Aug. 30, 2019: Allston Christmas is coming


Allston Christmas is coming

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, when the sidewalks overflowing with IKEA furniture and you can nab a second-hand microwave for free. Yes, Allston Christmas is upon us this weekend. The off-season celebration is a Sept. 1 tradition thanks to all the students’ leases that turn over on the day. This heatmap for moving truck permits shows where the curbside gifts will likely be most abundant. If you need a beer before, during, or after your haul, Harpoon has got you covered. And maybe a few of those IPAs in, you can embrace a true Allston DIY spirit and grumble about that one time the new Bfresh grocery store used a holiday that eschews the capitalist system to advertise their new Harvard Ave location with Hipster Santas and reindeer-operated pedicabs.

New bus routes take effect

Sunday, Sept. 1 isn’t just a big day in Allston. It’s also a big day for MBTA buses: the first round of changes to routes under the Better Bus Project take effect this weekend. Say goodbye to the CT1, which will no longer run in tandem with the 1. Say hello to new stops on the extended 95 route. All of the changes — and the T’s reasoning for them — are here.



The Boston Lyric Opera is the grand finale to the Public Library’s courtyard for the final Concerts in the Courtyard performance of the summer. 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.//free

Have some delicious injera bread with a side of slam poetry or live music at Ethiopian restaurant Fasika’s first open mic night. 6:30 p.m.//free

Reminder: Root Cellar folk

All weekend

Catch at least one of the 100 folk bands playing this year at Passim’s annual festival. Friday-Monday, times vary//$10 for a day, $25 for the festival


As summer ends, the Glass Flowers at the Harvard Museum of Natural History get a special exhibit of glass botanical models of Fruits in Decay, opening this weekend. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.//$15

The Herter Park Amphitheatre is nestled in the greenery along the Lower Allston section of the Charles and you can catch local hip hop group STL GLD performing outside there this weekend. 7-10 p.m.//free

Reminders: a French football tailgate, Leslie Jones


Calm the Allston Christmas tizzies with a nice acoustic folk concert in an art gallery (Gallery 263 to be exact). 7 p.m.//$5-10 suggested

Cabaret Witchpunk is “an interactive experience that combines ritual, variety show, witch market, reader salon, live music and more,” and you can experience it at ONCE (never change, ONCE, never change.) 7:30 p.m.//free

Reminders: ICA Watershed’s final days for 2019, Somerville Flea