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Weekend Guide: November 17-20

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


Fall Lecture Series at the Longfellow House | November 17

This Thursday evening marks the last night of the Longfellow House’s Fall Lecture Series and is definitely a lecture you’ll want to attend.

This week, Ranger Anna Christie will discuss the Appleton family’s European adventures, as well as Fanny’s journals that document their trip-- which is currently one of the site’s transcription projects.

Although the event is free, registration is required.

Learn it: 6:30p


Stories Under the Stars | November 17

It may be dreary and cloudy outside, but inside the Museum of Science’s Charles Hayden Planetarium, there is always a clear view of the stars.  Head on over to the museum this Thursday evening for a night of live storytelling, music, and radio under a crystal clear night sky that will focus on the theme, “Light in the Dark.”

See it: 7:30p & 9p


Zadie Smith | November 18

Attention all book lovers!  If you’re a fan of the bestselling author or simply love to read you’re in luck.  The Harvard Book Store is proud to welcome award-winning author Zadie Smith to the First Parish Church in Harvard Square this Friday evening.  Zadie will read and discuss her new novel, Swing Time

Hear it: 7p


133rd Playing of “The Game” | November 19

One of the oldest rivalries in college football will meet again this Saturday afternoon and we could not be more excited.  If you’re in Cambridge weekend, we suggest wearing your Crimson best and you’ll definitely want to avoid the color blue.

Harvard University’s football team the Crimson will play Yale’s football team, the Bulldogs at Harvard Stadium.  Harvard beat the Bulldogs last year, so you can pretty much guarantee that all of Cambridge will be crossing their fingers for yet another victory! Go Crimson!

See it: 12:30p

Upcoming Events

Thanksgiving | November 24

Believe it or not, Thanksgiving will be here before you can say “Turkey!” If Turkey Day has become your responsibility this year, and you’re feeling the stress, we have the perfect guide for you.

Our Insider Post, “13 Ways to Avoid Cooking this Thanksgiving” has all the important details, to ensure that Turkey Day is as stress-free as possible.  The only thing you’ll have to worry about is deciding which delicious Cambridge eaterie you’ll make a reservation or when to order what one restaurant is calling  “sexy gravy.”


Friday After Thanksgiving | November 25

Forget all about your traditional “day-after-turkey sandwich” and instead head to MIT’s Rockwell Cage Gymnasium for one of their biggest events of the year: the 19th Annual Friday After Thanksgiving Chain Reaction event.  The annual event is definitely a holiday tradition here in Cambridge. Participants of all ages will join together their own handmade links to join other creative participants to create one, giant chain reaction.

Want to learn more?  Check our Insider Post, “Everything you need to know about the Friday After Thanksgiving.”


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