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Spring Event Guide 2017

A list of must-see events in Cambridge happening this Spring.

Dine Out Boston in Cambridge | March 5-10 & 12-17

Both locals and visitors can get excited for Dine Out Boston where Boston’s best restaurants will be providing prix fixe menus for both lunch and dinner. Indulge in old favorites, local bistros and some of the most delicious chain restaurants. Choose from Asian cuisine, French, Italian, tapas, sushi and more. Dine Out Boston takes places from March 5th – 12th and 12th-17th.

A St. Patrick’s Day Celtic Sojourn with Brian O’Donovan | March 18

On March 18th, experience A St. Patrick’s Day Celtic Sojourn concert at the Sanders Theatre in Harvard Square and celebrate an annual Cambridge tradition. This year, listen to talented musicians, Karen Casey and Liz Carroll as they light up the stage with beautiful Irish tunes.

Women’s History Walk @ Mount Auburn Cemetery | March 25

Take a walking tour on March 25h hosted by local historian, Rosemarie Smurzynski as she highlights the notable women in Mount Auburn Cemetery. From painters and poets to writers and sculptors, this phenomenal tour has been showcasing the works of talented women for 15 years.

Annual Cambridge Science Festival | April 14-23

April may bring spring showers, but April in Cambridge means the return of the Cambridge Science Festival. The annual festival begins on Friday, April 14th and is celebrated until Sunday, April 23rd.  This all ages festival (yes, even adults!) will enjoy the 10-day festival celebrating everything science, technology, engineering, art and math in our region. Attend panel discussions, lectures, museum exhibits, concerts, workshops and even plays.

National Junior Ranger Day | April 22

Kids of all ages can attend this next event at the Longfellow House- Washington’s National Headquarters from 11a to 3p on April 22nd.  Simply complete a special activity and little ones can earn a Junior Ranger Badge! After kids have earned their badges and the weather is nice, join a Ranger for a walking tour of Cambridge at 1p.

10th Annual Bookish Ball & Shakespeare’s 453rd Birthday | April 22

It’s no secret that we love anything to do with great literature in Cambridge, MA and that includes our love for the Bard.  Head into Harvard Square on April 22 to celebrate William Shakespeare’s 453rd Birthday and the 10th Annual Bookish Ball.

The day is jam packed with events we know Shakespeare would love; including a birthday cake, sonnet reading, Shakespearian performances and more.

Harvard Arts First | April 27-30

Festival season is in full swing in April in Cambridge and that includes the annual art festival, Harvard Arts First

For three entire days, explore art, music and a take part in a series of activities from April 27th-30th. This public event offers free performances that everyone is sure to enjoy.

Mayfair | May 7

One of our top must-see festivals of the year is the annual Mayfair celebration in Harvard Square. Expect to see innovative dance performances, food all of your favorite restaurants, and works from over 150 artisans and merchants all from noon-6p.  We think this festival will quickly become a spring tradition.

Cambridge Arts Open Studios | May 13 & 14

Mark your calendars for the 9th Annual Cambridge Open Arts Studio event on May 13th and 14th.  You’ll spend the entire weekend exploring Cambridge’s diverse and seriously impressive collection of public art and get an insider look into our most talented artist’s studios and workshops.

Charles Riverboat Sightseeing Tours Begin | May 13

One of our favorite sightseeing tours, the Charles Riverboat Sightseeing Tour is back again for another glorious season on the Charles River beginning May 13th. You and your guests will enjoy a beautiful 70-minute sightseeing tour along the sparkling Charles River, while your experienced tour guide discusses notable landmarks and more in Cambridge and in Boston. 

P.S. Did we mention this tour is also the perfect way to get THE perfect Facebook or Instagram-worthy photos that will definitely make all your friends jealous.

Together Festival | May 14-21

Emphasizing the unit of music, art, and technology, the Together Festival attracts thousands of people each year. From May 14th-21st, talented musicians such as Ben UFO, Avalon Emerson, Alessandro Cortini and more will be performing.

Longfellow House- Washington’s National Headquarters Opening Day | May 24

The Longfellow House- Washington’s National Headquarters opens for their 2017 season on May 24! The historical Georgian mansion dates back to 1759, making it a must-see attraction when visiting Cambridge. Once the home to poet Henry W. Longfellow and his family, the house is now open for guided tours, historical lectures and other special events until October 29th.

Although this event isn’t open to the public, we have to include Harvard University’s Commencement Ceremony on May 25th on our Spring Event Guide.  Even if you aren’t celebrating a loved one’s graduation, the buzz in Harvard Square in undeniable and is certainly a site to see.

Ongoing Events

The Diamond Trace at the MIT Museum | April 12

On April 12th, the MIT Museum in Central Square will be showcasing French photographer Patrick Tourneboeuf’s breathtaking photos. Bringing to light the scars of history, attendees will view the aftermath of a city that grew once a big diamond was discovered and then abandoned shortly afterward. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to learn more about Kimberley, South Africa.

Cambridge Winter Farmers Market | Through April 15

Time is running out! Running through April 15th from 10a to 2p, the Cambridge Winters Farmers Market is the place to find local produce and specialty items, live music, crafts and special events. Some of the vendors include Baer’s Best Farm, Mycoterra Farm, Silverbrook Farm, Winter Moon Roots and more.

Chocolate: The Exhibition | Through May 7

Calling all chocolate lovers! Chocolate: The Exhibition at the Museum of Science provides visitors with a rich history of chocolate. View over 200 objects and replicas, and explore the culture of chocolate through the perception of science and history. We promise this dessert is delicious.

The Donkey Show | Every Saturday

If you haven’t been to the American Repertory Theater’s production of The Donkey Show at the Oberon in Harvard Square, you are sorely missing out! Immerse yourself in another world as feathered divas, hustle queens, and roller skaters whizz past you. Inspired by Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, this 70s disco performance is nothing short of amazing.

The Glass Flowers | Daily

Stop by the Harvard Museum of Natural History this spring and be sure to explore the Ware Collection of Blaschka Glass Models of Plants. After all, what's better in spring than flowers? View over 4,000 models which represent over 830 plant species…and yes, the flowers are made entirely of glass. You simply won’t believe your eyes.

Hahvahd Tours | Daily

Take a tour of the most prestigious university in the country – Harvard University. Lead by Harvard student guides, you’ll take a tour of the John Harvard Statue, Harvard Yard, historic buildings and more. Current students will even share some untold stories and their perception of the university.


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