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Ignite Festival

  • Union Square Union Square Somerville, MA, 02143 United States (map)

It's time to fire things up with the fifth annual Ignite festival! To celebrate Union Square’s sizzling food landscape we bring you an evening of international eats, fire throwers, roving entertainment, and a raucous celebration of global culture, including a bhangra dance party to cap things off! 

Food vendors include: 
Union Square Pizza
Siam Ginger
Juice Union
Himalayan Kitchen
Cantina la Mexicana
Casa B
Machu Chicken
El Mineirao
Pikliz International Kitchen
One World Cuisine
Dosa n Curry
Veggie Crust
Nibble Entrepreneurs Estella & Sandra

There will also be food demos, interactive activities and the Boston Circus Guild will dance with fire! Also on deck: craft vendors, roving performers, dancers, magicians, the Fine Arts Superheroes, fortune telling, a mime, and more! And don’t forget to bring a contribution to the festival’s first canned food drive, benefiting the Somerville Homeless Coalition! It’s easy-- just bring a can or two of food to the festival.

Suggested donation: $2: You'll get a cool tiger sticker!

Rain date: Sunday, August 20 from 6-10pm.

Event schedule:

Fire Square Performance Area: 
(in Union Square Plaza parking lot)
6:15 Chinese Lioness Dance
8:00 Bajacol (Colombian Dance Troupe)
8:45 Boston Circus Guild Fire performance
9:30 Boston Bhangra dance performance and glow-stick dance party

Food Demos:
(in front of Independent outdoor seating area/Union Square Plaza)
6:30 Pupusas with El Potro
6:40 Timur Momo Sauce, presented by Uttam of Himalayan
6:50 Charred corn & ricotta toast w/ fermented chili oil, presented
by Field and Vine's Andrew Brady
7:00 Bow Market's Ellie Tiglao/Pamangan demos Filipino
7:10 Mexican salsa using a molcajete with Nibble entrepreneur
Estela Calzada
7:20 Top 5 Japanese ingredients at Reliable Market

Tiger Head performance area: 
(in Union Square Plaza) 
6:30 Lioness storytelling
7:30 Fine Art Super Heroes
7:45 Ian the Mime
8:00 Cate Great Circus Arts
8:45 Tango performance
9:00 Kizomba dance performance

MUSCRAT bus food court (parking lot behind the Independent restaurant)
6:30-8:30 Só Sol (Brazilian band)
Plus: Coconut bowling, WildEye photo booth, tigerhead mask-making and foodcourt seating

Throughout the festival
Intercambio presents Global Grazing Games, Ignite beets interactive fruit-themed audio-visual activity, magician Bob Filene's "Magic for Smart People," Henna hand-painting, caricatures, Puppets with Fay, Nibble Nose Olympics, a few craft vendors, face-painting, Somerville Open Studios activities—and more!

Earlier Event: August 10
S'mores Night
Later Event: August 15
Feminist & Queer Happy Hour