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Weekend Guide: January 8-10

Spend the weekend in Cambridge with our top five events.

MUSIC

Boston Celtic Music Festival | January 8 and 9

We’re feeling extra lucky because the first music festival of the year is happening this weekend! The Boston Celtic Music Festival is a family-friendly festival that celebrates the music and dances performances from Irish, Scottish, Cape Breton and other Celtic-related traditions.

This thirteen-year long festival has something for everyone from a kid-friendly performance on Saturday morning; to participatory events, and even a Celtic dance party. Set at three different locations in Harvard Square, you’ll definitely be feeling the luck of the Irish wherever you go.

Hear it: Friday and Saturday

AUTHOR TALKS

Lesley University’s Winter Reading Series | January 8-14

Now that winter is here again, the time has come to commence in one of our favorite wintry day activities: reading to help us forget all about the snow. 

To help you find a new book or beloved author to fall in love with this winter, we suggest attending Lesley University’s Winter Reading Series. At this event, readers will receive the unique opportunity to hear from faculty and visiting writers of the MFA Creative Writing program as they share their work in five different genres.  Think of it as a back-stage pass at a theater, but for literature lovers. 

Plus, this event is completely free and open to the public. Who knows: You may just find your new favorite author or novel.

To see more Winter Reading Series Events, please click here.

See it: Friday at 5p, Saturday at 6:30p and Sunday at 6:30p

SHOP

Cambridge Winter Farmers Market | January 9

The day we’ve been patiently waiting for is finally here, the opening day of the Cambridge Winter Farmers Market.  Yes, Cambridge Farmers’ Markets are back!

Every Saturday from January 9th to April 30th, you can shop the farmers market at the Cambridge Community Center. The coolest part: you won’t just find fresh vegetables and other culinary goodies from New England here – the Cambridge Winter Farmers Market will also be hosting special events, arts and crafts, and even music all season long.

This weekend you can attend a ‘collaging workshop’ led by painter and sculptor Cedric Harper from the Riverside Arts Group after picking up fresh veggies for dinner.

See it: 10a-2p

CLASS

Urban Gardening Series | January 10

If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to polish and perfect your green thumb, you will absolutely love this free (yes, free!) class at the Cambridge Public Library.

The folks at the Cambridge Public Library have partnered up with the New England Flower Society and the Cambridge Conservation Commission to bring you an ‘Urban Gardening Series.’ Learn conservation tips and tricks to help create beautiful gardens without wasting water, all while teaching us city dwellers how to grow beautiful urban gardens that are healthy and sustainable. You'll gain insider knowledge after each class and jumpstart your dreams of flowers, springtime showers and warmer weather.

Don’t worry if you can’t make this class, there are more exciting classes in the series to come. Check out a full schedule here.

Learn it: 1:30p-3p

LECTURE

Stories of their Lives: Jews buried at Mount Auburn Cemetery | January 10

This Sunday afternoon, we suggest heading over to the always serene, Story Chapel, to learn about some of the most colorful and interesting Jewish residents of Mount Auburn Cemetery. Volunteer Docent Helen Abrams will feature the lives and stories of both the famous and not-so famous but still fascinating residents that have been laid to rest here.  You’ll enjoy an afternoon of interesting stories and even be able to share some of your own.

Hear it: 1p-2p

CLOSING ALERT

The Science Behind Pixar | Ends January 10

Hurry and head over to the Museum of Science before this great exhibit ends this Sunday.  At The Science Behind Pixar you’ll be able to explore the science and technology behind some of the most beloved animated films and characters all without having to leave Cambridge!

Visitors will see more than forty interactive exhibit elements including hands-on-activities, hear firsthand accounts from members of the studios’ production teams and even see some of your favorite animated characters.

It’s not everyday that our favorite characters like Buzz Lightyear, Dory, Mike and Sully and WALL•E come to town.

See it one last time: All weekend


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