Weekend Highlights: Floetry, Franklin Park Art Grove, Wayne Wonder, Curvy Fashion Week and More!

The weekend is here already (I know right?), and things are steaming up…literally and figuratively. Be sure to get out and support some of the great events that are going on this weekend! And don’t forget to tell ’em BostonFab sent you!

Franklin Park Pop UpThursday, July 23rd

“Get your Paddle On” with Door to the Outdoors tonight from 6:30pm – 7:30pm. Leave your work stress on the shore of Carson Beach from a kayak!  You can paddle on a single or partner with friends or family on a double. It is T accessible (Red Line JFK/Umass) and parking is available. The cost is $15.00 for a single kayak and $20.00 for a double. Sign up here!

Go to the Samson (450 Harrison Ave./ 29 Thayer St) 7:00pm – 11:00pm to celebrate the Pop Up: Franklin Park Art Grove Kick-Off Party and the amazingly talented local artists. Enjoy art, live performances, music, light bites, and cocktails. Tickets are FREE, but you gotta RSVP here!  The art will be displayed August 8th and 9th in the park so mark your calendars #ArtGrove

Have a unique visual experience at All Visual Boston at the Institute of Contemporary Art (100 Northern Ave) 7:30pm – 9:00pm. The show is a one-night-only digital slideshow event with a live soundtrack that showcases the work of local and regional (and sometimes international) image/lens-based artists and is curated and organized by Trevor Powers. This installment of AVB is happening as part of Ricardo De Limas “Another Spectacle” gallery in the 2015 James and Audrey Foster Prize show . The live soundtrack will be provided by Boston-based artist BATHAUS. Students are $10.00 (usually FREE with student ID) and adults are $15.00. *Seating is limited*

floetryFriday, July 24th

Today kicks off the International Sand Sculpting Festival at Revere Beach where you will see award winning sandcastles and enjoy a day at the beach! If you can’t make it today, it will be there all weekend long. Today’s schedule is 10:00am – 9:00pm.

Union Square Plaza in Somerville has invited you out for a lunch break with food music and fun from 11:30am – 1:30pm. This week you’ll get food from Cantina La Mexicana and The Galley Ice Cream, music by The Wild Edibles and the Union Square Main Streets will be selling Fluff shirts. If you can’t make it today, you can have it runs every Friday until September 18th!

Lawn on D (420 D St) invites you out for a dance party featuring Latin House, Afro Beat and more with Boston H.O.M.E’s DJ Leo Alarcon and DJ Bob Diesel from 6:00pm – 9:00pm! There will even be a drum and dance circle with special guest and well known percussionist Nelson Matthew Gonzalez, dance lines with Metamovements Latin Dance Company  and live performance by SasiLady! Just head on down. FREE and open to the public.

Floetry is baack and playing at the Wilbur (246 Tremont St) starting at 8:00pm. Tickets are $39.50 – $45.00. Get tickets here!

Boston Curvy Fashion WeekSaturday, July 25th

Celebrate with Mattapan Food and Fitness at their 5th year Anniversary of Mattapan on Wheels! Meet at 5 Mildred Ave, in Mattapan at 9:00am and you’ll ride until 4:00pm. You’ll enjoy a a bike ride and tour of Mattapan and neighboring communities with a celebration at the end! Kids over 8 years old and families are welcome to ride with a parent. FREE bikes, helmets, and bike lights if needed! This event is FREE and open to the public.

Get fit in your neighborhood at the Community Playway at the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (504 Dudley St, Roxbury) from 11:00am-2:00pm. There will be FREE food, yoga, bikes rides, sack races, double-dutch and more! It’s a family fun and community event for all ages!

Head to City Hall Plaza today and tomorrow for the third staging My Caribbean, One World Expo. The theme for the 2015 Expo is “Caribbean Kids of the Future”. Support disabled children by donating children’s books at the event. Reggae artist Wayne Wonder will perform 4:00pm; though, the event runs from 1:00pm – 7:00pm. There will be crafts, books, Caribbean food and drinks and more! Best part, it’s all FREE. This is a family-friendly event.

Get your Grown & Classy on at the Throw Back Day Party at Naga (450 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge) 4:00pm – 10:00pm with  DJ Lady Ly aka AfroPean playing the hits from the 90’s with a taste of the 2000’s. FREE entry, 21+

Need some salsa in your life? Today, a dance floor will be set up in Franklin Park front of White Stadium near School St & Walnut Ave, Roxbury from 5:00pm – 7:00pm.  Carolina & DJ Condorito will be bringing the summer salsa fun! Beginners welcome – lessons, BBQ, and children’s activities will be in the adjacent playground. This event is FREE and open to the public!

Boston Curvy Fashion Week is excited to launch their 1st Annual Runway Show at the Boston Common Hotel and Conference Center (40 Trinity Place) 6:00pm – 9:00pm. You’ll see curvy fashions from Amanda Koker, ASK Fashion, Talbots, Catarina Abreu and more! Tickets start at $20.00, and you can get yours here!

The Movement: 50 Years of Love and Struggle will be performed at Hibernian Hall (184 Dudley St, Roxbury) at 8:00pm. The theatrical piece is written and performed by EMMY Award-winning actor Ron Jones. Through a range of characters, original and historical footage, and music, Ron takes the audience on a journey through the ever-changing face of the African-American experience from voting rights to Baltimore. Tickets are FREE, but you need to RSVP here. *NOTE* Only children over 13. will be allowed to view the performance. If you can’t make it tonight, there will be another performance on Sunday.

The WaveSunday, July 26th

The 2nd Annual Cambridge Jazz Festival is happening today at University Park Commons on Sidney Street in Cambridge. Come enjoy great food and live music from 12:00pm – 6:00pm. The event is FREE and open to the public. You can register here, to let them know you’re coming. Click here for a detailed schedule of the performances.

Dance party The Wave is high off their Boston Magazine Best Dance Party win and have put together a very special lineup that pays homage to the the ladies with their first ever all female DJ lineup at the Middlesex Lounge (315 Massachusetts Ave) with Slick Vick, NYC’s Darling Chuck of the Brooklyn-based FOMO crew, and Orange Calderon, who is based out of Los Angeles and Houston. Doors open at 4:30pm. Get a discounted ticket for $10.00 when you purchase here! *Use Promo Code “FORTHELADIES” To Receive 20% off online presale ticket price*. It will be $15.00 at the door. You must be 21+ and arrive early!!

After 6 long years, Critical Breakdown has returned to a new location – Hibernian Hall (184 Dudley St, Roxbury). Open mic sign up at 5:30 for poets, artists and dancers. Critical Breakdown brings people of all ages together through Hip-Hop, spoken word, and other forms of socially conscious performance art. Through monthly open mics, workshops, conferences, participation in rallies, protests, and marches, organizing concerts, and other events/activities, Critical Breakdown explores solutions to poverty, oppression, and injustice. This event is FREE and open to all ages!

ZveSao, a luxury 3D-printed jewelry brand has a runway show tonight entitled “Flower Power” at Storyville (90 Exeter St) 8:00pm. Tickets start at $25.00, and you can purchase yours here!