Folk Festival, Geek Con, Lizzie Borden, “Obey” Party, Re-enactments, Ice Cream, Circus, & Hip Hop

This week’s group trip: Come visit me and my art project at the Newport Folk Festival! See below for info.

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The Week in Weird
Free Shakespeare on Boston Common 7/31 – 8/16 Boston Metro
The weird event of the week is most definitely the free Shakespeare play on Boston Common! I’ve been many times and it’s definitely a must-see. This time the play is The Comedy of Errors. Arrive early and bring a blanket or rent a chair! It’s free!
Boston Common, Boston, MA. more
Newport Folk Festival / George Wein’s Folk Festival 50 8/1 – 8/2 Rhode Island
Lots and lots of music this weekend at the Newport Folk Festival! It’s weird mainly because I’ll be there with my Wheel Questions project. And Pete Seeger. And the Decemberists. And Arlo Guthrie and Joan Baez. So come to see us, not necessarily in that order of priority.
Fort Adams State Park, Newport, RI. more
Feast of the Blessed Sacrement (Portuguese) 7/30 – 8/2 Rhode Island
While you’re in the area, stop by the largest Portuguese festival in the USA. Music, food, a parade on Sunday, 5K road race. Free!
Madeira Field, New Bedford, MA.508-992-6911. more
Redcoats and Rebels @ Old Sturbridge Village 8/1 – 8/2 Southern Mass
My favorite alternative would be Old Sturbridge Village as usual. Is there anything these people do wrong? I don’t think so! For this one they’ll re-enact 300 years of military history. I’ve seen it. It’s amazing! Parade, fife & drum, camp cooking, cannon demo, kids activities.
Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge, MA.(508) 347-3362. more
Obey Experiment Redux @ ICA Boston 7/31 Boston Metro
Also a museum that can do no wrong: the ICA. I actually went to their last one of these and it was worth the visit, not spectacular. This one adds a dance floor though!
ICA, Boston, MA. more
Shoes Tell Stories @ Fuller Museum 8/2 Southern Mass
This is always-a-hit museum #3. I love the Fuller! Do you like shoes? Have shoes ever changed your life? The Fuller Museum wants to hear your story. This event doesn’t sound very impressive but I’m listing it because the Fuller Museum is such a gem. I’ve been three times and there’s always something world-class going on in lonely Brockton. They are free and have arty socials Wednesday evenings, 5-9pm. 10am to 1pm.
455 Oak Street, Brockton, MA.508-588-6000. more
Lizzie Borden Museum Annual Re-enactment 8/4 Southern Mass
Then we come to a screeching halt a museum that shouldn’t even exist. In 1892, a horrific murder occurred in Fall River. The main suspect was acquitted, but conspiracy theorists are *still talking about it*. And now, they have re-enactors of something that’s not even really historic. And they promote paranormal hogwash. Humbug. :).
Lizzie Borden B&B, 92 Second St., Fall River, MA.508-675-7333. more
Abigail Adams Meets Captain William Smith 8/2 Metro West
I going to wash that thought right out of my hair with the regularly re-enacting folks at the National Park Service in Lexington. This weekend you can meet the wife of former president John Adams re-enacted, as well. Preceded by “Colonial Tunes with the Hartwell Players”.
Captain William Smith House, Lexington, MA. more
Tutto Italiano @ Larz Anderson Museum 8/2 Boston Metro
And you really can’t go wrong visiting the Museum of Transportation, with its regular lawn festivals.
15 Newton Street, Brookline, MA.(617) 522-6547. more
Edaville Unplugged: Acoustic Music Festival 8/1 Southern Mass
This music festival is just a good excuse to visit Edaville, with its trains, ferris wheel, and merry-go-round. Hopefully the trains won’t be unplugged, too.
Edaville Railroad, Route 58, South Carver, MA.877-EDAVILLE. more
ConnectiCon 7/31 – 8/2 Connecticut
Are you a geek? Perhaps you’ll drive out to this general-purpose fandom convention including anime, gaming, web-comics, science-fiction, fantasy and more.
Connecticut Convention Center on Columbus Blvd, Hartford, CT. more
Salem Maritime Festival 8/1 – 8/2 North Shore
Another big festival is in Salem, which has a Maritime Festival, with music, folk dancing, tons of ‘traditional crafts’, and two big sailing ships!
Derby Wharf, 174 Derby Street, Salem, MA.978-740-1650. more
Salem Heritage Days 7/31 – 8/10 North Shore
… At the same time as a Heritage Days festival, that includes annual ice cream event, a dog show, dance, comedy, an outdoor movie, and a pizza competition. And see the antique car show at the Phillips House on Aug 9.
