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Weekend Guide: September 27-October 1

Spend the weekend in Cambridge with our top five events, including a food festival, a historical tour, fashion show and so much more.


Rotten Apples: Botanical Models of Diversity and Disease | Now through January

September is all about apple picking in New England- but here in Cambridge, we’ve got another thing on our minds...rotten apples. 

Before you think we’re crazy, keep reading. The Harvard Museum of Natural History’s beloved exhibit The Glass Flowers is getting a new little edition this fall and winter- Rotten Apples: Botanical Models of Diversity and Disease. 

Rudolph Blaschka, the genius behind the expertly crafted Glass Flower, along with historic wax models, this exhibit reveals the astonishing diversity of apples and the surprising beauty of fungal and bacterial infections that afflict these and various fruits.

See it: every day from 9a-5p


Art Garfunkel | September 27

We’ve got it all here this weekend and that includes a folk-rock legend turned author Art Garfunkel.  Art will discuss his memoir, “What is it All but Luminous: Notes from an Underground Man” at the First Parish Church. 

We suggest purchasing your tickets ASAP because this event is sure to sell out fast!

See it: 7p


Look of Local | September 28

Attend the third annual Look of Local Fashion Show at the Garment District this Thursday evening.  Organized by Cambridge Local First and inspired by local Cambridge businesses and fashion, Look of Local will feature a fashion show complete with clothes and accessories from local vendors. 

Not only is this event extremely fashionable, (and free to attend!) proceeds raised during Look of Local will benefit the Tutoring Plus of Cambridge Girl’s in Media Program. 

See it; 6-9p


September Specialty Tours | September 29

If you visited Cambridge Massachusetts and didn’t learn something, did you really visit Cambridge? To make sure that you can answer that question with a resounding “Yes!,” we suggest attending a specialty tour at the historic Longfellow House-Washington’s Headquarters. 

During this tour, you’ll learn the lesser-known stories of the Longfellow House that will help you prepare for future trivia questions. The best part? These historical tours are completely free and open to all ages. This week’s tour will discuss “Overlooked Artifacts: The Curator’s Tour.”

Insider tip: The Specialty Tours are free but limited. Be sure to reserve your spot ASAP by calling the Longfellow House: 617.876.4491.

Learn it: 6:30-7:30p


Smoke This! Rib Fest | October 1

Run, ride, skip and jump over to the East Cambridge Business Association’s culinary showdown pitting pit master against pitmaster for the title of best ribs in town on October 1st.  We usually don’t like to see Cambridge chefs duking it out, but we can make an exception when there are ribs and other delectable goodies involved. We can’t think of a better way to kick off the month of October!

Simply grab a Taste or Meateater ticket, along with a handful of wet naps, and you’ll have access to some of the best ribs in town.

To get all the juicy details about this event, check out our post, Everything You Need to Know About Smoke This! Rib Fest.

Taste it: 12p-4p

Bonus Event

Charles River Clean Up Boat | October 4

One of our favorite parts of Cambridge is the sparkling Charles River.  We love sitting on the banks of the river to watch the Head of the Charles Regatta, touring on a Charles Riverboat, and kayaking during the warm summer months.

Because the river is always so clean and pretty, you probably didn’t even realize that the river has its own personal glam squad, AKA the Charles River Clean Up Boat.  The dedicated crew keeps our river beautiful by working tirelessly to keep the river free of trash and marine debris.

On Wednesday, October 4, attend a fundraiser on the Charles Riverboat, sponsored by the Boston Duck Tours, Charles Riverboat Company and the Museum of Science.  You’ll be treated to beer, wine, and hors d’oeuvres while cruising down the river.

RSVP to or call (617) 450-0068


Oktoberfest and HONK! Parade | October 8

You’ll definitely want to mark your calendars for this next event.  Fall wouldn’t quite be the same without Harvard Square’s 39th Annual Oktoberfest and Honk! Parade. Even though fall officially began last week, we consider Oktoberfest the unofficial start of the fall season.

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 (yes, 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. As always, we have everything you need to know about Oktoberfest and HONK! Parade right here.

See it: 12-6p


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