Weekend 6.8-6.10: Ronnarong Farewell, Herbstalk & a Bike Party

After nearly a week of unseasonable weather, I think we’re all ready for some warmth and sun. Luckily this weekend promises that and more, like beer and wine tastings, a farewell dinner to a Union Square landmark restaurant, Herbstalk (a day of herbal education and fun at the Armory) and a bike party outside Redbones on Monday!

Ball Square Wine and Beer Tastings: Things kick off with a unique and very boutique wine tasting on Friday, June 8, from 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Ball Square Wines will also host a tasting of Night Shift Brewing beer, which is made by three guys who live right in Somerville! Come out between 5 p.m.-7 p.m. to try some of this locally produced beer. On Saturday, June 9, from 1 p.m.-3 p.m. you can sample three gins and an absinthe from St. George Spirits. (Ball Square Wines held a fantastic sampling at the Taste of Somerville this week, pictured at right.)

Union Square Bids Farewell to Ronnarong: Say good-bye to Union Square’s Thai tapas restaurant as owner Ronnarong Saksua takes a break from the restaurant business after nearly two decades of operating Thai eateries in the Square. Union Square Main Streets and Henry Patterson are hosting a good-bye party full of food and friends from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. on Friday, June 8, to bid Saksua farewell and welcome in a new restaurant (Bronwyn from the owners of TW Foods) that will move into Ronnarong’s space. Tickets are $15 in advance/$20 at the door for a buffet dinner with beverages.

Euro Cup: Starting tonight (Friday, June 8) and continuing throughout the month, Olde Magoun’s Saloon will be showing Euro Cup soccer games on its giant projectors. Soccer fans can sample beers from the various countries competing while cheering on the matches. Check Magoun’s Facebook page for updated game time information.

Herbstalk: On Saturday, June 9, the Armory on Highland Ave. will host Herbstalk, a day of education where the general public can come learn more about herbs through 20 sessions on a variety of topics. There will also be a marketplace, a children’s area, live music and a visit from Clover food truck. Come by the Armory from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. to participate in this fun-filled, educational day!

Boston Pride Parade: The 42nd annual Boston Pride Parade kicks off at 12:01 (after a minute of silence at noon) on Saturday, June 9, at Boylston and Copley Streets before it winds its way through the city through the South End, by the Boston Common and Public Garden before making its way to City Hall Plaza. The parade will go on rain or shine, so be prepared for all types of weather.

Boston Food Truck Festival: Calling all foodies! The Boston Food Truck Festival takes places this Sunday, June 10, from noon-4 p.m. at the UMass Boston Center Campus. Attendees will be able to sample culinary delights from a variety of trucks, from Bon Me and Roxy’s Grilled Cheese to Lobsta Love and Del’s Lemonade, there’s sure to be something to please every palate. General admission tickets are $30 in advance, $35 at the door and those interested in getting in early can spend a little extra to preview the trucks from 11 a.m.-noon. The festival will take place rain or shine!

16th Annual Bike Party and Benefit: Redbones in Davis Square hosts the 16th Annual Bike Party and Benefit on Monday, June 11, from 5 p.m.-9 p.m. (this event was moved from June 4 due to rain). For $15 attendees will enjoy food and drink, bicycle valet parking and a ticket for drawings of some awesome prizes (like a custom cargo bike). The party will feature live music and proceeds go to the New England Mountain Bike Association and MassBike.


P.S. Looking for a great place to have dinner this weekend? Check out one of my favorite restaurants in Somerville (or anywhere), Highland Kitchen!

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