Weekend 9.6-9.8: Yarnstorming, Pastry Pop-Up & a Greek Festival

It was back to business this week with school and work looming for many. But it’s Friday again and that means it’s time to start planning a weekend full of fun activities happening right here in Somerville. There are several art openings, a festival celebrating Punjabi and Sikh culture, a SomerStreets event and much more, including the usual markets. It’s also the Brimfield Antique Fair, one of my favorite times of the year. Here’s what to expect if you venture west to do some treasure hunting. Have fun out there!

Giveaway Announcement: Congratulations to Leslie Mitchell, the randomly selected winner of the East Somerville Foodie Crawl ticket giveaway. Thanks to everyone who entered–reading about all of your favorite international dishes was so fun. And if you didn’t win the tickets, you can still buy them here. Hope you see you all at the crawl!

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Friday

Greek Music and Food Festival: Come to the Dormition of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church (29 Central St.) this weekend for all the Greek music you can dance to and all the Greek food you can eat. Offerings include roast lamb, gyros, souvlaki, moussaka, pastichio and, of course, baklava! The festival is open on Friday at noon with a limited lunch menu then from 5 p.m.-11 p.m., on Saturday from noon-11 p.m. and on Sunday from noon-9 p.m.

Somerville Toy Camera Fest Opening Reception: The second of three Somerville Toy Camera Fest exhibitions opens this Friday from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. at the Nave Gallery (155 Powder House Blvd.). You can see the free show on Saturdays and Sundays from 1 p.m.-5 p.m. through September 28. The Nave Gallery Annex (53 Chester St.) hosts an opening reception for the third and final installment of the Somerville Toy Camera Fest on Wednesday, September 11 from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. You can see that show Wednesdays-Fridays from 6 p.m.-8 p.m., Saturdays 2 p.m.-8 p.m. and Sundays 2 p.m.-6 p.m. through September 29.

Honey Party: Stop by Relish: Center for Urban Agriculture on Sanborn Court in Union Square this Friday from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. for a honey party. Enjoy an evening under Relish’s twinkling lights chatting with local honey lovers and beekeepers and sipping mead and homemade honey cocktails. The event kicks off Extractor Extravaganza Week during which a bicycle-powered extractor will be at Relish.

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 22. 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).

The Nave Gallery recently yarnstormed Davis Square.

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.

Somerville by Yarnstorm: While you’re in Union Square for the farmers market, be sure to take in the Nave Gallery’s latest yarnstorming, Doilies of Fluff. The knitters and crocheters will be decorating the square from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. as part of the gallery’s public art project that combines activism, art and craft to further the message of the Somerville Homeless Coalition.

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 accepts EBT, SNAP, WIC, Farmers’ Market Coupons, cash, credit and debit cards.

Pastry Pop-Up: Taza Chocolate (561 Windsor St.) is hosting a pastry pop-up featuring a special sweet made by one of Boston’s top chefs using the factory’s chocolate each Saturday in September from 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. This week’s treat is being prepared by Harvest Restaurant’s Brian Mercury and the Coffee Trike will be on hand supplying delicious beverages.

DePave the Way: Sign up to help at the Somerville Climate Action’s depaving party this Saturday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Volunteers are needed to wield sledgehammers, haul asphalt, bring food, supply music and involve kids under 14 in a safe participatory activity.

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.

Greek Music and Food Festival: Come to the Dormition of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church (29 Central St.) this weekend for all the Greek music you can dance to and all the Greek food you can eat. Offerings include roast lamb, gyros, souvlaki, moussaka, pastichio and, of course, baklava! The festival is open on Saturday from noon-11 p.m. and on Sunday from noon-9 p.m.

USTAV!: A Festival of Punjabi and Sikh Culture: Come to Union Square this Saturday night for USTAV, an evening dedicated to celebrating Punjabi and Sikh culture through food and live entertainment. The night begins at 4 p.m. with free food and drinks from the Gurdwara Sikh Sangat Society and continues when local restaurants, like Dosa N Curry, set up to sell their dishes. The festival also features live music, a yoga demonstration and a booth where you can try on a turban or sari. USTAV is a free event that runs until 8 p.m. Rain date is Saturday, September 14.

Backyard BBQs and Other Social Gatherings: The Washington Street Art Center (321 Washington St.) hosts an opening reception for Backyard BBQs and Other Social Gatherings featuring photographs by Lee Kilpatrick on Saturday from 7 p.m.-10 p.m. If you can’t make it to the opening, you can see the exhibit on Saturdays from noon-4 p.m. through September 28.

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Sunday

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: While you’re at the Davis Flea on Sunday, you can also take part in Strike Up the Bands, the latest in the SomerStreets series. The event takes place on Holland Street between Davis and Teele Squares from noon-4 p.m. and features live music, an area to make musical instruments, a rock climbing wall, a craft fair, a cornhole tournament and much more. Rain or shine.

Greek Music and Food Festival: Come to the Dormition of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church (29 Central St.) this weekend for all the Greek music you can dance to and all the Greek food you can eat. Offerings include roast lamb, gyros, souvlaki, moussaka, pastichio and, of course, baklava! The festival is open on Sunday from noon-9 p.m.

Reframed: History, Memory, Place: Brickbottom Gallery hosts an opening reception on Sunday from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. for its newest exhibit, Framed: History, Memory, Place. The show explores “how images of people and places inform and inspire both the real and invented past” through a variety of mediums. If you can’t make it to the opening, you can see the show through October 19 on Thursdays-Sundays from noon-5 p.m.

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