As you may have seen on Monday, one of the reasons Somervillians love this city so much is our plethora of awesome festivals. One of the most beloved of all is the HONK! Festival of Activist Street Bands and it’s happing this weekend throughout Somerville. Details on events today, tomorrow and Sunday are below. In addition to HONK!, there’s a family-friendly market at the Armory, more Oktoberfests and a movie marathon. And if you’re looking to get out of the city to enjoy the season on what is a long weekend for some, check out these ideas on where to go hiking, leaf-peeping and apple picking. Happy fall!
Slice of Hope: Eat at Jumbo’s (688 Broadway) is participating in Slice of Hope’s National Pizza Party Day to raise money for breast cancer research. The restaurant is donating 20% of all sales from Friday to the Karen Mullen Breast Cancer Foundation. Stop by the shop to do some good while you grab a slice!
Wrap Around Preview Sale: The Nave Gallery Annex (53 Chester St.) is hosting a preview of its annual Wrap Around Sale of knitted, crocheted and sewn goods to benefit the Somerville Homeless Coalition through October 20. You can shop the sale this weekend on Friday from 6 p.m.-8 p.m., on Saturday from 2 p.m.-8 p.m. and on Sunday from 2 p.m.-6 p.m. While you’re at the sale, take in the current show at the Nave Gallery Annex BRANDED: The Art of the Beer Label.
HONK!: The HONK! Festival of Activist Street Bands is this weekend and that means the streets of Somerville will be filled with music for the next three days. The festivities kick off on Friday with HONK! in the Neighborhoods when bands fan out to play with and for community groups, give music workshops and perform concerts. The fun continues with a lantern-making workshop at Hodgkins Park near Davis Square from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. The Lantern Parade leaves from the park at 7 p.m. and winds through Somerville until 9 p.m. Johnny D’s (17 Holland St.) hosts the official HONK! kick-off where bands will play from 8 p.m.-12:45 a.m.
Local is for Lovers: Get Carried Away: Somerville Local First and Babywearing International present a family-friendly market, Local is for Lovers: Get Carried Away, this Saturday from 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Swing by the Arts at the Armory (191 Highland Ave.) for this free event, which features local artists, crafters and food producers, and is geared toward families.
Union Square Farmers Market: Head down to the Union Square Plaza on Saturday 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 is open from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturdays through November 23.
Oktoberfest at East End Grille: Enjoy live music, beer and German food at East End Grille’s free Oktoberfest. The family-friendly event takes place outside at 6 Glen St. (behind the restaurant) from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday.
Saturday Local Artist Market: Shop arts and crafts produced in the area at the Burren (247 Elm St.) on Saturday from noon-6 p.m. during the Saturday Local Artist Market. Goods available for purchase include jewelry, textiles and ceramics and the Burren will be offering a $5 lunch special.
Terror-Thon: The Somerville Theatre (55 Davis Square) hosts “a terrifying journey through time and space” with its 12-hour Terror-Thon on Saturday. The event kicks off at noon and runs until midnight on the Somerville Theatre’s big screen. For $35, attendees will get to watch nine films, including Planet of the Apes, Tremors and Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai. The terrifying fun continues throughout October with $10 showings of films like The Exorcist, Argento’s Dracula and The Changeling.
HONK!: The HONK! opening ceremony kicks off in Davis Square at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday and will be followed by hours of live music as bands from all over the world take the stage in Somerville. Kids are invited to stop by the Musical Instrument Petting Zoo in Seven Hills Park from 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m. where they can explore instruments and meet the musicians playing them. The fun lasts until 9 p.m.
Who Are You Wearing?: Come to Union Square on Saturday from 2 p.m.-5 p.m. for an outdoor art exhibition featuring the work of Danielle Festa. The Somerville Arts Council grant recipient will be showing her mixed media oil paintings depicting street fashion, including subjects from Festa’s red carpet photo shoot that took place in Union Square in May.
Wrap Around Preview Sale: The Nave Gallery Annex (53 Chester St.) is hosting a preview of its annual Wrap Around Sale of knitted, crocheted and sewn goods to benefit the Somerville Homeless Coalition through October 20. You can shop the sale on Saturday from 2 p.m.-8 p.m. and on Sunday from 2 p.m.-6 p.m. While you’re at the sale, take in the current show at the Nave Gallery Annex BRANDED: The Art of the Beer Label.
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 on the corner of Holland Street and Buena Vista Road to check it out. Rain or shine.
HONK!: The music continues on Sunday as the HONK! bands lead a parade from Davis Square to Harvard Square from noon-2 p.m. Once they arrive in Harvard, the musicians will take the stage at the Oktoberfest celebration being held that afternoon in the square.
Redbones 5th Annual Oktoberfest: Come down to Redbones (53 Chester St.) for the restaurant’s 5th Annual Oktoberfest this Sunday from noon-6 p.m. The free event features an Oompah band and beer garden.
Wrap Around Preview Sale: The Nave Gallery Annex (53 Chester St.) is hosting a preview of its annual Wrap Around Sale of knitted, crocheted and sewn goods to benefit the Somerville Homeless Coalition through October 20. You can shop the sale on Sunday from 2 p.m.-6 p.m. While you’re at the sale, take in the current show at the Nave Gallery Annex BRANDED: The Art of the Beer Label.
Mark Wilkinson: This celebrated Australian singer-songwriter makes his North American tour debut with a stop at the Arts at the Armory Cafe (191 Highland Ave.) this Sunday at 8 p.m. The show is free and open to all.
Harvest Fest: As I mentioned above, festivals are one of the top reasons people love Somerville and next weekend is Somerville Local First’s 5th Annual Harvest Fest at the Arts at the Armory (191 Highland Ave.). Buy tickets to one of two sessions (2 p.m.-5 p.m. or 6 p.m.-9 p.m.) and enjoy craft beer, local food and live music while celebrating all things local. New this year are fun games and a V.I.P. experience that includes faster entry into the event, access to a beer garden and a special-edition pint glass. Tickets are going quick, so get yours now!
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