Fall Event Guide: 2017
Fall is finally here, which not only means the return of everything pumpkin spice but the return of fun fall festivals and events. We may be a little biased, but fall is truly magical here. The trees in our squares change colors, students return to our prestigious colleges and universities, and the air is suddenly crisp making our city feel like you stepped into a postcard.
Throughout the fall, Cambridge is jam-packed with festivals, concerts and a football game with a 134-year-old rivalry that will have you falling in love with our city. We suggest you bookmark this article because you definitely will not want to miss a thing this fall.
Kick off the beginning of fall festivals with the first one of the season- the Feast of Saints Cosmas and Damian in East Cambridge.
Be ready to eat and dance your way through the festival from Friday, September 8th to Sunday, September 10th. Once you see the statues of Saints Cosmas & Damian being removed from the chapel, that’s when you know the fun has begun! Enjoy cooking demonstrations, live music, games, amusement rides, and a healing service. This year, the festival welcomes iconic musical acts Martha Wash, Jimmy Osmond, and The Drifters.
Celebrate your Sunday Funday at one of Cambridge’s biggest festivals, the Cambridge Carnival in both Kendall and Central Squares. On Sunday, September 10th between 12-7p, the Cambridge Carnival will be celebrating African traditions, encompassing the city with authentic costumes and rhythmic music. Festival-goers will enjoy international cuisine, a grand costume parade from Central to Kendall Square, and multicultural gifts from around the world.
This next event is definitely a sight-to-see! On September 15, you won’t be imagining things--metered parking spots all over Cambridge will be transformed into temporary public spaces, parklets, and even mini outdoor cafes.
This international event allows each community to join together and create temporary and unique public spaces out of metered parking spots. Launched in 2005, Park(ing) Day was initiated with hopes of challenging people to change the way we look at public spaces in urban settings.
Say ‘goodbye’ to summer and ‘hello’ to fall with your entire family on Sunday, September 17th with the annual Revels RiverSing. Co-hosted by the very talented music director, Megan Henderson and song leader, David Coffin, this free family-friendly event is filled with excitement. The Autumnal Equinox celebration will include a puppet parade and pre-show festivities before you join thousands of other voices in song as you sing goodbye to summer.
Be sure to bring your appetite and plenty of wet naps to East Cambridge’s finger-lickin’ good festival, ‘Smoke This! Rib Fest.’ On Sunday, October 1 from 12-4p, attend the culinary showdown that pits pit master against pit master for the title of Best Ribs in Town. Grab your tasting ticket ASAP to ensure that you to try ten ribs from ten different restaurants. Then after you’ve tried the ribs, be sure to cast your vote for your favorite.
Fall wouldn’t be the same without Harvard Square’s Oktoberfest and Honk! Parade. The annual festival takes place each year in Harvard Square is definitely a must-do fall tradition here in Cambridge. Enjoy music from Honk bands from near and far on stages located throughout Harvard Square, indulge in delicious food from local restaurants, purchase specialty items and gifts and of course, beer gardens. After all, what would Oktoberfest be without beer gardens?
On October 18th head over to the most innovative square mile on the planet and attend the 5th Annual Kendall EatUp from 5:30-8:00p at 100 Tech Square. Not only will you indulge in local cuisine, but you’ll be supporting the Kendall Square Association’s effort to create a more innovative and collaborative environment. Some eateries you can try include Area Four, The Smoke Shop, Bon Me, State Park, Sulmona and more. We promise you, the most innovative square mile tastes pretty darn good.
Another must-see event of the fall is the Head of the Charles Regatta. The 53-year Cambridge tradition has attracted thousands of rowers from all over the world since 1965 and is still going strong. On October 21 and 22 from 9a-5p, be sure to head down to the banks of the Charles River to cheer on the rowers for a truly unforgettable experience.
Insider tip: Spectators are encouraged to watch between Anderson and Weeks bridges, right near the halfway point of the race.
Attend a lively and joyful celebration designed to remember and welcome back the spirits of loved ones at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology’s annual Day of the Dead Family event. At this family-friendly event on November 4, you’ll be able to decorate sugar skulls and make papel picado (paper banner) while listening to a live mariachi band. Even write a letter to placed upon the Dia de los Muertos altar.
If you watch one football game this year, make sure you watch “The Game.” The 134th Playing of “The Game” happens November 18th at Yale University. The Harvard football team will play their longtime rival Yale, in what is sure to be an exciting game. We can guarantee that almost all of Cambridge will be crossing their fingers while cheering on the Crimson.
After you’ve eaten your turkey sandwich, head over to the MIT Museum for their annual Friday After Thanksgiving event. Join over 1,500 people at the MIT Museum to create a giant chain link reaction. Participants will link chain reaction devices together at the end of the day in what is sure to be a grand culmination that could only happen at MIT.
Regardless of how your chain has been created, they all blend beautifully together with the help of a little bit of string and duct tape.
The holiday season doesn’t officially begin in Cambridge until the Annual Tree Lighting at The Charles Hotel in Harvard Square. Kick off the holiday season with hot chocolate, cheerful music and of course, the lighting of the tree.