Now that the city has had time to clear out after everyone’s Fourth of July celebrations and the mild hurricane, it’s time to plan your weekend around some events in Cambridge.
With Bastille Day, the final games of the World Cup (sorry Brazil), and 7-11’s free slurpees this Friday, this weekend in Cambridge promises to be one of the best.
Events on Friday, July 11
Free Slurpee Day at 7-11
All 7-11 stores from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The 7-11 franchises in the greater Boston area will probably hate me for reminding people that this event does, in fact, exist, but who am I to deny everyone free
slurpees? They’re free to consider it my own individual protest against corporate America if it makes them feel better.
Either way, here’s a map of all three 7-11 stores in Cambridge. Enjoy!
Bastille Day Party
Marlborough Street between Berkeley and Clarendon
$28 in advance, $35 at the door
6 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Didn’t get enough celebration last weekend? No worries. Celebrate the collapse of the Bastille (and the French monarchy) with Cambridge’s own French Cultural Center.
This weekend event in Cambridge promises performances from H’Sao, whose Chadian roots blend soul, jazz and R&B, and Joe Driscoll & Sekou Kouyate, a mind blowing American-Guinean duo fusing hip-hop and funk with reggae and African elements.
The celebration won’t be anything like France’s intricate marches or fireworks, but it’s worth checking out!
WE ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR OUR DREAMS
Multiple locations from July 2 to July 18
Mobias at 55 Norfolk Street, Cambridge
If you like sleeping, dreaming, and making artsy blanket forts, then this art exhibit is for you.
Artist Kevin Clancy will be hosting a nomadic exhibit with partnership from Mobius from July 2 to July 18. He aims to create a nomadic slumber party and focus on collective dreaming and utopian visions.
In this experiment, Clancy will host exhibitions in artists’ homes, public spaces, and secret spots. Each event will have a different vibe, ranging from a small gathering to a larger public event. This Friday, you’ll find him at §übsamsøn on Harrison Avenue in the South End. Below is a complete list of his locations in the upcoming days.
July 11 : §übsamsøn at 450 Harrison Avenue, Lower Level
July 12 : Danehy Park picnic with Danielle Freiman
July 13 : Distant Castle in Worcester, MA
July 14 : Castle Island / Pleasure Bay with Pat Falco
July 15 : Occupy picnic with Maria Molteni
July 15 : Lower Allston Publick Theater with Maria Molteni
July 17 : Providence, RI with Glenna and Willa Van Nostrand / Location TBD
July 18 : Closing at Mobius
July 18 : Post-Pico Picante Sunrise Session with Ethan Kiermaier
Events on Saturday, July 12
Practical Raja Yoga Meditation
Inner Space Meditation Center and Gallery at 1110 Mass. Ave.
10 a.m. to 12 p.m. & 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Embrace your inner “ohm” and center yourself at this free meditation session in Cambridge on Saturday.
If you’ve never tried meditation before, not to worry. The process is totally painless–it’s not like yoga where the instructor will suddenly tell you to put your feet behind your head. It’s an amazing way to realign your goals and unwind after a stressful work week.
The Inner Space Meditation Center and Gallery in Harvard Square is offering free meditation sessions, which includes an explanation of the philosophy meditation and its benefits and simple guided exercises.
Whiskey Whisky Everywhere
450 Massachusetts Avenue
$42 Admission Fee
Prefer to unwind with some cocktails? Moksa’s got you covered.
This Saturday, head on over to Moksa and taste whiskey from around the world. The club will be offering 12 varieties hailing from America, Canada, Japan, Scotland, and
Ireland, and the producers will be there to answer any and all questions.
Fun fact: The spelling of “whiskey” depends on the liquor’s origin. American and Scottish varieties take the “-ey” spelling, while brands from Canada, Japan, and Ireland prefer the simple “-y.”
Food, Drink, and Culture Festival
Multiple locations, July 12 to July 18
Tu y Yo at 858 Broadway
Enjoy delicious food from Chinatown, the North End, and Boston’s beloved family-owned restaurants in a week-long food crawl. Specials will be hosted by multiple
restaurants across Boston and Cambridge, but this weekend, be sure to check out Tu y Yo, a delicious family-owned Mexican restaurant at 858 Broadway in Somerville.
Tu y Yo will be serving up a traditional chicken mole (which is my personal favorite dish) next to a light and refreshing superfood cactus salad–perfect for these hot and humid summer days!
All of the restaurant’s ingredients are fair trade and imported from Mexico, so you can be sure that you’re getting the most humane and the most authentic dining experience possible.
Wicked Local Weekend Pop-Up Dinner
TBD Foods at 437 Broadway, Somerville
$45 Admission Fee
7:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Skip the grocery store and head on over to Wicked Local’s 2nd Annual Pop-Up Dinner series in Somerville. The menu has yet to be determined, but for the best reason ever.
Your meal will be comprised entirely of local ingredients, and the chef won’t be able to decide what’s best until the day of the event. Everything from the appetizer to the dessert will be completely farm-to-table.
The event will provide a few bottles of wine, but feel free to keep it super local and bring your own Harpoon (and some to share).
Events on Sunday, July 13
The Beat Hotel Hosts Bastille Day
10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
13 Brattle Street
Celebrate France’s independence at Cambridge’s favorite off-beat restaurant this Sunday evening. The Beat Hotel’s Chef Ignacio Lopez has designed a separate menu full of modern twists on traditional French cuisine. (Don’t worry, the Beat Hotel’s regular menu will also be available.)
Diners will be able to enjoy a musical accompaniment with their food as well. Lamine Touré, a Senegalese musician and artist-in-residence at MIT who has been drumming since he was four years old, will be performing sparkling jazz hits over your dinner.
So head over to the Beat Hotel to raise your champagne glasses to French independence and cuisine.
Bastille Day and World Cup Celebration in Harvard Square
3 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Head over to Harvard Square this Sunday to enjoy the final game of the World Cup on a big screen located on Holyoke Street.
Afterwards, enjoy food provided by the event’s co-host Sandrine’s Bistro as well as other Cambridge favorites like La Voile, Paris Creperie, and O Sushi. Following local acts like the Dan Searl Band is a cacophony of French techno provided by DJ Kamal of the Boston French Party.
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With the World Cup finals, Bastille Day, and other awesome events in Cambridge, you better make this weekend count!
– Katie Smith