Pirate, Chinatown, Beach, Music, Catholic, & Solstice Festivals, Scavenger Hunt, & Roller Derby

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The Week in Weird
New England Pirate Faire 6/20 – 6/21 North Shore
The weird event of the week is the New England Pirate Faire! 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. There will be vendors of appropriately themed goods, with food and music. 10-5.
Stage Fort Park, Gloucester, MA. more
Sand Sculpting Competition (Hampton Beach) 6/13 – 6/28 New Hampshire
Also in the northerly direction, the sand sculpture competition award ceremony is this weekend. You can sign up to take sand sculpting lessons.
Ocean Boulevard, Hampton, NH.603-926-8718. more
Life is Good Festival 6/20 Boston Metro
They’ll have live music, an ice cream eating contest, plenty of interactive games, and a Chinese lion dance. 11am-5pm. This year they’re adding a walk, too. All for a kids charity.
Boston Common, Boston, MA. more
Carousel on Boston Common 5/1 – 6/21 Boston Metro
While you’re there, this is the last week for the carousel. Daily 11-9 through June 21. Only $2.
Boston Common near Frog Pond, Boston, MA. more
Chinatown Main Street Festival 6/21 Boston Metro
The real lion dance action, though, will be in nearby Chinatown. I’ve been and it’s wonderful, especially the cute kids doing the martial arts. Free. 11am-5pm.
Near 2 Boylston St, Boston, MA.617-350-6303. more
Banditos Mysteriosos Scavenger Hunt 6/20 Boston Metro
This local group runs pranks across the city, and this time it’s a scavenger hunt, where instead of stealing traffic signs they’ll ask you to take photos instead. 12:30pm.
TBD, See Website, Boston, MA. more
Make Music Cambridge 6/21 Boston Metro
In nearby Cambridge, lots of semi-homeless musicians (and some great ones, I bet) will play outdoors for your donations. They’re expecting 150 performers outdoors in and around Harvard Square. 1-10pm.
Harvard Square area, Cambridge, MA. more
Music and Art Day Celebration at Old Sturbridge Village 6/20 Worcester
In a similar concept, 50 musicians will perform old timey style, with instruments from the 1830s. And you can learn 19th century dance. OSV is great! You need to go! 9:30am-5pm.
1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge, MA.508-347-3362. more
Summer Revels 6/20 Boston Metro
More music! This indoor / outdoor festival has Irish stepdancing, world music, and more. Outdoors, morris dancing, a traditional Maypole, and more spiritual hoo ha.
Boston, MA.617-972-8300. more
Jazz / Blues Festival 6/20 Boston Metro
There’s also a music festival in Davis Square! And Powderhouse Park (near 136 College Ave). 1-9pm.
Davis Square, Somerville, MA. more
Printing Arts Fair 6/21 Northern Mass
Also old-timey, learn about printing and bookbinding. (For those of you in high school, this is what people did before the Internet.) 10am-4pm.
The Museum of Printing, 800 Massachusetts Avenue, North Andover, MA. more
Animals All Around — Opening Day of Trash Menagerie 6/20 North Shore
This arts event is the one to pick though. Besides, you need to check out the Peabody Essex Museum anyhow! Some artists from their new exhibition will come and do demonstrations about making recycled art. Make your own giant sea turtle! And a 12-foot long snake!
East India Square, Salem, MA.978-745-9500. more
Summer Solstice Sunset: River Solstice Celebration on The Old Manse grounds 6/21 Metro West
The summer solstice is here, and there are a few events to mark the day. My favorite would probably be the Old Manse, with live music followed by a sunset paddle. Bring a flashlight!
Old Manse, 269 Monument Street, Concord, MA. more
Nara Park Family Campout & Campfire 6/19 Metro West
Nearby, a local park is having a campground night. You have to register in advance to camp, but I have to believe that if you simply want to show up and enjoy the campfire, you probably can.
Nara Park, Acton, MA. more
Summer Solstice by Candlelight 6/20 Southern Mass
OK, back to some more solstice events. I really like nighttime outdoor summer events! You’ll make a candle lantern and go on a guided night hike.
Copicut Woods, Indian Town Road, Fall River, MA. more
Summer Solstice Celebration 6/21 South Shore
This one’s more for people who like to sit.
World’s End, 250 Martin’s Lane, Hingham, MA. more
Summer Solstice Sunrise 6/21 Metro West
And this one’s for insane people who want to get up at 5am. To entice you, no details are provided about music, food, hiking, etc.
Half Moon Meadow Brook, Boxborough, MA. more
German Car Day @ Larz Anderson Museum 6/21 Boston Metro
Yet another auto show at the Museum of Transportation. (Just go!).
15 Newton Street, Brookline, MA.(617) 522-6547. more
Night at the Museum @ Harvard Museum of Natural History 6/18 – 8/20 Boston Metro
Harvard’s museum of animals and plants and rocks is having a half-price evening from 5-8pm, including a lecture on “Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Primate Sex”.
Harvard Museum of Natural History, Cambridge, MA. more
Roller Derby 6/20 Northern Mass
And booties meet booties with everyone’s favorite roller derby athletes. Ladies on wheels. 5pm. Also, an afterparty.
Shriners Auditorium, Wilmington, MA. more
St. Peter’s Fiesta 6/24 – 6/28 North Shore
They’re also doing it in Gloucester, which is 90 minutes away, that’s no short drive. Religious activities, music, food, sporting events, parade, culminating with the Blessing of the Fishing Fleet from the Boulevard (near Fishermen’s Memorial Statue).
Gloucester, MA. more
Day of Portugal Parade 6/21 Boston Metro
The Portuguese “festival” is a loosely connected series of events from April to June. There really is a parade June 21st though!
Church, Cambridge St at Cardinal Medeiros Ave, Cambridge, MA. more

