6/9-6/16: Free Films, Pride Week, Dragon Boat & Scottish & River Fests, Parades, Block Parties, Fireworks, Jet Blue Celebration
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The Week in Weird
|Free movies: Cyrus and Karate Kid and Solitary Man||6/10||Boston Metro|
|Cryus is a new comedy by John C. Reilly, Jonah Hill, and Marisa Tomei and they’re doing a special Q&A with brother directing team, Jay and Mark Duplass. That’s 7pm at the Kendall Square theatre in Cambridge (but come an hour early to get in). I also have ONE ticket to Karate Kid with Will Smith’s son and Jackie Chan on Thursday at the Boston Common theatre at 7pm. Tell your friends about EVENTSinsider.com and then email me to get tix! ALSO TONIGHT I have tix for Solitary Man!!! Email me!
Various, Cambridge & Boston. more
|Jet Blue’s Record Break & Ticket Giveaway Celebration||6/10||Boston Metro|
|Get this! Jet Blue is holding a festival where you try to “set a world record”, like juggling airplane bags of cashews, imitating an airplane, and a single breath captain’s announcement. The winners all get free roundtrip airplane tickets and a vacation getaway! Dan Rollman of the Universal Record Database will be there, and here THE BIG SECRET: this event was hastily prepared and thus won’t be that well attended. This means you PROBABLY have a REAL SHOT at winning one of the vacations! 10am-2pm. They’ll have karaoke, Wally the Green Monster, and more.
Copley Place at Dartmouth St. (across from Back Bay Station), Boston, MA. more
|Scooper Bowl (world’s largest ice cream festival)||6/8 – 6/10||Boston Metro|
|The Scooper Bowl continues! You pay $8 for charity, and it’s all-you-can-eat ice cream from the best vendors. I went once and ate so much ice cream I nearly hurt myself. It’s the biggest event of its type in the world. Yum! 12-8pm daily.
Boston City Hall Plaza, Boston, MA. more
|Boston Pride Week||6/4 – 6/13||Boston Metro|
|This is the big week for Gay Pride, with parades Friday & Saturday, a festival, three block parties, a comedy show and dance party. My god!! I wish I were gay! Oh wait, everyone’s invited! Awesome!
Various, Boston, MA. more
|Bunker Hill Day (Parade, Re-enactment)||6/13||Boston Metro|
|OMG! This may be the LAST Bunker Hill Parade. Apparently they cut funding for 2011. I gotta admit it. I have never even seen the monument. Well, this time I will have to go. The parade honors the Battle of Bunker Hill in 1775. There’s a ceremony at the monument at 10am, and some kind of parade.
Charlestown, MA.617-242-5652. more
|Boston Dragon Boat Festival||6/12 – 6/13||Boston Metro|
|What’s even better? Dragon boat races. But wait! That’s not all. The festival along the Charles River also comes with a lion dance, martial arts demonstrations, Japanese drumming, live music, and Chinese yo-yo. So it’s a real festival, not simply a boat race. Take that, Head of the Charles! Dance and music performances all day.
Charles River, Cambridge, MA.617-426-6500 x78. more
|Rhode Island Highland Scottish Festival||6/12||Rhode Island|
|You would have to be crazy not to go to this Scottish festival. Trust me, these people KNOW HOW TO PARTY and there’s a fantastic level of energy and ethnic pride to be seen. You can expect tons of dancing, music, and odd athletics, such as a boot toss and sheep dog demonstrations. They’ll have booths for all the clans, and the Society for Creative Anachronism, and competitions of all sorts of music, dance, and wacky sports like a haggis hurl. (I really hope that’s hurl as in throw and not hurl as in vomit.).
Washington County Fairgrounds, Richmond Townhouse Rd., Richmond, RI.401-596-5849. more
|Riverfest||6/12 – 6/13||Metro West|
|This ‘festival’ is really a loosely related series of events — but a ton of them! — from the Concord area, up to Billerica and Lowell. You’ll find boat rides, sculpture walk, river walk, music, canoe trek, scavenger hunt, nature walks and a bunch more on their website.
Various, Concord, MA.617-223-5225. more
|WHY ARE YOU NOT AT THE SCOTTISH FESTIVAL?||6/12||Rhode Island|
|Look, didn’t I say to go to the Scottish Festival? So why are you still reading this blog? Just go!
Richmond, RI. more
|Boston Harbor Islands Free Ferry Day||6/14||Boston Metro|
|And now you have no excuse whatsoever. Get out there and explore the Boston Harbor Islands, because the ferries are free 9am-6pm.
