Weekend 8.8-8.10: Cookies + Cream, Ignite! & Burlesque

I remember just a few years ago when it seemed like hardly anyone had even heard of Union Square. Now it seems there’s an event there every weekend and this Saturday is no exception, with the Ignite! Fire and Street Food Festival taking over the Plaza. 3 Little Figs is also hosting its first Cookies + Cream + Coffee pop-up, there’s a Comic Con-themed burlesque event and an ongoing school supplies drive to benefit local kids. Basically, there’s something for everyone. Have fun out there!

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Friday

Hot Spot: Come to Brickbottom Gallery (1 Fitchburg St.) on Fridays from noon-5 p.m. through August 16 to see its current exhibit, Hot Spot. The summer members’ show features painting, photography, sculpture and mixed media.

Cookies + Cream + Coffee: One of my favorite local shops, 3 Little Figs (278 Highland Ave.), is hosting a Cookies + Cream + Coffee pop-up on Friday from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. (or until they’re sold out). Sample delicious brewed beverages, house made cookies, ice cream sandwiches and affogatos at this very special event.

Winter: Visit the Nave Gallery Annex (53 Chester St.) on Fridays from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. to see the current exhibit, Winter, which “explores the degrees of the frost season.” The show is up until August 16.

Free Fridays at Johnny D’s: Start your weekend with free music at Johnny D’s (17 Holland St.) on Friday at 10 p.m. This week’s 21-plus show features Austin, Texas-based Buenos Diaz plus The Forz, which plays rock ‘n’ roll, doo-wop and R&B.

The Union Square Farmers Market has so much fresh, local produce right now.

Saturday

Union Square Farmers Market: The Union Square Farmers Market is open this and every Saturday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. through November 22. Shop for vegetables, fruit, bread, sweets and more at the market on the Union Square Plaza.

Assembled Art Market: The Assembled art market is open at Assembly Row this and every Saturday through September 13 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Shop handmade art, jewelry and other wares from local and regional craftspeople.

Hot Spot: Come to Brickbottom Gallery (1 Fitchburg St.) on Saturdays from noon-5 p.m. through August 16 to see its current exhibit, Hot Spot. The summer members’ show features painting, photography, sculpture and mixed media.

Somerville Mobile Farmers Market: The Somerville Mobile Farmers Market is open this and every Saturday through November 1 from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. at the Mystic Housing Development (530 Mystic Ave.). Housing development residents and those receiving food assistance are eligible to purchase food for half-price.

Winter: Come to the Nave Gallery Annex (53 Chester St.) on Saturdays from 1 p.m.-5 p.m. to see the current exhibit, Winter, which “explores the degrees of the frost season.” The show is up until August 16.

Me and My Friends Make Art III: Come to the Washington Street Art Center (321 Washington St.) on Saturdays from noon-4 p.m. through August 30 to see the current show, Me and My Friends Make Art III. The third installment of this exhibit features a selection of Washington Street artists and their friends.

Ignite! A Fire and Street Food Festival After Dark: Come to Union Square on Saturday from 6 p.m.-10 p.m. for the Ignite! Fire and Street Food Festival. Sample Mexican, Brazilian, German and Indian cuisines while taking in food demonstrations, fire-throwing performances, dancers and more. The event is free and open to the public. Rain date: Sunday, August 10 from 6 p.m.-10 p.m.

Sylvester Baxter Riverfront Park Movie Series: Come to Assembly Row on Saturdays in August for free movies under the stars. The films start at dusk and are being shown at Sylvester Baxter Riverfront Park. This Saturday’s flick is The Lego Movie.

Wasabassco Presents: Secret Identitease: Boston and New York burlesque performers take the stage this Saturday at the Davis Square Theatre (225 Elm St.) for Wasabassco’s Secret Identitease, an unofficial after-party for Comic Con featuring superheroes, sci-fi and more. Tickets for the 9 p.m. show are $20.

Vintage photo of Holland Street at ArtBeat 2014.

Sunday

The Somerville Flea: Shop for vintage wares, antiques and other fun goodies at The Somerville Flea this and every Sunday through October 26 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. You’ll find the market in the parking lot on the corner of Holland Street and Buena Vista Road in Davis Square.

Open Blues Jam: Unwind from the weekend at Johnny D’s (17 Holland St.) Open Blue Jam on Sunday from 4 p.m.-7 p.m. The free event features Dr. Grant & The Medical Marijuana Band and all are welcome to bring their instruments and join in.

Ongoing

School Supplies Drive: The Tufts Graduate Student Council is hosting a school supplies drive to benefit Somerville Public School students starting on Saturday, August 2 and ending on Saturday, August 23. You can drop off supplies and monetary donations at any of the three branches of the Somerville Public Library (Central: 79 Highland Ave.; East: 115 Broadway; West: 40 College Ave.) during the next three weeks. The most needed supplies are: #2 pencils, large pink erasers, crayons (16-pack), colored pencils, water-based markers, ballpoint pens, spiral-bound or composition notebooks, loose-leaf paper (hole-punched), three-ring binders (one- or two-inch) and calculators. The supplies collected at the drive will go to help 500 underprivileged Somerville students (including those who are homeless).

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