Category Archives: Cambridge

8th Annual Chocolate Festival

Back Bay Chocolate Walking TourIf you love chocolate then you need to get yourself to Harvard Square this weekend. Arrive on the early side for The Chocolate Festival’s free tasting on Saturday, 1-2PM on Brattle Plaza (in front of Crema Café at 27 Brattle Street) for chocolate treats from many of Harvard Square’s finest purveyors including Ben & Jerry’s, Cabot Candy, Crema Café, J.P. Licks and Toscano to name a few.

More details about this fun, free event is available here.

Oktoberfest and HONK! Parade in Harvard Square Oct 11

Honk Festival in Harvard Square

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More than 200,000 people are expected to show up for Harvard Square’s 37th annual Oktoberfest and HONK! Parade on Sunday, October 11th. Bands from around the country will march from Davis to Harvard Square (arriving around 1PM). Following the parade, enjoy Harvard Square’s annual Oktoberfest party, which has six stages for live music and five beer gardens.

For more information about the festivities and to see what times bands will be performing, check out their event page here.

32nd MayFair music festival returns to Harvard Square Sunday, May 3rd

The 32nd Annual MayFair Sunday, May 3rd, 2015 from 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

The 32nd Annual MayFair
Sunday, May 3rd, 2015 from 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Boston has a long, proud history of churning out really excellent bands.  Some have gone on to enjoy significant commercial success and many others have gone on to have long, successful careers outside of the mainstream.  Part of the reason so many bands come to Boston is our city’s embrace of music in all its forms.  Next weekend is a good example of what I’m talking about.

Sunday, May 3rd is the 32nd Annual MayFair festival in Harvard Square.  This free, all day event includes an impressive line up of some of Boston’s favorite local acts including The Sheila Divine, Freezepop, Bent Shapes, M’Bolo, Air Traffic Controller, Hallelujah The Hills, Grey Season, the Luxury, Vundabar, Funeral Advantage, Parks, and the Novel Ideas.  All twelve bands will play on two different stages between 12PM and 6PM while various vendors and events take place in Harvard Square. The event is free and open to the public. ​​

Calling all chocolate lovahs

Taste of Chocolate Festival, CambridgeThe Taste of Chocolate Festival starts tomorrow, Friday, January 23rd and runs through Sunday, January 25th in Harvard Square.

Some of Harvard Square’s finest restaurants and cafes participate in this three day chocolate extravaganza so if you love chocolate, you may want to hop the red line and head to Cambridge this weekend.

Restaurants will feature chocolate appetizers, entrees, deserts, cocktails, cordials and nightcaps while participating Harvard Square retailers will have scrumptious chocolate specials and deals. For more details visit here.

What you pay in Boston neighborhoods per square foot

Curbed Boston, Boston Real Estate

Average condo sales prices per square foot

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Last week Curbed Boston posted this image from the Collaborative Companies which shows the average condo sales prices per square foot in a number of Boston neighborhoods and surrounding towns.

Laura Ahmes-Gollinger from the Collaborative Companies explains in the post how this is impacting younger would-be buyers and renters,”The effect of this migration causes a gentrification of these neighborhoods as these new buyers (and renters) demand the residential infrastructure necessary to support their live/work/play convenient urban lifestyles. Somerville is a great example of this with the huge foodie scene, extension of the green line in planning, and the major plans for development and residential housing that we will see in the coming years. In contrast, foreign buyers and empty-nesters will continue to live in the heart of the city and are willing to pay high prices for these amenity-rich, full-service, maintenance-free lifestyles.”

The map makes Southie  still look like a deal – that is if you can still find any since inventory is snapped up in hours.  You can read the full article here.

Harvard Art Museums

Photo Source: Boston Magazine

Photo Source: Boston Magazine

Six years and $350 million dollars later, the Harvard art museums – the Fogg, Busch-Reisinger, and Arthur M. Sackler – have now been combined under one roof.  The Harvard Art Museums as they are being called open to the public later this month, starting Sunday, November 16th.

The expansion gives the combined museums 40% more gallery space to house their 250,000-piece art collection.  Not surprising, Harvard spared no expense with this thoughtful redesign, hiring Pritzker Prize winning architect, Renzo Piano, to create an impressive new home for Harvard’s most prized artwork.  The new Calderwood Courtyard is a great example of Piano’s work, which brings plenty of natural light through the glass-and-steel roofing and upper-level glass walls.   I’m looking forward to seeing this space open to the public and encourage you to check out the Harvard Art Museums.

Roman Holiday in Cambridge Wed., August 20

EF Education, River and a MovieEF Education has brought back their River & A Movie series this year with free movies, lawn games and free kayak rides courtesy of Community Boating from 6:00 – 7:30 PM each Wednesday in August.

For adults, specials at Lingo Bar and Restaurant are available from 6:00 – 8:00 PM.  Limited parking is also available on a first come, first serve basis at One Education Street, Cambridge, MA.

Movie time is at 8:00 PM at DCR’s North Point Park.  More details on the Facebook page here.