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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We are so happy to greet SPRING! Here are some Cambridge and Boston events that are all the more fun in the bright weather.

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

April 2017
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.  http://www.animeboston.comLGBT 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.
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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