Weekend Fun for Boston Kids, July 30-31: Harry Potter Parties and FIGMENT Boston
My kids and I are still mid-stream in the original Harry Potter series, but those of you who are ready for the next story won't want to miss the slew of events going on this weekend to celebrate the release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. With everything from a magical party to an outdoor movie showing to a midnight release celebration, there's something for every fan out there.
Summer festivals continue this weekend with free opportunities to explore the arts (pictured), catch some jazz or folk music, or celebrate all things Puerto Rican. Finally, a free duathlon just for kids is the perfect way to get school-aged kids moving.
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- Allison shares the not-to-miss highlights in Cincinnati for anyone planning a trip to Ohio.
- Getting to these local beaches is easy-peasy on the train.
Enjoy your weekend and don't forget to check out the full Event Calendar!
FIGMENT Boston - Boston
This annual celebration of participatory art and culture brings to the Rose Kennedy Greenway large-scale collaborative artwork, plus family-friendly activities.
Puerto Rican Festival - Boston
People from all heritages come together to share, learn, and celebrate Puerto Rican culture.
Wilson Farm Ice Cream Social - Lexington
Family and friends can enjoy generous samples of ice cream, gelato, and sorbet from companies including Bart’s, Giovanna’s, Shaw Farms, and more.
Lowell Folk Festival - Lowell
The Lowell Folk Festival brings sounds from all across the world, showcasing West African, Irish, Quebecois, Dominican, Portuguese, Greek and many more types of music.
SATURDAY JULY 30
ICA PlayDates - Boston
The theme for July is Family Imagination Fest.
Houghton's Pond Fish Festival - Milton
Join the DCR rangers and instructors from MassWildlife to learn the basics of fishing in this free clinic.
Harry Potter Party at the BPL - Boston
Jungle Jim brings the magic of Hogwarts to the library to celebrate Harry’s birthday.
Harry Potter Midnight Release Party - Cambridge
Harry Potter fans can join in and celebrate the new release of the latest Harry Potter story with an open mic, trivia, and more.
The Return of Hogwart's Square - Cambridge
Festivities begin at the Harvard COOP's Harry Potter party with a free outdoor showing of the first movie, followed by the midnight book release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
Sylvester Baxter Riverfront Park Movie Series - Somerville
The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation hosts a free showing of Star Wars: The Force Awakens along the Mystic River in front of Assembly Row.
SUNDAY JULY 31
Cambridge Jazz Festival - Cambridge
This free outdoor festival includes performances by Walter Beasley, Russell Malone, Bill Pierce, the Ron Savage Trio, Nadia Washington, and the Rebecca Cline Trio.
Kids Only Duathlon - Cambridge
Kids can compete in the annual, kids-only duathlon with biking and running in and around CambridgeSide.
MAKEMobile at deCordova - Lincoln
Take your imagination for a spin at the deCordova with activities that explore artistic and material processes through amusing prompts and challenges.
Photo courtesy of FIGMENT Boston by Ariel DiOrio