Weekend Guide: September 19-21

Fall is fast approaching and in New England we get out and celebrate.  Here are just a few places you can head out this weekend to enjoy the warm September sun on your face, delicious regional food, and participate in the creativity of our communities.


Friday, September 19th

(Park)ing Day is a fun little way to explore the neighborhood or an excuse to explore a new one.  35 different community groups, business, and city departments are transforming 43 parking spots into something else for the day from dance parties to gardens or playgrounds to mini studios. Here is a full map of (Park)ing spots.

The Scallop Festival begins in Friday and goes through Sunday at the Cape Cod Fairgrounds in Falmouth. A classic country fair with a Cape Cod twist.  There is a midway, food festival, juried art and craft show, and live entertainment. Admission is $6 per person, children 6-12 are $2 and children under 5 are free.  Dinners are $22 for a scallop dinner or $20 for a chicken dinner.  Gates open at 10 a.m.

The Eastern States Expo home to The Big E is something to be experienced at least once in a lifetime if not annually.  An exposition of all the Eastern States.  This Friday, is New Hampshire Day.  From blue ribbon contests, to animal exhibits and horse shows this is not your every day fair or expo.  There are butter sculptures, lines of hungry guests waiting to indulge in the famous Maine potatoes, a circus and rides.  This year, Rhode Island’s Matunuck Oyster Bar is joining the Big E family.  The Big E is located in West Springfield, MA . Admission is $40 for adults and $20 for children. Parking is $10.  On Fridays (or any weekday) Magic Midway Passes are available for $28

The Bedford Public Library had their fall book sale this weekend.  It begins on Friday from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. and continues throughout the weekend.

Food Photographer Brian Samuels’s exhibit The Mood of Food at the Boston Center for Adult Education, in the South End, will have an opening reception.  The exhibit will be on display through October and is open to the public Monday through Friday daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Saturday, September 20th

Danehy Park Family Day in Cambridge is a wonderful fall celebration with children’s activities, magicians, clowns, bouncy houses and more.  In addition, Danehy Park is great for kite flying, and children are given kites (until supplies last).  There are also free hot dogs, bake sales, live performances and the beauty and joy of being in the park on a gorgeous fall day. This free event, sponsored by the City of Cambridge, attracts over 4,000 people annually and offers something for everyone.   There is a special bus shuttle schedule to attend the event as parking is limited.

MetroFest in Framingham débuts this Saturday with a Food Truck Festival, live music, the much-loved bouncy house, face painting, obstacle courses and demonstrations.  Jack’s Abby Brewing will be will have a beer making exhibit.  There will be over 70 exhibitors including local artists and artisans. Tickets are $5 for adults, $2 for children 5-12 and free for children under 5. MetroFest will be held at the Bowditch Field Athletic & Cultural Complex in Framingham.

Burgers, Donuts and PopTarts at Moody’s Deli.  This is the perfect storm of Boston Burger Blog’s Richard Chudy along with charcuterie king and owner of Moody’s, Joshua Smith, along with Top Chef Stephanie Cmar and head tart tempter of Trademark Tarts Justin Burke-Samson.  Sliders will be served from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Donuts are sweet breakfast pastry tarts are usually until supplies last (and from experience I’d say get there early to have your pick).

Sunday, September 21st

11th Annual Revels RiverSing.  Say goodbye to summer and welcome in Fall with song.  You can even download the lyrics so you come prepared.  This free family-friendly Autumnal Equinox celebration takes place in Harvard Square and along the Charles River.  The RiverSing is from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m.

The Allston Village Street Fair has two stages for live performances as well as roaming street performers and celebrity guests.  This celebration of the Allston-Brighton neighborhood is full of life with vendors, artists, musicians, a market and more.  The Fair is free and will go from 12:00 to 6:00 p.m. Free Parking and Free Shuttle Bus Service To and From the Allston Village Street Fair from 11:30a.m. – 6:30p.m. Parking Garage is located on Guest Street in Brighton – Next to the WGBH Studios. Directly across the street from the New Balance Corporation.

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