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Weekend Guide: August 16-21

Wondering how to spend to your weekend in Cambridge?

Spend the weekend in Cambridge with our top five must-see events, including Dine Out Boston in Cambridge, plus where to watch the highly anticipated solar eclipse.

EAT

Dine Out Boston in Cambridge | August 13-18

This Friday marks the end of one of our favorite restaurant events of the year -- Dine Out Boston (in Cambridge!). Before the kitchen closes, be sure to take advantage of special prix fixe menus at restaurants throughout Cambridge. Treat yourself to special prix fixe lunch and dinner menus from restaurants all around the city, along with extra special prices.

Did we mention that #DineOutBoston has a fun contest this year?  Simply snap a picture of your meal, tag #DineOutBoston and the restaurant, and you could win a $100 gift card to a participating Dine Out Boston (or Cambridge!!) restaurant. The picture with the most likes each day will win.  Happy Snapping!

Want to see even more information about Dine Out Boston (in Cambridge)? We’ve got everything you need to know right here.

Enjoy it: Lunch and/or dinner at participating restaurants

FOOD

Farmers Markets in Cambridge | All week

Did you know that every day of the week during the summer in Cambridge, you can find a farmers market? We’re serious. 

Every day of the week visitors and residents can access fresh seasonal produce, artisanal items, and healthy activities throughout the city’s squares. This Thursday, catch Chef Nicco Muratore at the Kendall Square Farmers Market at 12p for a cooking demonstration.

Want to know where you find local farmers and ingredients? Click here for our full guide to Farmers Markets in Cambridge.

See it: Every day

FILM

Movie Night at CambridgeSide | August 17

Before the leaves begin to turn and the air becomes crisp, take advantage of all of the great activities happening outside in Cambridge this summer.  This Thursday evening, head over to CambridgeSide in East Cambridge for a family-friendly movie night outside at Canal Park starting at 6p. In partnership with Cambridge Arts, expect to see face painting, a high-octane folk band, along with special discounts and giveaways.  After you’ve had a butterfly painted on your face, settle in to watch Disney’s Beauty & the Beast with your friends and family.

ICYMI: CambridgeSide has an entirely new and modern look.  If you haven’t been inside to check it out yet, what are you waiting for?

See it: Events begin at 6p

HISTORY

Summer Sundays at the Harvard Semitic Museum | August 20

One of our favorite ways to beat the heat during the summer is to explore a museum.  Not only is the air conditioning always running, you’re bound to learn and see something new. Gather your little ones and phone-obsessed teenagers and head over to the Harvard Semitic Museum in Harvard Square this Sunday for their Summer Sunday series. Did we mention that the Summer Sundays series ends next week?

Admission to the Harvard Semitic Museum is free, making it a no-brainer when deciding on your weekend plans. There, you’ll create Egyptian accessories, play ancient board games, and inscribed clay tablets as you explore arts from the lands of the Ancient Near East.

See it: Every Sunday through August 27th

SCIENCE

Solar Eclipse 2017 | August 21

We usually don’t include Monday events in our Cambridge Weekend Guide because… well… Mondays...BUT when an event only happens once every couple of decades, we knew we had to include it.

ICYMI: on Monday, August 21st the United States will have the opportunity to see a solar eclipse for the first time since 1979.  Although the moon won’t completely block out the sun here in Cambridge, it’s still a sight-to-see. The partial eclipse will be visible in Cambridge on Monday from 2-4p, with peak viewing at 2:46p.

So, how should you celebrate? We recommend grabbing a late lunch a la fresco to ensure you have a comfy spot to view the partial eclipse (with safety glasses included, of course!).  Luckily, Henrietta’s Table in Harvard Square will celebrate this momentous occasion with a special cocktail and mocktail appropriately called the “Total Eclipse”.

To ensure that everyone safely views the partial eclipse (AKA please avoid looking directly at the sun!), special eclipse glasses can be found at any Cambridge Public Library

To learn more about #Eclipse2017, click here.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS…

Central Flea | August 27

The Central Flea will be back on August 27 (only two weeks away!) IN Central Square, just in time for returning Harvard, Lesley and MIT students. We have a feeling that dorm rooms all over Cambridge will be particularly stylish this semester featuring specialty items found at the Central Flea.

Inspired by the popular Brooklyn-style flea markets, the Central Flea boasts vintage and antique furniture dealers, music, local food, artists and designers, and so much more.  Don’t worry if you can’t make it to this one, the Central Flea will take place on the last Sunday of every month through the end of October.

See it: 11a-5p


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