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Save Your Weekends: 10 Mid-May Events in Mass.

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Is today not the PERFECT day? (Cue the Lou Reed.)

Anyway, I absolutely love May: such fun stuff going on, and so far so good on the weather. If you don’t already have plans, here are 10 ways to not just save but completely rock this weekend:

OPEN! Bronwyn
Wednesday May 15th
255 Washington St
Somerville
(Union Square)

Everyone I know (including me) has been chomping at the bit for Somerville’s latest restaurant opening: a German beer garden and restaurant replacing the Ronnarong Thai place (sniffle, so long Thai Tapas Tuesday). And the reviews are raves — FOIE GRAS KNISH. You’ll most likely find me there this evening…and most other nights their patio is open.

Museum School End of Year Party
Friday May 17th
5 to 8 pm
School of the Museum of Fine Arts
230 The Fenway
Boston
(Mission Hill)
$5

Did you miss the MassArt student sale? Don’t fret. Get first gander at works from graudating seniors as the Museum School invites the public to celebrate its budding artists’ commencement, with this free gallery opening including live music from Parks and cash bar.

Sip the Rainbow + Gallery Opening
Friday May 17th
6 to 8 pm
BCAE
122 Arlington Street
Boston
(Bay Village)
$20

Did you absolutely love that video about men posing in typical women’s advertising situations? Get your fine ass over to the preview the new BCAE show “The Bear Sessions: Portraiture,” where two photographers take the notion of masculinity to task. Your $20 ticket (online registration required) includes three (yes, 3!) Grey Goose cocktails and other freebies.

Brimfield Antique Show
May 14th to 19th
6 am to 6 pm
Brimfield, MA
(Western Mass)
$3-5 + parking

One of the greatest flea markets in the world, boasting more than 21 independent “venues” (fields) linked together just west of Sturbridge, this is the ultimate pickers paradise. Bring lots of cash for parking, treasures, and food vendors (hello, cider doughnuts!), good walking shoes, and a granny cart for hauling back your favorite finds.

PorchFest
Saturday May 18th
12 to 6 pm
All around Somerville
(Check out the Map)
FREE

Like an Open Studios for Somerville’s musicians, PorchFest (now in its third year) signals to me the official beginning of summer…and deck drinking season. Musicians just take to their porch (or a friend’s) for free live concerts throughout the day (schedule & map here), and if you’re thinking of doing a crawl through the city by foot or bike, there’s a great rhythm to it, with three time slots tied to three city quadrants: east to Central will be 12 to 2; Central to Willow will be 2 to 4; west of Willow 4 to 6. Or just sit outside and listen!

ASSEMBLED: Handmade Arts Market
Saturdays, starting May 18th
11 am to 4 pm
Assembly Row
Somerville
(Assembly Square)

Check out Somerville’s newest artists market, in its fastest-growing neighborhood (aka the former Good Time plaza). A bit of a hike from the Wellington T station, but a beautiful walk over the Mystic River (and will be getting its own Orange Line stop soon!)

Spring Fling Sale Part II
Saturday May 18th
10 am to 5 pm
ReStore for Habitat for Humanity
11 Distributor Road
at Gold Star Blvd
Worcester

Make a pit stop on your way to or from Brimfield for this fun day of sale shopping, live music, and food trucks! All proceeds benefit MetroWest Habitat for Humanity (and WOO Card members take 15% off). If you go, give Haberdash Vintage a hug from me — a little bird told me her BoHo Bus is making its first appearance of the season, stocked to the brim with $10 items!

Trash Bash!
Sunday May 19th
11 am to 5 pm
Arts at the Armory
191 Highland Ave
Somerville
(Davis Square/Spring Hill)
$5

I don’t know much yet about Somerville’s first recycled art competition, happening this weekend, but it’s definitely something I can get behind!

Boston Food Swap
Sunday May 19th
2 to 5 pm
Collaboratory 4.0
40 Berkeley Street
Boston, MA
(South End)
FREE

So, your CSA just started arriving for the season and you’re already drowning in perishables. What to do? Swap them for something you’ll use! The friendly community of BOSSwappers will hold your hand while walking you through your first time trading, and will definitely heal your veggie-induced stress.

SoWa Plant Swap
Sunday May 19th
11 am to 3 pm
SoWa Farmers Market
500 Harrison Ave
Boston
(South End)
FREE

It’s finally here! Check out our event preview of SoWa’s first swap for gardeners, and make a day of it at the Open Market & Vintage Market — now open for the second Sunday of the season.

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