Somerville Open Studios is a Citywide event. Getting around the city is key to enjoying the breadth and variety of art. Happily, there are a lot of ways to do that!
Getting to and around Somerville
by Car: Visitors arriving by car, enjoy a leisurely weekend: park your car once and leave it parked. If you live in Somerville, Hello, Neighbor! We recommend leaving your car at home and enjoying your hometown streets.
Resident-only parking restrictions are lifted during SOS hours. Parking on side streets is still limited. Never block hydrants or driveways. Remember: meters are in effect on Saturday. Only use handicap spaces if you have an appropriate tag. Thank you, Mayor Curtatone and the City of Somerville for the parking consideration!
The City has donated FREE PARKING in four large city school lots. The FREE TROLLEY will loop past or near all of these lots. (see below)
So "pahk yah cah" once, and enjoy the compact tree-lined streets of Somerville.
by MBTA: Arrive in Somerville by T to Porter or Davis (Red Line) or Sullivan (Orange Line), then connect to a cross town bus or the nearby free SOS trolley. MBTA buses also run on Highland Ave, Broadway, other major roads, and throughout Somerville. Routes 80, 83, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 94, 95, 96, and 101 may be of use. Details at mbta.com .
To arrive directly at the Artists Choice show at the Somerville Museum, enter the address
1 Westwood Road, Somerville, MA into the MBTA.com trip planner .
by Bicycle: Riding between artist sites is a fantastic way to get around, but if you want to park your bike and walk, look for large bike corrals in most business districts. Remember: Look up! Never lock up to a handicap parking sign. Your bike may block a disabled person from getting to the curb.
by Pedicab:Use your SOS Mapbook to hail a Boston Pedicabin Somerville just for SOS!and ride in style. Pedicabs will pick up and deliver to SOS studios throughout the city.
by Free SOS Trolley: Check your SOS mapbook or our mobile map for the Trolley Stops, and watch for the Old Town Trolleys with the SOS banners. Free loop-circuit around the city.
Mix it up! At just over 3 miles long, the City of Somerville is remarkably walkable. Walk to a studio, catch a Trolley up hill to the next, and pick up a bike share to ride the flat or coast down to the next station. Hail a Boston Pedicab for a fun trip to an SOS Studio, and when carrying your new art. Plan your visit in advance, plot a course, and leave room for serendipity!
Free City-owned Lots available for use during SOS:
- West Somerville Neighborhood Schoollot on Raymond Ave, 100 yards from Curtis St. [map]
- John F Kennedy Schoolintersection of Elm and Cherry St. [map]
- City Hall / Somerville High School93 Highland Ave: along City Hall concourse, high school [map]
- Arthur D. Healey School5 Meacham St. at end of street behind the school [map]