5 Things to Do Before and After Boston Calling

You just saw your favorite band play at Boston Calling. Now, what?

Boston Calling, the three-day, multi-stage music festival returns to the Harvard Athletic Complex this Memorial Day weekend and it promises to be better than ever.

Although the music festival doesn’t take place in Cambridge, the easiest way to actually get to Boston Calling is through Harvard Square.  Simply hop off the T at Harvard Station, cross over the Anderson Memorial Bridge and presto, you’re at Boston Calling. Whether you’d like to hang in Harvard Square before or after the festival, we’ve got plenty of ideas to add to your Boston Calling experience.


After you’ve sung along to your favorite musician or danced the night away, you’re bound to be hungry.  Grab your festival buddies and head over to Grendel’s Den (an institution here in Cambridge) in Harvard Square to refuel.  You simply can’t go wrong with their patio seating, a local brew, and burger sure to satisfy your hunger.


CONTINUE THE FUN | After Parties at The Sinclair

Just because the music has ended for the day, that doesn’t mean the music stops in Harvard Square.  Attend the Boston Calling After Parties at the Sinclair after the festival ends on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.  You’ll get to continue the fun and see major acts in The Sinclair’s intimate venue.


Did you know that Boston Calling isn’t just a music festival? In addition to music, arts, and comedy, the festival is adding the first ever Boston Calling Film Festival curated by Natalie Portman. 

See the curated film festival at the Brattle Theatre on May 22 through 24.  The festival will showcase films that feature similar themes told from the perspective of male and female directors.

WATCH THE SUNSET FROM A ROOF DECK | Daedalus (and/or) Felipe’s

If you’re looking to relax after a full day of festivities, we recommend watching the sunset from Daedalus or Felipe’s roof deck. Both rooftops offer spectacular views of Harvard Square and drool-worthy menus.  Not to mention, you’ll look seriously cool bringing your friends to either one of these spots.  Trust us, you can’t go wrong.


If you want to go where all the musicians go to grab a slice or the whole Sicilian pie, you can’t go wrong with Pinocchio’s Pizza in Harvard Square.  Noch’s (a local nickname) is open late and has some of the best pizza on this side of the river. Grab a coveted table inside or take your pizza or steak sub to go and eat it like the locals do in Harvard Yard.


photo by @gabivalladares

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