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Weekend Guide: June 30-July 4

Spend the weekend in Cambridge with our top five event picks, plus four special events to celebrate the Fourth of July. 

HISTORY

How a Poet Became a Millionaire | June 30

On Thursday evening, join the Longfellow House and learn how Henry Longfellow earned his fortune.  Longfellow is known as the first professional poet and was the only poet of his time to achieve such success during his career. Visitors will be joined by literary historian Rob Velella on this free tour.

Learn it: 6:30p

FOOD

Farmers Markets | All week

One of our favorite parts of summer in Cambridge are the return of Farmers Markets.  Every day of the week visitors and residents can access fresh seasonal produce and artisanal items throughout the city’s squares. Before you head out to your Fourth of July party or barbeque, we suggest hopping over to one of our many Farmers Markets to pick up fresh blueberries, strawberries and more for all your party planning needs.

See it: All week!

THEATER

Mortified at the Oberon | July 30

If you haven’t seen Mortified at the Oberon yet, here’s your chance to catch the hilarious show right here in Cambridge.  Mortified is being hailed as a “cultural phenomenon” and once you see this show, you’ll quickly find out why it’s sweeping the nation.  The show is a comic excavation of classic teen artifacts that range from diaries, home movies, poems and journals, all read aloud by their original authors.  You’ll hear stories from both comics and regular people, that will bring you on a trip down memory lane.

Hear it: 7p

WALKS & TALKS

Discover Mount Auburn | July 2

Take advantage of the long holiday weekend and tour the National Historical Landmark, Mount Auburn Cemetery this Saturday afternoon. Mount Auburn is one of the country’s most beautifully designed landscapes, a detail you’ll quickly notice upon arrival.

On this 1.5 miles walking tour,  you’ll learn about the lives of those buried there,  see beautiful monuments and architecture, and hear stories about the landmark’s history.

Tour it: 1-2:30p

HOLIDAY

Fourth of July Fireworks Cruise on the Charles | July 4

If you’re looking for a truly unforgettable way to celebrate the Fourth of July (and quite frankly, a check off your bucket list), look no further than this firework cruise by the Charles Riverboat Company.  You’ll enjoy a spectacular view of the fireworks show on the Charles River, that is so good, all your friends on social media will be envious, unless you bring them along, of course.

This year, the Charles Riverboat Company will be offering two different cruises down the Charles River that the entire family will love. Hop on board the Lexington  for amazing views of the Cambridge and Boston skylines, dinner, a full open bar, and dessert.  The Henry Longfellow offers the same stunning views, open bar that will be stocked with beer wine and sodas, and desserts for those with a sweet tooth.  We can’t imagine a better way to ring in the Fourth of July on one of the Charles Riverboat Company’s beautiful cruises.

Does it really get better than this?  It just might: If you mention the Cambridge Office for Tourism upon purchasing your ticket, you’ll receive 10% off. Happy cruising!

Cruise it: The Lexington sets sail at 7p and the Henry Longfellow will set sail at 7:30p

Want Four more Ways to Celebrate Independence Day?

Check out our article, 4 Ways to Celebrate the Fourth of July in Cambridge.  It’s got it all -- the best places to view the fireworks, where to grab dinner, and of course safety tips.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS…

14th Annual Taste of Cambridge | July 12

The countdown to one of the tastiest events of the year has officially begun! We’re talking about the Taste of Cambridge, of course!

On July 12th,  foodies from all over will flock to University Park in Central Square to sample the tastiest dishes, coffees, desserts, honey, teas, and beverages from over 50 Cambridge restaurants and purveyors. (Yes, you read that right: over 50 Cambridge restaurants all in one location!). Sounds like a food lover's paradise to us!

Not only does this festival taste good, but it actually benefits the community.  Proceeds from the Taste of Cambridge goes directly to local non-profits doing work in alcohol and/or drug prevention and treatment.

Purchase your tickets here.

Want to see a little more information about the Taste of Cambridge?

Check out our quick post, “Everything you need to know about the Taste of Cambridge.”


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