Weekend 8.22-8.24: Henry IV, Road Race & Cultural Festival

While school doesn’t start for a couple of weeks, it’s time to think about helping local kids with the supplies they need for the new year. Today and tomorrow are the last days to drop off pencils, notebooks, calculators, etc., to any branch of the Somerville Public Library. Full details about donating are below.

Also on tap this weekend is a Bring Your Own Beamer art exhibition at Aeronaut Brewing, performances by Theatre@First, the second annual Race to the Row 5K and a cultural festival highlighting Haiti and Brazil. And if you’re looking for ways to maximize summer fun both in and outside of Somerville before fall, make sure to check out our posts on where to get ice creamwhere to cool down at the pool and what to do with kids.

Latta Brothers Memorial Swimming and Wading Pool


Bring Your Own Beamer: Aeronaut Brewing (14 Tyler St.) invites artists and creators to bring a projector to share their work at a BYOB (Bring Your Own Beamer) exhibition on Friday from 7 p.m.-11 p.m. The event will feature people sharing visuals, music and, of course, beer. Sign up ahead of time or just show up.

Woodstock Festival 45th Anniversary Concert: Come to the Arts at the Armory (191 Highland Ave.) on Friday from 7:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. to celebrate the 45th anniversary of Woodstock. This event will feature a light show and bands performing music from the original Woodstock Festival artists. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.

Henry IV: Theatre@First performs Henry IV, a blend of two of Shakespeare’s history plays that combine to create one thrilling night of theater. Catch the show on Friday at 8 p.m. at Unity Somerville (6 William St.). Tickets are $15 for general admission and $12 for students/seniors.

USFM tomatoes


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.

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.

Henry IV: Theatre@First performs Henry IV, a blend of two of Shakespeare’s history plays that combine to create one thrilling night of theater. Catch the show on Saturday at 8 p.m. at Unity Somerville (6 William St.). Tickets are $15 for general admission and $12 for students/seniors.

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 Frozen.

GCG Sunflower


Race to the Row: The Somerville Road Runners are hosting the second annual Race to the Row this Sunday at 9:30 a.m. at Assembly Square (100 Foley St.). The 5K is a run and walk with everyone, including wheelchair racers, invited to participate. There will also be a kids (9 and under) fun run before the main race. All participants are invited to the post-race party where there will be pizza, ice cream and live music. Pre-registration is $30 and race-day registration is $35. Funds raised at the event will go to East Somerville Main Streets.

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.

Haiti and Brazil Hit the ‘Ville: Come to the Union Square Plaza on Sunday from 2 p.m.-7 p.m. for Haiti and Brazil Hit the ‘Ville, a cultural festival celebrating these two countries. Enjoy live music, food, art, poetry, dance, kids’ activities and more. The rain location for the festival is Somerville High School (93 Highland Ave.).

Artist-in-Residence Meet and Greet: Meet the Nave Gallery’s 2014 Artist-in-Residence Ted Ollier on Sunday evening. Ollier has lived all over the country, but now resides in the Northeast and works as a printmaker and conceptual artist. You can meet Ollier from 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. at the Nave (155 Powder House Blvd.).


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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