Events

PHOTOS: Carnaval

The city’s ninth annual Carnaval festival offered music, performances, food, and activities for kids in East Somerville on Sunday. Carnaval is part of the Somerville Arts Council’s SomerStreets series, which closes down city streets for festivals. East Somerville Main Streets worked with the arts council to put on the festival, which ran from McGrath Highway […]


Big Gay Dance Party Is Back

Last year, the city decided that a Big Gay Dance Party was the perfect way to kick off Pride Month. The more than 1,000 LGBTQ people and allies who showed up to dance in Union Square seemed to agree. “It was just a huge hit, and it really showed that there was a need for […]


Getting Art Buyers to Say ‘The Price Is Right!’

Pricing artwork can be a real challenge for artists, Heather Balchunas of the Somerville Arts Council explains. Artists have to factor in time spent on the piece and the cost of materials and space, and find the perfect balance between making sure their pieces sell and not undervaluing their work. Figuring out pricing can be […]




Queer Makers Join Forces for First Queer Kitchen

Three Somerville and Cambridge chefs have teamed up to host Queer Kitchen, a night of food and music by queer makers that intends to be an alternative space for the queer community. Owners of Tanám, Tex Mex Eats, and 7ate9 Bakery want to hold an event for the queer community that isn’t focused on alcohol or […]


From Beer to Bread

Wouldn’t it be great if all recipes began with “Pour a cold beer for yourself”? Somerville Brewing Company’s directions for making bread out of its spent grain are littered with instructions to treat yourself to a cold one. Take a sip when the dough gets hard to stir. Drink two or three beers while the […]


Around Hear Strives to Make Live Music Accessible

Somerville violinist Marji Gere knows firsthand that seeing live music can get expensive. “I just want it to be as accessible as possible for anyone to come,” she says. “It’s expensive to go out for concerts. We went out to one this weekend, a friend casually invited us, and we ended up paying $25. Maybe […]


Valentine’s Day in Somerville

Still making your Valentine’s Day plans? Here are some distinctly Somerville events around the city for those who want an alternative to a sit-down dinner. “X’s and O’s (with an emphasis on the Ex’s)” Tongue in Cheek, an all-female group of cabaret performers, is hosting an anti-Valentine’s Day show for “the happily single, the ambivalently […]


Drag Storytime is Coming to the Library

Three drag performers will host storytime this weekend at the Somerville Public Library to deliver the message that it’s OK to be different. Alli Thresher formed Storytime with Drag Kings, Queens, and Friends when they heard about storytimes elsewhere in the country that featured drag performers. They thought about their friends and local performers—”magical, sparkly, […]


New Year’s Eve in Somerville

Still working on your New Year’s Eve plans and looking for something close to home? Luckily, Somerville is up to the challenge. Check out these local New Year’s events at some of the city’s best spots. Aeronaut NYE 2018 + Bottle Club Launch Aeronaut is using New Year’s as a chance to launch its new […]


Revolutionary Clinics Offers Marijuana-Themed Comedy

Medical marijuana dispensaries are still new to Somerville, and Revolutionary Clinics—recently opened in East Somerville—is aiming to make getting educated fun. The dispensary hosts patient education nights every Thursday, and this week is hosting a free, marijuana-themed comedy show featuring comedians from Greater Boston. Patient Advocate Matthew Fear is behind the “Cannabis Comedy” night. He’s […]