Weekend Guide: May 24-29
Spend Memorial Day weekend in Cambridge with our top five must-see events- including one of the biggest music festivals of the year.
SEE & DO
Longfellow House Opens for the Season | May 24
Join the Longfellow House in Harvard Square for their opening day on May 24th. Whether you are visiting Cambridge or are a long-time resident of our favorite city, touring the Longfellow House is truly a must-see.
This Wednesday, help them kick off their 2017 season and take a tour of the 19th-century poet Henry W. Longfellow’s home. You’ll gain a better understanding of 19th-century art and literature, as well as other major historical occurrences that took place.
See it: 9:30a-5p
Harvard Commencement | May 25
Congratulations to Harvard’s class of 2017, you did it!
Although Harvard’s commencement is not open to the public, the buzz around Harvard Square is undeniable. Gain an insider’s peek into Harvard’s most important traditions through their Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and follow us too while you’re at it! You’ll see photos, videos, and interviews from past and present, including this year’s Commencement Speaker: Facebook Founder, Mark Zuckerberg.
Afterward, grab lunch, dinner or a sweet treat while visiting the square on Commencement Day, your grad deserves it! It’s a great day to be in Harvard Square!
Please note: Harvard Yard will be closed to the public on Friday, May 26 beginning at 3p until 7a Monday, May 29.
See it: Events all day
Boston Calling | May 26-28
Clear your weekend schedules this Memorial Day weekend and get ready to hear some of the biggest names in music at the Boston Calling music festival.
Head over to the Harvard Athletic Complex this Friday through Sunday to hear performances from Chance the Rapper, Solange, Mumford & Sons, and Bon Iver just to name a few. In addition to musical performers, Boston Calling is adding multiple comedy acts to the mix each night. After you laughed until your stomach hurts and sang along to all your favorite songs, grab a bite to eat from all of the local restaurants you know and love.
Insider Tip: We highly suggest taking public transportation to and from the event. The folks over at Boston Calling have all of the details you’ll need to know about getting to the event below.
Bigelow Chapel Open House | May 28
This Sunday afternoon, come explore Mount Auburn Cemetery’s original chapel, the Bigelow Chapel.
Constructed in the 1840’s, the Bigelow Chapel is another must-see when visiting Cambridge. While you’re exploring the chapel and the impressive grounds, staff and volunteers will be on site to answer questions and provide details about the historic structure.
Fun fact: Mount Auburn Cemetery was America’s “first garden cemetery” and was influential in inspiring public parks.
See it: 1-4p
Memorial Day Parade and Observance | May 29
Cambridge will celebrate Memorial Day with a parade beginning at 9:30a. The procession starts at the Cambridge Common, proceeds through Harvard Square and concludes at the Cambridge Cemetery on Coolidge Avenue.
Immediately following the parade, a Memorial Day Observance will take place at the Cambridge Cemetery.
Celebrate it: Events begin at 9:30a
Mark your calendars…
Cambridge Arts River Festival | June 3
The Cambridge River Arts Festival, one of Cambridge’s most beloved summer traditions is right around the corner! For the second year in a row, the festival will take place along the DCR Cambridge Parkway and Lechmere Canal Park.
This free summer party is presented by the Cambridge Arts Council and will feature food trucks, dynamic festival stages for entertainment, community tents, poetry and storytelling tents, and interactive areas for families and children.
See it: 11a-6p