Somerville-Celebrate Local Business Districts around Planned GLX Stations with Series of Events in September

Gilman Square GLX Block Party set for 9/15; “A Ball for Squares” planned in Ball Square 9/30.

With construction for the Green Line Extension Project (GLX) now underway and ramping up in the coming weeks, the City of Somerville is partnering with local business organizations to host pop-up events at locations for several of the future GLX stations. Please join us for one of the following events this month, and stay tuned for additional events as GLX construction continues.

Gilman Square Block Party September 15

Join the new Gilman Square Neighborhood Association, the City of Somerville, GLX Constructors, and the GLX team to celebrate the GLX coming to Gilman Square. Enjoy Tipping Cow Ice Cream, Winter Hill Brewing Company, food from local restaurants, Neighborhood Produce, live music, a bouncy house, and other kids’ activities.

Later this month, work is expected to begin to demolish the Homan’s Building on Medford St., with full demolition planned for October (subject to change). The September 15 event will act as an informal Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Gilman Square station and construction, so come join us to celebrate exciting new changes for the Gilman Square area!


A Ball for Squares on September 30

Join the Ball Square Business Association, Somerville Local First, and the City of Somerville in the first-ever Ball for Squares on Sunday, September 30. From noon to 5 p.m. there will be music, activities, food, and beer on Broadway, right in the heart of Ball Square.

The event will include live musical performances from Cazador, GLiDER, Jill McCracken, Party Walsh, Rabbitfoot and the Wildflower Trio, all emceed by Alex the Jester. Participants can grab a beer at The Pub’s beer garden and food from participating restaurants like Ball Square Cafe, Lyndell’s, Sassafras, Sound Bites, Taco Party, True Grounds, and Victor’s Deli, do arts and crafts at Paperworks and taste some new wines and beers at Ball Square Fine Wine, meet some kittens up for adoption at Stinky’s Pet Emporium, and commission a portrait of the pet in your life. Plus, there will be an opportunity to get dolled up at Amal Niccoli and Lindsay Griffin Hair Salon for a fun photo booth. You will also be able to meet with representatives from Advanced Pain Relief Clinic, Ball Square Yoga, Blue Cloud Gallery, the KenkoDo Clinic, the Norton Group Real Estate, The Somerville Times and more!

Join us to support Ball Square businesses before the closure of the Broadway bridge, currently planned for early 2019. To learn more about the construction in Ball Square and throughout the City, visit

If you have questions about either event, please contact Lauren Drago at 617-625-6600 ext. 2515 or

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, Nency Salamoun, at 617-625-6600 x2323 or

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