Weekend 8.9-8.11: Art Openings, Odysseo & Ignite Festival

Happy weekend! There is so much going on in Somerville during the next few days, from two very cool art openings and performances of Cavalia’s Odysseo to Ignite: A Fire and Street Food Festival After Dark and Second Sundays Open Stage at the Arts at the Armory, there’s no excuse for boredom. And if that’s not enough for you, pick up a copy of Somerville Reads’ The Art Forger and discount museum passes to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum from the Somerville Public Library for a fun activity that won’t break the bank. Enjoy!

Bike Path


Entering Somerville Opening Reception: The Nave Gallery Annex (53 Chester St.) hosts an opening reception for its newest exhibit, Entering Somerville, on Friday from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. The show features the work of 12 local artists who were inspired by the people, events and geography that make up Somerville. Entering Somerville even has its own soundtrack created by Somerville-based musicians. If you can’t make it to the opening, you can still see the exhibit through August 31 on Wednesdays-Fridays from 6 p.m.-8 p.m., Saturdays from 2 p.m.-8 p.m. and Sundays from 2 p.m.-6 p.m.

Cavalia’s Odysseo: This horse-centric circus opened at Assembly Row on Wednesday and has several performances from now through August 25. It looks like quite a show and has been called magical, breathtaking and joyful by reviewers. Tickets range in price from $49.50-$249.50 for adults, $44.50-$224.50 for juniors (13-17) and seniors (65-plus) and $34.50-$174.50 for children (2-12).

In addition to produce, vendors sell grains, bread, fish, meat, eggs and more.


Union Square Farmers Market: Head down to the Union Square Plaza on Saturday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. to stock up on fresh, seasonal produce, baked goods, bread, meat, eggs, fish and so much more at the Union Square Farmers Market. The market runs on Saturday mornings through November 23. Check the Beat on Monday for a seasonal recipe you can make with all the tomatoes and peppers that are in season right now.

Uniun Event: While you’re at the farmers market, stroll up Sanborn Court to the Uniun for a morning of art from dozens of local craftspeople, vintage furniture, beverges from Black Magic Coffee and more. All proceeds go to the revitalization of the Uniun warehouse so it can better host local art and events. (I’ll be right across the street at Relish, a urban agriculture center, taking a class. Come check out the shop while you’re in the neighborhood!)

Somerville Mobile Farmers Market: The Somerville Mobile Farmers Market brings fresh, affordable fruits and vegetables to neighborhoods around the city. You can find it on Saturday from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Mystic Housing Development (530 Mystic Ave.) and from 2 p.m.-5 p.m. inside the Clarendon Hill Housing Development on North Street. The market will also be at the Council on Aging at the TAB Building (167 Holland St.) every Thursday from 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m. The market accepts EBT, SNAP, WIC, Farmers’ Market Coupons, cash, credit and debit cards.

Assembled: Assembled: The Handmade Arts Market at Assembly Row is a free event that runs from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on most Saturdays throughout the next few months. The market features dozens of local artists, food trucks and special events.

Ignite: A Fire and Street Food Festival After Dark: Union Square will transform on Saturday night as it hosts Ignite, a festival highlighting a diverse selection of cuisines and unique entertainment. From 6 p.m.-10 p.m. you can sample food from around the world–Indian from Dosa N Curry, Portuguese from the Neighborhood Restaurant and Latin American/Caribbean from Casa B, among many others–while watching fire spinners, belly dancers and even an accordion-playing drag queen dressed as a lunch lady! The festival is free and restaurants are charging various prices for their food. Rain date of Sunday, August 11.

Somerville Toy Camera Fest Opening Reception: The Washington Street Art Center (321 Washington St.) hosts an opening reception for the Somerville Toy Camera Fest on Saturday from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. This is the first of three shows that will be held in Somerville celebrating the work of artists taking photos with low-tech, limited-control cameras. If you can’t make it to the opening reception, you can see the show through August 31.

The Nave Gallery recently yarnstormed Davis Square.


The Davis Flea: The Davis Flea is open on Sundays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. from now through October 27. The market features new and returning vendors selling antiques, vintage goods and more. Stop by the parking lot of the corner of Holland Street and Buena Vista Road to check it out. Rain or shine.

Second Sundays Open Stage: The Arts at the Armory (191 Highland Ave.) hosts Second Sundays Open Stage on Sunday from 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Performers are invited to sign up for five-minute slots (including set-up) and the evening will likely include a featured artist performing a 25-minute set. A video of the performances will be made available later in the month.

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