Summer is the best time to celebrate your own hood, and get to experience the best of others. Mark your calendar with some of these great corner-of-Greater-Boston festivals are coming up.
Night Sites Tour Thurs 9AM-11PM
Get to know Boston's waterfront with board members of the Designers Lighting Forum of New England. Hadn't heard about Fort Point before? Yeah, it's new for me too, but it's oh-so-up-and-coming.
Cambridge Dance Party Friday 7-11PM
This is the place to be on Friday night. The City of Cambridge shuts down Mass Ave. in front of city hall, has lights mounted from the roofs of buildings and throws a massive dance party in the street. Last time I went it was the year Michael Jackson died and it was one big MJ lovefest. Get down and boogie with the funnest folks that Cambridge has to offer.
Somerville Jazz and Blues Fest Saturday 12-7PM
Joe's Jazz and Blues Fest is the mayor's idea. Adorably enough, he played the trumpet in Somerville's High School Jazz Band. When you're mayor, you get to do what you want, so he's throwing a day-long free outdoor music show featuring artists from Somerville.
Green Roots Festival Sunday 12-5:30PM
More dancing with groovy people! A celebration done best by Jamaica Plain. This is kind of a Wake Up the Earth light. Some booths of organic food and hemp clothing. Some sweet musical acts like an old-time string band, a steel band and Brazilian drums. The festival's beneficiary is Bikes Not Bombs, so there'll also be lots of bicyclists.
So admittedly the website is a little sparse (what is Chinese dough art???), but Chinatown does have some amazing public spaces, a sense of community and great food. And I've seen the lion dance - it's pretty damn great. I'd bet this festival is going to be pretty great.