Yup, Somerville is the birthplace of Fluff. And yet, no one ever quite believes it, which is why said Fluff fest is now into its 13th year. This year’s theme is “Fluff the 13th” -- expect lots of plays on the unlucky theme even as you eat, play, and pretty much bathe in the glorious, sticky stuff. Sounds lucky to us.
Cost: Admission is free
South Hollow Spirits + Truro Vineyards
Because the Cape is much better after Labor Day, and because wine is never a bad idea. It’s the vineyard’s annual say goodbye to summer romp; pull up a beach chair and enjoy live music, signature cocktails, food from the Blackfish Food Truck (we dream about their fried cauliflower year-round), and of course, the actual grape stomp. (Kids go first? Whatever.)
Cost: Free admission and parking
In an homage to local legend Joyce Chen -- she who coined the regional term “Peking ravioli” -- 15 local Chinese restaurants will feed the masses en masse. What better way to fuel up for flea market browsing than by gorging yourself on a stuffed-dough feast?
Cost: A la carte, dim sum style
Innovation and Design Building
Is lumbersexuality still a thing? Time to find out, as you shop your way through an Americana smorgasbord of plaid shirts, leather belts, and urban-camping ephemera aplenty (sure, who doesn’t need an artisan ax?).
Cost: Free to attend
Time for some meat sweats. Think chili, pulled pork, a pig roast, pies, and more, plus less weighty fare like a farmers market and a craft fair.
Cost: $9 in advance, $12 at the door, plus food tickets