Final SomerStreets of 2015 includes costume parade, power tool pumpkin carving, Oktoberfest and more.


SOMERVILLE – On Sunday, Oct. 18, residents will flock to Somerville Ave. for the annual Monster Mashed-Up @ SomerStreets event, the final installment of the City’s annual SomerStreets open streets series. The event is free and open to residents of all ages.


From noon to 4 p.m., the celebration along Somerville Ave. will feature a costume parade & contest for residents of all ages, 150-pound pumpkins carved by artists using power tools, an Oktoberfest beer garden area, Milk Row Cemetery tours, three stages of live music, skateboarding extravaganza, interactive activities and more, from Washington St. to Lowell St.


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, fresh foods, and reconnecting with neighborhoods and businesses and their unique cultural elements in a thriving urban environment.


Family-Friendly Events and Activities:

Along Somerville Ave., activities include but are not limited to:

· Costume Parade (steps off from corner of Somerville Ave. and Hawkins St. at 12:30 p.m.) – all are welcome to participate! 

· Costume contests with prizes:

o Children’s & Adult Costume Contest: starts at 1 p.m. at Conway Park

o Dog Costume Contest: 12-3 p.m. at River Dog Daycare

· Oktoberfest beer garden & live music from 1-6 p.m. (Washington St. to Bow St.), curated by Sally O’Brien’s & P.A.’s Lounge

· Live music on Conway Park Stage with: The Dirty Dotty’s, The Mumblers, & Grace Givertz

· Live music at 487 Somerville Ave. curated by Mass Ave. Music and Stubbline Lutherie

· Ghosts of Somerville Milk Row Cemetery Tours – 1 – 3pm with Historic Somerville

· Power Tool Pumpkin carving with Artisan’s Asylum

· Street hockey and other activities with the Somerville Recreation Department

· Halloween face painting and Henna designs

· Safe Trick-or-Treating at local businesses (marked with pumpkin window decal)

· Interactive activities with Parts & Crafts and Halloween themed art projects on the M.U.S.C.R.A.T Bus

· Skateboarding extravaganza with Maximum Hesh and Somerville DIY

· Stilting workshop with Open Air Circus

· Hula Hoop lessons and fun with Boston Hoop Troupe

· Coconut Tree Climbing Wall & Bouncy House

· Street performers Cate the Great and Elvis impersonator

And much more!


All SomerStreets events run from 12 to 4 p.m., rain or shine. For more information including road closure and bus detours please go to


Individuals with disabilities who need auxiliary aids and services for effective communication, written materials in alternative formats, or reasonable modifications in policies and procedures, in order to access the programs and activities of the City of Somerville or to attend meetings, should contact the City’s ADA Coordinator, Betsy Allen, at 617-625-6600 x2323 or

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