ONE: On Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (with a reception from 5 to 8:30 p.m.) and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Essex County Greenbelt’s Cox Reservation will come alive with music, sculpture, fine art, handcrafted jewelry, ceramics and pottery at 82 Eastern Avenue in Essex as the annual Art in the Barn Exhibition and Sale returns for its 29th year. Admission is free. Proceeds from the event support Greenbelt’s land conservation mission.
TWO: Essex Art Center will hold an opening reception for its two new exhibits, “30 Years of Friendship” by Alan Bull and Gordon Przybyla and “Triptychs: Phantom Light” by Kevin Salemme, on Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. Salemme will host an artist talk during the reception.
THREE: The Rotary Club of Stoneham will host its Second Annual Arts Festival on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the First Congregational Church of Stoneham. Professional, amateur, and student artists will be showing their paintings, photographs and sculptures. Admission is free and open to the public, but some artwork will be available for purchase.
FOUR: The Middlesex Jazz Festival will feature four 20-piece big bands and five smaller jazz ensembles on Saturday from 1:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Concord Center. Visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and come prepared to enjoy a wonderful afternoon of music and food.
FIVE: The newly formed Bourque Family Foundation will hold its 1st Annual 7.7K Road Race is scheduled for Saturday at Ferncroft Country Club. Registration begins at 2 p.m., and the race begins at 4 p.m. The unique distance commemorates Boston Bruins Legend #77, Ray Bourque.
SIX: Improvisation is at the core of The Dylan Jack Quartet, which utilizes stylistic elements from the modern classical tradition as well as avant-rock and world music. At the Chelmsford Center for the Arts on Friday at 7:30 p.m., they’ll perform brand new songs as well as selections from their debut record, “Diagrams,” that was released last year.
SEVEN: The opening reception for Gallery Z’s “Collage of a City: Portraits & Behind-the-Scenes Photos from The Merrimack Lowell Community Film Project” will be held on Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m. The exhibit promises to offer a “poet’s-level view” of the city of Lowell.
EIGHT: The 6th Annual Salisbury Art Stroll is on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. along the Old Eastern Marsh Rail Trail. Artists and fine crafters will be set up along the trail, displaying and selling their works. There will also be food, live music, free kids’ art classes, face painting, free shaped balloons and much more.
Looking for even more great things to do this weekend? Check out our event calendar!