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We’re keeping a white-knuckled grip on the summer weather and what better way to take advantage than a weekend of free music, a TON of food and beer festivals and some galaktoboureko…?
OctoberFest at the Samuel Adams Boston Brewery – 6 to 8 p.m. – Kick your weekend off right with a VIP ticket to the Sam Adam’s Octoberfest. The weather may still feel summery (keep it up, New England) but with fall beer flavors like “Pumpkin Batch, Hoppy Red, Harvest Pumpkin, Fat Jack, and of course, OctoberFest” the drinks say otherwise. $45 gets you 5 beer tastings, food tastings from Karl’s Sausage Kitchen, Boston Pretzel and Top Shelf Cookie as well as a barrel room tour.
Greek Fest 2015 – Friday, noon to Sunday, 9 p.m. – Cathedral Center, Brookline – Ever tried galaktoboureko? Me neither, but the Philoptochos ladies allegedly make a famous one. Sample that, or stick to a gyro and baklava, it’s all Greek to me. Admission is free, Opa.
Repast from the Past: A Taste of 17th-century New England – 6 to 8 p.m. – First Church Boston – If you’ve got a countdown to Thanksgiving going on in your GCal the Partnership of Historic Boston’s Repast from the Past may tide you over. Among the tastes to try include thirded bread, fresh pumpkin spread, Indian pudding, and Pease Porridge with Marinated Cape Cod Mussels, Buckwheat, and Husk Cherries. Forks are banned, they weren’t around until the late 1600s (bring a bib?). Tickets run you $25.
MixFest 2015 – Doors open at 11 a.m. – DCR Hatch Shell – Rob Thomas. Third Eye Blind. Andy Grammer. Vance Joy. Rachel Platten. 80 degree forecast. FO’ FREE. What more do you want? This year’s MixFest is going to be epic. Music starts at 2 p.m.
Island Creek Oyster Fest – 4 to 9 p.m. – The Lawn on D – 40,000 of Massachusetts’ freshest oysters brought to our very own Innovation District. A ticket gets you access to the fest’s live music performances and small plates by the 30 acclaimed chefs participating in the festival … too bad this event sold out in 24 hours (New Englanders like their Oysters, shock). Last I saw there were some inflated priced tickets on StubHub and Craigslist, get trolling. Event is 21+.
Yoga at Boston Winery – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Boston Winery – You can unwind with yoga. Or, you can really unwind with yoga … and wine. “Beat the end-of-summer-blahs” with some vinyasa flow followed by a tour of Boston Winery’s winemaking facility and a tasting of their best-selling all-natural wines. Sounds like a win-win-win. $25 is a low price for that level of chill.
Phantom Gourmet Food Festival – noon to 4 p.m. – Landsdowne St. – “The place where food fantasies come true.” Enough said, sign me up. Sample 100 of Phantom Gourmet’s favorite foods including lobster sliders, fluffernutter bagels, and pasta chips … the possibilities are endless. A ticket is $30 for AAA Members at AAA Branch locations, $40 online in advance, $50 at the event. Event is 21+.
Taste of WGBH Food and Wine Festival – Thursday, 7 p.m. to Sunday, 6 p.m. – Locations vary by event – A Chef’s gala, wine and craft beer paired dinners, “the artisan taste,” a brunch bar, and a food fight (disclaimer: much to my dismay, not actually an event where you can pay to throw food on others) are some of the events you can look forward to at Taste of WGBH. Ticket prices vary.
The Brattle Theater Presents the North Allston Outdoor Movie Festival – Saturday and Sunday, 6:30 p.m. – 267 Western Ave. – Drag summer out just a little longer with The Brattle Theater Outdoor Movie Festival. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on Saturday and Fist Full of Dollars on Sunday. Bring out your beach chairs and blankets one last time *tear*. Admission is free.
6th Annual Boston Local Food Festival – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Greenway – Personally, I’m going for the Seafood Throwdown where two chefs go face to face in a battle of skill and creativity with the secret seafood ingredient. Admission is free.
Boston Symphony Orchestra Fall Parks Concert Series – 3 to 4p.m. – Roxbury Tower – Wind down and soak up some culture this Sunday for the kick-off of the BSO and Boston Pops visits to five of Boston’s Parks this fall. This Sunday’s theme? “The influences of African Drumming on Percussion in Classic Music.” Because you probably didn’t know about that. Free.
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