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Tired of McMansions? Check out these tiny houses

The third annual BIG Tiny House Festival will be presented Sept. 23 and 24 in Stoughton.
The third annual BIG Tiny House Festival will be presented Sept. 23 and 24 in Stoughton.

The first year it seemed like a fad. The second year, a trend. And year number three?

Coming to Stoughton this weekend is the 3rd Annual BIG Tiny House Festival presented by Miranda’s Hearth, a nonprofit community building organization in Greater Boston. And with 12 locally built tiny houses on display, it should be a charm.

On Saturday, Miranda’s Hearth will host ticketed tiny house tours and hands-on carpentry workshops from noon to 5:30 p.m. On Sunday, the free festival will be held from noon to 6 p.m., featuring tours, music, business vendors, art, and other activities.


Founder Miranda Aisling says the event attracts people from throughout the Northeast interested in environmental sustainability, economic responsibility, and simple living. The festival was previously held in Somerville and Concord. This year it takes place at Trackside Plaza on Canton Street (Route 27) near the Stoughton commuter rail station.

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If you’re curious about a different type of alternative housing, head to Malden this Friday for a meeting about cohousing. Bay State Commons is seeking local families to join a cohousing community it wants to build near Malden Square.

The organization says it holds an option to purchase the American Legion site at 368 Pleasant St., where it proposes to build a 30-unit condominium complex. The development would have private units and shared common space for weekly group meals, child care, and other activities.

Friday’s “meet and greet” begins at 6:30 p.m. at Pearl Street Station, 53 Summer St. Another forum, on Oct. 5 at the public library, will address “What Is Cohousing?”

Everett will hold its third annual Village Fest on Saturday from 3 to 9 p.m. along Santilli Highway in the city’s Village Business District. The free outdoor event is sponsored by the city, the Craft Brewers Guild, and Wynn Resorts. It will feature music, food trucks, beer and other beverages, and lawn games.


And who said you can’t watch fireworks in September? The Pembroke Celebrates Committee is presenting a free fireworks show on Saturday at about 7:15 at the high school athletic fields on Learning Lane. Family tailgating starts at 5 p.m. and participants are encouraged to bring picnic baskets and their own yard games. Bocce, anyone?

Globe correspondent John Laidler contributed to this report. Leslie Anderson can be reached at