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Weekend Guide: August 31-September 5

Wed Aug 31, 2016

Spend Labor Day weekend in Cambridge with our top five event picks.


Rockin’ by the River | August 31

Every Wednesday from now until September 28 you can enjoy a free concert at Canal Park at the CambridgeSide Galleria. Plan on hearing great live music from local bands, a beer garden by World of Beer, prizes, and lawn games. Sounds like the perfect way to end a Wednesday, and soak up the last few weeks of summer.

See it: Every Wednesday from 5:30-7:30p


Labor Day Campfire Festival | September 2-5

Although this next event may have only started out as a way to fill time slots on a historically “bad weekend” it has become a must-see and hear tradition during the Labor Day Weekend at Club Passim!

Labor Day weekend is much more exciting with Club Passim’s Campfire Festival. Purchase a weekend or day pass to gain access to over 80 seriously talented artists over the course of a very musical 4 days. We promise you won’t be sad about the unofficial end of summer while listening to great music at the Campfire Festival.

Hear it: All weekend


Bread & Puppet Theater presented by Summer in the City | September 4

If you’re looking for something fun the entire family can enjoy this weekend, look no further than a performance by the Bread & Puppet Theater.

See the award-winning theater company perform outside on the Cambridge Common Park in Harvard Square for a free (yes, free!) performance of “Whatforward Circus.”

In the event of rain, you can catch the performance inside at the First Parish Church.

See it: 3-4p


Spiders Alive | Exhibit Closes September 5

Be afraid. Be very afraid! This weekend is the last weekend to see the Museum of Science’s Spider’s Alive before the temporary exhibit Spider’s Alive closes for good.

At this exhibit, you’ll examine their anatomy, learn about evolutionary history, see signature traits through live creatures, and see how these bugs affect the ecosystem--all without ever having to go on the web.

See it: All weekend


Frogs: A Chorus of Colors | Exhibit Closes September 7

While you’re at the Museum of Science this weekend, we suggest visiting another closing exhibit, Frogs: A Chorus of Colors. The exhibit will have you leaping with excitement before they close on September 7th. The traveling exhibit showcases colorful amphibians from around the world in their simulated natural surroundings.

You’ll see frogs in an astonishing array of colors (they’re not just green!) from bright blue to brilliant orange and dazzling red, all without ever having to leave Cambridge.

Insider Tip: The Museum of Science will be closed all day on September 6th for maintenance. Even museums need their spa days.

See it: All weekend!

New and Noteworthy

Waypoint | Harvard Square

If you find yourself craving coastal inspired fare this weekend, we have just the restaurant for you. Run, skip or even more appropriately swim over to Chef Michael Scelfo’s newest restaurant in Harvard Square, Waypoint.

There, you’ll enjoy dishes like homemade pasta and pizza, a raw bar, snacks, larger dishes, a caviar program, and a pretty impressive absinthe selection. Trust us, just once glance at the menu will have you craving everything--and we mean everything.

Try it: 1030 Massachusetts Ave, dinner served from 5-11p

Mark your calendars…

Cambridge Carnival | September 11

You’ll definitely want to mark your calendars for this next event, the Cambridge Carnival! The Cambridge Carnival will take place for the 24th year on September 11th in Kendall Square and is a must-see event.

The Cambridge Carnival is a celebration deeply rooted in African traditions and happens to be one of the largest festivals in Cambridge. Heralded as a local institution, The Cambridge Carnival starts off with a grand costume parade complete with rich rhythmic musicality promoting all types of cultures. You’ll watch revelers masquerade through the streets, savor international foods and have the unique opportunity to purchase multicultural crafts from around the world.

See it: 12-7p