Happy long weekend! Memorial Day feels like the official start to the season of nice weather, and we couldn’t be more excited. There are so many fun things going on this weekend! Take a look below for our picks. Plus, enter to win tickets to the Harvard Art Museums on our Instagram — we will select the winner on Sunday. Have a wonderful few days!
This unique music festival is set on breaking the mold of the mega fest and creating a sense of community with their weekend festival at a summer camp. What a fun idea! There should still be tickets available for last minute adventurers here — buy your ticket and head to Camp Lenox (a real summer camp) in Western Mass for music from TORRES, Wet, Savoir Adore, Plastic Picnic, Henry Jamison, Ashe, Aisha Badru, and Daisy the Great, plus camp activities. Lodging and all meals are included in ticket price.
Boston Calling and Boston Answering
It’s a weekend for music festivals, with both Boston Calling and the new Boston Answering festival this weekend. Boston Calling has three days of music lined up in Allston with Twenty One Pilots, Tame Impala, and Travis Scott headlining. See the full lineup and purchase festival or day tickets here. HipStory presents “Boston Answering” on Saturday evening as a response to uplift some of the city’s finest musicians, and put on an affordable show in Dorchester’s legendary Strand Theater. See more and buy tickets here.
campfire. festival at Club Passim
Continuing with the music festival theme, Club Passim’s campfire. festival returns for its 21st year. This has become a primary way that the club develops and presents new talent, and features over 40 hours of live music from more than 90 acts, including up and comers and more established musicians. The mood was inspired by the idea of artists sitting around a campfire playing music and creating a community. See more details and buy tickets ($10-25) on the Club Passim website.
Boston Ballet’s Cinderella and Rhapsody
The Boston Ballet is presenting two ballets at the moment: Sir Frederick Ashton’s Cinderella as well as Rhapsody, a program featuring rarely-seen work from George Balanchine and Leonid Yakobson, plus the world premiere of a work choreographed by Boston Ballet principal dancer Paulo Arrais. I always love the programs that combine several choreographers — it is so interesting to see different interpretations of ballet together.
Flags on Boston Common
The tradition of planting flags on Boston Common to commemorate fallen soldiers on Memorial Day continues for the ninth year, with volunteers placing more than 37,000 flags this week to honor soldiers dating back to the Revolutionary War. It is such a visceral way to understand the immense number of fallen soldiers and powerful reminder to think of them this weekend.
Free admission for Memorial Day at ICA and MFA
On Monday both the MFA and the ICA celebrate Memorial Day with free admission. At the MFA, join in musical performances, crafting hula hoops, embroidered flowers, family and adult themed tours, and more. Monday marks the beginning of the MFA’s expanded access to military members, including free admission and discounted membership. See full details on the MFA schedule here. The ICA celebration includes free admission at the ICA and ICA Watershed (reopened with new video installation Purple from John Akomfrah), sci-fi shorts screenings, and art-making. See more here.
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