Don't miss out on the Cambridge Arts River Festival on Saturday, June 2nd.

Weekend Guide: June 1-3

Including one of the biggest festivals of the year!

Spend the weekend in Cambridge with our top four must-see events.


Cambridge Arts River Festival | June 2

The festival that we’ve been patiently waiting for is finally here! This Saturday, grab your friends and family and head over to DCR’s Cambridge Parkway on the East Cambridge Riverfront and Lechmere Canal Park at CambridgeSide for the 39th Annual Cambridge Arts River Festival.

Presented by the Cambridge Arts Council, the Cambridge Arts River Festival will feature seven exciting stages of local music, theater, and dance for all ages.  Enjoy poetry tents, roving performances, interactive areas, as well as food from all over the world and unique local artwork all day.

Still want to learn more? Check out our post, "Everything You Need to Know about the Cambridge Arts River Festival."

See it: 11a-6p


Grolier Poetry Festival | June 2

Grolier Poetry Book Shop is celebrating their 90th Anniversary (yes, 90th!) on Saturday and you’re invited! Head over to Plympton Street in Harvard Square on Saturday for poetry, music, dramatic readings and dance from noon to 8p.

Fun fact:  Did you know that Grolier Poetry Book Shop is the oldest ALL poetry bookshop in the nation?  We’re proud to claim this true icon!

See the full schedule of events here.

Celebrate it: Noon-8p


The Secret Gardens Tour of Cambridge | June 3

Summer is officially here, which means the gardens in Cambridge are in full bloom.  To see the prettiest gardens around, we recommend taking the Secret Gardens of Cambridge Tour this Sunday from 10a-4p.  On this self-guided tour, you’ll have a rare opportunity to uncover the beauty hidden across the city.   

Grab your tickets here.

See it: All day, 10a-4p


Freedom Run 5K | June 3

East Cambridge is full of fun events this weekend and this next event is definitely one of them! Join host East Cambridge Business Association and Cambridgeside for their Freedom Run – it’s the perfect Sunday Funday activity.  Participate in this 5k and then celebrate your accomplishment with a party afterward!

If running isn’t your favorite activity, the Freedom Run also includes the Glen Doherty Cup Kayak Race: Broad Canal to Lechmere Canal.  The competitive kayak/running biathlon honors US Navy Seal Glen Doherty who was one of the four Americans killed in a terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya in 2012. The kayak race begins at 8:30, followed by the road race at 9:30a.

Kayak and Run it: 8:30a and 9:30a


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