This weekend marks the middle of August, which means it’s time to get out and enjoy the city’s special summertime events before back-to-school season begins. Embrace your artistic side and listen to live poetry in its various spoken and lyrical forms. Hungry? Good, because there’s an all-you-can-eat ice cream competition calling your name. If you need to work up an appetite, try a Zumba Sentao class or walk/run your way to the finish line at the first annual Race to the Row 5k. Wind down from all the excitement with another SomerStreets community event fit for the whole family.
7:30 p.m., $10, 191 Highland Ave.
Iconic poet Richard Cambridge, whose works address controversial themes of the American political landscape, has been hosting new local talent at his poetry theatre showcase for almost 36 years. His monthly series at the Center for Arts at the Armory features a new poet each time, proving time and time again that the possibilities for originality are endless.
8 p.m., $7, 70 Union Square.
New England based singer/songwriter Tristan Omand will be playing live at the Precinct Bar in Union Square. His new album “Wandering Time” captures an iconic 60’s feel with a rough, acoustic sound that makes for an excellent and intimate performance.
10 a.m., $12, 16 Bow St.
Dance Union is offering a class that combines zumba’s zesty dance elements with core-strengthening chair choreography techniques. Grab a chair and learn how to build muscle strength, improve endurance and tone your physique in a high-energy atmosphere that may just have you kissing traditional cardio goodbye.
9 p.m., $10, 255 Elm St.
Fleming Entertainment Enterprises presents skunk punk band Every Flavor Weather Machine and electro rock group Dirty Paxon live at the Davis Theatre. Expect to hear hits like “Tremble” and “Fishfarmer Daughter” in all of their piano-funk glory.
9:30 a.m., $25, 300 Grand Union Blvd.
With the option to either run or walk, there’s no excuse not to participate in the Somerville Road Runners’ first annual race through Assembly Square along the Mystic River. As a reward for your hard work, there will free BBQ courtesy of Burger Dive and live music by the IT Band. 100% of the day’s proceeds will go towards helping our community through the East Somerville Main Streets program.
2 – 4 p.m., $15, 191 Highland Ave.
If you missed the Boston Scooper Bowl (or even if you didn’t), here’s another chance to sample as much ice cream as you can stomach in a two-hour span. The entry fee not only warrants unlimited access to free ice cream, but also gives you the power to vote for your favorites and determine which local creamery reigns supreme.
Noon – 4 p.m., free, Dilboy Field to Broadway.
The SomerStreets Series continues with “Going Green on Rt. 16”, which means more family-friendly activities, craft fairs, food, music, and various forms of entertainment. Sunday’s eco-friendly event also offers free swimming at Dilboy Pool, a car free Somerville contest and information on local green initiative businesses.