Events, Festivals, Activities – Things to Do

Irving House offers a convenient home base for Cambridge and Boston events.  Here are some suggestions for upcoming things to do, and links to search for more.

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March 2017

Charles River, Boston and CambridgeAfter our New England winter, we really appreciate spring! (Even though it sometimes takes a while to arrive…)  March’s Cambridge and Boston events are all the more welcome – here are some we and our guests enjoy.

Ask at our Front Desk about locations or transportation; many are within walking distance. (Source:

March 1 – 5, 2017 (begins Feb. 4)
Hasty Pudding Theatricals
The Hasty Pudding Theatricals have presented their unique brand of student-written humor since 1844.
“TRADITION. SATIRE. FUN. PUNS The Hasty Pudding Theatricals is the third oldest theater organization in the world…. Since its humble beginnings in a Harvard dorm room, the Theatricals has grown into an original, student written and composed, full-scale pun-filled musical extravaganza, which culminates each year in an all-male kick line. Some of America’s most prominent luminaries were first made famous by wearing drag on the Pudding stage, such as William Randolph Hearst, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and Jack Lemmon (training for his famous role in Some Like it Hot)….”
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Beer & cheese festival
March 10 – 11, 2017   
New England-made craft beers, ciders, and cheeses from 25 brewers and 10 creameries show their tasty wares at Boston Beer & Cheese Fest at the Cyclorama.

PAX East Game convention March 10 – 12, 2017
 Video games, tabletop games, computer games, panels, entertainers, exhibits, and contests at Boston Convention & Exhibition Center.

Celtic music March 18, 2017
Celebrate  St. Patrick’s Day, a Boston favorite holiday,with traditional Irish music at “A St. Patrick’s Day Celtic Sojourn” by WGBH.

March 18 – Cambridge Spring celebration
Celebrate the Vernal Equinox (when days and nights are equally long) with songs, entertainment, and refreshments at Spring  Revels in Watertown.

Boston Flower & Garden show March 22 – 26, 2017
The Boston Flower and Garden Show fills Seaport World Trade Center with garden displays, floral arrangements, a marketplace of plants and garden products, lectures, and demonstrations by experts.

Boston Underground Film Festival (BUFF) March 22 – 26, 2017
specializes in showing alternative film and video at the Brattle Theatre in Cambridge.

Tattoo convention March 24 – 26, 2017 
Boston Tattoo Convention has tattoo artists, vendors, seminars, and entertainment at Hynes Convention Center.

Classical Cartoon Festival at Symphony Hall  March 25, 2017
Classic Warner Brothers cartoons on a big screen accompanied by live classical music, and kids’ favorite life-sized PBS characters.

Israel Folkdance Festival at MIT  March 26, 2017
Dance troupes perform Jewish and Israeli dances to lively music at the Israel Folkdance Festival at MIT in Cambridge.

International Folk Music Festival – March 29, 2017
Students and faculty perform music from around the world, sometimes in costume, at the International Folk Music Festival at Berklee Performance Center.

LGBT film festival March 30 – April 9, 2017 multiple locations
See 150 contemporary gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender films at Boston LGBT Film Festival.

Design week March 29 – April 9, 2017
Greater Boston Boston Design Week has roughly 80 events about architecture, environmental and landscape design, urban design, interior design, fashion, photography, graphic design, industrial design, and studio design.

Anime convention March 31 – April 2, 2017
Games, panels, karaoke, a music-video contest, cosplay events, and a formal ball at Anime Boston at Hynes Convention Center and the Sheraton Boston Hotel.

April 2017

Boston and Cambridge and Boston eventsHere’s a selection of upcoming Cambridge and Boston events for April 2017 that our Irving House guests might find enjoyable.  Ask at our Front Desk about locations or transportation; many are within walking distance. (Source:

Humanity films
April 1, 2017
4.3 miles SW
The topic of Moving Images Film Festival changes each year. It’s educational and inspirational, followed by a discussion at Harvard Medical School. Pre-register. Donation.

Anime convention
April 1 – 2, 2017 (begins March 31)
2 miles SW
Wizards, witches, and magical girls find live games, panels, karaoke, a music-video contest, cosplay events, and a formal ball at Anime Boston at Hynes Convention Center and the Sheraton Boston Hotel.

LGBT film festival
April 1 – 9, 2017 (begins March 30)
multiple locations
Boston LGBT Film Festival.

Cambridge Science Festival
April 14 – 23, 2017
Cambridge locations
Cambridge Science Festival has hundreds of interactive events making science, technology, math, and engineering fun, including a robot zoo on Saturday.

Funny women
April 19 – 23, 2017
Boston & Cambridge
Women in Comedy Festival (WICF)includes acclaimed stand-up comedians, improv & sketch groups, musical comedy groups, and solo artists and storytellers. It also offers a variety of comedy workshops and panels.

Boston Marathon
April 17, 2017
Watch 30,000 runners brave hilly New England terrain and unpredictable weather in the Boston Marathon, billed as the world’s oldest annual marathon. It begins in rural Hopkinton and ends in urban Copley

Book festival
April 22, 2017
3.6 miles west
Bookish Ball and Shakespeare’s Birthday Celebration is a family-friendly festival with live music, fun poetry, birthday cake, and a Shakespeare slam at Harvard Square. Free.

Arts festival
April 27 – 30, 2017
3.5 miles NW
Arts First celebrates student and faculty creativity with more than 100 music, theater, dance, film, and visual arts events at Harvard University. Most are free.

April 28 – May 7, 2017
Greater Boston
ArtWeek Boston offers dozens of creative experiences, artist talks, performances, behind-the-scenes tours, and kids’ activities. Many are free. Repeats in Sept.

Earth Day
April 29, 2017
Volunteer to help at the Earth Day Charles River Cleanup. Select an area when registering. Free.

Search for events, festivals, and other activities:
Cambridge Office of Tourism
Harvard Square

bclogo is a  good source of family-oriented events, activities, and resources in the Greater Boston and New England area.


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