Cambridge Events: July 25 to July 17

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I had to compliment you to get free beer. Wondering why? Read on for more! Photo by Cayce

Somehow it’s already the last weekend of July, which is nothing short of jarring. If you feel like you haven’t really done anything this month, fear not–there are some awesome events in Cambridge this weekend that you’ll be able to brag about for months!

Events in Cambridge for Friday, July 25

1st Annual Salsa Squared Celebration

25 Brattle Street, Cambridge
7:00 p.m.
Free Admission

Come out to Brattle Plaza for salsa samplings, salsa dancing, and offers from some of Cambridge’s best restaurants.

Salsa music will also be provided. DJ D. Martinez will be spinning hot Latin dance fusions all night. Grab your “mocktail” made by Sandrine’s Bistro and get to steppin’ at this event in Cambridge!

Finding Neverland

The American Repertory Theater
64 Brattle Street, Cambridge
$25 – $65 Admission Fee

If July’s been super stressful and you need to feel like a kid again, the American Repertory’s got you covered.

From July 23rd through September 28th, the theater will be showcasing a play inspired by the film Peter Pan and the book The Man Who Was Peter Pan.

Believe me, this isn’t your ordinary musical. The story line follows the relationship between playwright J.M. Barrie and the family who inspired his most famous creation. The acts have also been choreographed by Emmy Award-winner Mia Michaels and scored by pop musician Gary Barlow.

To get to the American Repertory Theater, it’s the second star to the right and straight on ’til morning (no matter what time you leave).

Astronomy After Hours

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Even if it’s cloudy, you’ll get the most out of the observatory on Friday. Photo by Lori Hurley

The Museum of Science Gilliland Observatory
1 Science Park, Boston
Free Admission
8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Is it even possible to see that many stars this close to a city? Grab a date and get the answer to your question at Boston’s Museum of Science this evening.

Heads up–the weather may be nice, but clouds will change the course of the evening. (I don’t think I’ll ever understand Boston’s weather.)

Should clouds come in tonight, expect a tour of the observatory and activities planned by the staff rather than the stargazing you probably promised your date.

Once you’re done, head over to a late dinner or get a drink at The Beat Hotel or The Druid.


Saturday, July 26

Ale for ALS Homebrew Competition

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Fun fact: a beer’s darkness has nothing to do with caloric content. Guinness is actually the least caloric beer. Photo by Kate Borkowski

Quad at 300 Technology Square
300-500 Technology Square, Cambridge
12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
$45 Admission

This is probably the most altruistic homebrew-related event I’ve ever seen.

Join the Wort Processors and enjoy some homebrews made right in the area this weekend. The beers will be judged by a panel of professional tasters, representatives from commercial breweries, and special guest judges.

Food will also be provided by Amelia’s Trattoria, and all proceeds will benefit the ALS Therapy Development Institute.

Spread Positivity – Compliment Party

Sorriso Italian Trattoria
107 South Street, Boston
7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
$5 Admission

Yeah, this is all the way on my side of the river, but I thought this idea was too cute not to share.

The entire goal of the event is to be positive, cheery, and complimentary. If that’s not quite your style, there’s free beer and free gourmet pizza as well as a full cash bar to give you a little push.

There is a catch, though: to get your free beer, you have to compliment someone and ask them to get you a drink. To get pizza, you must introduce yourself to someone working at the event and thank them for all of their help.

Being polite sounds scary, but hey, there’s pizza.

(P.S. You, dear reader, seem like a very nice person.)

Sunday, July 27

5th Annual Ride & Run at the Cambridgeside Galleria

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Once the race is over, explore the shops at the Cambridgeside Galleria! Photo by Alexa

100 Cambridgeside Place
8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Free Admission

Running isn’t my idea of fun, but it may be yours.

Kids can finally compete in their own duathalon this weekend. The event includes a biking portion and a running portion, with the chance to win an Apple iPad.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., and participants should expect the starting gun by 10:00 a.m.

Cambridge Jazz Festival

University Park Commons on Sidney Street
12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Free Admission

Join acts like Boston Music Award-winning vocalist Dominique Eade and two-time Grammy Award winner Terri Lyne Carrington at the Cambridge Jazz Festival this weekend.

With great music comes great food, and the Cambridge Jazz Festival is no exception. Look forward to appearances from many of Cambridge’s best food trucks and stands (Del’s Lemonade, anyone?).

The Middle East and Benny’s Creperie will also be lined up at this weekend’s Jazz Festival.

The Sinclair Dinner Series: American-Rama

52 Church Street, Cambridge
3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
$50 Admission Fee

When you live in a city, it’s tough to recreate that summer barbecue feeling. You know what I’m talking about–the sweet smoky smell from the grill

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Enjoy great food and great music at The Sinclair this weekend.

mixing with the scent of the citronella candles under the hazy string lights you hung up last year.

This Sunday, join the Sinclair on their rooftop patio as Chef Cunningham cooks up a barbecue feast worth trying. The evening will be rounded out by refreshments from the event’s sponsor Deep Eddy and some live country music.

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Hopefully you feel inspired to enjoy some barbecue on a rooftop, look at the stars, and spread some positivity this weekend! Feel free to share your experiences on our Facebook page or on Twitter.