5 things to do this weekend, including an art market on the greenway and the Freedom Trail

This week’s roundup has me thinking about learning to love, so I gotta plug in an appropriate song,”learn to loveby Anais & Azekal. It’s a beautiful melody that opens with slow guitar strumming and captures feelings of love in a sweet way. Hope this gives you the feeling that you might be ready to like again, or even spark a conversation We have a wide range of activities from carnival to a play – maybe you’ll find something new to like!

Saturdays until October

The Greenway Artisan Market is packed with businesses run by local artisans, which is a great way to see the talent that pervades the town as well as a chance to support local businesses. Somerville Flea hosts this ongoing weekend activity with vendors selling locally produced art and items. The Greenway offers views of the city skyline, lush green landscape, and food trucks when your stomach starts to rumble.


May 19-23

Métis filmmaker Adele Pham directed the documentary “Nailed It!” The film traces the birth and legacy of a Vietnamese nail salon, examining its place in the $8 billion nail industry. It also explores nail culture and Pham’s personal history as she learns more about the history of nail salons. The film is in English and includes Vietnamese subtitles. A Q&A with Pham, Denise Delgado, Executive Director of Egleston Square Main Streets, and Thao Ha, Paralegal and Organizing Member of Greater Boston Legal Services follows the screening. “Nailed it!” is part of ArtsEmerson’s Shared Stories, a monthly film series.


From Friday 21 May to Sunday 23 May

Beginning at the Massachusetts State House and ending at Copp’s Hill Terrace in the North End, this guided tour of the Freedom Trail is packed with fascinating details. Although the distance between the starting and ending points is not too great, there are a total of 16 sites to visit. As you stroll the historic streets, you’ll see icons like Paul Revere, John Hancock, and the women, immigrants, and African Americans important to Boston’s history. The trail takes you to places where major events happened, like the Boston Tea Party and the Boston Massacre. Tickets are $25 per person.

The Freedom Trail on Tremont Street. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Saturday May 22

This community event, held in Cambridge’s Starlight Square, celebrates the Caribbean and African diaspora with family-friendly events filled with bright colors and spectacular costumes. The festival, which began in 1992, features folk performances, arts and crafts vendors, dancing and drumming. Comfort Kitchen will be selling kefta sliders and plantain chips with lemon cilantro aioli. Advance registration is recommended.


From Saturday May 22 to Sunday May 23

Romantic comedies are always in – at least for me! “Love Labour’s Lost” is a newly conceptualized version of William Shakespeare’s play about the King of Navarre and his three lords who swear to give up food, pleasure and women so they can focus on their studies. Very shortly after, the Princess of France and her three ladies-in-waiting appear and the wishes of the lords pass through the window. This contemporary play is directed and adapted by Bryn Boice and explores how we learn and love.

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