Events in Boston and Cambridge – 8/29 to 9/1

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You can get this view from Boston’s World Trade Center. Read on for more! Photo by TEDxBoston

Events in Cambridge and Boston on Labor Day Weekend

Where did the summer (and my youth) go? My senior year of college starts on Tuesday, and the annual influx of 250,000 students has begun. If you aren’t busy moving, end your summer right and celebrate your Labor Day weekend (and the unofficial end of the summer) with some awesome events in Cambridge and Boston!

Meanwhile, I’ll be off celebrating Allston Christmas and stalking people with my dream job on LinkedIn. Fa-la-la-la-la and joy to the world, everybody.

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Events in Cambridge and Boston on Friday, August 29

PhotoWalks – Public Garden Photo Tour

Boston Public Garden
12:30 p.m.
$40 Admission

There is no better feeling than looking at an awesome photo and knowing that you produced it.

Follow a tour guide through the Boston Public Garden (and my personal favorite spot in the city) and learn how to take photos of the famous swan boats, the pond, and, if you want to copy me, “las flores.”

Make sure to bring your own fully charged camera. Aside from that, all skill levels are welcome!

Fifth Annual Mass. Brewers Fest

World Trade Center Head House Concourse

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Photo by Laurelwood Beer

6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
$40 Admission

The Puritans were not opposed to drinking alcohol in moderation, especially since drinking alcohol was usually safer than drinking water.

Today, “in moderation” pretty much means throwing a huge beer festival where visitors may sample over 100 different ales from 30 of Massachusetts’ best breweries. Beer’s pretty close to water anyway, right?

Even better, the World Trade Center Head House Concourse is an indoor-outdoor venue complete with beautiful views of our Beantown waterfront.

Events in Boston and Cambridge on Saturday, August 30

The Greenway Open Market

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Clover spotted hanging around the Greenway! Photo by Todd van Hoosear

Between Surface Ave. & Atlantic Ave., Boston
11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Free Admission

Have you been looking for the perfect piece of handcrafted jewelry but haven’t been able to find it yet? Fear not–one of the awesome vendors at the Greenway will probably have it on their table!

The Greenway Market hosts some of the best vendors in New England–from jewelry and clothing to food and kitchenware, this market has everything.

Since I work for one of the vendors, Greenway also has me. You may be able to find me selling organic and fair trade clothing and jewelry this weekend, so stop by and say hi!

A Labor Day Dinner, Complete with Fireworks

Spirit of Boston, 200 Seaport Blvd.
7:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
$94.90 Admission

Hop aboard the Spirit of Boston and enjoy a night of food, dancing, and fireworks on the Boston Harbor with someone you love (or someone you can tolerate).

The fireworks mark the end of Summer on the Waterfront, a three-month long series of events hosted by all of the harbor lines, piers, and wharfs.

Excuse me, I just had to wipe a tear from the corner of my eye because I’m counting these fireworks as the official end of summer.

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Soul Sessions xix The Lotus Garden

The Middle East Zuzu, Cambridge
Doors @ 9:30 p.m., Show from 10:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.
$10 Admission

To be honest with you all, I have no idea how to say the name of this event. Xix? Maybe it’s pronounced like “chicks.” I don’t know.

Anyway, like every other event at the Middle East, this one seems promising. Expect a night full of dancing along to music provided by DJ Lotusound.

Performers include Berkelee College of Music students, Urbanity students, and more.

Essentially, you’re about to look a lot less graceful than you already think you are.

Chocolate Sunday

Laugh Boston, 425 Summer Street, Boston
9:00 p.m.
$20 to $30 Admission

Head on down to the Westin Waterfront this Sunday to see Kenny Williams’ stand-up act. Williams has appeared on every hip-hop comedy show on television, and his act is definitely worth the trip out to Boston’s waterfront.

Here’s a clip:

Events in Boston and Cambridge on Monday, September 1

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Allston has its beautiful moments during the holiday season. Photo by Rich Moffitt

Allston Christmas

Allston-Brighton and Surrounding Crowded Sidewalks
5:00 a.m. and ongoing
Free Admission

Every year as the scent of fall begins to permeate the air and students move into their dorm rooms and new apartments, they often realize they have more stuff than they can fit into their tight city living spaces. Rather than take anything to Goodwill, these people simply… dump it on the sidewalk.

Do you:

Need a new coffee table but don’t feel like shelling any money out? Not mind a few cigarette burns and beer can rings? Feel like the frat house lifestyle adds character to any piece of furniture?

Well, darlin’, Allston Christmas is the time of year for you. Just avoid anything that could potentially carry bed bugs.

Happy hunting!

Jaws Screening

Coolidge Corner Theater, Brookline
7:00 p.m.
$8-10 Admission

Duh-nuh… Duh-nuh…Duh-nuh…

What’s that sound? Oh, just the school year looming closer and closer.

Finish off your summer with a screening of a classic summertime movie in what is possibly the cutest movie theater you’ll ever see.

In case that’s not enough to sway your desire, here’s a clip:

Now imagine that projected onto the screen in a vintage movie theater that also serves wine and beer.

I’ll see you there.

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It’s been wonderful updating all of you on the best local events this summer! Let’s say we continue the fun into the fall, shall we?


– Katie Smith
Weekend Events Editor