Salem, MA.978-740-1650. more
Ice Cream Bowl @ Salem 8/4 North Shore
Yummy, yummy, ice cream…
Salem, MA.978-740-1650. more
The Underpants 7/16 – 8/2 North Shore
While you’re there, check out the closing week for this comedy written by Steve Martin.
Church, 316 Essex Street, Salem, MA.978-790-8546. more
Yankee Homecoming Festival 7/26 – 8/2 North Shore
There’s something special about festivals on the North Shore this week. Newburyport has one too. Printmaking, food & music & art, festival, historical tours, Irish & Greek performances. fireworks Aug 1, and a parade Aug 2.
Various, Newburyport, MA. more
Beverly Homecoming Days 7/31 – 8/9 North Shore
As does Beverly. This one ends with fireworks…
Beverly, MA. more
Luau in Beverly 7/30 North Shore
And starts with a Hawaiin Luau!
Beverly, MA. more
Chris & Meredith Thompson, fireworks 8/2 North Shore
Of the many outdoor concerts, my pick is Chris & Meredith Thompson, twin sisters who play a variety of folk.
Beverly, MA. more
Roaring 20’s Jazz Ball 7/31 North Shore
Also on the North Shore! They’re having a Jazz Ball at the Crane Estate with antique cars, dancing, and live music. 7pm-midnight.
Ipswich, MA. more
Annual Sand Sculpture Contest @ Marthas Vineyard 8/5 Cape Cod
If you are lucky enough to be visiting Martha’s Vinyard, stop by the sand sculpture contest!
South Beach (right fork), Edgartown, MA.508-627-8134. more
Nantucket Comedy Festival 7/28 – 8/1 Southern Mass
Nantucket is harder to access but they have a comedy fest and all of the beaches are open to the public, which means less crowding. Only a few of Martha’s Vineyard’s beaches are public (though lovely).
Nantucket Island.508-228-1515. more
Circus Smirkus @ Revere 7/31 – 8/1 Boston Metro
Let’s bring it back home to Boston with this traveling circus show.
Revere, MA. more
OPENAIR Circus 7/31 – 8/2 Boston Metro
But the real circus spice is this summer workshop for kids that ends in a public performance!
Somerville, MA. more
United Styles – Breakdancing Competition 7/31 – 8/2 Boston Metro
They’ll also be breakdancing in Boston. Always fun to see. $25, preparty Friday, then 3-11pm Sat & Sun.
Cyclorama, 539 Tremont Street #2, Boston, MA. more
Peace Hip Hop Festival 8/1 Boston Metro
Or see it on the festival that used to be at Boston City Hall Plaza. 4-8pm. Hip hop performances. Free.
Strand Theatre-Uphams Corner, 543 Columbia Rd, Dorchester, MA.617-635-3911. more
Worcester African Festival 8/1 Worcester
This one seems to be ethnically African, not African-American. 12-7pm. Free food.
Martin Luther King Center, 237 Chandler St., Worcester, MA. more
Latino Family Festival 8/2 Boston Metro
Boston’s biggest latino event, with a concert at Fenway Park. 12pm.
Fenway Park, Boston, MA. more
Pittsfield Ethnic Festival 8/2 Western Mass
Two stages of music and dance, all “ethnic”. (What a strange term!).
First Two Blocks of North St, Pittsfield, MA.413-443-6501. more
Stony Brook Summerfest 8/2 Boston Metro
They’ll have a bike rodeo, swimming, live animals, music, games, and more at this state park.
Stony Brook Reservation, Hyde Park, MA.617-698-1802 x3. more
Pittsfield NH Rotary Hot Air Balloon Rally 7/31 – 8/2 New Hampshire
Perhaps you’d travel 1.7 hrs from Boston for a balloon ride. Call to reserve in advance! Fireworks on Saturday.
Pittsfield, NH. more
Moonlight Paddle on the Charles River 7/31 – 8/6 Boston Metro
I’ve always wanted to try a moonlight guided hike or paddle. This group does them regularly.
Charles River Canoe & Kayak, Boston, MA.617-267-4430. more
Quill Pen Writing 8/1 – 8/27 Boston Metro
I thought this was cute. While you’re walking the Boston Freedom Trail, try your hand at writing with a real quill pen. Website only works in Internet Explorer.
Old South Meeting House, Boston, MA. more
Bang on a Can Marathon 8/1 Western Mass
The Mass MoCA event of live music continues in a “marathon”. But it’s basically a performance. And you don’t get to bang cans. :(.
87 Marshall St, North Adams, MA.413-662-2111.. more
National Night Out: Revere 8/4 Boston Metro
I don’t know what else is happening elsewhere, but in Revere, it’s a free movie and “family fun” here.
Garfield School, Revere, MA.617-343-4345. more
National Night Out: Franklin Park Zoo 8/4 Boston Metro
The Franklin Park Zoo is free 5-8pm.
Franklin Park Zoo, Boston, MA.617-343-4345. more
National Night Out: Block Parties 7/19 – 8/4 Boston Metro
There are supposed to be block parties too, in neighborhoods all across Boston. But I couldn’t find them on their website.
Everywhere, Boston, MA.617-343-4345. more

