, hot, hot! In addition to ArtBeat, there are markets galore, theater performances and more. You can find details below. Have fun out there!

Hydrangeas

Friday

ArtBeat: This two-day art and music festival kicks off on Friday from 6 p.m.-10 p.m. and continues on Saturday from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. in Davis Square where you can catch bands and dancers performing and participate in meet-ups and other activities all in this year’s festival theme, “micro.” Rain date is Saturday, July 20.

Summer Radio Mystery Theatre: The Post-Meridian Radio Players are performing The Sign of 4 this weekend at Responsible Grace (204 Elm St.). You can catch the show on Friday at 8 p.m. and on Saturday at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $12 for students and seniors.

Zucchini

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. While you’re there, be sure to pick up ingredients to make this cold zucchini soup–perfect for a hot summer day!

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. inside the Clarendon Hill Housing Development on North Street. 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.

ArtBeat: This two-day art and music festival continues on Saturday from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. in Davis Square where you can catch bands and dancers performing and participate in meet-ups and other activities all in this year’s festival theme, “micro.” Rain date is Sunday, July 21.

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.

Unique necklaces at Assembled

Screen Printing Skill Share: The Washington Street Art Center (321 Washington St.) hosts a screen printing (or silk screening) workshop on Saturday from noon-4 p.m. Attendees will get to make their very own screen from a design that they’ve chosen. The workshop costs $36 and all experience levels are welcome.

Saturday Local Artist Market: While you’re in Davis for ArtBeat, swing by the Burren (247 Elm St.) for the Saturday Local Artist Market, which is open from noon-6 p.m. The event showcases the work of area painters, photographers, jewelers, potters and more. The Burren will be running $5 lunch specials during the event.

ARTCRANK: This event isn’t in Somerville, but since it involves bikes and posters, it seems like the kind of thing Somervillians would enjoy. Started in Minneapolis in 2007, ARTCRANK bills itself as “a poster party for bike people” and is making its Boston debut on Saturday from 5 p.m.-10 p.m. at the Fourth Wall Project (132 Brookline Ave., Boston). Original prints from local artists will be on sale for $40, there will be beer and pint glasses from Widmer Brothers Brewing and proceeds from the pint glass sales will go to benefit Livable Streets.

Memorial and Benefit Show: Later on Saturday, the Washington Street Art Center (321 Washington St.) will host a memorial and benefit concert to honor Shannon Smith and raise funds for Christopher Strunk. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. for the 8 p.m. show, which features the sounds of Animal Hospital, Donna Parker & Mark William Pearson, Heathen Shame, Deleuzer, Vic Rawlings and DJ Sam YDLMIER. There is a $10 suggested donation.

Summer Radio Mystery Theatre: The Post-Meridian Radio Players are performing The Sign of 4 this weekend at Responsible Grace (204 Elm St.). You can catch the show on Saturday at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $12 for students and seniors.

SOS Milk Row

Sunday

Wheels and Wagons: Bring the whole family down to Lexington Park (on the bike path between Cedar and Willow Streets) for SomerPlay’s Wheels and Wagons event on Sunday at 9:30 a.m. Participants should bring their wheels–bike, trikes, wagons, etc.–to decorate for an 11 a.m. parade. Other activities include chalk drawing, bubble play and a shaving cream “car wash.”

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.

Upcoming

Nibble Cooking Class: The next installment of the Nibble cooking classes takes place this Tuesday night with a visit to the Reliable Market in Union Square followed by a lesson in how to make spring rolls and kale soba salad. The class costs $40.

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