Friday, May 24, 2024



Aggregation No. 1“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at 2 and 7 p.m Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in Longfellow Park, 175 Mount Auburn St., near Harvard Square. Free.

In this beloved Shakespeare comedy, four Athenian lovers and a group of amateur actors are manipulated by forest fairies – perfect for It’s A Fiasco, a theater company committed to bringing Shakespeare to the public through free performances in natural settings. (The producers suggesting bringing a lawn chair or a blanket and some bug spray.) This warm summer evening of free theater is presented under the auspices of the Actors’ Equity Association with the sponsorship of the City of Cambridge and Cambridge Arts Council. Information is here.



Aggregation No. 2The seventh annual Make Music Harvard Square/Fête de la Musique from 2 to 10 p.m. in Harvard Square.

Inspired by a street-music festival started 29 years ago in Paris, the seventh annual Make Music Harvard Square/Fête de la Musique brings more than 70 bands and musicians from across the country to play on a dozen stages throughout Harvard Square – everything from Rock ’n’ Roll, funk and folk to jazz, country, hip-hop, some standards and classical, pop, R&B, soul, alternative, goth, bluegrass, world and, um, grunge, if that’s still a thing (especially since we used this exact joke last year). Find a full schedule here or just follow the music.



Aggregation No. 3Summer Solstice Celebration: Night at the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday at The Plaza, 1 Oxford St., next to Memorial Hall near Harvard Square. Free.

Enjoy an evening of music from the Cambridge Symphony Chamber Players and Marcus Santos and Bloco AfroBrazil; stilt walkers, jugglers and acrobats from Off the Ground Circus Arts; an opening ceremony from La Piñata, the Latin American Family Cultural Network; temporary solar tattoos, custom flower crown and festive sunset shaker making; and other hands-on activities and fun science for all ages, including an exploration of the diversity of insects that visit summer picnics, using rocks to make musical instruments such as lithophones and trying them out, observing the sun and other celestial bodies with the Amateur Telescope Makers of Boston and learning the astronomical meaning of the summer solstice from a team of astronomers and educators from Harvard University. There’s also free evening admission to four Harvard museums – the Museum of Natural History, Semitic Museum, Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments and Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology. There’s even free parking. Information is here, or call (617)495-3045.



Aggregation No. 4Midsummer Night Revels: A Summer Solstice Soireé at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Shady Hill School, 156 Coolidge Ave. Tickets at the door are $40 or $100 (including a 6:30 p.m. pre-soirée reception with hors d’oeuvres and wine).

There will be food, drink and merriment as Revels marks the summer solstice in true Victorian fashion, including a sampling of British Music Hall songs and dances at its own pop-up pub, the “Old Bull and Bush,” where attendees will get a sneak preview of some of the songs from the organization’s upcoming Victorian-themed Christmas Revels at Sanders Theatre. All tickets include performances, music, dessert buffet, cash bar and a silent auction, with proceeds going to Revels’ education and public programs.



Aggregation No. 5TrashBash, Somerville’s Second Annual Recycled Arts Competition, from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday at The Uniun, 3 Sanborn Court, Union Square, Somerville. Entry is $5.

The call went out for artists to create art in any medium but using recycled content or recyclable content, and now comes the judging – with $100 prizes in adult and youth categories and other prizes donated by local business sponsors (including for originality, creativity and best use of recycled content) judged on educational value and overall artistic concept and use of materials. This 3 Graces Production in collaboration with Uniun Warehouse (funded in part by the Somerville Arts Council and the Massachusetts Cultural Council) will feature music by David TanklefskyThe Soulful Souls, and 3D and the Greaseballs, emceeing by Tom Champion and food and beverage sales. Information is here.