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Save Your Weekends: First Fridays, Pride, Fashion & Flea Markets

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First Fridays Summer Block Party
Friday June 7th
5 to 10 pm
The Institute of Contemporary Art
Boston, MA
FREE for ICA members, $15 for non-members

Forget the weather: the ICA has a tent! Enjoy the kickoff to summer in the Seaport with artist-designed mini-golf and other lawn games, the new Island Creek Oyster bar pop-up, music from DJs Leah V and Silent Partner, and artist-led demonstrations in the galleries and art lab. If you’re an ICA member or drive a MINI, enjoy a free tasting from Harpoon Brewery in the MINI lounge (cash bar for everyone else). Galleries will be open to First Fridays attendees until 9:30 pm, so you can check out the brand new Barry McGee exhibit before your friends.

Tumbleweed Tiny House Workshop
Saturday June 8th & Sunday June 9th
9 am to 5 pm (both days)
Holiday Inn Express
1200 Beacon Street
Brookline, MA
Tickets: $399/person (2-day workshop)

Love tiny spaces? Daydream about building your own house from the ground up? Learn how to DIY your dream home for under $20,000 at this two-day workshop hosted by the former WBCN DJ Derek Diedricksen aka “Deek” from Tiny Yellow House, author of Humble Homes, Simple Shacks, Cozy Cottages, Ramshackle Retreats, Funky Forts: And Whatever the Heck Else We Could Squeeze in Here.

Saturday June 8th & Sunday June 9th
9 am to 6:30 pm (both days)
Arts at the Armory
Somerville, MA
(Davis Sq/Spring Hill)
Tickets: From $5

Learn everything you’ve ever wanted to know about growing herbs and using them to treat what ails you at this 2-day celebration of plants and healing, now in its second year, including community workshops, classes & demos galore.

2013 Boston Pride Parade
Satuday June 8th
Copley Square
Boston, MA
(Back Bay)
Rain or shine!

It’s amazing to think that Pride is now in its 43rd year in Boston! Celebrate diversity and equality while supporting the local LGBTQ community at this annual tradition. It’s always fabulous. Be on the lookout for our friends at Pride for All, a super non-profit that is committed to LGBTQ educational opportunities.

Boston Dragon Boat Fest
Saturday June 8th & Sunday June 9th
From 7 am (both days)
Memorial Drive
Cambridge, MA
(Harvard Square)

It’s a little bit of Hong Kong in Harvard Square at the 34th annual Dragon Boat races & festival of Boston — the largest Asian-American cultural celebration in New England!

Cambridge Food Truck Festival
Saturday June 8th
11 am to 5 pm
350 3rd Street
Cambridge, MA
(Kendall Square)
Tickets: From $7

Join Food Truck Festivals of New England for this awesome new addition to their summer calendar, a celebration of mobile dining and fundraiser for the Red Cross, sponsored by our friends at Local Pickins — and look out for the new A4 truck from our friends at Area Four!

Sunday June 9th
3:30 to 5 pm
Beacon Hill Hotel & Bistro
Boston, MA
(Beacon Hill)
Tickets: $25

Now in its 6th year, Sparkle is a fun afternoon of fashion, finger foods, and fizzy drinks to raise funds for Rosie’s Place, a sanctuary for poor and homeless local women and a haven for those who’ve been victims of domestic violence. Watch as Boston’s most notable female news anchors strut down the catwalk in this season’s coveted trends.

Rockin Spring Flea & Bloody Mary Bash
Sunday June 9th
11 am to 4 pm
TT The Bear’s Place
Cambridge, MA
(Central Square)

This is hipster retail therapy of the throwback 90s variety! Vintage vinyl, handmade items, other trinkets, and all with live music and Bloody Mary’s, at the long-loved indie music venue.

And don’t forget to check out SoWa, The Davis Flea, and ASSEMBLED, happening every weekend this summer!