It looks like this weekend is going to be a scorcher, but I’ve got you covered with three ways to stay cool in Somerville when the heat rises. In addition to those activities, the Armory is hosting the Drink Craft Beer Summerfest, the Growing Center has some fun events and there’s a Bastille Day celebration in Cambridge. So slap on your sunscreen and get out there to enjoy summer to the fullest!
Drink Craft Beer Summerfest: The Armory on Highland Ave. will host the Drink Craft Beer Summerfest on Friday, July 13 and Saturday, July 14. The craft beer festival will feature more than 25 breweries and highlight more than 70 farmhouse ales/saisons as well as other summer-appropriate beers. There are three sessions (Friday 6 p.m.-9:30 p.m. and Saturday 1 p.m.-4:30 p.m. or 6 p.m.-9:30 p.m.) and tickets are $45. Look for Somerville start-ups Night Shift Brewing and Slumbrew!
Ball Square Wine and Mead Tasting: Start the weekend off right with free wine and mead tastings at Ball Square Fine Wines & Liquors. The wine tasting, from 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., will feature four samples and the mead tasting, from 5 p.m.-7 p.m., will feature tastes from Sap House Meadery.
Third Life Choreographers Series: Come to Union Square’s Third Life Studio on Friday, July 13 at 8 p.m. to see Kelley Donovan & Dancers present Third Life Choreographers Series. The event features works by Gabrielle Orcha, Angela Conte, Katelyn Bartelson, Wendy Jehlen/Akra Dance Theater and Kelley Donovan. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door ($12 for students/seniors).
Union Square Farmers Market: Open every Saturday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., the Union Square Farmers Market has tons of locally grown vegetables and fruits, bread, fish, meat, flowers, eggs and sweet treats. This week’s market will also feature Soula’s Salsa and the Bottom Shelf String Band. If you can’t make it to the Saturday market, be sure to check out Swirl & Slice on Thursdays from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. in Union Square.
Milk Row Cemetery Opening: The gates of the Milk Row Cemetery on Somerville Ave. will be open from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, July 14. The cemetery is usually closed, except for two annual events in May and October, so this is quite the special event. The cemetery was established in 1804 in an area once known as “Beyond the Neck.” The cemetery will be staffed by people in period clothing who will provide information about the cemetery’s buried residents, some of which date back to the Revolutionary period. This event may be the beginning of a docent program, staffed regularly by volunteers.
Growing Center: Stop by the Growing Center on Saturday, July 14 from 9 a.m.-noon to get your hands dirty or just enjoy this urban oasis. And swing by on Sunday, July 15 from 3 p.m.-5 p.m. to listen to so-so and the Ryan Taylor Band. Bring friends and a picnic!
Bastille Day in Harvard Square: Not technically in Somerville, but close enough that it sort of counts, Harvard Square is hosting a Bastille Day celebration on Sunday, July 15 from 5 p.m.-10 p.m. The event will feature live music, food from local restaurants like Chez Henri, Diva Indian Bistro and the Beehive, a beer garden and dancing in the streets.
If you’re looking for more fun this weekend, check out some of the Somerville businesses that the Improper Bostonian featured in its Boston’s Best issue!