One Long Wharf, Boston, MA.617-223-8672. more
|Riverfest History, Art, Music & More at the Old Manse & National Hawthorne Society Summer Meeting||6/12 – 6/13||Metro West|
|While you’re there, stop by the Old Manse, a historic home, for this free mini-festival, with music, tours, and talks on writers Emerson and Hawthorne. 2010: 10am-6pm.
269 Monument Street, Concord, MA. more
|Summer Fest @ Elm Bank||6/11||Metro West|
|Also in the area is a fair in Wellesley. They claim to have an entire science fair, outdoor theatre, an art gallery, moon bounces, breakdancing and martial arts performance, and lots of participatory stuff like an “olympics”. 3:30-8:30pm.
141 Linden Street, Wellesley, MA. more
|Quincy Flag Day Parade and Celebration||6/12||Boston Metro|
|It’s my American right to be ignorant and proud of it. So I have no idea what Flag Day is, but I like parades, and I love fireworks! The parade starts at Coddington Street in Quincy and goes down Hancock Street to Pageant Field. Parade 7pm then a fly-over and live music and fireworks at 9:15pm over Blacks Creek.
Pageant Field, Quincy, MA. more
|Dedham Flag Day Parade||6/14||Boston Metro|
|This parade doesn’t look as big, but it starts at 6pm.
Dedham, MA. more
|Annual KONE Regional Kite Competition||6/12||North Shore|
|Don’t be fooled. This isn’t just a bunch of guys and kites. OK, it is. But some of the kites are amazing! Like flying lobsters and seriously huge Chinese box kites. And they’ll have competitions. It turns out that flying a cheap kite from the toy store is not that easy. Come and have one of the pros show you how it’s done. 9:30am-4:30pm. Rain date next day.
Nahant and Lynn Beach (Long Beach Reservation), Lynn, MA. more
|Kite Festival @ Lawrence||6/12||Northern Mass|
|And here’s another event where you can learn to make a kite, and they’ll have trolley rides, a live animal area, and the usual food, music, games, and facepainting. 11am-3pm.
Pemberton Park, Lawrence, MA. more
|Silver Kingdom Renaissance Festival||6/12 – 6/20||Worcester|
|I love the summer: The weird just keeps going! There’s more than one renaissance festival in Massachusetts. Here’s an alternative one just past Worcester. 10am-6pm.
120 Northside Rd, Charlton, MA. more
|King Williams War at Rebecca Nurse Homestead||6/12 – 6/13||North Shore|
|What was King Williams War anyway? Find out — this is the only event I’ve heard of that re-enacts it.
149 Pine St., Danvers, MA.978-774-8799. more
|The Jane Austen of Roxbury — A Re-enactment & Tour||6/13||Boston Metro|
|This special cemetery tour focuses on a rich woman from Roxbury in the wayback era.
Forest Hills Cemetery, Boston, MA. more
|Abigail Adams Meets Captain William Smith||6/13||Metro West|
|But personally, I’d pick this event in Lincoln, re-enacting the former first lady from Massachusetts, Abigail Adams.
Captain William Smith house – Rt. 2A, Lincoln, MA. more
|Corvette Day @ Larz Anderson Museum||6/13||Boston Metro|
|I have sweet spot in my heart for anything they do at the Larz Anderson Museum on the lawn. Go see some cars before General Motors becomes passe.
15 Newton Street, Brookline, MA.617-522-6547. more
|Annual Back to the Beach Corvette Weekend||6/10 – 6/13||Maine|
|How likely is this? It’s another Corvette weekend. If I have an ancient corvette, how do I know where to go? Synchronize your schedules, guys!
Old Orchard Beach, Old Orchard Beach, ME.207-934-2500. more
|World Naked Bike Ride Day||6/12||Vermont|
|Let’s face it. We just can’t compete with Vermonters for weird. Also in Montpelier.
Burlington, VT. more
|Taste of Fort Point Channel||6/10||Boston Metro|
|I think I’d rather sail. But can ya do it NAKED? Free event with free sail boat rides 11:30am-1:30pm. 12-1:30pm.
Boston, MA. more
|Colonial Re-enactment in Newbury||6/12 – 6/13||North Shore|
|I’m not actually sure this is happening, but if it were — awesome.
Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm, Newbury, MA. more
|Gaspee Days Colonial Encampment, Fireworks, Parade||6/11 – 6/13||Rhode Island|
|A colonial encampment is when re-enactors set up tents like a real military would have done in the field. That’s all weekend, plus they’ll have fireworks on Friday 6/12, a parade 6/13 at 10am. Sounds like a blast.
Pawtuxet Park, Narragansett Parkway, Warwick, RI.401-781-1772. more
|Gaspee Days Arts & Crafts Festival||6/11 – 6/13||Rhode Island|
|Also in Warwick, they claim that 50,000 people will come to this crafts show, with live music and pony rides, with 150+ exhibitors.
Pawtucket Village, Warwick, RI. more
|Greek Fest Woburn||6/11 – 6/13||Boston Metro|
|Are you Greek? Would you like to be? Want to ask what’s under all those fig leaves on statues? Attend this small timey but solid festival and find out. See website for coupons.
Church 70 Montvale Avenue, Woburn, MA.(888) 394-0909. more
|Worcester Irish Music Festival and Boiled Cabbage O’Lympics||6/11 – 6/13||Worcester|
|This music festival comes with an olympics where you kick a boiled cabbage. Go figure.
Worcester, MA. more
|Waltham Riverfest||6/11 – 6/12||Boston Metro|
|What is it with the all these river festivals in one week? Free. Music, dancing, entertainment, circus, moonlight canoe tours, etc. Fri 6-9pm, Sat 10am-4pm.
Moody Street & Various, Waltham, MA. more
|Shelburne Falls Riverfest||6/12||Western Mass|
|Totally separate, I believe, is another river festival, this time in Shelburne. They’ll have live music, environmental demonstrations, live birds of prey to see, and a kids parade that charitably they have invited adults to join.
Shelburne Falls, MA. more
|Duck Race on the Charles River||6/12||Boston Metro|
|Now this is what I’m talkin’ ’bout! Hunt wild ducks, catch some, and make ’em race! Oh wait, they’re rubber ducks. Well, they’ll have pony rides and facepainting, too.
Riverdale Park, Dedham, MA. more
|Be Our Guest: Free Summer Evenings at the Concord Museum||6/16||Metro West|
|Thanks for the free admission, Concord Museum!
200 Lexington Road, Concord, MA.978-369-9763. more
|Stuart Street Block Party||6/13||Boston Metro|
|I picked up this flyer saying “the only block party in town!”. 12-8pm.
Stuart Street, Boston, MA. more
|JP Block Party||6/13||Boston Metro|
|And then I turned it over to find: another ad for another block party in town. 12-7pm.
Perkins Street, Jamaica Plain, MA. more
|Wakefield Festival By the Lake||6/12||North Shore|
|This festival is a bunch of arts vendors by the shore, but it’s still worth a visit I bet. 10am-4pm.
Wakefield, MA.781-246-WCNA. more
|St. Anthony’s Feast in Cambridge||6/11 – 6/13||Boston Metro|
|I used to live near this church, where they have a street fair every year.
400 Cardinal Medeiros Ave, Cambridge, MA. more
|Boston GuitarFest||6/9 – 6/13||Boston Metro|
|Workshops and guitar competitions.
New England Conservatory, 290 Huntington Ave.,, Boston, MA. more
|New England Fiddle Contest||6/12||Connecticut|
|This one looks a little more layman-friendly. And it’s outdoors, so it’s better.
Manchester, CT.860-236-4445. more
|Southern Connecticut Renaissance Festival||5/29 – 6/13||Connecticut|
|The Ren Faire in Connecticut continues.
Western Connecticut State University, Danbury, CT. more
|Mystic Seaport Sea Music Festival||6/10 – 6/13||Connecticut|
|Also in Connecticut, but in nearby Mystic, they’ll have seven stages for sea chanteys and more.
Mystic, CT. more
|Singing Games with Roomful of Teeth||6/12||Western Mass|
|Why do I suspect when it says “all ages welcome” it means “kids will have fun, but adults bored to tears!” But hey, Mass MoCA is fantastic so you just gotta go.
Museum o’ Contemporary Art, 87 Marshall St, North Adams, MA.413-662-2111. more
|Sommerfest||6/12 – 6/13||Metro West|
|The summer version of the German Oktoberfest. Ethnic food and polka music. Kids games, pony rides, wait a sec: they’ll have target shooting? The Germans are having target shooting? Is this for kids or for everyone?
