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SomerStreets 2013 Calendar

SomerStreets is a series of events happening annually in Somerville where the vehicles are told to stay put and pedestrians, runners, cyclists and skateboarders take over a major artery in the City. SomerStreets builds on the Shape Up Somerville healthy living initiative. Similar open streets events take place all around the world, SomerStreets claims the space normally taken up by automobile traffic for people to be more active.

The full 2013 SomerStreets schedule is:

Carnaval – Sunday, June 2nd (Broadway from McGrath Highway to Pennsylvania Ave.)

Seize the Summer – Sunday, July 28th (Highland Ave. from the Walnut St. to Cedar St.)

Going Green on Rte. 16 – Sunday, September 8th ( Alewife Brook Parkway from Dilboy Field to Broadway)

Monster Mashed UP – Sunday, October 20th (Somerville Ave. from Union Square to Porter Square)

All SomerStreets events will run from 12-4 p.m., rain or shine.

Call for Vendors, Performers

The City of Somerville is planning another action packed season of SomerStreets events across our fine municipality.  They’re putting the call out to performers and craft vendors to join in the festivities. SomerStreets ends its season on Somerville Ave with activities from Union to Porter Squares on Sunday, October 28th. Until then there’s a SomerStreets happening each month starting in June.

Get the scoop for Craft Vendors.

Get the scoop for performers.


Monster Mash on October 23

Join us as we get Monster Mashed Up at the final SomerStreets event of the season. It’s happening up and down Somerville Avenue from Porter Square to Union Square (Washington Street to Beacon Street) on October 23rd from noon-4:00 P.M.  The event is presented by the City of Somerville with the Somerville Arts Council, Somerville Historic Preservation and Union Square Main Streets.

The event is sure to be a Ghoulishly good time with costume contests and parade, safe trick or treating, fall craft fair, haunted house, an Oktoberfest and lots more. Bobbie Pickett, the composer of the ultimate Halloween song “The Monster Mash” and a Somerville native, is our inspiration this year.

Somerville Avenue will be closed to vehicle  traffic starting so you can sash-shay, jog, bike, skateboard or slide from end to end.

Somerville Ave near Union Square:  

  • Costume Parade leaves at 12:30 pm from Union Square and heads to Conway Park with kids activities
  • Oktoberfest from 1:00 -6:00 pm centered at Union Square including Bull McCabe’s, Machu Picchu, and Sally O’Brien’s  with music and beer garden.
  • Monster Mash Up DJ competition
Near Market Basket and Dane Street:

Conway Park:

  • Family friendly activities with Somerville Recreation dept
  • Stage with Music and entertainment
  • Kid Costume contest at 1:00 pm
  • Adult Costume Contest at 2:00 pm
  • Dog Costume Contest at 2:30 pm
  • Marionette Puppet Show at 2:30 pm
  • Vegetable Circus at 3:00 pm

Somerville Ave at Porter Square and Wilson Square (Somerville Ave and Elm):

  • Autumn Craft Fair (Beacon to Elm St.)
  • Music and dance performances
  • Tango Society of Bosto, noon -12:30 pm
  • Stainless, 12:30-1:00 pm
  • Rakiya, 1:30 pm-2:30 pm
  •  Federator Interest, 3:00-4:00 pm

Along the Route:

  • Safe trick or treating for kids
  • Family friendly activities by Knucklebones
  • Spider Maze

Find the map to all the day’s activities here.




DJs to Compete in Monster Mash Up

SomerStreets and the Somerville Arts Council are hosting a Monster Mash Up DJ competition on Sunday, October 23, 4 to 6 pm.

Celebrate Hallowe’en and pay tribute to Somerville native Bobby “Monster Mash” Pickett, and participate in a SomerStreets Monster Mashup contest. The City of Somerville will  have a stage, sound equipment, and an audience of monsters on Somerville Ave in Union Square.

We are looking for local djs to spin 20 minute sets at the SomerStreets event on Oct. 23 from 4 to 6 pm To compete for the grand prize, each DJ will need one mash up that uses the Pickett Monster Mash song. Each dj who is selected to spin will receive a $50 honorarium and the chance to compete for one grand prize— a $100 gift certificate from Union Square’s new Somerville Grooves vinal shop at 26 Union Square.

We need you and, your laptop or turntable, to present your best mashups.

To register please send the following info to: Gregory Jenkins, SAC, gjenkins@somervillema.gov

Deadline: Oct. 20th.

1. Name, contact info.

2. (2) sample mp3’s of work; or links to websites with work or places you perform.

SomerStreets Calls for Musicians, Vendors


The City of Somerville runs an event series called “SomerStreets,” one of the area’s largest public events, when the City closes the streets to cars and opens them to residents.  There are 3 upcoming SomerStreets festivals coming up and you can be involved.

  •  Sunday, August 21, 2011 Going Green on Rt. 16 noon-4pm Rt. 16 (Dilboy Field to Broadway)
  • Saturday, September 10, 2011 Rolling on the Mystic; noon-4pm Shore Drive (Blessing of the Bay Boat House)
  • Sunday, October 23, 2011 Fall event; noon-4 pm Somerville Avenue (Washington Street to Beacon Street) UNION SQUARE !

For any of these opportunities, please contact Carlene Campbell, Director of Community Relations at ccampbell@somervillema.gov  or (617) 625-6600 ext. 2615.

Call for Musicians: Musicians of all types are wanted to perform. This is a volunteer gig, but we offer fame and glory, an expected crowd of more than 5,000, and perhaps a chance to watch various demonstrations or see a pumpkins carved with power tools.

Call for Non-Profits: Each participant will have a 10 X 10 space at the event and we request that you provide an interactive game/activity for residents.

Call for Craft Vendors:  Craft vendors of all types are wanted to participate .  For craft vendors, send an email to ccampbell@somervillema.gov with “SomerStreets call for craft vendors” as the header. Each participant will have a 10 X 10 space at the event and the cost to participate in the event is $20.00 or for $30.00 if you would like a table and chairs.  Please make checks out to the City of Somerville and write SomerStreets in the “For” line.  Provide the following info:

  • 1. Name of artist or company
  • 2. Contact info: contact person, e-mail and snail mail, phone, fax and website (if applicable)
  • 3. Brief description and 3-5 low resolution jpgs of items to be sold
  • 4. Somerville affiliation (if any)
  • 5. Web site or MySpace url.

Mail or drop off forms: SomerStreets Attn: Carlene Campbell, Communications , 93 Highland Ave Somerville, MA 02143