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Vendor market at Gilman Square showing tents and a beer garden.

June 15th–September 8th 2024
350 Medford Street, Somerville, MA

Hours

The Gilman Pop-Up Park is an outdoor public space and is accessible between 8 am–10 pm every day. Use it like you would any other public park! During select hours, we have events, entertainment, and games.

Project background

Graphic with a photo of a gravel lot with the text "What if this was a... dance floor, food hall, meeting space, hangout zone."

Working alongside the City of Somerville, we’ve transformed the vacant lot in Gilman Square (also known as the Homans lot) into a three-month outdoor community space. The Gilman Pop-Up Park is a gathering space for local organizations, a hangout space for residents, and an opportunity for development for local businesses, artists, and creatives. This activation aims to connect Gilman Square with the rest of Somerville, bring back vibrancy, and test out future uses for vacant spaces in Somerville.

Beer garden

Saturdays, 12–8 pm

It’s about time Somerville got a park beer garden! Most Saturdays (and one special Sunday) the Gilman Pop-Up Park will host a beer garden with pours from local breweries. On days when Winter Hill Brewery is popping up, they’ve teamed up with Small Mart to bring you a marketplace with the raddest makers, artisans, and vintage vendors. 

We’re working on getting food options and music in place. Do you want to sell your delicious bites or sing your sweet tunes at the Gilman Pop-Up Park? Apply to be a vendor or performer here.

June 15Winter Hill Brewing Company
June 22No beer garden 🙁
June 29Winter Hill Brewing Company
July 6No beer garden 🙁
July 13Winter Hill Brewing Company
July 20Notch Brewing
July 27Winter Hill Brewing Company
August 3No beer garden 🙁
August 4Notch Brewing (special Sunday!)
August 10Winter Hill Brewing Company
August 17Notch Brewing
August 24Notch Brewing
August 31Notch Brewing
September 7Winter Hill Brewing Company

Events

Jul 18

Community Art Night

Gilman Park - 350 Medford St
Jul 20

Notch Biergarten

Gilman Pop-Up Park - 350 Medford St
Jul 21

LGBTQIA+ Improv workshop

Gilman Park - 350 Medford St
Jul 25

Boston Public Living Room

Gilman Pop-Up Park - 350 Medford St
Jul 27

Gilman Park Marketplace

Gilman Park - 350 Medford St
Aug 01

Climate Cafe

Gilman Pop-Up Park - 350 Medford St
Aug 04

Notch Biergarten

Gilman Pop-Up Park - 350 Medford St
Aug 04

LGBTQIA+ Improv workshop

Gilman Park - 350 Medford St

Get engaged

We are working closely with residents, local business owners, institutions, artists, and creatives in and around Gilman Square.

Programming

We are looking for artists, creatives, non-profit organizations, and businesses in and around Gilman Square to bring the Gilman Pop-Up Park to life through events from June through September 2024! We have funding available to compensate programming partners. Find more information about programming and how to apply at the link below. If you have any questions, please reach out to Afsar at afsar@culturehouse.cc.

Pop-up survey

Through out the duration of the pop-up park, we will be collecting feedback from the community and visitors. If you stopped by the pop-up park, attended an event, or just live in the Gilman Square neighborhood and want to share your thoughts about this project with us, please complete the survey.

Contact

Want to talk more about this project? Email Rishika at rishika@culturehouse.cc.

Partners

This project is supported, in whole or in part, by federal award number SLFRP1753 awarded to the City of Somerville MA by the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

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