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Summer Event Guide

You’ll definitely want to bookmark this article because we have a feeling that you’ll find it pretty useful this summer.  The warm weather doesn’t just make for perfect patio weather (although it certainly does help) it also brings fun summer events. Throughout the summer, Cambridge is jam-packed with festivals and events that are sure excite, inspire, entertain, make your mouth water and have you falling in love with our city. 

To make your summer plans easier, we’ve rounded up the biggest events in Cambridge:

Cambridge Arts River Festival | June 4

The Cambridge Arts River Festival kicks off the summer on June 4th. This thirty-seven year Cambridge tradition is set along the sparkling waterfront in East Cambridge, making for the perfect festival backdrop.  The family-friendly festival is presented by the Cambridge Arts Council and features more than six dynamic stages featuring local music, theater and dance, poetry and storytelling tents, food trucks, and local art and crafts for sale.

37th Dragon Boat Festival | June 11-12

The Dragon Boat Festival is definitely a must-see event for the summer.  Instead of the Charles River’s usual occupants, the river will be filled with Hong Kong style Dragons Boats. The festival which happens in both Boston and Cambridge will feature dragon boat races, Asian street food, and cultural performances.

Summer Solstice Celebration | June 20

Although it may feel like summer has arrived, the season doesn’t officially start until the Summer Solstice Celebration at the Harvard Museum of Science and Culture.  The free, family-friendly festival is an evening you won’t want to miss.

Enjoy an evening under the stars with food trucks, music, circus performers, hands-on activities for all ages, dancing, and a special performance by the Revels. Learn how to craft your own sun streamer, create a flower crown fit for a fairy, and make an Egyptian-inspired ornament to adorn your solstice outfit. 

Not only is this event free, but on the night of the solstice, enjoy complimentary admission to the Harvard Semitic Museum, the Harvard Museum of Natural History, and the Peabody Museum of Archeology and Ethnology.

City of Cambridge Dance Party | June 24

Cambridge is having a dance party and you’re invited! Join thousands of visitors and residents alike to dance the night away under colorful lights right in front of Cambridge City Hall at their annual (and free) Dance Party. Whether you are practically a professional dancer or just like to move and groove, the dance party is perfect for everyone, even the tiniest of dancers.

The extravaganza was originally planned to celebrate Cambridge’s 150th Anniversary but quickly grew to become one of the biggest parties of the year.  The fun starts at 7p and doesn’t end until the DJ plays his last song at midnight.

Fireworks : Fourth of July | July 4

We couldn’t possibly write about summer events without including the Fourth of July! Every year, our neighbor Boston hosts the Boston Pops at the Hatch Shell and produces a firework show that lights up the sky over the Charles River.  Luckily for us, Cambridge always has front row seats.  Our riverbanks offer the best view of the fireworks.

The Fireworks Spectacular begins at 10:30p, which means you’ll have plenty of time to grab a spot along the river or enjoy dinner at one of our many restaurants.

If you want to get even closer to all the action and mark off a major bucket list item, we suggest renting a canoe or kayak from the Charles River Canoe and Kayak in Kendall Square. You and your friends will float along the river, right under the fireworks.

Taste of Cambridge | July 12

If you are a foodie, this next event is perfect for you. Every July, foodies everywhere descend upon the Taste of Cambridge to sample Cambridge’s mouth-watering and award-winning cuisine.  More than 100 local restaurants and purveyors from all over the city join together in Central Square to create one, epic tasting event.  This is the perfect opportunity to sample oldies-but-goodies and find your new favorite restaurant.

Not only does this event taste good, it actually benefits the community.  The proceeds from the Taste of Cambridge benefit local non-profits doing work in alcohol and/or drug prevention and treatment. What’s better than that?

Cambridge Jazz Festival | July 31

Cambridge doesn’t just taste good in the summer, we sound good too.  The Cambridge Jazz Festival is back for the third year at Danehy Park in West Cambridge and is bigger than ever.  The free, (yes, free!) all day festival will feature tons of local musicians and award-winning performers that are sure to have you dancing all day long.

Dine Out Boston (in Cambridge) | August 14-19, 21-26

We’re pretty spoiled here in Cambridge.  World-class cuisine can be found in every square, along with seriously talented chefs. It’s no secret that our restaurant scene is a force to be reckoned with, which is why we get so excited for Dine Out Boston (in Cambridge!).

Is there a restaurant that you’ve been wanting to try but haven’t quite found the chance? Dine Out Boston (in Cambridge!) is the perfect opportunity to find your new favorite spot.  Participating restaurants around Cambridge will design delectable prix fixe menus for both lunch and dinner.


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