Weekend 5.23-5.25: LEGOLAND, Tibet Festival & Memorial Day

Happy Memorial Day weekend! This always feels like the unofficial start to summer to me and after such a long, cold winter, I am more than ready for it. The city’s annual Memorial Day Parade is on Sunday and if you’ve never gone, I recommend checking it out. It reminds me of all the fun, old-fashioned parades I attended as a kid and it’s a great way to spend a sunny afternoon. And if you’re looking for a little day trip, here’s some information about visiting beautiful Mt. Auburn Cemetery, the Middlesex Fells and Walden Pond.

LEGOLAND Miniland Fenway


LEGOLAND Grand Opening: LEGOLAND Discovery Center Boston, which is actually in Somerville at 598 Assembly Row, opens to the public this Friday. Purchase tickets (free for children under 3, $18 for children 3-12 and $22.50 for those 13 and older) online for guaranteed entry (walk-up tickets will not be available) and get ready for an adventure. I toured the facility last week and the Miniland exhibit featuring re-creations of Boston landmarks blew my mind. You can see photos from the tour here. (Note that adults without children are not permitted into the facility, though adult-only events are planned for the future and you can visit the store.)

Intuition: Come to Brickbottom Gallery (1 Fitchburg St.) on Friday from noon-5 p.m. to see Intuition. The exhibit features the work of more than 20 artists and can be seen through Saturday.

Inside and Out: Artist Talk: The Nave Gallery Annex (53 Chester St.) hosts an Artist Talk on Friday at 6 p.m. with Alberto D’Agostino and Nick Schietromo, who will discuss their work in the exhibit, Inside and Out.

Second Annual Tibet Arts & Culture Festival: Boston-area Tibetan artists and community members will perform music and dance and share poetry and painting at the Second Annual Tibet Arts & Culture Festival on Friday. The event is from 6 p.m.-10 p.m. at the Arts at the Armory (191 Highland Ave.) and tickets are $15.

Gorgeous eggs from Misty Brook Farm.


Union Square Farmers Market: The Union Square Farmers Market is open 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. You can see photos from opening day here.

Work/Learn Day with Pruning Workshop: The Community Growing Center (22 Vinal Ave.) hosts a free Work/Learn Day with Pruning Workshop on Saturday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Come by for gardening, site maintenance and community plus a lesson in pruning.

Edge States: The Washington Street Art Center (321 Washington St.) is currently showing Edge States: Inner Landscapes Outside on Saturdays in May from noon-4 p.m. The exhibit features watercolors and artist’s books by Amy Fleisher and poems by Anna M. Warrock.

Intuition: Come to Brickbottom Gallery (1 Fitchburg St.) on Saturday from noon-5 p.m. to see Intuition. This is the final day of the exhibit, which features the work of more than 20 artists.

Sleepyhead Record Release: Sleepyhead is celebrating the release of its first record in 15 years with a show at Cuisine en Locale (156 Highland Ave.) with the ‘Mericans on Saturday. Doors, dinner and drinks start at 6 p.m. and live music starts at 9 p.m. Tickets for the show (dinner and drinks not included) are $10.

Hypothesize, Improvise and Otherwise #5: Third Life Studio (33 Union Square) hosts an night of new music, dance performance, art and mayhem on Saturday at 8 p.m. There is a $10 suggested donation.

Dog FD


Memorial Day Parade: Somerville’s annual Memorial Day Parade takes place on Sunday at 1 p.m. It kicks off from the City Hall/Somerville High School concourse on Highland Avenue and proceeds for 2.3 miles down Highland to the Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery in Teele Square. The parade features music performances, community and school groups and representatives from local veterans, fire and police units. The parade will be held rain or shine and there will be traffic and parking restrictions due to the parade.

New Moon Contemplative Labyrinth Walk: Each month the Community Growing Center (22 Vinal Ave.) invites you to walk the center’s labyrinth to connect with grounding earth energy, the cycles of the moon and our own cycles of energy, focus and intention in a meditative way. This Sunday’s free walk takes place at 7 p.m.

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