8 County St, Walpole, MA.508-660-2018. more
|Day of Portugal Festival Weekend||6/11 – 6/13||Southern Mass|
|Boston isn’t the only place with a “North End”. Visit New Bedford and learn about the history of the Portuguese, including a re-enactor who plays a military man from 1760 who became important in the American War of Independence. Make sure to buy some Portuguese Sweet Bread! No really!! Eat up!
New Bedford, MA.508-997-7928 or 508-990-3703. more
|Randolph Country Fair||6/9 – 6/13||South Shore|
|Fiesta Shows continues to bring their traveling carnival around, to Randolph….
Randolph, MA. more
|Boys & Girls Club Family Fun Festival||6/9 – 6/13||Boston Metro|
|… and to Newton.
Newton, MA. more
|Bike to the Sea Day||6/13||Boston Metro|
|Meet in Malden, and bike to Nahant Beach. They have a shorter ride for kids, just 10 miles. Adults go 18 miles.
Dockside Restaurant, 229 Centre St., Malden, MA. more
|An Evening of Personal Narrative||6/11||Boston Metro|
|Humorous and true stories from gifted storytellers for adults. $10. 7-9pm.
Lily Pad, 1553 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA.617-395-1393. more
|Blue Zones: Secrets of a Long Life||6/11||Boston Metro|
|But I’d rather go to this talk about longevity that might add eight years to your life! 7pm. $15.
Museum of Science, Cambridge, MA.617-723-2500. more
|Strawberry Park Cajun/Zydeco Festival||6/10 – 6/13||Connecticut|
|This is an all-weekend thing where you camp out.
Preston CT. more
|Roots on the River 10||6/10 – 6/13||Vermont|
|And this one is similar.
Bellows Falls, VT. more
|Burlington Discover Jazz Festival||6/4 – 6/13||Vermont|
|Do you like jazz? Do you like Vermont? Here ya go.
Various, Burlington, VT. more
|Vermont Days||6/12 – 6/13||Vermont|
|And this weekend, get free admission to all State-owned Historic Sites and day use at all State Parks.
All Over. more
|Block Island Annual Music Festival||6/8 – 6/13||Rhode Island|
|This one is free and includes free barbecue. Sounds like a great excuse to check out the island.
Captain Nick’s, Ocean Avenue, Block Island, RI. more
|MFA Classic Noir Summer Party||6/12||Boston Metro|
|The MFA is having a summer party. 8pm-12am. Last year’s event was sold out. You’ve got to do a lot more than open your museum at night and tell me to dress up to extract $150, even if it is for charity.
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA.617-267-9300. more
|10th Anniversary Celebration||6/15||Boston Metro|
|OMG. You people want $150 too? Well, it would be cool to meet Tom Ashbrook from WBUR. What if I just show up in a uniform and pretend to be a busboy?
Cambridge, MA. more
|Secret Gardens of Cambridge||6/13||Boston Metro|
|Rich people want to show off their gardens, but I have to pay $20? Ah well, it’s for charity. 10am-4pm.
Cambridge, MA. more
|The Shimmy Collective||6/13||Boston Metro|
|Now this is a fundraiser I’d like to see! It’s only $10 and features burlesque dancing. Take that, MFA and Charles Conservancy!
YMCA Theatre, Cambridge, MA. more
|A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Naked||6/2 – 6/19||Boston Metro|
|You’ve seen Shakespeare. You’ve seen it over and over again. So theatre companies go a little nuts trying to present new ideas, like having everyone dress up as Planet from the Apes and doing Shakespeare. Well.. This one has no apes. But they’re naked. The idea is that when the Fairies frolick in the woods, they REALLLLLLLY frolic and they want to show that.
Contemporary Theatre of Boston, BCA Plaza Theatre, Boston, MA. more
|The Lady with All the Answers||5/13 – 6/26||Boston Metro|
|Did you know that advice columnist Ann Landers helped get the National Cancer Act passed? Or that her competitive sister was Dear Abby? This one-woman act combines comedy and drama, and I’ve just seen it at the new theatre in Central Square. It’s moving and brilliant. You learn a lot and actress Do yourself a favor and actress Stephanie Clayman engages the audience with such questions as, How long have you been married? And How should toilet paper be hung? The real Ann Landers got thousands and thousands of letters and now it’s your turn to join in her poll on American life and advice. GO SEE IT NOW.
