Weekend 5.18-5.20

It looks like we have a gorgeous spring weekend headed our way and luckily there’s plenty of fun to be had all over town that will allow you to enjoy the weather to the fullest. I’m really looking forward to PorchFest, the book sale and going to see Woody Sez tonight!

PorchFest: Gorgeous weather? Check. Free live music outdoors? Check. That’s a recipe for a great spring Saturday afternoon and lucky for us Somerville residents, it’s what’s in store this weekend. PorchFest is a large, decentralized music festival taking place on Saturday, May 20, from noon-6 p.m., at various locations around town. Read more about PorchFest.

Somerville Public Library Book Sale: Get great deals on new and used books, movies and music at the Friends of the Library Book Sale. All proceeds go to support library programs such as the “museum membership” program that allows Somerville residents to visit local museums for free or at a discount. The sale runs from noon-4 p.m. on Friday, May 18, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., on Saturday, May 19, and from 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 20, and will be held at the Central Branch at 79 Highland Ave.

The Great Yarn Swap: On Saturday, May 19, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. the Nave Gallery (155 Powderhouse Blvd.) hosts the Great Yarn Swap, where you’ll find all things related to the fiber arts. From yarn and needles to buttons and ribbon, there’s something to interest everyone who loves to sew, knit or embroider. The event is free, but attendees are encouraged to bring canned goods or toiletries to benefit the Somerville Homeless Coalition. Bonus: The Nave’s Semi-Annual Flea Market, with vintage wares, art and kink-knacks, is held simultaneously (10 a.m.-2 p.m.)!

Bike Week Events: May 14-20 is bike week here in the Bay State and there have been some great events happening around town in the last few days. But they’re not over yet! This weekend you can take a tour around the Mystic Basin trail network or through Somerville’s parks. Read more about these events.

ICA Free Admission: The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) has free admission on Friday, May 18, from 5 p.m.-9 p.m. in honor of the Association of Art Museum Directors’ Art Museum Day initiative. Stop by and check out Charline von Heyl’s vibrant paintings as well as the museum’s permanent collection.

Earthfest: Radio 92.9’s Earthfest returns to the Hatch Memorial Shell in Boston this Saturday, May 19, from 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. The free, family-friendly event includes performances by music acts like Eve 6, The Spin Doctors and Third Eye Blind as well as information about environmentally friendly products and organizations.

Woody Sez: As soon as I heard about Woody Sez, I knew I had to had to go see the show, which brings the musical great’s songs to life on stage. The performance runs from May 3 to June 5 at the American Repertory Theater in Harvard Square and features renditions of This Land is Your Land and Bound for Glory. I’ll be back next week to let you know how it is!

Cupcake Camp: Get your sugar fix on Monday, May 21, from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. at the Armory at 191 Highland Ave., which will play host to Cupcake Camp. There will literally be thousands of cupcakes at the Armory as Boston’s best-known cupcake shops team up with amateur bakers to showcase their tastiest treats. True cupcake connoisseurs can purchase advance V.I.P. tickets for $25 that allow you into the event at 6 p.m., but you can also get $5 tickets at the door on the day of the event that let you enter at 7 p.m. All proceeds go to benefit Lovin’ Spoonfuls, which donates food to local soup kitchens and crisis centers.


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