Weekend Events in Cambridge and Boston

events in Cambridge and Boston

Celebrate the end of summer and the Mystic River in Somerville! Photo by PeaSap.

Does anyone else feel the chill in the air? Internships, classes, work, or life got you exhausted? Kick back and snap up the last of the summer rays this weekend at some awesome Cambridge and Boston events!

Events in Cambridge and Boston on Saturday, September 13

events in Cambridge and Boston

Photo by Jason DeVaun.

Boston Festival of Indie Games

MIT – Johnson Athletic Center
10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
$10 Admission

I’m not one of those people who fully understands, you know, exercise and physical activity. That’s totally fine this weekend, though—the Festival of Indie Games at MIT is all about celebrating video games, role-playing games, tabletop games, and everything in between.

So if you’re interested in supporting the development of Cambridge and Boston’s gaming industries, head over to 120 Vassar Street and see what MIT has in store.

(Really, I should have figured this wasn’t an Olympic-style event given that it’s at MIT.)

Riverfest at Assembly Row

100 Foley St., Somerville
11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Free Admission

No, we aren’t celebrating the Charles River today—we’re celebrating the Mystic River, which is located along the northernmost flank of Somerville.

Head over to the banks of the Mystic for an arts fair, music, dancing, and kid-oriented activities. It’s the perfect event for those of you looking to soak up the last rays of sun before you have to start knocking back the vitamin D supplements this winter.

(Seriously though, if this is your first winter here, you’re going to need some vitamin D.)

events in Cambridge and Boston

Photo by Katya Trischuk

New England Indonesian Festival

Copley Square, Boston
11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Free Admission

I love living in a city specifically because cultural events, food, and festivals are all so accessible. I didn’t even try Indian food until I was 18 because my California hometown’s suburban culture was so all-around Anglo-Saxon.

Today, head over to Boston’s Copley Square to celebrate the art, culture, and food (!!!) of Indonesia. Not sure what that is? Check out this beautiful Batik fabric. Batik is a traditional way of dying fabric to create elaborate geometric patterns in rich colors—perfect for a dorm room tapestry or a piece that pulls the living room together.

Events in Cambridge and Boston on Sunday, September 14

Somerville Dog Festival

Trum Field, Somerville
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Free Admission

If you have a corgi, then I demand that you go to this event. There is nothing cuter than watching a corgi run around obstacle courses, and you need to share that experience with others.

In all seriousness, this event is perfect for owners of hyperactive dogs. It’s tough to find city- friendly activities that allow the pups to work out all of their energy—but not this Sunday. The field will be outfitted with obstacle courses, dog activities, food for both owner and canine, and a lookalike contest.

I don’t have a dog, but I’m sure I’ll find my way over there.

events in Cambridge and Boston

Photo by Discover Outdoors.

5th Annual Boston Local Food Festival

events in Cambridge and Boston

Boston has the best local food. EVER.Photo by Jeannine Hennawi.

The Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Free Admission

Boston has some of the best local food programs I’ve ever seen. I read somewhere that, if modern food transportation methods hadn’t been invented, it would be impossible to grow enough food here for New England to be self-sustaining.

I have seen little evidence of that. With Clover, Henrietta’s Table, and other restaurants determined to maintain their all-local, all-delicious cuisine, it’s tough to believe that we can’t do it ourselves.

If you’re interested in preparing local food at home, definitely check out this festival—it will have every ingredient you need (including meat, fish, and poultry), as well as live chef demonstrations that will teach you everything you can do at home.

Free Burrito Day at Boloco

events in Cambridge and Boston

Full disclosure: This isn’t an actual Boloco burrito–they’re too beautiful to photograph. Photo by Mr. TinDC

Various Boloco Locations
Thru Thursday, September 18
Free Admission

I wanted to sneak this event in towards the end, because God forbid Boloco run out of free burritos. If you’ve never had one, you definitely should not try one. They’re totally not delicious, inspired burritos that stray from everything you thought a burrito should be.

Anyway, if you’re daring enough to try these disgustingly amazing burritos, let it be known that:

Mini and Smalls will be free on select days at select locations.

Originals will cost $1.

Big Bowls will be $2.

Here is the schedule:

Tuesday, Sep 16: Boloco Northeastern University and Boloco Children’s Hospital 

Wednesday, Sep 17: Boloco Berklee College of Music and Boloco Harvard Square 

Thursday, Sep 18: Boloco School Street and Boloco Newbury Street

Don’t be alarmed if someone knocks you over for a burrito—that’s just me.

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I hope everyone is having an easy time settling back into the swing of things, and you all have time to check out these awesome events in Boston and Cambridge.

Have a happy burrito-eating, festival-going weekend!

Katie Smith,
Weekend Events Editor