Art, Lantern, Scottish, Sand Sculpture, Museum, Balloon Fests, Pie Eating, Auto Show!
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The Week in Weird
|Forest Hills Lantern Festival||7/16||Boston Metro|
|The event of the week is the Forest Hills Lantern Festival. It’s simply amazing, one of my favorite events of the year. You write a message or japanese character on rice paper, wrap it around a wooden float with a candle, and they all get floated on a lake as the sun sets and music plays in this cemetery. 6-9pm. Rain date: 7 days later.
Forest Hills Cemetery, Boston, MA.617-524-0128. more
|Glasgow Lands Scottish Festival||7/18||Western Mass|
|Also the event of the week! 9am-9:30pm. Rain or shine.
Look Park, 300 North Main St., Northampton, MA.(413) 862-8095. more
|Somerville ArtBeat||7/17 – 7/18||Boston Metro|
|Also also the event of the week!! Somerville is having their annual art festival. I will be there shepherding my “Wheel Questions” installation, the community art project.
Davis Square, Somerville, MA.617 625 6600. more
|New England Sand Sculpting Festival||7/15 – 7/19||Boston Metro|
|Also not to be missed is this beach festival I’ve been to three times! Professionals come to make enormous sand sculptures, and they have a kids day Saturday & amateur adult day Sunday. Awards & entertainment Sunday for you to make your own sculptures, too. They’ll have fireworks and vendors and live music as well!
Revere Beach, 1 Beach Street, Revere, MA. more
|Edaville Railroad Green Festival/Beach at the Bogs||7/18 – 7/19||South Shore|
|Edaville Railroad is having a sand sculpture demonstration as well. Since there’s no beach, their professionals will truck in over 7 tons of sand!
Edaville Railroad, Pine Street, Carver, MA.877-EDAVILLE. more
|Surf’s Up! A PEM Beach Party||7/17||North Shore|
|The Peabody-Essex Museum, which is fantastic and everyone should visit anyway, which is in Salem, which is fantastic and everyone should also visit anyway, is having a “beach party” where you can learn to make a sand sculpture, a surfboard, and dance under the stars! And they’re launching their new photography exhibition about surfing. 4-10pm.
East India Square, Salem, MA.978-745-9500. more
|Bastille Day Party & Dance in Boston||7/14||Boston Metro|
|Tonight! As I mentioned last week, dinner, dancing, and French flirting! And it’s free! Free as in freedom! 9pm.
Liberty Hotel, Boston, MA.617.912.0400 or 617-876-4275. more
|[SENSE]ation Day: Clay, Fire and Fun||7/18||Southern Mass|
|The Fuller Museum is having their annual celebration with lots of interactive art workshops. Don’t be fooled by its location way out in Brockton. The Fuller is a world-class museum well worth the trip!
455 Oak Street, Brockton, MA.508-588-6000. more
|Summer Sunset Party @ Fuller Museum||7/15||Southern Mass|
|The Fuller has another another party as well but I couldn’t confirm it by phone. I do have the date written down though so I must have seen it at some point. I do know that every Wednesday night 5-9pm is free!
455 Oak Street, Brockton, MA.508-588-6000. more
|Civil War Living History Weekend||7/18 – 7/19||Rhode Island|
|There are also re-enactments this weekend, like this one in a large park in Newport. Bring a kite to fly!
Fort Adams State Park, 1 Lincoln Drive, Newport, RI.401-841-0707. more
|Newport Black Ships Festival||7/16 – 7/19||Rhode Island|
|While you’re in Newport, check out this totally unique Japanese festival, including drumming performance and ships.
Newport, RI.401-846-2720. more
|Abigail Adams Meets Captain William Smith||7/19 – 8/2||Metro West|
|You can meet the wife of former president John Adams re-enacted, as well. Preceded by “Colonial Tunes with the Hartwell Players”.
Captain William Smith House, Lexington, MA. more
|American Independence Festival||7/18||New Hampshire|
|The 4th of July is not quite over yet, either!