Also Fun
Free “Fun Friday” @ Boston Children’s Museum 7/31 Boston Metro
The Children’s Museum is free this week, too!
Boston Children’s Museum, Boston, MA. more
Somerville Rock & Roll Yard Sale 8/1 Boston Metro
This is a flea market for music enthusiasts with live music and DJs all day. 3-7pm. Rain date: next day.
Union Square, Somerville, MA.617.625.6600 ext. 2985. more
Chesterwood Annual Summer Gala: A Lincoln Portrait 8/1 – 8/2 Western Mass
They’re having a garden party and you get to see how clay sculptures are made. They have free evening hours July 29, too.
4 Williamsville Road, Stockbridge, MA.413-298-3579. more
Boston Poetry Slam – Send Off to Nationals 7/29 Boston Metro
7pm. $5. Four teams battle to speak the best poetry, and one team will travel to the national competition. I’ve seen poetry slams and they’re more like theatre and a lot less like reading dry text!
The Cantab Lounge, 738 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA.617-244-6619. more
South Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower 7/28 – 7/30 Metro West
This one’s barely a meteor shower, but it’s weird, so I’m listing it! Make sure to go to a lake or a huge field with no street lights to blind you. 1am-4am on any morning between Tuesday, July 28 and Thursday, July 30.
Everywhere, Everywhere. more
Cheshire Fair 7/29 – 8/2 New Hampshire
Fiesta Shows will have their traveling carnival there.
Cheshire Fairgrounds (Rte 12), Swanzey, NH. more
Podunk Bluegrass Music Festival 7/30 – 8/2 Connecticut
Yet another outdoor festival.
East Hartford CT. more
Litchfield Jazz Festival 7/31 – 8/2 Connecticut
Yet another.
Kent School, Kent, CT. more
Onset Blues Festival 8/1 Cape Cod
Festivals continue. This one’s on lovely Cape Cod!
The Bluff, Onset, MA.508-295-7072. more
Gloucester Best Dressed Dog Parade 8/1 North Shore
Part of Gloucester Sidewalk Days, a highly commercial event: some cute dogs.
260 Main St. Gloucester, MA, Gloucester, MA. more
21st Hingham Invitational Ultimate Frisbee Championship 8/1 – 8/2 Northern Mass
Everyone loves frisbee. This one’s the ultimate.
Hingham, MA. more
Pan Mass Challenge 8/1 – 8/2 Metro West
Bicycle for charity from Wellesley to Provincetown, for cancer research.
Wellesley, MA. more
Woods Hole Film Festival 7/25 – 8/1 Cape Cod
Cape Cod can be excused for having a film festival in the summer. Because when else would you go there?
Woods Hole, MA. more
Roxbury Film Festival 7/30 – 8/2 Boston Metro
But I’m not sure what Roxbury’s excuse would be. This one celebrates people of color.
Roxbury, MA. more
Rhode Island International Film Festival 8/4 – 8/9 Rhode Island
Or Rhode Island’s. This one celebrates, um, William Shatner.
Providence, RI.401-861-4445. more
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead 7/30 – 8/9 Boston Metro
One of my favorite plays, by Tom Stoppard, who wrote the screenplay for the movie “Shakespeare in Love”, it a comedy about Hamlet’s lesser known friends.
Cambridge YMCA, 820 Mass. Ave, Cambridge, MA. more

Maine Lobster Festival 7/29 – 8/2 Maine
Do you love lobster? Enough to drive nearly 4 hours from Boston?
Rockland, ME. more
Vermont Roots Reggae Festival 7/31 – 8/2 Vermont
Reggae is big in Vermont. Go figure.
Rt 129, Alburgh, VT. more
Bangor State Fair 7/31 – 8/9 Maine
Fiesta Shows will have their traveling carnival here also!
Bangor Fairgrounds, Bangor, ME. more
Champlain Valley Folk Festival 7/31 – 8/2 Vermont
But the place to be in undoubtedly Vermont along Lake Champlain.
Kingsland Bay State Park, Ferrisburgh, VT.877-850-0206. more


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