Monster Mashed-Up at SomerStreets on Somerville Ave., Sunday, October 23


Final SomerStreets of 2016 includes costume parade, power tool pumpkin carving, Oktoberfest and more.

 

SOMERVILLE – On Sunday, Oct. 23, residents will flock to Somerville Ave. for the annual Monster Mashed-Up SomerStreets event, the final installment of the City’s annual SomerStreets series from 2 to 6 p.m. between Union Square and Spring St. The event is free and open to residents of all ages.

The celebration along Somerville Ave. will feature a costume parade & contest for residents of all ages, 100-pound pumpkins carved by artists using power tools, an Oktoberfest beer garden area, Milk Row Cemetery tours, live music on three stages, skateboarding extravaganza, interactive activities 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, fresh foods, and reconnecting with neighborhoods and businesses and their unique cultural elements in a thriving urban environment.

Activities along Somerville Ave. include:

· Costume Parade (steps off from the corner of Somerville Ave. and Hawkins St. at 3 p.m.) – all are welcome to participate! 

· Costume contests with prizes:

o Children’s & Adult Costume Contest: starts at 3:30 p.m. at Conway Park stage

o Dog Costume Contest: 2-4 p.m. at River Dog Daycare

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

· Live music on Conway Park Stage by Bolivia Canta, The Johnny Come Latelys and Devious Intentions

· Live music at 487 Somerville Ave. curated by Mass Ave. Music with bands including Mass Ave Music All*Stars and Dub Apocolypse

· Ghosts of Somerville at Milk Row Cemetery, conversations with the ghosts, see http://www.historicsomerville.org for more information

· Wrestling matches by the Boston League of Women Wrestlers

· 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 MUSCRAT Bus

· Skateboarding extravaganza with Maximum Hesh and OnBoard Boston

· Stilting workshop with Open Air Circus & parkour with Parkour Generations

· Coconut Tree Climbing Wall & Bouncy House

· And more!

To ensure public safety at the event, the following road closures and parking bans will be in effect:

· Somerville Ave. (Hawkins St. to Spring St.): Closed to all vehicular traffic 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.; no parking 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

· All side streets heading toward Somerville Ave. open to abutters only 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

· MBTA buses will be rerouted from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. For locations of rerouted bus stops, visit http://www.MBTA.com.

· No Parking along Somerville Ave., from Spring St. to Union Sq., from 10 a.m. to 6pm

For more information, visit http://www.somervillema.gov, or http://www.somervilleartscouncil.org.

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 BAllen@somervillema.gov.

 

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