Weekend 9.28-9.30: Fluff Fest, Community Day & a Musical Benefit

Though the weather for this weekend looks a bit dodgy, the What the Fluff? Festival will go on Saturday afternoon as planned. I’m a cooking contest judge, so come say hi if you attend and ask me for a hot-off-the-presses Somerville sticker! Note that the Union Square Farmers Market closes at noon on Saturday to make way for the Fluff Fest. In other goings-on, on Sunday the Armory hosts Yelp Helps and it’s Community Day at Tufts, plus there’s a musical benefit for a really good cause on Sunday night. Have fun out there and stay dry!


Free Tastings: Ball Square Fine Wines & Liquors (716 Broadway) hosts a tasting of the October Wines of the Month from 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. and an Element Brews tasting from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Davis Square’s Downtown Wine & Spirits (225 Elm St.) hosts an Uprising Whiskey tasting from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Also in Davis, Dave’s Fresh Pasta (81 Holland St.) hosts a Burgundy and chardonnay tasting from 5 p.m.-7 p.m.

SpeehLess: The Arts at the Armory Cafe (191 Highland Ave.) hosts SpeehLess, a group that combines jazz, r&b and funk, on Friday from 7:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door.


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: The market is usually open from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. every Saturday through November 17, but this week things shut down at noon so Union Square can be readied for the Fluff Festival. If you can’t make it to the Saturday market, be sure to check out the Davis Square Farmers Market on Wednesdays from noon-6 p.m. through November 21.

La Newyorkina Tasting at Taza Chocolate: The Taza Chocolate Factory Store (561 Windsor St.) hosts a tasting of La Newyorkina mini paletas (Mexican-style ice pops) made with Taza Chocolate from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday. Try free samples of traditional chocolate, chili chocolate and chocolate-dipped coconut flavored pops.

What the Fluff Festival: Join 10,000 Fluff fans in Union Square on Saturday from 3 p.m.-7 p.m. as they eat Fluffernutters and whoppie pies, compete to see who will become the Pharaoh of Fluff and participate in a whimsical afternoon of fun, games and entertainment. Yours truly is a cooking contest judge (and I’ll have sweet swag–Somerville stickers!), so say hi if you go to the event.


Community Day at Tufts: This Sunday from 11 a.m-3 p.m., Tufts University (419 Boston Ave., Medford) invites the community to its academic quad on the Medford and Somerville campus. Both cities are sponsoring the event, which includes free lunch, entertainment and arts and crafts. A free shuttle will even run from Davis Square (across from the Somerville Theatre) to Tufts for the event, which will be held rain or shine. Free parking for Community Day is available at the Tufts parking garage (419 Boston Ave., Medford)

Yelp Helps: Hop to It: The Arts at the Armory (191 Highland Ave.) hosts local breweries and volunteer organizations under one roof on Saturday in two sessions (3 p.m.-5 p.m. and 7 p.m.-9 p.m.) for Yelp Helps: Hop to It. The event is free, but you must RSVP on this page for entry. Donations are recommended and welcomed for this event, which will combine brews, snacks, entertainment and charitable work.

Musical Benefit for Malayaka House: Radio (379-381 Somerville Ave.) is hosting a night of music and dancing in support of the Malayaka House, an orphanage in Uganda that provides a home and education for abandoned children. Enjoy the musical stylings of Entrain, the Adam Ezra Group and Batabazi on Sunday night while supporting a great cause. Tickets for the 7 p.m., 18 and up event are $20 at the door or online here.

P.S. Looking for fun in Somerville mid-week? Check out my extensive guide to what’s happening each and every day and night around town!

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