Also Fun
Hellenic Festival (Greek) 6/19 – 6/21 Boston Metro
But this one’s much closer to home.
Saints Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church, 14 Magazine Street, Cambridge, MA. more
Boston Tango Festival 6/17 – 6/21 Boston Metro
Tango is the hardest of the dances to learn, but I called and they swear this festival is for beginners of all ages, even kids.
16 Bow St, 2FL, Somerville, MA. more
MFA Community Day (June) 6/21 Boston Metro
The MFA is free again. (Thanks!).
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA. more
Free day at the DeCordova 6/21 Metro West
Not to be left out, since it’s Fathers Day, dad get free admission to the DeCordova Sculpture Museum today. But how are they going to verify that exactly? Bring a fake mustache (even you gals).
DeCordova Sculpture Museum, 51 Sandy Pond Road, Lincoln, MA.781-259-8355. more
Be Our Guest, free admission to Concord Museum 6/24 – 8/19 Metro West
The Concord Museum refuses to be left out of the rush. And July 23 and Aug 20.
200 Lexington Road, Concord, MA.978-369-9763. more
Annual Arts Fest Beverly 6/20 North Shore
OK! Here are some lesser festivals around New England, starting with this admittedly vendor-oriented street festival.
Beverly, MA.978-922-8558. more
South Shore Art Center’s Arts Festival 6/19 – 6/21 South Shore
Also another “juried” arts festival.
Cohasset, MA. more
Hull-of-a-Day Celebration 6/20 South Shore
This one’s much more real, with a parade at 11am from A Street & Nantasket Avenue to N St. 12pm Festivities with music, food, games, exhibits, activities for kids & adults, at the L Street Playground. Rain date the next day.
L Street Playground, Hull, MA.(781) 925-2295. more
Taste of Cambridge 6/25 Boston Metro
5:30-8pm. Benefits Boston Area Rape Crisis Center & Transition House. MITAC discount. Buy tix in advance for discount. It’s $50.
Charles Hotel Courtyard in Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA. more
Bird Park Annual Ice Cream Social 6/20 Metro West
More food, this time, it’s ice cream!! And it’s free, with music and storytelling. 4-6:30pm.
Bird Park, Washington Street, Walpole, MA. more
A Wild Affair @ Stone Zoo 6/20 North Shore
Also expensive (fundraisers are like that!) here’s a food tasting event, with live animals and music. $40 in advance, $50 at the gate.
149 Pond Street, Stoneham, MA.781-438-5100. more
Kink 101 Club Party 6/20 Boston Metro
Speaking of a ‘wild affair’, this one’s for people with way too much gutter in the mind. Not that that’s bad?
Cambridge, MA. more
Lynn Carnival 6/24 – 6/28 North Shore
Yet another festival with Fiesta Show’s traveling carnival.
Lynn English High School, Lynn, MA. more
South End Garden Tour 6/20 Boston Metro
10am. An opportunity to see how the better half lives, and their gardens.
Library, 685 Tremont Street, Boston, MA. more
Special Olympics – Summer Games 6/19 – 6/21 Boston Metro
I vounteered for this once, it was fun. On the campuses (campi?) of Harvard, MIT and Boston University.
Various, Cambridge, MA. more
Boston Prostate Cancer Walk 6/21 Boston Metro
Yet another charity walk.
Boston Common, Boston, MA. more
Provincetown International Film Festival 6/17 – 6/21 Cape Cod
Although I’m against film festival during warm weather, you’d never get me to Provincetown in January anyway, so sure, have it in June!
Provincetown, MA.508-487-3456. more
Nantucket Film Festival 6/18 – 6/21 Cape Cod
Ditto with Nantucket, a great place to visit. (But it’s Martha’s Vinyard that has the big public beaches.).
Nantucket. more
106 WCOD Cape Cod Chowderfest 6/21 Cape Cod
This is a live music event where you get to eat. I’m sold! Just $10.
Cape Cod Melody Tent, 21 West Main Stree, Hyannis, MA. more
Charles River One Mile Swim 6/21 Boston Metro
There’s some kind of race. Or thecharles.org.
Arthur Fiedler Dock, Boston, MA. more
EurekaFest 6/24 – 6/27 Boston Metro
And the geeks at MIT will be creating giant robots to take over the planet. (Cool!!).
MIT, Cambridge, MA. more
Earthdance SEEDS Festival 6/14 – 6/28 Western Mass
This organic festival is for the seriously green-hearted.
Plainfield, MA.413-634-5678. more

Murder Mystery & Evening With the Astors @ Beechwood Mansion 6/18 – 10/31 Newport Area
The murder mystery events begin for the season in Newport. I really want to go someday! Every Thursday at 7pm. Reserve in advance. Also “Evenings with the Astors” events.
Newport, RI.401-846-3772. more
Capitol Steps 6/20 Boston Metro
The singing, dancing, theatre troupe that parodies national and world news. For serious news junkies.
Majestic Theatre, Cambridge, MA. more

Vermont Quilt Festival 6/19 – 6/21 Vermont
Finally, here are some events that may draw you to Vermont. First is New England’s oldest and largest quilt event, so they say!
Champlain Valley Exposition, Essex Junction, VT. more
Quechee Balloon Festival & Crafts Fair 6/19 – 6/21 Vermont
Book rides early for discount.
Main Green, Route 4, Quechee, VT.800-295-5451. more
Ethan Allen Days 6/20 – 6/21 Vermont
Before the furniture store, there was a hero. Before there were mountain men, there were mountain boys.
Bennington, VT. more


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