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Illuminations Tour

Come celebrate the folk artistry of residents who transform their houses and yards with lights, illuminated ornaments, and shrines of devotion and fantasy. 45 minute Trolley Tours leave from (and return to) Somerville High School Field House (81 Highland Ave.) {This is a new location this year, which is located between the Central Library and […]

A Celebration of Space

The celebration of space will be free and open to the public, and features five local science/space writers. Joelle Renstrom, Kate Becker, Daniel Hudon, Heather Hughes, and Ellen Goldstein will be reading space poetry, lyrical essays, world-building advice, and more, and we’ll have space-related art and visuals produced by VJ James Miller. Please check out […]

What the Fluff? A Tribute to Union Square Invention

What the Fluff? A Tribute to Union Square Invention returns for a 13th year on Saturday, September 22 from 3-7pm (rain date 9/23). This zany and fun-filled festival honors the invention of Marshmallow Fluff by Archibald Query in Somerville in 1917 and celebrates the spirit of innovation that continues to thrive in Union Square today.   This […]

Boston Comedy Festival Stand Up Contest: Prelim Round 1

Join The Boston Comedy Festival at the Preliminary round of a nationwide stand-up competition. Forty-eight, bright-eyed comics from all over the country compete for $10,000 dollars in prize money.  When it’s over, there will be one comic standing with a nice little bag of money and a ton of bragging rights.   Hosted By: Nick […]

Pop-up World Arepa Day at Bow Market

Somerville Arts Council’s Nibble is doing a pop-up for World Arepa Day! brought to you by Nibble entrepreneurs, Las Carolinas Come for brunch, pre-game brunch, or get some afternoon snacks with these irresistible Venezuelan noms.  Rumbera: shredded pork, cheese Domino: black beans, cheese Best Buddies: Plantain, cheese Nutella Arepa (sneak peek for Fluff Fest) Savory […]

Whitman Sampler (Comedy Show)

A little something for your sweet tooth – never sure what you’re going to get – but you’ll enjoy it anyhow. Pinky swear you will. It’s totally not a situation wherein you’ll bite half, just to try it, not like it and put other half back in box. No ‘Mam – this is the show […]

Mural Celebration and Parade

Starting at 6 p.m.- View the mural on the wall of Taco Loco and hear from artist David Zayas. Then join the parade led by local Brazilian band and activist group Grooversity down the street to Angurria’s mural at Ola Cafe. Hear from artist Angurria and stay for refreshments and music outside the East Somerville […]

The Arts Council’s Rachel Strutt On the Language of Food

Rachel Strutt, program director at the Somerville Arts Council, has always been interested in helping to amplify marginalized voices. She got her master’s degree in medieval art history at Tufts, studying the “people on the margins.” She continued with her passion of promoting people’s stories as a journalist, and eventually carried that drive to the […]

Ignite! Global Street Food and Fire Festival

Celebrate Union Square’s sizzling food landscape as we bring you an evening of international eats, fire throwers, roving entertainment, and a raucous celebration of global culture! And don’t forget to bring a contribution to the festival’s food drive, benefiting the Somerville Homeless Coalition! It’s easy– just bring a can or two of food to the […]

Independence Day Fireworks

Join Mayor Curtatone for the Anniversary of 4th of July Fireworks with live entertainment. The entertainment lineup for the Fireworks includes performances by the 215th army band and local Disco-Funk band Booty Vortex, leading up to a 20-minute fireworks display beginning at approximately 9:15 p.m. Rain date is July 5. Due to the large crowds […]

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 […]