1 Governors Lane, Exeter, NH.603-772-2622. more
|The Long Arm of the Law||7/18||Metro West|
|And you can’t keep the Minuteman National Park from re-enacting every weekend this summer. The “Long Arm of the Law” will introduce you to 18th century criminals and police.
Hartwell Tavern, Rt 2A, Lincoln, MA. more
|Verrill Farm Blueberry Pancake & Pie Eating Contest||7/18||Metro West|
|In nearby Concord, it’s a pie-eating contest! With hayrides, live music, pony rides. 9am-12pm.
11 Wheeler Road, Concord, MA.978-369-4494. more
|Annual Antique Auto Show||7/19||Metro West|
|Also nearby is a giant car show at the historic Codman Estate. I’m pretty sure Codman was the fellow who invented the codpiece.
Codman Estate, 36 Codman Road, Lincoln, MA.(617) 529-1714. more
|The Great American Car Show @ Larz Anderson Museum||7/19||Boston Metro|
|Another car show, even bigger I bet, will be at the Larz Anderson Museum of Transportation in Brookline.
15 Newton Street, Brookline, MA.(617) 522-6547. more
|Green River Festival (Balloon Festival)||7/17 – 7/18||Northwest Mass|
|Two balloon festivals this week! It’s always smart to call ahead to reserve your balloon ride. Off Rt 91 exit 26.
Greenfield Community College, Greenfield, MA.413-773-9393. more
|South County Hot Air Balloon Festival||7/17 – 7/19||Rhode Island|
|Rt 95S to ex 9. Rt 4S, 10.4mi joins Rt 1, then Rt 138W.
URI Athletic Fields off Rt 138, Kingston, RI.401-783-1770. more
|Festival Betances (Latino Festival)||7/17 – 7/19||Boston Metro|
|It’s the oldest Latino festival in New England. It’s free. And they have a big parade and a greased pole contest!
Villa Victoria, South End?, Boston, MA. more
|Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival & Mass MOCA||7/15 – 8/1||Western Mass|
|This is basically a music festival. And I don’t think you get to bang on cans.
87 Marshall St, North Adams, MA.413-662-2111.. more
|Boston Film Race||7/17||Boston Metro|
|Amateur directors are challenged to write, shoot, and edit a film all in one day. Then the films are screened at the Brattle.
Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St., Cambridge, MA.617-876-6837. more
|Murder at the Science Museum – Watson Adventures||7/18||Boston Metro|
|Register in advance for this scavenger hunt (for clus, not stop signs!) that will have you racing around the museum of science. 4-6:30pm.
Museum of Science, Boston, Boston, MA.877-946-4868 x11. more
|Summer Nights @ Harvard Museum of Natural History||7/16 – 8/20||Boston Metro|
|The science museum at Harvard will be open late this Thursday, with a free lecture about biodiversity at 6pm & 7pm.
26 Oxford St, Cambridge, MA.617-495-3045. more
|Shakespeare in the Park||7/19||Boston Metro|
|And there’s free Shakespeare in Arlington! 5pm.
Robbins Farm Park, Eastern Avenue, Arlington, MA. more
|Awesome 80’s Prom||7/18 – 8/15||Boston Metro|
|You really can travel back in time and go to prom all over again in the 1980s! This interactive performance puts you and your friends at an improv comedy show, a dance party, and a re-enactment to make memories.
The Tremont St. Playhouse at Club Pearl, 275 Tremont Street, Boston, MA. more
|Boston Harbor Islands Free Ferry Day||7/17||Boston Metro|
|Also fun, everyone should check out the Boston Harbor Islands, and they help by having free ferry days.
One Long Wharf, Boston, MA.617-223-8672. more
|MFA Community Day (July)||7/19||Boston Metro|
|And the MFA is free again. (Thanks!) Also every Wednesday late afternoon.
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA. more
|Prescott Park Folk Festival||7/18||New Hampshire|
|It’s a park. It’s folk music. It’s a festival. 5-10pm.
Portsmouth, NH. more
|Ocean State Reggae Festival||7/18 – 7/19||Rhode Island|
|Because everyone knows that Rhode Islanders are big into reggae music.
