About This Weekend’s Events in Cambridge
Now that it finally feels like the summer heat is settling in and the rain clouds are scooting away, we can finally start enjoying the summer nights and the events in Cambridge this weekend.
There are plenty of events in Cambridge for everyone coming up. Interested in improv comedy? Outdoor concerts? Or maybe solving a murder over a four-course dinner is more your style.
No matter how eccentric your tastes are, Cambridge has everything to keep you, your family, and your friends entertained all weekend. None of them fit your tastes exactly? No worries! Click here for our events calendar and find what’s right for you.
Friday, June 20
Talking Tastes at ICA Summer Fridays
June 20 @ 6:30 p.m.
$10 for members and students, $15 for general admission
100 Northern Avenue, Boston
I know, I know, it’s another Boston event, but trust me on this one.
Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art will be hosting Talking Tastes right by the Waterfront. Enjoy demonstrations by some of Boston’s most beloved chefs as well as a tasting and Q & A portion.
This weekend, you can enjoy a presentation by Sam Treadway, a bartender at Backbar in Somerville. Treadway was named Boston’s Best Bartender by Boston Magazine in 2013 after working his way up from his job at Cheers. (Way to keep it in the city, Sam!) Enjoy the summer weather and Sam’s favorite summer cocktails at the ICA this Friday.
ICA Summer Fridays are ideal for those who love to pass the time by creating unique flavor combinations or pinning random recipes they’ll never try on Pinterest.
Heads up! This event does sell out (because who can pass up some summer-inspired, expertly crafted cocktails?), so make sure to get your tickets as soon as you can.
Saturday, June 21
Jazz Brunch at the Beat Hotel
June 21 @ 10:00 a.m.
13 Brattle Street
Looking for a way to class up your Saturday? Start it off right with some soft jazz tunes at the groovy Beat Hotel in Harvard Square, where New York musician Blake Newman will be serving up some cool jams with your wild flower honey and lemon pancakes.
Insider tip: If you love the jazz club atmosphere, check out the Beehive in Boston’s South End during the week.
The Procrastinator’s Guide to Sketch Comedy by ImprovBoston
June 21 @ 7:00 p.m.
General Admission $12, Students $10
40 Prospect Street, Cambridge
Don’t be fooled– ImprovBoston hasn’t been procrastinating on their scheduling. The group hosts shows all over Boston and Cambridge five nights a week–make sure to check out our events calendar for a full listing.
In The Procrastinator’s Guide, a team of writers backstage writes half of the show’s sketches based around the audience’s suggestions as everyone gets settled in their seats. Once their time is up, all bets are off and the show begins.
At the end of the show, you’ll be able to view a “film” that was written, filmed, and edited in the space of the 75-minute show. Hilarious!
To get to the venue, make your way to Central Square via the T or a cab. Afterwards, if you’re feeling a little hungry, Life Alive is located right down the street.
Dinner Detective Murder Mystery Show
June 21 @ 6:05
Tickets $74.95 (including food)
Yes, this event’s located in Boston, but who doesn’t want to eat amazing food while also being a murder suspect? Hotel 140 is located near Copley Square–perfect for after-murder mystery drinks and snacks.
The show, which began in Los Angeles in 2004, has been performed thousands of times across the country. The producers have created an intense murder mystery based on actual cold cases and set in the present day.
The show is improvised, but you won’t be able to tell. So sit back and, well, you can’t really relax in the middle of a murder mystery–but it’s worth a shot (no pun intended).
Midsummer Night Revels: A Summer Solstice Soiree
June 21 @ 7:30
Shady Hill School
178 Coolidge Hill
Revels, a musical theater and dance group known for their phenomenal Christmas performances, is hosting their annual fundraiser this weekend.
Instead of your typical backyard barbecue and festival, Revels is hosting a tribute to the Summer Solstice complete with a silent auction, a pop-up bar, and a ton of delicious food. The fundraiser is Victorian-themed, so dress accordingly!
Come support the local arts and celebrate the longest day of the year with Revels!
Sunday, June 22
Chinatown Main Street Festival
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Get out of Cambridge on Sunday and head across the river to enjoy food, art, and music at the seventh annual Chinatown Main Street Festival in Boston.
There will be booths with traditional Chinese games and a main stage complete with performances and dance troupes–including the only all-female lion and dragon dance troupe in the United States.
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We hope you can unwind after this week and enjoy some food, fun, and friends at the events in Cambridge (and Boston) this weekend!
– Katie Smith, Contributing Writer