6/14-6/23: Build a Playground, Pirate & Ren Faires, Civil War, Sand Sculpture, Airplane, & Optical Illusion Fests, & Outdoor Music + Film

It’s here! Summer outdoor movie time is upon us, starting with the Grease Sing-A-Long this Thursday. See it at the bottom of the blog. I track 31 outdoor summer movie series and 120 outdoor concert and theatre series, all for you. Do me a favor and please tell your friends about www.EVENTSinsider.com! And click to Subscribe to email, Facebook, or Twitter.

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Free movie: Jonah Hex 6/16 Boston Metro Boston's Events Insider, by Johnny Monsarrat
I have free tickets to give away to Jonah Hex, the action film based on a little-known comic book hero. The film is at the Boston Common theater at 7pm, but plan to arrive by 6pm to get in. Email me at johnny@EVENTSinsider.com and tell me how you’ve been getting the word to your friends about the blog!
AMC Boston Common Theater, Boston, MA. see details on the complete Events Insider
Help Us Build Our New Playground! 6/19 Boston Metro Boston's Events Insider, by Johnny Monsarrat
The weird event of the week is helping Cambridge building a playground! Too many volunteer events involve ladling soup to strangers of unknown habit or picking up roadside trash. At this one, you get to play handyman with tools and build a tiny amusement park for kids! The Cambridge Community Center needs 200 volunteers, so please help them out. I’ve done this kind of thing myself and it’s incredibly fun and gives you a great sense of accomplishment at the end. 7:45am to 2:30pm.
5 Callender Street, Cambridge, MA. see details on the complete Events Insider
Reading Town Day & Fireworks 6/19 North Shore Boston's Events Insider, by Johnny Monsarrat
There’s nothing better than adding fireworks to your festival! Festival 11am-3pm, with road race, live music, performers. Then concert 7-9pm and fireworks! Rain date next day.
Birch Meadow Complex, Reading, MA.781-944-0575 or 781-944-9598. see details on the complete Events Insider
New England Pirate Faire 6/19 – 6/27 North Shore Boston's Events Insider, by Johnny Monsarrat
Ahoy mateys! I’ve been to this and it’s sort of a Pirate-themed Renaissance Faire, about 5% the size of King Richard’s Faire but highly reecommended. They have a dozen live actors portraying pirates and doing a play (in segments) that lasts all day, and an action-comedy show called: “Pirate Vs. Ninja”! There will be vendors of appropriately themed goods, with food and music. Sat & Sun only, 10am-5pm.
Stage Fort Park, Gloucester, MA. see details on the complete Events Insider
Silver Kingdom Renaissance Festival 6/12 – 6/20 Worcester Boston's Events Insider, by Johnny Monsarrat
And this is your last chance to catch this renaissance festival near Worcester. 10am-6pm.
120 Northside Rd, Charlton, MA. see details on the complete Events Insider
see details on the complete Events Insider
Civil War Reenactment 6/19 – 6/20 Worcester Boston's Events Insider, by Johnny Monsarrat
Moving a bit closer to the future, there will be a civil war re-enactment near Worcester this weekend, complete with an encampment, hospital, cavalry, post office, chaplain tent, and tavern. 9am-late afternoon with battles Sat 1:30pm and Sun 1pm.
286 Mendon Street, Blackstone, MA. see details on the complete Events Insider
Printing Arts Fair 6/20 Northern Mass Boston's Events Insider, by Johnny Monsarrat
Also old-timey, learn about printing and bookbinding. (For those of you in high school, books are what people read before the Internet.) 10am-4pm.
The Museum of Printing, 800 Massachusetts Avenue, North Andover, MA. see details on the complete Events Insider

And a lot more this week at the Events Insider (was Weird Boston Events), including:

Master Sand Sculpting Competition @ Hampton Beach, Optical Illusion festival at the Peabody-Essex Museum, Wings and Wheels Open House, German Car Day @ Larz Anderson Museum, MS Auto Rally & Scavenger Hunt, Model Rocket Launch @ Sudbury, Day of Portugal Parade, Amesbury Block Party, Strawberry Festival @ Smolak Farms, Father’s Day All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast, Fathers Day @ Roger Williams Park Zoo, Fathers Day at Franklin Park Zoo, Stone Zoo, A Wild Affair @ Stone Zoo, Native American Pow-Wow and Prowse Farm Tour, Make Music Harvard Square, Joe’s Jazz and Blues Festival, Common Boston Kicks off with Chalk Art & Monochrome Party, Summer Solstice Revels at the Old Manse, Summer Solstice Parade @ Wichendon, World’s End Summer Solstice, World’s End Rocks!, Summer Solstice by Candlelight, Boston Harbor Parade of Lights, Outdoor party and fashion show @ New England Aquarium, Martha’s Vineyard Harbor Festival, Annual Arts Fest Beverly, South Shore Art Center’s Arts Festival, SomerStreets, Be Our Guest: Free Summer Evenings at the Concord Museum, MFA Community Day (June), Treasures of the Mineral Gallery & Birdology: From Hens to Hummingbirds–And One Big Living Dinosaur, Science Fiction Film Series @ Harvard Film Archive, See New England Festival, Evening at the Kiln @ Old Sturbridge Village, EurekaFest, MIT Fleamarket. Cambridge, MA, @Party, Boston’s Demoscene party, Hellenic Festival (Greek), Special Olympics – Summer Games, Free Snapple Drinks, South End Garden Tour, East Bridgewater Festival, Lions Club Town Fair @ Acton, St. Peter’s Fiesta Carnival, Lawrence Semana Hispana, Nantucket Film Festival, Provincetown International Film Festival, Cape Cod “Quahog Day, Boston Tango Festival, Masterworks Chorale Summer Sings, Quechee Balloon Festival & Crafts Fair, Marching through Brandon: One Vermont Village and the War Against Slavery, Native American Encampment, Wicker Man. Regional Burn, FREE Union Square Dance Performance, Evelyn & Evelyn Neville, The Lady with All the Answers, A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Naked, Providence Improv Fest, and more.

And don’t forget on the main site I maintain the Largest List of Outdoor Summer Movies, Theatre, and Music in New England, tracking over 150 summer series!

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