Ninigret Park, Rt 1A, Charlestown, RI. more
|Uxbridge Art & Music Festival||7/19||Worcester|
|This looks small and possibly bad. But they’ll have face painting! And canoeing!
River Bend Farm, 287 Oak Street, Uxbridge, MA. more
|Masterworks Chorale Summer Sings||7/14 – 8/4||Boston Metro|
|As I mentioned, this group does participatory singing all summer long of classical works.
Noble and Greenough School, Lawrence Auditorium, 10 Campus Drive, Dedham, MA.781-235-6210. more
|Barnstable County Fair||7/17 – 7/25||Cape Cod|
|Rt 28S to Rt 151E, 4.7 mi. Largest annual event on Cape Cod.
Rt 151, East Falmouth, MA.508-563-3200. more
|Boston Harbor Swim||7/17||Boston Metro|
|It’s a 22-mile swim. I think I’ll just watch. 7am-4pm.
Boston, MA. more
|Brimfield Antiques Festival (Summer)||7/14 – 7/19||Springfield|
|If anyone cares, the largest antiquest ‘festival’ in New England is having their 3-times-a-year event again. Off of Rt 20.
Rt 20 at Rt 19, Brimfield, MA.(413) 245 3209. more
|Quincy Sidewalk Summer Festival||7/16 – 7/18||South Shore|
|Quincy is having a fairly commercial festival, with vendors on the street with live music.
Quincy, MA.617-471-3232. more
|Pittsfield Art Show||7/18 – 7/19||Western Mass|
|This one’s commercial too, but still a fun excuse to get out & about.
Pittsfield, MA. more
|Ponkapoag Bog Walk||7/19||Boston Metro|
|Call ahead for foot gear. We’re going hiking through a bog! 1pm.
Boston, MA.617-698-1802 x212. more
|A Tribute to Haydn||7/19||Boston Metro|
|Traditional old-timey instruments will fill out a concert on the lawn at the Longfellow Historic Site. I was just there last weekend! Quite interesting!! George Washington lived there.
105 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA.617-876-4491. more
|The Underpants||7/16 – 8/2||North Shore|
|A comedy written by Steve Martin. In Salem.
Church, 316 Essex Street, Salem, MA.978-790-8546. more
|Circus Smirkus @ Wellesley||7/17 – 7/19||Metro West|
|And July 31 & August 1 at Revere, MA.
Elm Bank Horticultural Center, Wellesley, MA. more
|Sarah Silverman||7/19||New Hampshire|
|Everyone’s favorite fake racist fake everything-ist pokes fun at the ones who aren’t fake.
Palace Theatre, 80 Hanover Street, Manchester, NH. more
|French Film Festival||7/9 – 7/26||Boston Metro|
|Summer isn’t a great time for a film festival, but the MFA has a movie theatre, so they persevere.
MFA, Boston, MA. more
|Ocean’s 2||7/3 – 8/28||Boston Metro|
|Before there was Ocean’s 11, there was Ocean’s 2. Improv comedy partly scripted after the movies. Every Friday @ 8pm from July – August.
40 Prospect St, Cambridge, MA.617-576-1253. more
|Newport Music Festival||7/10 – 7/26||Rhode Island|
|To me, a ‘festival’ has to involve an open social space, and can’t be a series of concerts over 2 weeks. But everyone should visit the mansion in Newport, so here’s your excuse.
Newport, RI.401-849-0700. more
|White’s Beach & Campground Bluegrass Fest||7/17 – 7/19||Maine|
|Camp for the weekend. Listen to Bluegrass!
Brunswick, ME. more
|Middlebury Festival on the Green||7/12 – 7/18||Vermont|
|Their claiming this is “Vermont’s Favorite Festival”. Could be.
Middlebury, VT. more
|French Heritage Days in Vermont||7/17 – 7/18||Vermont|
|French music, dance, fencing demonstrations, antique vehicles, old timey games, lots of cultural fun!
Vergennes, VT.800-733-8376. more