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Weekend Guide: October 6-10

Spend the long weekend in Cambridge with our top five event picks. 

HISTORY

Fall Lecture Series at the Longfellow House | October 6

The Longfellow House’s 2016 Fall Lecture Series kicks off this Thursday evening at 6:30p and the topics sure are interesting.  Every Thursday from now until November 17th, visitors will be treated to a special discussion at the Carriage House.

This week, listen to Dr. Diana Korzenik share her findings of Fanny Appleton Longfellow’s ancestors and their impact on her early years, in celebration of her 200th birthday.

Learn it: 6:30p

ART + EXHIBIT

Chuck Hoberman's 10° | October 7

If you haven’t been to Le Laboratoire in Kendall Square yet, you’re seriously missing out. Le Laboratoire is a one-of-a-kind culture lab that explores the intersection of art and science.

This weekend, we suggest seeing their newest exhibit 10° by world-renowned designer Chuck Hoberman. The exhibit is comprised of four kinetic sculptures that can be transformed by the viewer, by simply playing that makes the viewer question everything they already know about design. 

See it: Wednesdays-Fridays from 12p-9p and Saturdays from 11a-10p.

MUSEUM

The Peabody Museum celebrates 150 years | October 8

Celebrate 150 years of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology on Saturday with a party! All are invited to explore the museum, indulge in a slice of birthday, and view rarely seen treasures--including a “mermaid.” Yes, you read that correctly!

To celebrate the special anniversary, admission is complimentary all day, as well as free admission to the Harvard Museum of Natural History.

If you’ve never explored the Peabody Museum, here’s “Five Reasons” you need to visit.

Explore it: All day, 9a-5p

KIDS + FAMILIES

HONK Parade and Workshop at Maud Morgan Arts | October 9

Calling all kids! Have you ever wanted to march in the HONK! parade? Here’s your chance.

Before you head into Harvard Square for Oktoberfest, make your first stop of the day is Maud Morgan Visual Arts in Porter Square.  Kids of all ages (and their parents, of course) are invited to help decorate Maud Morgan’s banner for the HONK! Parade. Once the banner is complete and kids have decorated their own mask, all are welcome to join in the parade as it makes its way to Harvard Square with Maud Morgan. 

See it: 11a-12p

FESTIVAL

Oktoberfest and HONK! Parade | October 9

You know fall has officially arrived once Oktoberfest and the HONK! Parade makes it on our weekend guide. 

Harvard Square will be full of cuisine from all over the world, unique gifts, sidewalk sales, arts and crafts, and of course, beer! Celebrate the festival in true German fashion at one of the five beer gardens.

While you’re enjoying traditional German food and sipping on a German beer, you’ll be treated to a feast for the ears.  HONK! musicians from around the world will parade into Harvard Square at 1p and then they’ll perform on six stages around the square.  Your five senses will thank you for attending.

If you’d like to see even more information about this festival, check out our Insider Post, “Everything you need to know about Oktoberfest and HONK! Parade.”

See it: Noon-6p

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

Indigenous Peoples’ Day | October 10

This Monday, we will be celebrating the FIRST ever Indigenous People Day, formally known as Columbus Day. Cambridge is proud to be among the first cities in the country to make the change. In case you missed it, here is a little background from the City of Cambridge:

“In June 2016, the Cambridge City Council adopted Policy Order #164 noting that the Council go on the record to state that the second Monday of October henceforth be commemorated as Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Cambridge, in recognition of the indigenous people of America’s position as native to these lands, and the suffering they faced following European conquest of their land.”

MARK YOUR CALENDARS…

Head of the Charles Regatta | October 22 & 23

It’s that time of year again when visitors from all over the world and locals find their way to the banks of the Charles River for the annual Head of the Charles Regatta.  The 52-year tradition is a world-class, two-day rowing competition set in both Cambridge and Boston.

See it: 8a-5p, Saturday and Sunday


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