In a few short weeks it will be May. Hopefully the beginning of a new month will also bring with it the beginning of springtime weather. We have been bundled up all winter long. It’s time for you and your roommates to plan your sun filled weekends with outdoor activities and festivals. Make the most out of May and check out some of these festivals around your Bedly neighborhood!
Do you love movies and love watching innovative films? Then check out the Independent Film Festival Boston (IFFBoston)! This event is going on from April 25 to May 2. Out of the over 1,200 films submitted to this festival each year, only around 90 to 100 of the best are selected for showing. That’s some tough competition. IFFBoston began in 2003 and is the largest film festival in New England. You can also sit in on filmmaker discussions and Q&A’s with the director after the screening. Who knows… you may even see some famous filmmakers in attendance. Ty Burr from the Boston Globe said it best when he said, “Yet in only its third year, the Independent Film Festival of Boston has become the major game in town: a smartly programmed and risk-taking festival that balances ‘big’ indie films with the best in local filmmaking.” Don’t miss the excitement. Check out their website to browse the films, view trailers, and buy tickets.
Cinco De Mayo Pub Crawl
Cinco de Mayo is right around the corner! If you love hanging out with your friends and enjoying some drinks then this pub crawl may be right up your alley. A pub crawl is an event that allows people to gain free access to multiple bars and pubs and enjoy drink specials at each location. If you were already planning on going out for Cinco de Mayo buying a ticket to this pub crawl may save you a lot of money and stress. All you have to do is buy a ticket online, print or display your ticket on your phone, register, and enjoy your day! It’s that easy. Bars offer drink deals on classic drinks such as Margaritas, Mezcal Cocktails, Sangrias, Cortes, Suenos, and Tequila shots. Make sure to check out this website to buy your tickets before they sell out!
Brookline Cherry Blossom Festival
This festival has it all: live music, entertainment, and food. What more could you ask for? This festival takes place on the Brookline High School quad. All donations go to support the BHS Japan Exchange Program Scholarship Fun and promotion of the arts. It’s a great way to support your community while also enjoying great food and music. Make sure to mark this date in your calendar! This festival is going to take place on Saturday, May 12 from 12pm- 4pm and is going to take place rain or shine! This festival has the region’s only public taiko drumming showcase, which features groups from all around New England. Blankets and lawn chairs are welcome at this event. It’s a perfect event for a first date or a place to go with your roommates and friends to enjoy the nice spring weather. Check out their website to see the event’s schedule.
Campfire Music Festival
If you love live music and being surrounded by talented performers then this festival is for you. This event is going to take place May 25 to 28. This will be a fun event to take your friends and family if they are visiting you in your new Bedly neighborhood over Memorial Day weekend. You can buy a full weekend festival pass for $25 or a day pass for $10. This is an experience for people to perform and be surrounded by other creative, talented musicians. Performances on Friday begin at 6 PM and end at 12 AM. On Saturday and Sunday they begin at 12 PM and go until 12 AM. On Monday they go from 12 PM until 11 PM. You are sure to get your money’s worth. Check out their website to buy your tickets!
Memorial Day Parade
Going to the Memorial Day parade is the perfect way to reflect on and honor the men and women who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our country. This parade is scheduled for Sunday, May 20 and will begin at 3 PM at Somerville City Hall and goes down to Highland Ave. I know you’re probably a little confused right now… no that’s not a typo. While Memorial Day is on Monday, May 28, this parade is taking place a week early to ensure that more military and Veterans will be able to participate in the parade. This is a free event. Simply dress in your most patriotic clothing and get ready to watch marching bands, veterans’ groups, and local high schools.
If you weren’t already looking forward to May and the warmer weather, hopefully this list of activities gives you something to look forward to in the coming month.
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