Weekend 8.15-8.17: Woodstock Anniversary, Bacon Bash & Fixer Fair

This weekend marks the 45th anniversary of both Woodstock and Johnny D’s, and the Somerville music club is throwing a big bash in honor of the momentous occasion. It’s also the final weekend to see some of the art shows up at the city’s galleries. And if you’re looking for some summer fun ideas both in and outside of Somerville, make sure to check out our posts on where to get ice cream, where to cool down at the pool and what to do with kids.



Hot Spot: Come to Brickbottom Gallery (1 Fitchburg St.) on Friday from noon-5 p.m. to see its current exhibit, Hot Spot. The summer members’ show, which ends on Saturday, features painting, photography, sculpture and mixed media.

Winter: Visit the Nave Gallery Annex (53 Chester St.) on Friday from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. to see the current exhibit, Winter, which “explores the degrees of the frost season.” The shows ends on Saturday.

Celebrating 45 Years of Music: Johnny D’s and Woodstock: This Friday marks the 45th anniversary of both Woodstock and Johnny D’s and to celebrate, the Somerville music club is hosting a rocking party. The event kicks off at 6 p.m. with Woodstock footage and continues with live rock, blues and Americana music at 8 p.m. While the event is free to attend, Johnny D’s will be collecting donations in support of the Somerville Arts Council.

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Union Square Farmers Market: The Union Square Farmers Market is open this and 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.

Assembled Art Market: The Assembled art market is open at Assembly Row this and every Saturday through September 13 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Shop handmade art, jewelry and other wares from local and regional craftspeople.

Me and My Friends Make Art III: Come to the Washington Street Art Center (321 Washington St.) on Saturdays from noon-4 p.m. through August 30 to see the current show, Me and My Friends Make Art III. The third installment of this exhibit features a selection of Washington Street artists and their friends.

Hot Spot: Come to Brickbottom Gallery (1 Fitchburg St.) on Saturday from noon-5 p.m. for the last chance to see Hot Spot. The summer members’ show features painting, photography, sculpture and mixed media.

Somerville Mobile Farmers Market: The Somerville Mobile Farmers Market is open this and every Saturday through November 1 from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. at the Mystic Housing Development (530 Mystic Ave.). Housing development residents and those receiving food assistance are eligible to purchase food for half-price.

Winter: Come to the Nave Gallery Annex (53 Chester St.) on Saturday from 1 p.m.-5 p.m. for the last chance to see, Winter, which “explores the degrees of the frost season.”

Bacon! Bands! Beer!: The Somerville-based Bacon Truck will be parked at Aeronaut Brewing (14 Tyler St.) on Saturday for a day of bacon, bands and beer. The free event takes place from 2 p.m.-11 p.m.

Fixer Fair: Come to Union Square on Saturday from 3 p.m.-7 p.m. for the Fixer Fair, an event dedicated to repairing broken objects instead of throwing them out. Learn to fix things like blenders, phones, bikes, clothing and more or find someone who can repair them for you.

Jazz at The Green Room: Come to The Green Room (62 Bow St.) on Saturday at 8 p.m. to hear bassist Jacob William, drummer Laurence Cook and saxophonist Jason Robinson play as a trio. Tickets are $10 and purchasing in advance is highly recommended, as the last event sold out.

Sylvester Baxter Riverfront Park Movie Series: Come to Assembly Row on Saturdays in August for free movies under the stars. The films start at dusk and are being shown at Sylvester Baxter Riverfront Park. This Saturday’s flick is Beetle Juice.



The Somerville Flea: Shop for vintage wares, antiques and other fun goodies at The Somerville Flea this and every Sunday through October 26 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. You’ll find the market in the parking lot on the corner of Holland Street and Buena Vista Road in Davis Square.


School Supplies Drive: The Tufts Graduate Student Council is hosting a school supplies drive to benefit Somerville Public School students starting on Saturday, August 2 and ending on Saturday, August 23. You can drop off supplies and monetary donations at any of the three branches of the Somerville Public Library (Central: 79 Highland Ave.; East: 115 Broadway; West: 40 College Ave.) during the next three weeks. The most needed supplies are: #2 pencils, large pink erasers, crayons (16-pack), colored pencils, water-based markers, ballpoint pens, spiral-bound or composition notebooks, loose-leaf paper (hole-punched), three-ring binders (one- or two-inch) and calculators. The supplies collected at the drive will go to help 500 underprivileged Somerville students (including those who are homeless).

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