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
|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
|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