SomerStreets, img from Bella Oriella


Sunday, September 17: SomerStreets Strike Up the Bands, Highland Ave.

Join us on Sunday September 17th from 2-6pm on Highland St between School St. and Lowell St. for two stages of music, interactive activities, flea and artisan craft market, and more!
Activities and programming include:
Live music on two stages including:

ONCE lounge stage:
4:45-5:45 Flight of Fire
3:40-4:20 Hambone Skinny
2:30-3:05 Weather Weapon

Armory Stage:
5-6pm Grace Givertz

Special apprearance by Keytar bear!

(full line-up coming soon!)

Games with Buzzroar interactive – for people of all ages!

-Aerial Arts by Esh Circus Arts

-Stilting workshop with Open Air Circus

-Hockey, football, preschool games and more with the Somerville Recreation Department

-Flea and artisan craft market by Somerville Flea

-Storytelling project with Somerville Media Center and the City of Somerville – tell your story about Somerville to celebrate the 175th anniversary of Somerville

-Martial arts performance and demonstration class with Villari martial arts

-Face painting & henna painting

-Bouncy House

-Explore a fire truck and ambulance

-Community vendors and local businesses

AND more!

SomerStreets is the City of Somerville’s take on the internationally-renowned Open Streets concept, closing busy city streets to vehicles, and opening them up for cycling, walking, dancing, running, and other modes of activity. Through SomerStreets, the City and its community partners aim to promote and encourage easy access to physical activity, and reconnecting with neighborhoods and businesses and their unique cultural elements in a thriving urban environment.

SomerStreets builds on the Shape Up Somerville healthy living initiative. Similar open streets events take place all around the world, providing space normally taken up by automobile traffic for people to be more active.

SomerStreets is an annual series that takes place one Sunday per month June through October.  

The 2017 events schedule is as follows:

Sunday, June 4: SomerStreets Carnaval, Lower Broadway, East Somerville (McGrath Hwy to Pennsylvania Ave)
Rain Date: June 11

Sunday, August 6: SomerStreets Seize the Summer, Holland St. (Davis Sq. to Teele Sq.)

Sunday, Sept 17: SomerStreets, Strike Up the Bands, Highland Ave. (School St. to Lowell St.)
Sunday, October 22: SomerStreets, Monster Mashed-up, Somerville Ave. (Hawkins St. to Spring St.)
Rain Date: Oct 29

The call for talent for the above festivals is HERE. Craft vendors are being curated by the Somerville Flea, the call for community and business vendors is HERE.


If you're have questions or are interested in volunteering, please contact: Nina Eichner, Special Events Manager, at (617) 625-6600 ext 2998 or