What To Do Around Westwood this Weekend: Friday, May 19 - Sunday, May 21
Summer hasn't yet arrived, but the carnivals are here! They run through the weekend and provide us a preview of the activities to look forward to with warmer, sunnier weather in the days and months ahead.
Did you know that May of every year is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month under a federal law passed by Congress in 1992? It's confusing, because there's also a federal proclamation naming the month of May "Mental Health Awareness Month" while at the same time there's another proclamation naming May "Asian-American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month." Between the two, mental awareness may be the theme that has greater awareness in Massachusetts. But the Town of Brookline is in the know. On Saturday, Brookline holds its first official town celebration to mark its own AAPI Heritage Day with crafts, games, prizes, food, author talks and entertainment.
Speaking of entertainment, Bellforge Arts Center recently has reopened its seasonal offerings. This Saturday, it's all about kids at Fun at the 'Forge with magic, face-painting, music and more.
On Sunday, there are a few unique offerings -- a classic car show in Needham, and a gospel music event at First Parish of Westwood.
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FRIDAY AND THROUGH THE WEEKEND
Framingham Carnival - Fri May 19 5:00 pm; Sat May 20 & Sun May 21 1:00 p.m.
St. Stephen Church
The Framingham Carnival offers rides, games, and food. Purchase a megapass for unlimited mechanical rides on a given day, a wristband, or individual tickets for rides are available onsite.
Sharon SYBSA Carnival - Fri May 19 6:00 pm; Sat May 20 & Sun May 21 1:00 p.m.
Deborah Sampson Park
The Sharon Carnival is another local option for rides, games, and food. It's a similar cost structure and format as the aforementioned Framingham Carnival, as they are both operated by the same entity, Fiesta Shows. [more details]
Rollie's Family Fishing Festival - Sat May 20 9:00 am
Join the community in fishing at the Needham Reservoir from 9:00 a.m. to noon. The event is free for Needham residents and non-residents alike. [more details]
Fun At The 'Forge - Sat May 20 10:00 am
Bellforge Arts Center
It's a true all-ages afternoon with magic, music, face-painting, and plenty more to keep both the kiddies and the adults entertained. [more details]
Inaugural Brookline Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Day Celebration - Sat May 20 10:00 am
Various locations in Brookline
The public is invited to the first official celebration from the Town of Brookline in designating May as AAPI Heritage Month. Activities will include arts and crafts, performances, author talks, games and prizes, free snacks and more. [more details]
RSM Sharon's Spring Carnival - Sat May 20 4:00 pm
Russian School of Math
RSM Sharon will host its free Spring Carnival from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Everybody in grades kindergarten to fourth grade is invited to join a fun evening filled with spring-themed math games and activities, including magic! [more details]
Kemp Harris Residency Tour 4 - The Final Stop - Sat May 20 7:00 pm
The Fallout Shelter
In his final act of a four-part residency at The Fallout Shelter, Kemp Harris performs, joined by guitarist Josh Stolzfus and singer Theo Griffin.
Footage from this and the previous three sessions are planned to be included in a documentary to be premiered at The Fallout Shelter in 2024. [more details]
Something Rotten! - Sat May 20 8:00 pm & Sun May 21 2:00 pm
Walpole Footlighters Playhouse
This play centers around Renaissance playwrights Nick and Nigel Bottom who are having trouble drawing audiences to their shows - some other guy named William Shakespeare is suddenly the toast of the London theater community. [more details]
Needham Classic Car Show - Sun May 21 10:00 am
Needham High School
On Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the community is invited to a free-admission, family-friendly car show, highlighting antique cars, muscle cars, sports cars and more. [more details]
Gospel Sunday - Sun May 21 10:00 am
First Parish of Westwood
Join First Parish of Westwood at Gospel Sunday, a musical treat with gospel singer Sharon Molden, a member of the Boston Pops Gospel Choir and director Herbert Jones, recipient of the Gospel Music Award from New England Conservatory. [more details]
National Children's Chorus Audition Presentation - Sun May 21 7:30 pm
The directors of the National Children's Chorus will hold a livestream on Zoom to introduce interested kids and their families to the programs offered by the chorus. [more details]