Stay tuned for details as we celebrate
the 100th anniversary of the invention of Fluff
Saturday, September 23rd, 2017
Union Square • Somerville, MA
What the Fluff?
Union Square • Somerville, MA
So, What’s the Fluff?
Join us for the celebration of the 100th anniversary of Fluff, invented right here in Somerville’s Union Square in 1917 by Archibald Query. This madcap, fun-filled festival draws approximately 15,000 people and is cited as one of the reasons why Lonely Planet named Somerville in the top 10 “Best In The US” travel destinations for 2016.
The 12th annual “What the Fluff” Festival will feature musical performances, a cooking contest, Fluff-themed games, activities, antics and fun for every age, and Fluff treats of every sort.
This year’s theme of “FluffCentennial: Inspiring the Next Century of Union Square Invention” will offer lots of ways to invent all sorts of new fun and Fluff-inspired food, as well as the opportunity to highlight how invention is cropping up again, 100 years later, all over Union Square.
“What the Fluff?” A Tribute to Union Square Invention is presented by Union Square Main Streets as part of the Somerville Arts Council/ArtsUnion.
Cooking Contest Registration
Thank you to the 40+ Fluff enthusiasts who entered last year's Cooking Contest! Registration for the 2017 Cooking Contest will open on Tuesday, August 1, 2017. Stay tuned for more information about how to enter the Cooking Contest and this year’s line-up of Cooking Contest judges.
- Best Future Chef
- Most Retro Recipe
- Most Inventive Recipe
- Grand Prize: Centennial Winner
Thank You, Volunteers
It takes a small army to make the Fluff Festival a success! From setup to decor, to sticky-sweet fluff games, bake sales, and more, our volunteers are essential to a smooth festival experience for all. Thank you to our 100+ volunteers for 2016!
If you are interested in volunteering for this year’s Fluff Festival, either in the preparation phase or at the Festival, please fill out the Volunteer form.
See below for details about the 2016 Fluff Festival
Dept. of Shenanigans
|3:20||Blind Man's Fluff|
|4:00||XFluff on the Nose|
|4:20||Fluff Lick Off|
|4:40||Fluff Musical Chairs|
|5:00||Blind Man's Fluff|
|5:50||Fluff Musical Chairs|
|6:10||Fluff Lick Off|
|6:30||XFluff on the Nose|
|6:45||Fluff Hair Dos|
- Midway Kids Area
Fluff bowling, Fluff ring toss, Fluff corn hole and Fluff constructions.
Play with a plethora of high quality, unique athletic games and equipment that promote gross motor development, physical activity and fun targeted for ages 2-6
- Roaming Railroad Train
|Somerville High School Music Dept|
|Union Square Donuts|
|Gracie's Ice Cream|
|Holiday Inn Boston Bunker Hill|
|Galley Ice Cream|
|Beard Papa's & Chatime|
|The Popover Lady|
|Tipping Cow Bakery|
|Kirkland Tap & Trotter|
|Neighborhood Restaurant and Bakery|
|Top Shelf Cookies|
|Cantina La Mexicana|
|Compliments Food Truck|
|Union Square Pizza|
|Mineirao One Stop Market|
|Jasmine Doodles / Soothed in a Stitch|
|Winchester School of Chinese Culture|
|Arbalest Press & 13mLDesigns|
Fluff University Sales
|2016 Fluff Festival T-shirts (onesies, toddlers, youth & adults)|
|What the Fluff Baseball Caps|
|What the Fluff Tote Bags|
|Fluff University Vinyl Stickers|
|Somerville Arts Council|
|SVB - Sand Art, Toys, Trinkets|
|PJ Library - Creative Crafts|
|Allstate fundraiser for Respond, Inc.||Sponsor Tables|
|Yelp! - Information Table & Trivia Game|
|US2 & Workbar|
|East Boston Savings Bank|
|Cambridge Realty Group|
|Society of Grownups|
We highly recommend alternative means of getting to Union Square including by bike, by bus or walking. We’re just a 25 minute walk from Lechmere, Porter, Harvard, Central or Sullivan Squares.
Red Line MBTA: Take Red Line to Harvard Square, then the #86 (Sullivan Square) bus to Union Square. Or take the Red Line to Davis Square, then the #87 (Lechmere) bus to Union Square.
Orange Line MBTA: Take the Orange Line to Sullivan Square, then the #86 (Allston) bus or the #91 (Central Square) bus to Union Square.
Green Line MBTA: Take the Green Line to Lechmere Station, then the #87 (Clarendon Hill) bus to Union Square.
86: Sullivan Station – Reservoir (Cleveland Circle) via Harvard/Johnston Gate
87: Arlington Center or Clarendon Hill – Davis Station or Lechmere Station via Somerville Ave.
88: Clarendon Hill – Lechmere Station via Highland Avenue
91: Sullivan Station – Central Sq., Camb. via Washington St.
Routes 86, 87 and 91 detoured around Union Square from 12:30 PM to 8:00 PM on Saturday, September 24.
If you do decide to drive, it’s recommended to park on the outskirts of Union Square.