Weekend Events: Festival Edition

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Catch up these great weekend events. Photo by Dave Levy

Weekend Events in Boston & Cambridge: the Festival Edition

We did it! We got through the first week! Hopefully you aren’t as exhausted as I am, and you’ll be able to attend some of the awesome festivals and events in Boston and Cambridge this weekend. For these weekend events, you can expect music, food, and attractions galore all over the Greater Boston area.

Events in Boston and Cambridge on Saturday, September 6th

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Photo by Boston Calling Music Festival

Boston Calling Music Festival

1 City Hall Plaza, Boston
Admission Varies
5 p.m. Friday thru 9/7

Boston Calling takes up two weekends each summer—one in May, and one in September. And it. Is. AWESOME.

This year’s lineup includes some of my personal favorite musicians: Neutral Milk Hotel, Childish Gambino, Lorde, Nas, and so many others. Tickets have been available all summer, and you can still find some online as well as—I’m sure—right outside the festival fences.

If you have the opportunity to go to Boston Calling, do not hesitate. Grab your festival gear (not that I know what that is. I’m assuming clothing with a lot of sunflowers on it) and head out that door. I won passes to all three of the May dates, but ended up having to sell all but Friday’s ticket.

Now I’m stewing in a pool of jealousy at my seat in the reception chair right next to 1 City Hall Plaza, and that’s just during soundcheck.

(Helpful Hint: Follow @BostonTweet on Twitter for the opportunity to find tickets hidden at popular spots all over the city.)

The New England Underground Music Festival

6 p.m. Friday thru Sunday
Cuisine en Locale, Somerville
$35 Admission Fee

This one’s a bit lighter on your wallet than Boston Calling, and it has a wonderful local lineup. If you’re also looking to get into the local art and hipster-in-a-complimentary-way scene in Boston, this is the place for you.

With a huge lineup of experimental bands from Vermont to Massachusetts to Connecticut, this is an event you won’t want to miss. Head over to Cuisine en Locale in Somerville before it’s too late.

Somerville Greek Festival

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Photo by Geoff Peters

5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Dormition Church, 29 Central Street, Somerville
Free Admission

It’s totally possible that you’re looking for a festival that’s kind to your stomach. Look no further. The Greek Festival in Somerville is guaranteed to have all of the falafel and that yogurt sauce with lots of dill that your heart desires.

Of course, there will also be music, dancing, and other cultural activities, but we all know why you’re really going.

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Photo by Rob Larsen

JP Music Festival

12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Pinebank Field, Jamaica Plain
Free Admission

This one’s even lighter on your wallet than the New England Underground Music Festival.

If you’ve been trying to get really in touch with Boston’s local scene, then Jamaica Plain’s Music Fest is for you. JP is considered one of the hippest neighborhoods in the city (it stole its title from the South End relatively recently), and its Music Fest stays true to that label.

Featuring bands strictly from within the JP borders, you’re guaranteed to find some bands you’ll love, some you’ll like, and others you might want to forget.

Regardless, it’s worth checking out any and all local acts you can!

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Photo by May 369

Spread Positivity – Compliment Party 2!

7:30 p.m.
Sorriso, 107 South Street, Boston
$5 Admission

Yeah, yeah, I’ve talked about this before, and it’s not a festival. Still, it’s worth another mention because it’s just such a cute idea.

For those of you who didn’t see my original post, Spread Positivity is a Boston-based group that aims to do exactly what their name says. At each event, beer and pizza (covered by your $5 entrance fee) is offered—but only if you give compliments to bouncers, planners, and other party-goers.

This week has been so emotionally and mentally exhausting, I could use a compliment or two—even if they are being used as bargaining tools for a slice and a draught.

Run Wild 5K Franklin Park Zoo

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12 p.m. to 8 p.m.
1 Franklin Park Zoo, Boston
$27 Admission Fee

I’m not a runner, so there aren’t too many positive things I can say about getting up early to run a 5K, but … this one’s in a zoo.

I tried.

With trails over paved roads, wide cross-country fields, and around White Stadium, this isn’t your ordinary 5K. Each participant receives a Franklin Park Zoo t-shirt, and following the race is an after-party featuring tons of Massachusetts craft breweries.

… Just go for the beer.

Events on Sunday, September 7th

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Just in case you want to learn the moves. Photo by Brian White

Beyonce Brunch

11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Back Bay Harry’s, 142 Berkeley Street
$35 Admission

Who run the world?


Since Queen Bey’s 33rd birthday just passed this week, why not celebrate with a delicious and fanciful Back Bay brunch in honor of our Lord and Savior Queen B? Though it isn’t brought to you by the same people who bring Boston its notorious Biggie Brunch (pardon the pun), this brunch is guaranteed to make you feel as glam as the queen herself.

Fixed at a flat rate of $35, you get a Bey-themed champagne brunch, a walk on a red carpet, and a photo booth to capture the moment with you and your friends, all in the name of Bey Day. Of course, Bey’s music videos will be projected throughout the affair, and you are welcome to dress “bootylicious.” (The event’s words, not mine.)

I half-wish I was making this event up, and I half-wish I didn’t have work on Sundays so I could go.

Breakfast Sandwich Throwdown: Round 2

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Eat this as you celebrate Cambridge’s weekend events. Photo by Yonas Hassen

10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
State Park, 1 Kendall
$35 Admission Fee

Maybe you boogied down to too much Beyoncé this weekend (impossible), and can’t quite stomach a drink called I Woke Up Like This (more than impossible).

If that’s the case, then the Breakfast Sandwich Throwdown is for you. Chefs from all over Boston and Cambridge are coming together to compete and see who can really make the best breakfast sandwich in the city. Each chef will provide a sandwich, and the event promises two complimentary cocktails to each guest.

I don’t even like eggs much, but all this talk about brunching is making me crave an English muffin sandwich.

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Photo by Ricardo

Boston Brazilian Festival

12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
DCR Herter Park, 1175 Soldiers Field Road
Free Admission

Come to think of it, my only experience with Brazilian food has been that scene in Bridesmaids where they all drink sangria and get food poisoning.

If that’s been your experience, too, make it your goal this weekend to get out and celebrate Brazilian food and culture, and hopefully learn something new. The festival includes a parade, tons of children’s activities, music, and probably the opportunity to learn some Portuguese.

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I hope you guys are all able to go out and have a blast at the festivals and other events in Boston and Cambridge during these weekend events. If you need me, I’ll definitely be passed out in my bowl of cereal at noon on Saturday.

Katie Smith
Events Blog Editor