You can’t tell me that the flyer above doesn’t grab your attention. If you need something free and cheap to do this weekend? Head over to the Allston DIY Fest at Ringer Park. Two words – Free Everything. You can take your time rolling out of bed since the festival is this Saturday, July 23rd, from 10am to 6pm. But don’t wait too long, you’ll miss all of the good stuff! Bring your friends and family because this event is open to everyone of all ages. It must be noted that while everyone is welcome, “racism, sexism, agism, classism, sizeism, ableism, transphobia and homophobia are uncool and unwelcome!!!” Basically, this is a safe space that is free of all types of oppression so everyone can have a great time together!
I’m sure I don’t really need to do any convincing past that but I might as well go ahead and share a few reasons why.
#1. Volunteer Run. Organized by a ton of pretty bad ass people who volunteer their time to sharing knowledge and bringing people together. One of the organizers is my roommate and I’ve seen some of the background time and dedication that it takes to organize an event like this together. Shout out to her and everyone else that do awesome things like this for no monetary compensation.
#2. Knowledge Sharing. Education is already too expensive. Why pay for it when you can can get it for free? There will be workshops and skill shares to attend. From fixing a flat to feminism in the media to home brewing. You’ll be able to walk away with newfound knowledge.
#3. Free Market. Yes, I just used to amazing words. I know I’m not the only one who suffers from buyers guilt after I walk out of the store. There is going to be tons of items up for dibs at the festival. Bring an eco-friendly tote bag to take something home in!
#4. Music and other Artists. About 12 different local bands will be playing through a bike generated sound system to get you moving. About 8 acoustic bands will also be entertaining you with their melodious melodies. You can even bring your instrument to jam along with new peeps.
#5. Local Organizations. Get connected with your local area organization’s that do great work. Stop by to see what they’re up to. Use this opportunity to sign up to volunteer or just learn about the cool things the local organizations are up to.
PLUS… You get to meet a whole bunch of cool people like yourself 😉
According to the Somerville Arts Countil, the Somerville Arbeat, is “the areas most innovative arts festival.” There will be something from varying genres of music, dancing, puppets, acrobatics, storytelling, interactive activities, a parade, and the best of all …(drumroll please)… FOOD! hah What’s a festival with out some grub? Also, you’ll have an opportunity to show your gratitude by supporting the festival by purchasing a $3 dogtags from the volunteers.
6:30pm -10pm on Friday, July 15th
1:00pm – 5pm on Saturday, July 16th
You can find a schedule and description of of all the events and the participating artists here.
Source: Somerville Arts Council
I met this gentleman when I was visiting 5 Pointz one day with my best friend. I revisited the same spot a week later and his piece has disappeared. =/ ‘Tis the life of a 5 Pointz artist.