NORTH ADAMS -- Art making activities, live music and tours are just a few things planned for this Saturday's Free Day at the Massachusetts Mu seum of Contemporary Arts.

Director of Communications Jodi Joseph said visitors will be able to visit galleries from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. during Mass MoCA's extended hours, and explore exhibits including Brook lyn-based artist Izhar Patkin's "The Wandering Veil," an exhibit honoring 30 years of his work.

"We're always excited about opening our doors wider to people who may not be able to get to Mass MoCA throughout the year, and celebrate everything that we have on view," she said. "It's a chance to see the art in the galleries, participate in art activities, catch a dance performance or grab a bite to eat."

The annual event usually draws in more than 2,000 people, Joseph said. Due to a snowstorm in February 2013 where Gov. Deval Patrick issued a driving ban, last year's attendance was on the low end.

"We still managed to bring 1,200 people through the galleries," she said.

The Rambling Jug Stompers of Albany, N.Y., will perform classic American string band music, she said. In addition, the museum's oversized freight elevator between floors will transform into a stage when bands play live elevator music for visitors throughout the day.

Saturday will also see performances by Berkshire Dance Theater and Dysfunkcrew, a step team composed of Mas sachusetts College of Liberal Arts alumni, as well as workshops by Frog Lotus Yoga.


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At noon and 4 p.m., visitors can participate in a history and architectural tour of the campus, Joseph said. The museum buildings have housed multiple companies, from Arnold Print works to Sprague Electric.

Visitors will also get their chance to flex their creative muscles in art making activities, including the building of a community flag.

"Everyone will have a chance to write something on a square of fabric and place it on the flag," Joseph explained.

Both kids and adults can race to finish a Sol Lewitt treasure hunt and also explore Kid space, which will be transformed into a maze for the day.

Lickety Split, the museum's cafe, will provide a special food menu on Saturday, she said, and once again serve the crowd favorite carrot cake. Visitors will also be able to grab a bite at a self-serve chili and hot dog bars.

Rounding off the day, Brushy One String will perform at the museum's Club B-10 at 8 p.m. (Admission to the concert is $20 in advance and $16 day of, and $10 for students.) The artist of Kingston, Jamaica performs on a classical guitar with only a D-string, Joseph said, but still exudes the energy of a full band.

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The essentials

Mass MoCA Free Day

What: Gallery tours, live music, art making activities and more

When: Saturday, Jan. 11, galleries open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Where: Mass MoCA, 87 Marshall St., North Adams

Iinformation: 413-662-2111 massmoca.org