ArtsUnion Festivals and Markets
ArtsUnion is spearheaded by the Somerville Arts Council
in partnership with numerous community partners and producers with support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the City of Somerville.
All events take place on Union Square Plaza in Somerville unless otherwise noted. All are free.
Boston Handmade Marketplace
Sat, July 10, 3-7pm
rain date: Sun, July 11
This outdoor arts market features work by New England artists, artisans and craftspeople associated with the juried artist group, Boston Handmade
. Curated by Boston artist Jessica Burko, the Marketplace promotes local, independent businesses producing handmade works in small studio environments. More than 25 exhibitors will be on hand, along with live music by The Grownup Noise and One Happy Island. Somerville Rock & Roll Yard Sale
Sat, August 7, 3-7pm
rain date: Sun, August 8
Chris and Jennifer Daltry of What Cheer Antiques + Vintage curate the widely popular Rock & Roll Yard Sale featuring sellers of the bizarre and exotic from across New England. This flea market of treasures includes vinyl records and music memorabilia, vintage eyewear and apparel, homemade crafts, and, of course, vegan cupcakes.
The Paper Party
Sat., August 14, 3-7pm
rain date: Sun, Aug. 15
Union Square Main Streets will host "The Paper Party" -- a specialty market that showcases paper in its many forms -- you'll find letterpress printers, binders, framers, publishers, origami. Vendors are wanted. For more information contact Endre at Union Square Main Streets
Fri, August 21, 3-7pm
rain date: Sat, August 22
Bazaar Bizarre began in 2001 as a hodge-podge of friends and acquaintances cobbling together their handcrafted DIY wares to sell, staging an offbeat entertainment extravaganza. The Bazaar Bizarre joins the SAC to present their first summer fair, curated from 10 years of amazing local art and craft vendors. The fair will feature handmade housewares, jewelry, fine art, toys and ceramics for sale, while visitors to the neighborhood can try their hand at several do-it-yourself workshops and hear local bands perform.
Bloom: Interactive Art by Hannah Verlin
Sat, August 21 & 22, all day
rain dates: August 28 & 29
Location: Prospect Hill Park
Bloom will be set in Prospect Hill Park and will feature 4,500 white paper flowers in a 40-foot circle on the hillside. Each flower will be pierced with a wooden skewer, staked to the ground. The petals will be alternately labeled with "He loves me, "He loves me not," "She loves me," and "She loves me not." A sign will encourage viewers to take the flowers with them, so that the enormous field of flowers will eventually vanish.
Fandango: Celebrating Mexican Son Jarocho Music
Saturday, August 28, 5-9 pm
rain date: Sunday, August 29
Fandangos are community celebrations that feature Son Jarocho music and dance, a genre from Veracruz, Mexico, which combines Afro-Caribbean, Spanish and indigenous traditions. Local band La Tuza will kick off Somerville's first Fandango; next up will be Brooklyn-basedRadio Jarocho (above). There will also be dance lessons and performances, Mexican food, art activities and a short film about the Son Jarocho tradition. The Fandango will end as both bands play together and other local musicians join in. Olé, we say. Produced by SAC.
Utsav! A Festival of Sikh Culture
Friday, September 10, 6-9pm
raindate: Saturday, September 11
Utsav is the Indian word for festival. This event, co-produced by SAC and Somerville Community Access Television (SCAT), will be a celebration of Sikh culture in and around the community. We encourage people to enjoy Indian food from many of the Sikh-owned restaurants in Union Square. Then join us for kitan music, information about the Sikhs in Somerville and a film chosen in collaboration with the Somerville Gurdwara and SCAT. It's dinner and a movie, Sikh style.
Urban Country Fair
Saturday, September 18, 3-7pm
rain date: Sunday, Sept. 19
All things "country" collide with urban space when the Urban Country Fair 2010 hits Union Square and revives the 'ole time country fair with exhibitors, arts and crafts vendors, Boston SkillShare workshops, and countri?ed music and dancing. The spirit of community, sharing with neighbors, and showing off homemade creations will be alive and well at this festive market produced by Aliza Shapiro of Truth Serum Productions
. What the Fluff? A Celebration of Union Square Invention presents "It's the Fifth Fluff Fest: Whoopie (Pie)!"
Saturday, September 25, 3-7pm
rain date: Sunday, Sept. 26
Produced by Union Square Main Streets, "What the Fluff" celebrates the genius of Archibald Query who invented Fluff here in Union Sq. in 1917. This fifth annual event calls upon artist, musical and theatrical performers, inventors, humorists and the general public to celebrate the great American creation. This year we explore the whoopee pie, wondrous in any flavor, extraordinary in classic chocolate with lots of fluffy filling. For more info check out Union Square Main Streets