Pints Of Order: MApoli Trivia
Attention all local politics junkies and fans of bickering about the goings-on around Beacon Hill: Your night has come. On Thursday at the Kinsale across from Government Center, you can join WGBH State House reporter and hardcore-enthusiast Mike Deehan for a night of pub-style team trivia covering everything from local political dynasties to MA State Senate history, with even a few rube-centric general trivia questions to keep everyone playing. Yes, there will be nachos.
Kinsale Irish Pub. 2 Center Plz., Boston. 6-9pm/21+/FREE.
Your Summer Art Show Closing Party
It’s a sad fact, but the changing winds of the last week should alert you that summer is all but over. If you need a way to both confirm that and cope with it, hit the closing party for Your Summer Art Show, featuring the works of local artists like Adam O’Day and Dave Tree, as well as live music from Dug McCormack. There’s even some comedy thrown in amidst the drinks, drawings, and general good times. Saying goodbye to summer with art > not doing that.
Cuisine En Locale. 156 Highland Ave., Somerville. 6-9pm/all ages/FREE.
The lauded and extremely popular three-day outdoor music fest rife with food trucks, beer gardens, multiple stages, and killer acts (see: Dirty Bangs, Alabama Shakes, The Avett Brothers, Doomtree, Walk the Moon, etc) returns this weekend starting on Friday. And if you’ve been to any of the past incarnations, you know that if there is one way to kick off fall in the Hub with a massive outdoor festival involving all of the above, well, this is it.
Government Center. 11am-11pm/all ages/tickets start at $85. bostoncalling.com
The House Slam
If the last time you found yourself in attendance at a killer twice-monthly poetry slam featuring local wordsmiths ranging from the novices grasping at greatness during an open mic to polished pro poets laying down verses that will make you sweat and even a house slam team that recently won a National Poetry Slam is… never… it’s time you fix that. And you can do so in Roxbury on Friday with House Slam Boston.
Haley House. 12 Dade St., Boston. 6:30-11pm/all ages/FREE. houseslamboston.org
26th Annual MASSCANN/NORML Freedom Rally
There’s only a slim chance if you’re a regular reader of this paper that you aren’t aware of the legendary annual pot rally happening on the Common this weekend. But for those that need a reminder, this Saturday and Sunday the 26th Annual MASSCANN/NORML pro-legalization festival for all things MMJ is happening, replete with live bands, speakers, the ability to sign the petition to get the issue on the ballot for 2016 locally, and a lot more. Happy smoking.
Boston Common. 12pm-6pm/all ages/FREE. masscann.org
When it comes to Hispanic heritage in the Hub, there’s a lot to celebrate, and plenty of ways to do so individually. But if you’ve been lacking in that department, or if you’d just like to go to a massive outdoor party in Central Square featuring live Salsa dance performances, five live bands, art, futbolito games, food, and drinks among the sculpture gardens of University Park at MIT, you should just go ahead and check out VivaLatino.
University Park Common. 64 Sidney St., Cambridge. 12pm-6pm/all ages/FREE. VIP food event: 21+/$21. vivalatinocambridge.eventbrite.com