Weekend 9.21-9.23: Reggae Fest, Melaa! and a Historic Walking Tour

So far the fall weather in Somerville has been absolutely stunning, with cool, crisp mornings and sunny, warm afternoons. This weather makes me want to get outside as much as possible and luckily there are several events around town this weekend that will make getting out easy. Tastings and a play kick off the weekend tonight, while Saturday features a Nepalese festival in Union Square, a reggae festival right around the corner and the crowning of the King of the ‘Ville. Sunday brings a musical benefit and a historic walking tour. I’m looking forward to it all!


Free Tastings: Ball Square Fine Wines & Liquors (716 Broadway) hosts an Italian wine tasting from 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. and Belgian Ales tasting from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Davis Square’s Downtown Wine & Spirits (225 Elm St.) hosts its weekly tasting from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Also in Davis, Dave’s Fresh Pasta (81 Holland St.) hosts a tasting of a chardonnay from the Finger Lakes Region in New York and a cabernet franc from Loire, France from 5 p.m.-7 p.m.

Bent, a Play by Martin Sherman: Theatre@First presents Bent, a play examining the treatment of gay men in 1930s Germany, in several performances this and next weekend. The shows take place at Unity Somerville (6 William St.) and tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students/seniors. There are performances this weekend at 8 p.m. on Friday and 3 p.m. on Saturday.


Somerville Mobile Farmers Market: The Somerville Mobile Farmers Market travels around town on Saturdays bringing fresh fruits and vegetables to various neighborhoods. The market accepts EBT, SNAP, WIC, farmers market coupons, cash, credit and debit cards. Find the Mobile Farmers Market at the Mystic Housing Development (530 Mystic Ave.) from 10 a.m.-noon, Glen Park (Glen and Oliver Streets) from 1 p.m.-3 p.m. and Clarendon Hill Housing (North Street/Powderhouse Blvd./Alewife Brook Parkway) from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. (also on Thursdays from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Somerville Council on Aging Activity Center, 167 Holland St.).

Union Square Farmers Market: Open every Saturday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., the Union Square Farmers Market has tons of locally grown and produced vegetables and fruits, bread, fish, meat, flowers, eggs and sweet treats. This week Mochi Kitchen, which I wrote about here, will be at the market. If you can’t make it to the Saturday market, be sure to check out the Davis Square Farmers Market on Wednesdays from noon-6 p.m.

King of the ‘Ville: This competition pits three people from six neighborhoods in Somerville against each other as they battle it out to see who will be named King of the ‘Ville. The scavenger hunt/race takes places all over the city, with a pre-race breakfast at Sally O’Brien’s (335 Somerville Ave.) and the event kicking off at 10 a.m. Contestants (including Mayor Joe Curtatone) must find their way around the city to various locations and complete challenges at each before one of them is crowned victorious.

Love Letters: Artist Hannah Verlin will be installing her Love Letters exhibit on the Community Path on Saturday. The piece features excerpts from the letters of 19th-century poets Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Browning written in water-soluble paint along the path.

Roots to Reggae Outdoor Music Festival: This Saturday, Bull McCabe’s (366A Somerville Ave.) hosts the Roots to Reggae Outdoor Music Festival from 1 p.m.-10 p.m. The event will be held in the parking lot adjacent to Bull McCabe’s and attendees will be able to purchase beer and wine outside and food and a full bar will be on offer inside. Bands playing include: Dub Apocalypse, Dennis Brennan, The Johnny Come Latelies, The Jess Tardy Band, Dave Wells, Skiffy & the Ghetto People Band and Lenny Lashley of Darkbuster.

Melaa! A Celebration of Nepalese Culture: Union Square hosts Melaa! (which means festival or celebration), a night of Nepalese food, music, dancing, films and more on Saturday. From 4 p.m.-8 p.m., the Square will be transformed into a space that celebrates Nepalese food (like momos, or dumplings, and goat curry), music (including Nepalese hip-hop) and film (about the local Nepalese culture). Come down to see (and taste) all that this vibrant culture has to offer!


Image courtesy of the Somerville Arts Council

Historic Somerville: From Civic Hilltop to the Wyatt Brickyards and Fresh Pond Ice: Take a stroll through Somerville with Ed Gordon, New England Chapter President of the Victorian Society of America. The tour takes attendees around Central Hill up to Prospect Hill then through the Lincoln Park area before concluding with refreshments in Union Square. The tour, which runs from 3 p.m.-5:30 p.m. and leaves from Somerville City Hall (93 Highland Ave.), will include at least one interior viewing and several pre-Civil War houses.

Cafe Raqs: The Arts at the Armory Cafe (191 Highland Ave.) will host Cafe Raqs, a dance revue featuring Boston belly and tribal dancing, on the fourth Sunday of each month. The event runs from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. and has a $5 suggested donation. Attendees will be able to purchase beer, wine, coffee and other treats from the cafe during the show.

P.S. Looking for fun in Somerville mid-week? Check out my extensive guide to what’s happening each and every day and night around town!


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