Weekend Guide: April 28-May 1

Spend the weekend in Cambridge with our top five event picks. 


Future of the Museum | April 28

One of the many reasons we love Cambridge (and trust us, there are many) is the never ending opportunity to learn and not just learn, but learn from the brightest minds around.  This Thursday evening, attend a panel discussion at MIT to discuss the future of museums and the relevance of physical space to the cultural experience in the digital era.

Be sure to reserve your free tickets ASAP. This event is sure to fill up fast.

Learn it: 6-7:30p


Harvard Arts First Festival | April 28- May 1

Last week, we celebrated Cambridge’s love and curiosity for science and this week, we’ll celebrate our appreciation for the arts with Harvard University’s ARTS FIRST Festival. Over four days, Harvard’s campus will overflow with plays, dance performances and exhibitions, and concerts from their exceptionally talented students and faculty.  The ARTS FIRST Festival is a feast for the eyes with more than 100 live performances.

Want to hear one of the best parts about the festival? All of the events are open to the public and most of the events are free. In fact, there are so many wonderful free events, that we couldn’t possibly include all of them here, so here’s a quick snippet of events we think you’ll enjoy this weekend.

Jazz on the Plaza | April 29

Kick off the ARTS FIRST festival at Harvard’s Science Park Plaza with a night of smooth sounds from the Harvard Jazz Band under the Plaza Tent at 5:30p.  The band will be led by Grammy-nominated saxophonist/composer and the director of the Harvard Jazz Ensembles, Yosvany Terry.  If you’re 21 years of age or older, sip on beer or wine while you enjoy the performance from the talented band.

DanceFest | April 30

On Saturday afternoon from 3-5p, visitors will see more than twenty dance traditions from around the world. Festival-goers will see all types of dance from breakdancing to bhangra, capoeira to contemporary, Korean hip hop to tap, and Bollywood and beyond all at the Science Park Plaza.

P.S While you’re in Harvard Square, take advantage of Free Admission Day (part of ARTS FIRST) to the Harvard Art Museums. You’ll gain access to paintings you’ve only ever heard or read about in books, just steps away from the Harvard T stop.

To see more ARTS FIRST events, click here

Battle of the Bands | May 1

To end the festival with a bang, head over to Science Plaza on Sunday afternoon from 3-5p to see the ultimate Battle of the Bands. Harvard’s best bands will battle it out to be named the winners and have major bragging rights. The bands will perform and then will be judged by an expert panel of music aficionados and the audience.


Independent Bookstore Day | April 30

If you are a book-lover, this next event is perfect for you.  Head on over to The Harvard Book Store in Harvard Square to celebrate Independent Bookstore Day with fellow bibliophiles. Throughout the day, the beloved store will be selling exclusive merchandise and collecting love notes to the bookstore. 

Don’t miss out on their “selfie station,” where visitors are encouraged to take a selfie with their favorite book. After you’ve taken the perfect selfie, grab a free temporary Litograph tattoo to participate in the world’s longest tattoo chain during the day.

If you’re an adult (21 +), keep the fun going and grab tickets to an exclusive after-hours event at the bookstore.  After the doors have closed and the kids have headed home, they’ll turn down the lights and guests can settle in for ghostly readings, adult beverages, refreshments and special discounts.

See it: 9a-11p


Cambridge Winter Farmers Market | Ends April 30

If you haven’t had the opportunity to visit the Cambridge Winter Farmers Market this Saturday is your last chance.   Run, don’t walk to the Cambridge Community Center to grab your fresh fruits and veggies, hear live music while you shop, and enjoy the last winter farmers market of the season.

See it: 10a-2p


The 33rd Annual MayFair | May 1

The biggest festival of the year is finally here and that means spring has officially sprung! This Sunday, be sure to visit Harvard Square for the 33rd Annual MayFair from noon to 6p. You’ll find three stages of music, international and local fare, crafts, specialty items and gifts, four beer gardens for the adults, a Roaming Railroad train for the kids and young at heart, vintage jewelry, and even Zumba lessons!

If Mother Nature decides to give us rain on Sunday, MayFair will be moved to May 15th.

See it: Noon-6p

Mark your Calendars…

The Glass Flowers Reopening | May 21

The Glass Flowers exhibit at the Harvard Museum of Natural History will reopen just in time for spring on May 21st and we could not be more excited. The gallery closed for extensive model and case restoration, space renovation and the installation of state-of-the-art light and display features, which means the entirely glass flowers will look more beautiful and breathtaking than ever--if that’s even possible. 

The Glass Flowers is one of the museum’s most famous and beloved treasures. The unique collection of over 4,000 models represents more than 830 plant species and was created entirely out of glass by artisans, Leopold Blaschka and his son, Rudolf.  At first glance, you’ll forget the flowers are made entirely from glass and not the real deal.

See for yourself on May 21st. You won’t want to miss this event.


AP Photo: Andrew Harnik

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