Five things to do this weekend: Sept. 13-14
Boston Festival of Indie Games from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Building W34, also known as the Johnson Athletics Center, 120 Vassar St. Tickets online are $10 with a $1.24 online service fee per person, or $7.50 with a $1.18 fee when buying a family pack for two or more people. Family packs aren’t available at the door, but per-person admission is.
Love game? Bored with the ones you have? Come look at the ones you might not be able to get yet – or ever. This family-friendly event encourages attendees to share and interact with various kinds of games, including video and tabletop, as well as to attend talks, panels and workshops on indie game development and the future of the game industry. The annual Figgies Awards Show ends the day. Information is here.
Riverfest at Assembly Row from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday at Assembly Row, 300 Grand Union Blvd., Somerville.
In addition to daylong live music, interactive sidewalk art, food, children’s activities (including free games, face painting, balloon artists, magicians and other performers) and an 8 p.m. fireworks show over the Mystic River, this seventh annual Riverfest marks the final installment of Assembled: The Handmade Arts Market at Assembly Row, which brings together dozens of local makers of arts and crafts. Information is here.
Bufu Records’ End of Summer Showcase at 7 p.m. Saturday at The Democracy Center, 45 Mount Auburn St., Harvard Square. Admission is a sliding scale from $5 to $10.
Boston’s Bufu Records eulogizes the end of the summer the loudest, best way it knows how: with a five-band bill of label bands with new songs and releases to share. The bands are Jamaica Plain baby punk trio Free Pizza; lo-fi trio The Lentils; Boston power pixie Jillian Medford and her band Ian; Providence, R.I., and Boston-based surfy dreampop quartet Littlefoot; and Wakefield’s outsider rock/disoriented punk/hip-hop phenom Gangbang Gordon. Organizers stress that the music starts at 7:30 p.m. promptly, and that no drugs or alcohol will be tolerated at the event. More information is here.
WMBR’s Pipeline! at 25 Show No. 2 at 7 p.m. Saturday at Cuisine en Locale, 156 Highland Ave., Somerville. Tickets are $20.
WMBR has pulled together some 80 bands for reunion performances in its monthlong “50 Years of Boston Rock 2014” – the 25th anniversary year of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology radio station local-rock show’s inaugural broadcast. Over five weekends and 13 nights at different venues, organizers say, “hand-picked acts representing the very best of the Boston rock underground from the ’60s to the 2000s will take to the stage once again to deliver the sounds that got them notice many years ago.” In this Somerville show, doors are at 6:30 for music starting at 7 p.m. with Miranda Warning and leading to Baby’s Arm at 7:55 p.m.; The Dogmatics at 8:50 p.m.; Eric Martin & Friends at 9:45 p.m.; The Turbines at 10:40 p.m.; and Stranglehold from 11:35 p.m. to 12:15 a.m. Information is here.
Cuisine en Locale also hosts shows Sept. 19-20 and Oct. 10-11. There are shows at The Middle East Downstairs, 480 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square, on Oct. 3-4 and Oct. 12. Other dates are at Arlington’s Regent Theatre and at the Brighton Music Hall. Dig Boston has a schedule here. You can join a Facebook group for the series here.
Local is for Lovers Back to School Market from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Center for Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. Free.
Some two dozen local artists, artisans and businesses gather for this market, where you can shop to live music, have a nosh and let Knucklebones amuse the kids. Vendor include 13mL Designs (which sells the superhero capes seen above); Barefoot Books by Michele MacLean; Batiz Jewelry; Cave Studio Arts; Chalk Concrete; Designs by EVFB; Emrys Handcrafted; Far From The Tree Craft Hard Cider; Freebird Designs Jewelry; The Gravestone Girls; InSeine Arts; Just Enough Nonsense; Kassuô; Kwohtations; Loomination; Magpie Kids; Next Step Living; Pink Pigeon Creations; Q’s Nuts; Somerville Soap Works; Singing Stones Jewelry; Stompbox Sonic; and TaraFaeri. Information is here.