Yes, I mentioned watching the Kentucky Derby at Suffolk Downs.
It's free to get in, but there is no live racing today. If you've never been there, it's about as fancy as you'd expect a horse track in Eastie would be -- and that's part of the 'charm'.
Free Comic Book Day
at Participating (Cool) Stores
Pick up a free comic book, or take a kid you know to the comic book store. When I got my free comic book one year, it seemed like it was a special edition created for F.C.B.D. -- still it's a couple free stories...
According to the website, some nearby participating shops:
11am to 9pm
Boston vs. NYC Food Truck Throwdown
at Kennedy Greenway, about 200 Milk St, Boston (near Aquarium)
Three good things about the Food Truck Throwdown:
1) More food trucks will be concentrated in the same area than usual to provide greater selection.
2) It's easier to go downtown than NYC to try some of these truck treats.
3) If you don't spend your weekday lunchtime near food trucks, it's nice to have the option on the weekend.
SAT 5/4 (and SUN 5/5)
Noon to 6pm
Somerville Open Studios
all over Somerville
There's a lot of painting, sculpting, photography, assembling, etc around Somerville. Over 300 artists in about 100 locations show you what they've been making. (They'll even sell you stuff.) Look for orange balloons.
If I were you, I'd take the T and walk around (or take the trolley). I read their tips, and I agree with them.
If you start in Davis Sq or Union Sq, you'll be sure to find maps/pamphlets in stands where you can see all the open studios and the trolley route. strategically located around town.
Noon to 6pm
Wake Up the Earth Festival
at Southwest Corridor Park, Jamaica Plain (near Stony Brook T)
Everyone is welcome to chill out and celebrate the beauty of the Earth. From what I can tell, all sorts of lovely and arty Jamaica Plain weirdness will be on display in the park.
More info is on the PDF Schedule & Map. The available info is not as detailed as other years, but that's so JP…
If you get there at noon, you should see a parade arrive. There are 6 "stages" of music, storytelling, theatre, and yoga -- so use the grass as your mat.
Food, arts, crafts, and the yearning for social justice will likely abound.