Weekend 9.14-9.16: Biergarten, Riverfest & Dog Festival

This weekend in Somerville is absolutely packed with things to do! Friday night brings free tastings all over town as well as performances at the Arts at the Armory Cafe and by Theatre@First. Saturday morning sees the farmers markets and by afternoon things really get going with the Assembly Square Riverfest, an Oktoberfest Biergarten at Olde Magoun’s Saloon, an open house at the new Counter Culture Coffee training center and the grand opening of DooWee & Rice restaurant. And if that’s not enough, there’s a dance party under McGrath Highway at night! The third annual dog festival is Sunday as well as a Knit and Sip Crochet Soiree at Perry Park and a musical performance at the Arts at the Armory Cafe. Truly, something for everyone. Have fun out there!


Free Tastings: Ball Square Fine Wines & Liquors (716 Broadway) hosts a Ruby Wines tasting from 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. and Victory Brewing tasting from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Davis Square’s Downtown Wine & Spirits (225 Elm St.) hosts a brandy tasting from 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Also in Davis, Dave’s Fresh Pasta hosts a rose tasting from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Sav-Mor Spirits (15 McGrath Highway) hosts a Pisco Porton tasting from 5 p.m.-7 p.m.

Bent, a Play by Martin Sherman: Theatre@First presents Bent, a play examining the treatment of gay men in 1930s Germany, in several performances this and next weekend. The shows take place at Unity Somerville (6 William St.) and tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students/seniors. There are performances this weekend at 8 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Singing with the Seasons: The Arts at the Armory Cafe (191 Highland Ave.) will host Singing with the Seasons on Friday at 7:30 p.m. (doors at 7) featuring the vocals of six musicians accompanied by a piano. The free event will include music by Gershwin, Ella Fitzgerald and Van Morrison, among others.


Somerville Mobile Farmers Market: The Somerville Mobile Farmers Market travels around town on Saturdays bringing fresh fruits and vegetables to various neighborhoods. The market accepts EBT, SNAP, WIC, farmers market coupons, cash, credit and debit cards. Find the Mobile Farmers Market at the Mystic Housing Development (530 Mystic Ave.) from 10 a.m.-noon, Glen Park (Glen and Oliver Streets) from 1 p.m.-3 p.m. and Clarendon Hill Housing (North Street/Powderhouse Blvd./Alewife Brook Parkway) from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. (also on Thursdays from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Somerville Council on Aging Activity Center, 167 Holland St.).

Union Square Farmers Market: Open every Saturday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., the Union Square Farmers Market has tons of locally grown and produced vegetables and fruits, bread, fish, meat, flowers, eggs and sweet treats. It’s farm day at the market this weekend plus Sweet Idea will be on hand selling cookies. If you can’t make it to the Saturday market, be sure to check out Swirl & Slice on Thursdays from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. in Union Square or the Davis Square Farmers Market on Wednesdays from noon-6 p.m.

Oktoberfest Biergarten: Olde Magoun’s Saloon (518 Medford St.) is taking over the CVS parking lot in Magoun Square on Saturday from noon-6 p.m. and turning it into an Oktoberfest Biergarten! Stop by to sip some Paulaner Oktoberfest Marzen, Oktoberfest Weiss, Lager, Pilsner, Hefeweizen and Salvatore and savor some grilled Oktoberfest eats.

Riverfest: Come down to Assembly Row at Assembly Square on Saturday from noon-9 p.m. to enjoy the fifth annual Riverfest! There will be local food trucks providing eats, music and entertainments for all ages as well as artist tents and a fireworks show at sunset.

Counter Culture Coffee Open House: Counter Culture Coffee, a company devoted to sourcing the best coffee in the world with a focus on sustainability, is hosting an open house from noon-4 p.m. on Saturday at its Boston Training Center. Don’t let the center’s name fool you though because Counter Culture’s area location is actually at 374 Somerville Ave. The event will feature assorted coffee tastings, including an expert-led one at 1 p.m., as well as brewing demonstrations, an introduction to what Counter Culture is all about and a chance to meet the new staff.

DooWee & Rice Grand Opening: Though Powderhouse Square’s DooWee & Rice (868 Broadway) has been conducting a soft opening for several days, the restaurant is having its grand opening Saturday from 2 p.m.-9 p.m. where nearly the full menu will be available.

Project MUM: Somerville’s friendly bicycle nerd gang SCUL teams up with the Arts Council to host Project MUM, an outdoor dance party under McGrath Highway at Washington St. this Saturday. This year’s party theme is space and costumes are encouraged (though not required). There is a $10 suggested donation for the event that runs from 9 p.m.-1 a.m.


Dog Festival: Trum Field hosts the third annual Dog Festival on Sunday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. to benefit local animal-related charities. There will be sports and activities for dogs, agility and Frisbee demonstrations and best trick and best dressed contests at this four-legged and family-friendly event. While the event is free, monetary and pet-care items will be accepted for donation.

Knit and Sip Crochet Soiree: The Nave Gallery recently yarnstormed Perry Park (361 Washington St., click here to see photos) and because it looks so cool, the next knit and sip crochet soiree is being held there this Sunday from 2 p.m.-5 p.m. Bring snacks and friends!

Not So Silent Sundays: The Arts at the Armory Cafe (191 Highland Ave.) will host Not So Silent Sundays featuring Buster Keaton’s The General. Boston composer Brendan Clooney is the man behind the Not-So-Silent Cinema project, for which he creates “diverse mash-ups of musical personalities from different music scenes to create lively new platforms for interaction and creativity.” The event starts at 7:30 p.m. (doors at 7) and is free, though donations will be accepted.

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