Outdoor dance, sing-a-longs, Dragonboat, Japan, Moose, Comedy, Fang fests

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The Week in Weird
Project MUM 8/29 Boston Metro
The event of the week is undoubtedly this outdoor dance party! Under the McGrath Highway!! 9pm-1am.
Under the McGrath Highway, at the intersection of Washington Street in Somerville, MA, Somerville, MA. more
Feast of St. Anthony 8/28 – 8/30 Boston Metro
Everyone who thinks that’s too wild will be attending a religious festival instead. Here’s one! Opening ceremonies Fri 7 pm. Sat 12-8, Sun 10-11, Mon 12-11, with parades! Free. Confetti, sing-a-longs, religious mass, and two “Iron Chef” competitions.
Endicott St, Boston, MA.617-523-7024. more
80s Prom Sing-Along @ Brattle Theatre 8/29 Boston Metro
Speaking of sing-a-longs….
Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St., Cambridge, MA. more
Labyrinth Sing-A-Long 8/27 Western Mass
Let’s hope you attend the Brattle and avoid Labyrinth. Seriously, I just don’t know why anyone likes that movie!
87 Marshall St, North Adams, MA.413-662-2111. more
Moonlight Paddle on the Charles River 9/2 – 9/4 Boston Metro
Also interactive is a canoe tour of the Charles River, the nation’s purest urban waterway, during the time of the full moon.
Charles River Canoe & Kayak, Boston, MA.617-267-4430. more
Fang Fetish American Red Cross Charity Event 8/29 Boston Metro
Do you have fangs? Do you like blood? Come support those who donate! 7-10pm.
District Lounge, 180 Lincoln Street, Boston, MA. more
Japanese Culture Day @ Longfellow Historical Site 8/30 Boston Metro
There are two asian festivals this week, too. I was just at the Longfellow House, and it’s definitely worth the trip! Did you know that George Washington used it as his headquarters? No doubt this day of origami, calligraphy, & games will be a great excuse to visit. And its free!
105 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA.617-876-4491. more
Pawtucket Arts Fest & Dragonboat Races 8/29 – 8/30 Rhode Island
Even better, visit Rhode Island for asian dance, crafts, martial arts, and dragonboat races all day. It’s also part of the “Pawtucket Arts Festival”, which is really just an umbrella event covering a lot of diverse things, but plenty more is happening in town that day, including French culture, a film festival, and a walking tour. Races 8/29 8am-5pm. Rest of ‘festival’ goes to 9/13.
School Street Pier, School St., Pawtucket, RI.401-724-2200. more
North Country Moose Festival 8/28 – 8/30 New Hampshire
Looking for an excuse to head up to the hills of New Hampshire? They’re a festival with a car show, helicopter rides, the usual street crafts vendors & food & live music, and moose tours!! I went on one once and we saw meeses!!! How exciting!
Main Street, Colebrook, NH. more
Boston Comedy Festival 8/29 – 9/5 Boston Metro
The Boston Comedy Festival isn’t exactly weird but it was SO much fun the year I went. Highly recommended! The really big deal is finals night, the last night of the week.
Various downtown venues, Boston, MA. more
Plymouth Waterfront Festival 8/29 – 8/30 South Shore
I’ve also been to this one. At first I was ready to assume it would be small & uninteresting. But it’s actually rather large with a great diversity of activities including the Mayflower ship replica. A great excuse to visit Plimoth Plantation and stop by. 11am-5pm.
Plymouth, MA. more

Also Fun
Marshfield County Fair 8/21 – 8/30 South Shore
Also South, other fairs also beckon. As well as the usual fair contests, they’ll have a demolition derby and a “battle of the bands”.
Route 3A at South River St., Marshfield, MA.781-834-6629. more
Summer Sunday in the Park 8/30 South Shore
Or herad to this one, also South of the city. 12-6pm.
DW Field Park, Brockton, MA. more
Essex Music Festival 8/29 North Shore
This one caught my eye. Visitors are encouraged to bring along an instrument and play, but not if you’re really really bad.
Centennial Grove, Route 22, Essex, MA. more
MFA Community Day (August) 8/28 Boston Metro
The MFA is free again. (Thanks!).
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA. more
Welcome Students Block Party 9/2 – 9/3 Boston Metro
This one I’m listing on the off chance they really will have a “block party”, where a street is closed off and there’s dancing. But… from the event description it appears to be simply a set of coupons to local businesses. Sweet but not arty. 2-8pm.
Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA. more

Recurring Events
Davis Farmland Corn Maze 8/6 – 10/31 Worcester
It’s very important that you check out my favorite (and the biggest and best) corn maze in New England, at Davis Farmland! This year they’ve gone all out with an Indiana Jones theme. It’s across the street from their petting zoo, apple-picking orchard, water spray park, and hay rides (all of which is only for adults who have kids along, boo hoo).
145 Redstone Hill, Sterling, MA.978-422-8888. more
Coppal House Farm Corn Maze ( & Night Maze ) 8/29 – 10/31 New Hampshire
This corn maze is opening this weekend, too!
118 North River Road, Lee, NH.603-659-3572. more
Kimball Farm Corn Maze 8/29 – 11/8 Northern Mass
Another corn maze. I’ve been to this one. It’s smaller, but worth the trip and very creative with clues in the maze!
Kimball Farm Corn Maze, 780 East Broadway, Haverhill, MA.978 521-3990. more

Cirque du Soleil 8/26 – 8/30 Boston Metro
I just saw the show yesterday and can highly recommend you go. These are the people who clown around but also do acrobatics in the air on long silk strands or trampolines. A lot of standard circus fare but plenty of over-the-top acts too, all delivered with a classy, theatrical, foreign bent to the staging & costumes.
Bayside Expo Center, Boston, MA.800-678-5440. more

Acton Fair 8/27 – 8/30 Maine
If you’re ever going to visit Maine, the warmest time of the year is the time to go! Here are three excuses. Fiesta Shows will have their traveling carnival in Maine.
Acton Fairgrounds, Rt 109, Acton, ME. more
Blistered Fingers Bluegrass Music Festival 8/27 – 8/30 Maine
This one’s the laid back music festival….
Sidney, ME. more
American Folk Festival 8/28 – 8/30 Maine
… And this is the active one!
Bangor, ME. more
Champlain Valley Fair 8/29 – 9/7 Vermont
This one’s clearly the heartland music event of the week, though. Includes a demolition derby, a tractor pull, and a ton of famous names.
Champlain Valley Exposition, 105 Pearl St., Essex Junction, VT.802-878-5545. more
Maryland Renaissance Festival @ Silver Springs 8/29 – 10/25 Maryland
I’m told it’s the best Renaissance Faire on the east coast and worth a trip.
Crownsville Road, Crownsville, MD. more


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