Your weekend: Seafood fests, ’80s movies, old school game shows, comic expo and more
Cambridge Open Market
Friday, Sept. 27, 11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The Plaza at Harvard Square
Oxford St., Cambridge
Though reminiscent of the popular SoWa and Greenway open markets, this Cambridge version is only a fledgling market, still in its first month. Browse local goods and meet area artists, designers and crafters every Friday in the newly transformed space, and grab lunch on the go from a rotating roster of food trucks. The market runs through October, but will return this spring for its first full season.
The Great Glass Pumpkin Patch
Friday, Sept. 27, 5 p.m. + Saturday, Sept. 28, 10 a.m.
MIT Kresge Oval
$25 – $400
Tread carefully! The annual – and fragile – installation returns, bringing more than 2,000 glass pumpkins right to the front of MIT’s Cambridge campus. Proceeds from the event benefit The MIT Glass Lab, which is the very space in which students create the glass gourds throughout the year.
Friday, Sept. 27, 8:00 p.m.
100 Legends Way, Boston
$62 – $117
Catch velvety-voiced Bublé in Boston for this one-night-only event. The Grammy winner is back on tour in celebration of his latest (and fourth consecutive) #1 album, “To Be Loved,” and his Sinatra-esque sound makes this an event that’s sure to appeal to everyone, from throngs of screaming teenaged superfans (does he have those?) to dear old mom.
Museum of Science’s College Night
Friday, Sept. 27, 5 p.m.
Museum of Science
1 Science Pk., Boston
Free with student ID
A night at the museum for college kids only. Bring a valid student ID to gain free admission to all exhibit halls, the theater of electricity, a live animal show and a ride aboard a Boston Duck boat. Admission to the Mugar Omni theater, 3-D cinema, planetarium, and butterfly garden are all available at a discounted rate of $5. Pretty good way to get a small taste of the city for all you newbie freshman in town.
Boston Seafood Gala
Friday, Sept. 27, 6:00 p.m.
Exchange Conference Center, Boston Fish Pier
212 Northern Ave., Boston
Seafoodies unite! The night kicks off with a cocktail hour filled with bubbly and hors d’oeuvres, followed by a serious seafood feast. Boston’s best chefs — hailing from eateries including West Bridge, Towne and Tarranta — will prepare dishes based around more than 20 oceanic varieties. A raw bar features Woodbury’s Clams and Big Rock Oysters and, naturally, this oceanic gala is far from dry – the open bar boasts seven wines and beers, and Strongbow cider. Eat, drink, and be merry to the tune of The Eitan Kenner Group’s mix of jazz, swing, R&B and Top 40 hits.
Friday, Sept. 27 –Sunday, Oct. 6
Prices and locations vary
A Citi Performing Arts Center initiative, ArtWeek is a biannual event that aims to simultaneously celebrate art and foster community involvement. The festival features a broad range of events, spanning from family opera day to rug making, and though most events are free, a few charge $20.13 (get it?).
Boston Seafood Festival
Saturday, Sept. 28, 11 a.m.
Bank of America Pavilion
290 Northern Ave., Boston
Ain’t no party like a seafood party. This second annual day-long festival celebrates Boston’s seafood history with oyster shucking contests, chef-led tutorials, nautical crafts and live music. All proceeds to go Boston Fisheries Foundation, a non-profit that brings awareness to state seafood and fishing industries. Bring the kids – children under 6 get in free, and there are plenty activities geared toward youngsters. Enjoy free samples and discounted dishes from various food vendors, including The Daily Catch and Yankee Lobster.
National Free Museum Day
Saturday, Sept. 28
Enjoy free admission to nearly 75 Massachusetts museums, courtesy of the initiative spearheaded by Smithsonian Magazine. Participating metro locations include the MFA, the Mary Baker Eddy Library and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, though the program reaches from Newburyport to Worcester and beyond.
The Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo
Saturday, Sep. 28, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 29, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
1815 Mass. Ave., Cambridge
It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s… MICE! A joint effort put on by the Boston Comics Roundtable and the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley, MICE provides a place for local comic artists and writers to convene and interact with readers, putting a strong focus on the artistry of the trade. Now in its third year, 2013’s expo features workshops and panel discussions, and for the first time, a weekend-long itinerary. Sunday is Kids’ Day, so bring your blossoming cartoonist for an interactive how-to workshop.
Home Sweet Home Dessert & Wine Tasting
Saturday, Sept. 28, 7 p.m.
Cambridge Hyatt Regency Hotel
575 Memorial Dr., Cambridge
$50 – $400
Sample sweets and sip wine for a great cause. Home Sweet Home is a tasty competition that benefits Community Call, an event-planning enrichment program for disadvantaged students. The tasting features confections by Boston’s top dessert chefs, including competitors from Finale Desserterie, Davio’s Cucina, Temple Bar and Area Four. Talk wine with sommelier Augusto Gabriel of Vine Link, dance to live music, enjoy an art exhibit by Future Boston Alliance and be wowed by Christopher Bolter’s magic show.
‘Old School Game Show’
Sunday, Sept. 29. 7 p.m.
Davis Square Theater
255 Elm St., Somerville
$15 – $30
An old school concept with a raunchy, new school twist, this is “a live interactive theatre experience done with all the pageantry and analog style of a 1970′s television game show.” Contestants are randomly chosen at the beginning of the 21+ event (a la “Price is Right”), cuing eight rounds of shag-carpeted trivia, retro prizes, and a live band. Check out Metro’s preview pre-show!
Boston Idea Week
Tuesday, Oct. 1 – Thursday, Oct. 10
Prices and locations vary
Get your creative juices flowing at this ten day stint that celebrates Boston’s creative thinkers, inventers and entrepreneurs and provides a marketplace of innovative concepts and products made right here in the hub. The week kicks off at 7:45 a.m. at the Boston Chamber of Commerce with the 29th annual Small Business of the Year Awards.
Movie Night at the Clover Food Truck
Tuesday, Oct. 2, 7 p.m.
Summer St., Boston
Iconic ‘80s flick “Say Anything” wraps up Clover’s summer movie night series. The classic film will be projected on the side of the well-loved food truck, and your ticket guarantees you a sandwich (choose ahead of time from five options, including BBQ Seitan and Clover’s famed chickpea fritter), a side, and a drink. Get your tickets early, as these have a tendency to sell out. And don’t forget to BYOBlanket!