Water Boarding, Puerto Rican, Folk, Shark, Auto, Maritime, Celtic, Tibet, Catholic Fests.
07/21/09 by Johnny Monsarrat
This weekend’s group trip is to the Lowell Folk Festival! Email me about your availability and if you can drive: firstname.lastname@example.org
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The Week in Weird
|Water Board: A Play About Torture||7/23||Boston Metro|
|The weird event of the week is torture, live on stage. Amnesty International and theatre. Does it mix? Come find out at this show about torture. It’s mainly satire and political fun, but they’ll also demonstrate waterboarding. I’m told the part that’s horrific is limited, but it’s not for kids. 8pm.
YMCA Theater, 820 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA.617-797-1981. more
|Lowell Folk Festival||7/24 – 7/26||Northern Mass|
|Also the event of the week is the Lowell Folk Festival: the largest free folk festival in US.
Lowell, MA.978-970-5000. more
|Oak Bluffs Monster Shark Tournament||7/23 – 7/25||Southern Mass|
|And now time for some revenge on sharks for what happened in the documentary Jaws. Oh wait. That was fiction?
Oak Bluffs, Martha’s Vinyard, MA. more
|Puerto Rican Festival||7/26||Boston Metro|
|I’ve been to this festival. They have a traveling carnival with tons of vendors, sort of corny but lots of ethnic pride and happy kids. Rain or shine, but it will be so muddy if it rains, skip it. Free. Parade on Sunday @ 12pm, from 55 Malcolm X Boulevard, down Columbus Ave, Seaver St, Blue Hill Ave, and into Franklin Park.
Playstead Field, Franklin Park, Boston, MA.866.481.0695 or 617-635-3911. more
|St. Joseph Feast Celebration||7/24 – 7/26||Boston Metro|
|The Italians in Boston’s North End have a number of Catholic Festivals. This one’s the biggest I believe. I’ve always been put off by the hammering religious nature of the events. Are the rest of us welcome? I suppose.
Battery St & Hanover St, Boston, MA.617-720-1368. more
|Blackstone Valley Celtic Festival||7/25||Worcester|
|The Irish have their priorities straight. Religion takes a back seat to parades, music, and dance.
Indian Ranch, 200 Gore Rd, Webster, MA.508-943-3871. more
|Merrimack River Maritime Festival @ Salisbury Beach||7/25 – 7/26||North Shore|
|Sailors have their day on the north shore. Fireworks Saturday @ 10pm.
Salisbury Beach, Salisbury, MA.978-462-7274. more
|Olde Ipswich Days||7/23 – 7/26||North Shore|
|They’ll have a block party & an old time baseball game. Crafts fair on the South Village Green and a book sale on the library lawn. Opening of a new 17th restored home. Take shuttle at http://ipswichessexexplorer.com/.
South Village Green, Ipswich, MA. more
|Salem CultureFest||7/25 – 7/26||North Shore|
|Also on the North Shore, Salem is throwing what looks to be a slightly bigger festival.
Salem, MA. more
|Yankee Homecoming Festival||7/26 – 8/2||North Shore|
|But the real North Shore festival this weekend is in Newburyport. Printmaking, food & music & art, festival, historical tours, Irish & Greek performances. fireworks Aug 1, and a parade Aug 2.
Various, Newburyport, MA. more
|Day of Triumph @ Larz Anderson Museum||7/26||Boston Metro|
|Of course I can’t resist the Museum of Transportation, again. I’m just going to keep posting these until you go! So don’t fight it! Car show for people who own Triumph cars.
15 Newton Street, Brookline, MA.(617) 522-6547. more
|Sol LeWitt Gallery Quest @ Mass MoCA||7/25||Western Mass|
|You don’t really need an excuse to get out to the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, which is always amazing yet accessible. However, this scavenger hunt may give you an extra reason.
87 Marshall St, North Adams, MA.413-662-2111.. more
|YAK Breakdancers||7/23 – 9/1||Boston Metro|
|I came across these breakdancers. They’re genuinely amazing. Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun, they perform all day from 1pm+ in front of the statue at Faneuill Hall.
Faneiul Hall, Boston, MA. more
|Barnstable County Fair||7/17 – 7/25||Cape Cod|
|There are tons of fairs all over New England. I only list the biggest but more are out there! Rt 28S to Rt 151E, 4.7 mi. Largest annual event on Cape Cod.
Rt 151, East Falmouth, MA.508-563-3200. more
|Canterbury Fair||7/25||New Hampshire|
|This one’s much smaller but looks fun.
Canterbury, NH. more
|North Haverhill Fair||7/22 – 7/26||New Hampshire|
|Fiesta Shows will have their traveling carnival there. A rodeo & Guitar Hero tournament.
North Haverhill Fairgrounds, North Haverhill, NH.603-989-3305. more
|Family Fun Night Under the Canopy Tent||7/22||Metro West|
|The Ancient Order of Fife and Drum performs live & outdoors.
Longfellow’s Wayside Inn, 72 Wayside Inn Road, Sudbury, MA. more
|Provincetown Rocks: The Festival||7/22 – 7/26||Cape Cod|
|5 days / 4 nights of rock, comedy, & burlesque.
Provincetown, MA. more
|Be Our Guest @ Concord Museum||7/23 – 8/19||Metro West|
|Free admission to the Concord Museum. And Aug 20.
200 Lexington Road, Concord, MA.978-369-9763. more
|Woods Hole Film Festival||7/25 – 8/1||Cape Cod|
|Cape Cod can be excused for having a film festival in the summer. Because when else would you go there?
Woods Hole, MA. 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
|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
|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
|Falcon Ridge Folk Festival||7/23 – 7/26||Eastern NY|
|Its just over the border from Western, MA. This year includes The Strangelings w/ Chris Thompson.
Dodds Farm, County Road 7D, Hillsdale, NY. more
|County Bluegrass||7/24 – 7/26||Maine|
|Here’s a festival you come camp over for.
Fort Fairfield, ME. more
|Tibet Fest||7/25 – 7/26||Connecticut|
|This one is totally unique and probably worth the trip!
Rt 63, Goshen, CT.(860) 491-3655. more