Weekend Guide: October 7-9
Spend the weekend in Cambridge with our top four must-see events for the weekend.
SEE & DO
Take advantage of the long holiday weekend and tour the National Historic 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
Celebrate one of our most famous Cantabrigians birthday this Saturday! Fanny Longfellow turns 200 years old and all of Cambridge is celebrating. To kick off the celebrations, enjoy a jazz duo at 1p on the East Lawn at her home on Brattle Street featuring Pete Smith (who happens to be Fanny’s great-great-grandson) and Sean Smith.
After the jazz duo performs, enjoy birthday cake and a special lecture by Author Nicholas Basbanes at Lesley University’s Sherrill Library.
Celebrate it: 1p
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 Maud Morgan Visual Arts in Porter Square. Kids of all ages (and their parents, of course) are invited to help decorate a mask or silly hat to wear in the HONK! Parade. After you’ve decorated your hat or mask, have a slice of pizza to ensure you have enough energy to dance all the way into Harvard Square!
See it: 11a
FESTIVAL + MUSIC
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 six 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
This Monday, we will be celebrating Indigenous Peoples' Day, formerly known as Columbus Day. Cambridge is proud to be among the first cities in the country to make the change.
“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.”
Celebrate it: All day