Welcome to a very special all-festival edition of your weekend events roundup, featuring celebrations of film, food, folk music, Fluff, and other things I’m going to leave out of this sentence in the name of alliteration. Throw on your best flannel, breathe in the crisp fall air, and feel the crunch of leaves beneath your feet, forgetting that those leaves are dead, and soon everything around you will be dead, that’s why they call it the “dead of winter” you know. But until then, yay for fall festivals!

Friday to Sunday, September 26 to October 5 – ArtWeek Boston
Not only is ArtWeek Boston actually 10 days long, but it’s the second ArtWeek of the year after the spring edition (also 10 days). That’s almost three weeks of art, which is awesome if you love art or you just want permission to refer to three-week spans as a week, in which case I haven’t showered in a week. The decentralized festival features exhibition openings, special talk-back sessions after Huntington Theatre Company and Guerilla Opera performances, writing workshops, concerts, and probably a screening of “Artnado.” (Various times and prices, all ages)

Friday and Saturday, September 26-27 – New England Americana Festival
Roots music just feels right for this time of year, probably because acoustic guitars are made of wood and remind you of going camping in the woods with that one guy who brought his acoustic guitar and played roots music. The New England Americana Festival brings that spirit to Harvard Square, with opening and closing shows at Club Passim and a free, all-day concert Saturday on Brattle Street featuring Tigerman Woah!, Old Jack, Tallahassee, and more. (12 p.m., FREE, all ages)

Friday to Sunday, September 26-28 – European Short Film Festival
If your only experience with European cinema is that one movie your AP French teacher showed you ten minutes of before realizing it was obviously inappropriate for a high school audience, find out what you’ve been missing at MIT’s annual European Short Film Festival. I know, I know, you hate reading subtitles, but these are short films and the words are on a screen with pretty people so it’s basically like reading selfie captions. (Various times, FREE, all ages)

Friday to Sunday, September 26-28 – iFest
Apply fanboys from all over will descend on the Seaport this weekend to compare their new iPhones and just bask in that magical feeling of having the best phone in the universe; literally not even the president or Tom Brady or the richest hedge fund douche in the world has a better phone right now except wait, OK, so it turns out iFest is short for Irish Festival, celebrating the best in contemporary Irish food and drink, music and arts, and more. You can even learn how to Riverdance, which will come in handy at dance parties or if you need to scare away a wild animal in your yard. (Various times, $30, all ages)

Saturday, September 27 – What the Fluff?
George Washington first raised an early version of the American flag in Somerville’s Union Square. Nearby Prospect Hill played an important strategic role in the Revolutionary War, and the square got its name after serving as a Union Army recruitment and mustering site during the Civil War. Are there festivals celebrating these great moments in Union Square history? Probably but who cares because THE FLUFF FESTIVAL IS HERE. This year’s What the Fluff? Festival celebrates the 1917 invention of marshmallow Fluff with a special Steam-Fluff theme (steampunk + Fluff), food vendors doling out lots of sticky goodness, live bands, beer with Fluff in it, and kids throwing mini marshmallows at cops who have to just stand there and take it. (3 p.m., FREE, all ages)

Saturday, September 27 – Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival
Calling this the BeanTown Jazz Festival (with the T capitalized? Really?) is probably the worst thing to come out of Berklee since John Mayer, but we’ll let it slide. The block party takes over Columbus Ave. in the South End with three stages of live music, arts and crafts, and even an Instrument Petting Zoo, which I imagine is kind of like Guitar Center except there’s no dude with a ponytail asking if you’re ever going to buy anything. (12 p.m., FREE, all ages)

Saturday, September 27 – Let’s Talk About Food
Official theme song of the Let’s Talk About Food Festival festival: “Let’s talk about food, baby / Let’s talk about umami” sung to the tune of “Let’s Talk About Sex” by Salt-N-Pepa, which happen to be two things you put on food! I love when things come full circle like that. The Copley Square outdoor seminar and food celebration features lectures and discussions with leading scientists and academics, cooking demos with celebrity and local chefs, and a food fair with plenty of free tastings, because talking about food is only the second-best thing you can do to food with your mouth. (10 a.m., FREE, all ages)

Sunday, September 28 – Gore Place Fall Festival
The ubiquity of pumpkin-spiced beverages and foodstuffs makes it easy to forget the humble pumpkin’s true calling, which is to be hurled or dropped from a great height to satisfy our biological need to destroy stuff. The Gore Place Fall Festival at the Waltham mansion understands this, so their self-described “crazy pumpkin drop” will see a crane lift a load of 1,000 pounds of pumpkins 120 feet in the air and let it fly, baby. They’ll also have food trucks, a beer tent, live bluegrass music, and wagon rides, as if you wouldn’t show up to a vacant parking lot if someone promised you a half-ton of sweet, sweet pumpkin carnage. (11 a.m., $5, all ages)

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