Central Square Theatre, Cambridge, MA. more
|Johnny Baseball (Red Sox musical with real baseball park food)||5/16 – 6/27||Boston Metro|
|This is the world premiere of Johnny Baseball, a musical about the Red Sox! As you can guess, it’s about reversing the “curse”, but it’s also a brainy commentary on racism. They’ll even have an Italian sausage vendor and beer and wine sales on the patio, so come for dinner, too! I’ve seen it and am not sure what to think. Yes, it was good. But a story about racism should be set in the south and feature black people. This is a story focuses on a white baseball player in Boston who wants to intermarry.
Loeb Drama Center, 64 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA. more
|Mummers Concert||6/12||Boston Metro|
|What the hell is a mummers concert? Please god oh please let it involve mummies!! Well, it probably doesn’t, and they didn’t reply to my email. You figure it out! 6pm.
Bunker Hill Monument, Charlestown, MA. more
Outdoor Theatre, Music, & Events
I maintain the largest list of outdoor music and outdoor theatre (and movies, but none of those happen this week) in New England, tracking nearly 120 summer concert series. Here’s what’s up this week!
|Outdoor Theatre, Music, & Events||grade|
|Summer Music Series in Downtown Crossing / Down Socials||Boston, MA|
|Block parties 5-9pm.
Summer Street, Boston, MA. more
|Berklee Lunch Sessions @ Prudential Center||Boston, MA|
Prudential Center, South Garden, Boston, MA. more
|Longfellow Family Sundays Art in the Park||Cambridge, MA|
|Sometimes live music, sometimes poetry reading. Participatory painting, drawing. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. Most events 1-3:30pm but see website.
105 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA.617-876-4491. more
|Kendall Square Concert Series||Cambridge, MA|
|Sponsored by the Kendall Square Corporation. 2010: 12-1:30pm.
300 Athenaeum Street, Cambridge, MA.617 577-7354. more
|Summer Family Fun Fridays||Sandwich, MA|
Heritage Museums & Gardens, Sandwich, MA. more
|Music at the Manse Concert Series||Concord, MA|
|2010: Concerts 2-4pm.
The Old Manse, 269 Monument Street, Concord, MA.978.369.3909. more
|Concerts on the Common, Framingham||Framingham, MA|
|2010: Fridays 6:30pm.
Village Green at Framingham Center, Framingham, MA.508-532-5960 ask for “Building Services”.. more
|Hudson’s Wood Park 2010 Summer Concert Series||Hudson, MA|
|2010: 6:30pm. Rain location: town hall.
Wood Park, Park St., Hudson, MA. more
|Summer Concerts @ Wellesley||Wellesley, MA|
|2010: 7-8:30pm. Hot dog, drinks & snacks available.
Town Hall Green, Wellesley, MA.781-235-2370. more
|Summerfun Outdoor Concerts @ Nashua||Nashua, NH|
|Greeley Bandshell or Library Plaza. Fairy Tale Festival 7/17.
|Theater in the Open @ Newburyport||Newburyport, MA|
|2010: Cinderella: A Pretty Princess Panto, June 5-27 @ 2pm. Family Hour. The Bald Soprano, Jul 17-Aug 8 @ 4pm. Some shows are free.
Maudslay State Park, Curzon Mill Rd., Newburyport, MA.978-465-2572. more
|Berklee Summer Series @ Derby Square||Salem, MA|
Derby Square, Salem, MA. more
|An outdoor event where they place baskets of burning wood in the Providence River, lighting up the riverwalk and with vendors, music, and more. Also Oct 9.
Providence Place, Providence, RI.401 751-1221. more
|City Celebrates Summer Thursdays||New Bedford, MA|
|Free. 2010: 5-9pm?
Downtown area, New Bedford, MA.508-996-8253 x205. more
|Chandler’s Summer Concert Series and BBQ||Amherst, MA|
|Thursdays. 2010: 6-9pm.
Chandler’s Restaurant at the Yankee Candle Flagship Store, Amherst, MA. more
|Coop Concerts & More||Greenfield, MA|
|Greenfield Energy Park, Greenfield, MA.413-774-9949. more|
|Free Outdoor Bankside Festival||Lenox, MA|
|I really don’t understand this. Apparently their plays take place in a theatre, but are preceded by regular preview performances and lectures. So… it’s daily?
|Musical Moments In Amelia’s Garden||Westfield, MA|
|Free. Rain or shine.
Amelia Park Ice Arena, Westfield, MA. more
|Sweet Summer Nights Music Series||Upton, MA|
|2010: 7-8:30pm and continues through the end of October. Rain or shine.