Weekend 8.16-8.18: Honey Bee Tours, Road Race & SomerStreets

Every day of this weekend is absolutely jam-packed with fun events happening around Somerville. There are two really cool art shows up, Cavalia’s Odysseo has extended its run, there’s a brand new 5K at Assembly Square, SomerStreets takes over on Sunday afternoon and that’s just the beginning. All the details you need to plan a fantastic weekend are below. Have fun out there!

USFM August Peaches

Friday

Entering Somerville Exhibit: The Nave Gallery Annex (53 Chester St.) is currently hosting an exhibit all about our fair city. Entering Somerville features the work of 12 local artists who were inspired by the people, events and geography that make up Somerville. You can see the show through August 31 on Wednesdays-Fridays from 6 p.m.-8 p.m., Saturdays from 2 p.m.-8 p.m. and Sundays from 2 p.m.-6 p.m.

Cavalia’s Odysseo: This horse-centric circus has been getting rave reviews since it kicked off its run under the big white tent at Assembly Row. And the performance schedule has just been expanded through September 1. Tickets range in price from $49.50-$249.50 for adults, $44.50-$224.50 for juniors (13-17) and seniors (65-plus) and $34.50-$174.50 for children (2-12).

USFM August Parker Farm

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. Tomatoes and peppers are in abundance right now and this easy, delicious recipe for romesco is a great way to use them up!

National Honey Bee Day with Relish: While you’re in Union Square for the farmers market, stop by Relish to celebrate National Honey Bee Day. The urban agriculture center on Sanborn Court is offering three free tours (10 a.m, 11 a.m. and noon) of its instructional hive. Attendees are advised to arrive a few minutes early and to wear long pants, long sleeves and hats. (I recently took a canning class at Relish, which you can read about here.)

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.

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.

Somerville Toy Camera Fest: The Washington Street Art Center (321 Washington St.) is currently hosting the first of three exhibits for the Somerville Toy Camera Fest. The shows celebrate the work of artists taking photos with low-tech, limited-control cameras. You can see the first exhibit on Saturdays from noon-4 p.m. through August 31.

Entering Somerville Exhibit: The Nave Gallery Annex (53 Chester St.) is currently hosting an exhibit all about our fair city. Entering Somerville features the work of 12 local artists who were inspired by the people, events and geography that make up Somerville. You can see the show through August 31 on Wednesdays-Fridays from 6 p.m.-8 p.m., Saturdays from 2 p.m.-8 p.m. and Sundays from 2 p.m.-6 p.m.

USFM August Flowers

Sunday

Race to the Row 5K: This Sunday, the Somerville Road Runners present their newest event, the Race to the Row 5K, in Assembly Square. The event kicks off at 9:30 a.m. and is both a run and a walk. There will also be a kids’ fun run (ages nine and under) and a post-race BBQ with burgers, beer and live music. Proceeds benefit East Somerville Main Streets. I’ll be running and I hope to see a lot of you out on the course!

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.

SomerStreets: The next SomerStreets is this Sunday from noon-4 p.m. and the theme is Going Green on Route 16. The free rain or shine event takes place on Route 16 from Dilboy Field to Broadway and features swimming at Dilboy Pool, family-friendly activities, a craft fair, face painting, food, music, entertainment and more.

Shakespeare Slam: Come to the Burren (247 Elm St.) for Theatre@First’s Shakespeare Slam this Sunday from 1 p.m.-5 p.m. The event is an afternoon of open mike theater with an emphasis on Shakespeare featuring one-act plays, sketch comedy and more. General admission is $10, students get in for $8 and if you perform a monologue, scene or sonnet you can attend for only $5. Proceeds benefit Theatre@First’s fall production of Twelfth Night.

Ice Cream Takedown: The Arts at the Armory (191 Highland Ave.) hosts the Ice Cream Takedown on Sunday from 2 p.m.-4 p.m. For $15, attendees get to sample ice cream from local producers and vote for the best.

Entering Somerville Exhibit: The Nave Gallery Annex (53 Chester St.) is currently hosting an exhibit all about our fair city. Entering Somerville features the work of 12 local artists who were inspired by the people, events and geography that make up Somerville. You can see the show through August 31 on Wednesdays-Fridays from 6 p.m.-8 p.m., Saturdays from 2 p.m.-8 p.m. and Sundays from 2 p.m.-6 p.m.

Upcoming

Nibble Cooking Classes: The Somerville Arts Council is running a series of Nibble cooking classes that take attendees on a world tour of culinary delights. There are several fantastic ones upcoming, including another like the one I took with Juan Carlos Menjivar about the foods of El Salvador. The others feature the cuisines of Brazil, Chile and Mexico and take place in the coming weeks and months.

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