Sunday, June 16, 2024

Friday, June 30

Nature in the City Festival from 5 to 8 p.m. at Magazine Beach, at the river end of Magazine Street in the Cambridgeport neighborhood. Free. Explore nature, make art, dance to live music, eat and play games by the river. Information is here.

Dancing on the Row from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on the green space near Smoke Shop BBQ at Assembly Row, 375 Artisan Way, Assembly Square, Somerville (and continuing every other Friday through Sept. 8). Free. MetaMovements artist collective members from Cuba, Dominican Republic and the United States created animaciones (choreographed group dances/follow-alongs) for this year’s series, which features a different Latin dance style each Friday. The evening begins with a lesson followed by live DJs spinning Latin music. Information is here.

Draper Summer Fridays for Families from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Draper Laboratory, 555 Technology Square, Kendall Square (and continuing Fridays through July 28), Cambridge. Free.Take a self-guided tour of inventions and artifacts including the first Apollo contract awarded to Draper and explore a replica of Charles Stark “Doc” Draper’s office, with his books, paperwork, correspondence and photos.


Saturday, July 1

Longfellow House – Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site (via Facebook)

Family Fun Saturdays 10 a.m. to noon at Longfellow House and the Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site, 105 Brattle St., West Cambridge (and every Saturday through Sept. 2). Free. Family-friendly crafts, games, stories and activities for children ages 2-8 accompanied by an adult. Information is here.

Deep Dive Tour: Slavery & Freedom at 2:30 p.m. at Longfellow House and the Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site, 105 Brattle St., West Cambridge (and every Saturday through Oct. 30). Free. Cuba, Dinah, Malcolm, William, James and two “small boys” were enslaved at 105 Brattle St. before 1775 – learn about the ongoing research into their experiences of slavery, journeys to freedom and legacies of community activism. Information is here.


Sunday, July 2

Opera singer Mónica López (via LinkedIn)

Italian Bel Canto Opera concert at 4 p.m. at Lilypad, 1353 Cambridge St., Inman Square, Cambridge. $10 to $25. International artists Gift Anyagwochu, Heming Cao, Mónica López, Lucia Panizza and Noah Stone perform song from some of the most well-known operas. Information is here.

Nature Poetry Open Mic from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Magazine Beach, at the river end of Magazine Street in the Cambridgeport neighborhood. Free, but registration is required. Share or just listen to nature-based poetry along the Charles River. Information is here.

Summer Boston Celtic Music Fest from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Palmer Street, and at Club Passim, 47 Palmer St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. Free, but evening concerts are $25. Club Passim hosts music and dance performances originating in Irish, Scottish, Cape Breton and other Celtic traditions. Information is here.


Monday, July 3

Folk Music as a Platform for Protest and Social Change with Ira Klein (second in a two-part lecture) from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Somerville Public Library, 79 Highland Ave., Central Hill. Free, but registration is required. Klein discusses how folk music can reclaim lost stories, protest injustice and tell the stories of marginalized voices. Information is here.


Tuesday, July 4

Pub Sing from 7 to 9 p.m. at The Growing Center, 22 Vinal Ave., near Union Square, Somerville. Free. A pub-style singalong where anyone is welcome to lead – drinking songs, sea chanteys and any song with a singable chorus will be appreciated! Information is here.

Smut Slam from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. $10 suggested donation. This fast-paced storytelling open mic invites participants to tell five-minute, real-life dirty stories. The top three slammers win sexy swag from Good Vibrations. Information is here.


Wednesday, July 5

A chess board in Hangzhou, China. (Photo: Romain Guy via Flickr)

Chess Night from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Somerville Public Library, 79 Highland Ave., Central Hill (and continuing every first Monday of the month). Free. Players of all skill levels are welcome to come play, and chess sets are provided. Information is here.

Gabriella Simpkins sings at noon at the Urban Park Roof Garden atop the Kendall Center Green Garage at 90 Broadway, Kendall Square, Cambridge. Free. Club Passim hosts Simpkins as part of its free lunchtime outdoor concert series happening every Wednesday through Aug 30. Information is here.


Thursday, July 6

Ain’t That America Comedy from 7 to 9 p.m. at Starlight Square, 84 Bishop Allen Drive, Central Square, Cambridge. Free. A third year of stand-up comedy celebrating the Fourth of July featuring comedians of color, immigrant and LGBT experience. Information is here.

A screech owl surveys the scene at Fresh Pond. (Photo: Kim Starbuck)

Wingmasters: New England Birds of Prey from 1 to 2 p.m. at Somerville Public Library West Branch, 40 College Ave., near Davis Square. Free, but registration is required. Wildlife rehabilitators bring five native birds of prey to this presentation. Information is here.

Orienteering games from 10 a.m. to noon at Magazine Beach, at the river end of Magazine Street in the Cambridgeport neighborhood. Free, but registration is required. Use compasses and maps to find checkpoints around the park, try your hand at clue-sheet orienteering or check out the competitive orienteering courses. Information is here.


Friday, July 7

A silent disco. (Photo: Janusz Kaliszczak via Flickr)

Music is Freedom silent headphone party from 6 to 9 p.m. at Starlight Square, 84 Bishop Allen Drive, Central Square, Cambridge. Free, but ID is required to reserve headphones. Choose your own dance party by picking which DJ to listen to – or try them all. DJs will spin hip-hop. soul, reggae, disco, house and more. Information is here.

Live Music Fridays from 6 to 8 p.m. at Assembly Row, 355 Artisan Way, Assembly Square, Somerville (and continuing every other Friday through Sept. 15). Free. Martin and Kelly perform country music at this outdoor concert. Information is here.

“Come to Pass” at 8 p.m. at The Rockwell, 255 Elm St., Davis Square, Somerville. $30, but 21-plus. This hip-hop opera explores how the racism of the past affects the lives of people of color today. Information is here.

“Beach Too Sandy, Water Too Wet” live at 7:30 p.m. at Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. $37. This comedy podcast is on tour, bringing dramatic readings of one-star reviews to a live audience. Information is here.

Salsa in the Park from 6 to 9 p.m. at Termeer Square 300 Athenaeum St., Kendall Square, Cambridge (also on Aug. 4 and Sept. 15). Free. The MetaMovements artist collective begins the evening with small-group lessons for people of different ages and abilities. Stay for the party with performances and dance coaching corners. Information is here.

Kate Storey reads from “White House by the Sea: A Century of the Kennedys at Hyannis Port” at 7 p.m. at Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave., Harvard Square, Cambridge. Free. Journalist Storey draws from more than a hundred conversations with family, friends, neighbors, household and security staff in this exploration of the Kennedys’ summer refuge from the 1920s to today. Information is here.