Johnny’s List of Quirky Boston Events: 09/08/06

The weird event of the week is the Civil War Re-enactment at Fort Adams. Sep 9-10, Fort Adams State Park, 1 Lincoln Drive, Newport, RI. Or Or 401-841-0707. Bring a kite to fly, too.

Npt weird enough? How about “Rib’n Brews”, which is the Massachusetts State BBQ Championship. You heard me right. Bar Be Que!! Sep 9-10. Lucy Larcom Park, Lowell, MA. 978-970-4257. Beer and BBQ. Plus children’s activities and music. Because you just know that beer and kids go together.

Still not weird enough? Try the Audubon Society’s “Raptor Weekend”, Sep 9-10, which is the largest raptor event in New England. See owls, hawks, eagles in live demonstrations. At Audubon’s Environmental Education Center located at 1401 Hope Street (Rt. 114) in Bristol.

Also this weekend is the Boston Comedy Festival. I went last year and it was awesome. Sep 10-16, Boston Comedy Festival.

And for those of you who just can’t get enough friggin charity walks, the MSPCA Walk for Animals. Sep 10. Boston Common, Boston. Also Springfield and Hyannis.

This weekend, check out the Boston Arts Festival, Sep 9-10, 617-635-3245. 11am-6pm, at Christopher Columbus Park in Boston. It’s a preview of 60 theatre and other arts events coming up in the 2005-2006 season, and I believe it’s free.

I don’t normally list lectures, but I’m especially interested in “Hunting for Dinosaurs and Other Long Lost Creatures”, Sep 10th, 2pm, at the Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St, Cambridge. It’s a talk by a Harvard prof about Arctic expeditions, etc.

Playing this weekend at MIT is Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night”, Sep 9th at 7:30pm, Sep 10 @ 2pm. Free. By the Cambridge American Stage Tour. Sala de Puerto Rico, in the student center, at 84 Mass Ave Cambridge.

Also, and I’ve heard this play is a great one, the Compleat Works of William Shakespeare Abridged, in which all 38 Shakespeare plays are condensed into 90 minutes. Sep 9th, 2pm, at Fenway House, which is one of the MIT off-campus living groups. 34 The Fenway, Boston. Free, arrive early. Call 617-437-1043 or visit

Definitely skip the Boston Gift Show (Fall), at the Boston Convention & Expo Center, Sep 9-12, (800) 272-SHOW. Basically one huge marketplace.

Instead, check out the Cambridgeport Open Studios, Sep 9-10, Local arts exhibition. 10am-10pm. One of several in metro Boston annually.

Or see the Charlestown Art in the Park Festival, Sep 9, which is arguably bigger than the Charlestown Open Studios. Although it’s also a huge marketplace, they’re all locals and you typically get to meet the artists.

I would also skip RiverFest, which is a WXRV free concert, like anyone’s ever heard of that radio station. Hatch Shell, Esplanade, Boston, MA. Sep 9th.

See the Jamaica Plain World’s Fair, 12:00pm – 6:00pm at the Hyde Square Rotary in Jamaica Plain. It is Yet Another Hippie Street Festival. Free, world music, ferris wheel, moonwalk. There’s also a Portuguese street festival at the corner of Warren & Cambridge Street in Cambridge, MA.

Holdovers from last week, two Renaissance Fairs continue: King Richard’s Faire in Carver MA and the Maryland Renaissance Faire in MD. This is the last weekend for the Publick Theatre, And the Brimfield Antiques Festival (Fall) is still ongoing,

That’s it! Get out there and enjoy the summer while it’s still here.