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The 30th Annual MayFair in Harvard Square

The 30th Annual MayFair in Harvard Square


Sunday, May 5th, 2013 from Noon until 6:00pm

The Streets of Harvard Square

(Rain Date – Sunday, May 19th, 2013)


The 30th Annual Mayfair in Harvard Square features music, dancing, food, crafts, street art, beer gardens and entertainment for all ages.  The festival is highlighted by four stages of live entertainment, including a dance stage and a chalk art celebration!  Other highlights include, Get Growing!, an urban agricultural informational area in the Church Street parking lot, Roaming Railroad train rides for the young and the young at heart, hot air balloon rides by RE/MAX with donations being given to local charities, three beer gardens sponsored by Grafton Street, Border Cafe and John Harvard’s Brew House and over one hundred thousand happy people!   In addition, Mayfair features over 150 artisans and merchants selling arts and crafts, jewelry, and vintage clothing and boasts over 40 food vendors serving up international fare and local favorites!

This year, MayFair falls on Cinco de Mayo!  To celebrate this festive occasion, Mariachi Veritas de Harvard will be roaming the Square during the festival and at 3pm they will appear on the main stage.  Not to be missed! 

Don’t forget to visit the annual Chalk on Walk located on Church Street!  The Cambridge Rotary Club’s annual Chalk on the Walk, raises thousands of dollars for local charities.  The art of chalk street painting has a history stretching from renaissance Italy to present day. Corporate and individual patrons sponsor painting squares and artists donate their creativity and talents.  Prizes are awarded to the artists and proceeds from the event go to local Cambridge charities and scholarships.  Artists are still needed.  If you would like to take part, please visit



The Harvard Square Business Association will hold a raffle and an auction at Mayfair with all proceeds going to assist beloved Cambridge residents, Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes, newlyweds who  lost their left limbs in the Boston
Marathon explosion.  A raffle area will be set up at the HSBA Kiosk (which will be located in front of the Out of Town News Kiosk) by the main stage.  Please come by and purchase a raffle ticket – grand prize will be a one night stay at The Charles Hotel and dinner for two at Henrietta’s Table.  Many Harvard Square businesses have donated special items to be auctioned at the event.  You can bid on items at the event and on after the event.  Please show your support for this lovely young couple who have a long and hard road ahead of them.  For those of you from across the country and across the globe who are unable to attend our Mayfair celebration, please consider making a donation via Give Forward.  Please click here for more information:




The Main Stage – at the Super Crosswalk

12:00 Fairhaven 
1:00 The Rationales
2:00 Stone Cold Fox
3:00 Mariachi Veritas de Harvard
4:00 The Shills
5:00 Darlingside


The Church Street Stage – at the Church Street Parking Lot

12:00 & 1:00 Cambridge Symphony Chamber Players
2:00 Geana Soares
3:00 Melodeego (with a bike powered set!)
4:00  The Vivs
5:00 Moxa


Passim Stage - at the intersection of Brattle and Church Streets

12:00 Cahill

1:00 Margaret Glaspy

2:00 Matt Heaton & the Electric Heaters

3:00 Jake Hill

4:00 The Flora Temple

5:00  Agnostic Gospel


Dance Stage – at the intersection of Mt. Auburn and Eliot Streets

12:30 Guest Artists
1:00 Cambridge Youth Dance Program -
1:30 Meta Movements
1:45 Tony DeMarco
2:00 Neena Gulati
2:20 Stonehill College Dance Co.

2:30 Spunkandcompanydance
2:40 NiaCambridge
2:45 Rainbow Tribe
3:00 Impact Dance Company
3:15 Boston Community Dance Project
3:35 Kinetic Synergy dance
3:45 Cambridge Dance Co
4:00 Intimations Dance Co
4:10 Cambridge Youth Dance Program
4:30 Hip Hop Mamas

4:35 CreationDance - Helena Froehlich
4:45 Boston Belly Dancers
5:00 Sir Brock Warren-The Inbetween (Work in Progress)
5:15 Navarasa Dance Theater
5:30 The Beantown Lockers



The Harvard Square Business Association would like to thank the 2013 MayFair Sponsors for their participation:

Border CafĂ©, Boston Beer – Samuel Adams, Coldwell Banker Real Estate, DirectBuy, Dunkin Donuts, Eastern Bank, Favecast, The Folio Society, Grafton Street, Harding House, ING Financial, Irving House, John Harvard’s Brewery & Ale House, Newbury Comics, NewPro, Passim, Power Home Remodeling Group, Propark, RE/MAX Destiny, Renewal by Andersen, Sonicbids and ZipCar.


Harvard Square Business Association
18 Brattle Street, Suite 352
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138

Tel: (617) 491-3434
Fax: (617) 491-6976

Denise Jillson, Executive Director
William Manley, Marketing and Events Manager
Natalie Damaso, Administration and Communications Manager


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