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Winter Carnival in Harvard Square


The Harvard Square Business Association invites you to Harvard Square’s 6th

Annual Winter Carnival!  Join us for a month-long + celebration of great food,

fabulous shopping, amazing music, and our ever popular Chocolate Festival, Chili

Tasting contest and Chinese New Year Celebration. 


Winter Carnival will kick off on January 10th with the Boston Celtic Music

Festival, presented by our beloved Passim.  It continues on January 25-27 with our

incomparable Chocolate Festival that culminates in a free outside sampling event!

Come and indulge your sweet tooth with chocolate treats from  Harvard Square’s

finest restaurants.   The following weekend, party with us at our  “Some Like it Hot”

Chili Tasting Event where hot and spicy chili samples are begging to be sampled and

begging for your vote!  The winning restaurant is presented with our revered “Chili

Pot” trophy to display until next year.  Winter Carnival closes with a bang on

February 23rd with firecrackers, hanging red lanterns, and Lion Dancers at our

annual Chinese New Year celebration sponsored by the unrivaled Hong Kong

Restaurant in Harvard Square! 

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Wellbridge Athletic Club “January JumpStart”


January 1-21

We’re inviting our community to kickoff the new year right with high energy fitness classes, training workshops and demonstrations, and to experience all the Wellbridge Athletic Club in Harvard Square has to offer! To activate your complimentary pass please contact a Membership Representative at (617)441-0800.




“Healthy Weight Week”


January 19-25

The 21st annual Healthy Weight Week is a time to celebrate healthy living habits that last a lifetime and promote wellness and healthful weight management. Wellbridge Athletic Club will be offering “Find Your WELLWeight”, a 4-week weight management class led by our Registered Dietician, Kristine Welch.  There are two class options, Monday and Thursday evenings.

Includes a 30-minute individual consultation to determine individual goals and energy needs.

4 weeks of facilitated weight loss topics with group discussion

Topics include Keys for Successful Weight Loss, Macronutrient Needs (Protein, Carbs and Fat), Meal Planning, and Mindful Eating.

Participants will leave with skills to modify behaviors to facilitate healthy weight management. 

For questions and to register, please contact Kristine at


Wellbridge Athletic Club, 5 Bennett Street,, (617) 441-0800




11th Annual BCMFest - Boston Celtic Music Fest, a Program of Passim


January 10 and 11

This January, BCMFest (Boston’s Celtic Music Fest) will begin its second decade of celebrating the Boston area’s abundance of Irish, Scottish, Cape Breton and other Celtic-related music and dance traditions.  The 11th annual BCMFest, which takes place on January 10-11, 2014, will once again bring together dozens of local musicians, singers and dancers to present performances as well as participatory music and dance events. Family-friendly and genuinely grassroots, the festival is held in the heart of Harvard Square, starting with the Friday night “Roots and Branches” concert at Club Passim and the Boston Urban Ceilidh – BCMFest’s always-popular Celtic dance party – just around the corner at The Atrium, 50 Church Street.


A look at some of the highlights of BCMFest 2014:


*Friday night's “Roots and Branches” concert at Club Passim spotlights some of the area's young, innovative musical talent.

*The Boston Urban Ceilidh features participatory and social dances from the Irish, Scottish and Cape Breton traditions, all with live music. No experience is necessary -- all dances will be taught.

*BCMFest's Saturday "Dayfest" begins in the morning at Club Passim with songs, storytelling and other entertainment geared toward children and families.

*"Dayfest" also includes participatory dance and jam sessions in The Attic of First Church.

*BCMFest is noted for its workshops, in which performers collaborate around a special theme or focus – anything from instruments that you pluck or blow to contemporary songs with the form, content and/or feel of traditional ballads to the Celtic side of Elvis Presley.

*The Saturday night BCMFest Nightcap concert at First Church concludes the festival in grand fashion. This year’s event will be a celebration of Celtic dance traditions, and of the music linked to them; solo, duet and group performances of dances from Ireland, Scotland and Cape Breton will be featured. Local dance performers and teachers Jaclyn O’Riley and Jen Schoonover are the show’s producers, and Brian O’Donovan, host of WGBH-FM’s “A Celtic Sojourn,” will emcee.




Friday, January 10, 7PM

Club Passim, 47 Palmer Street

The 11th Annual BCMFest Roots & Branches Concert

Spotlighting new directions in Celtic music with a focus on the area's young, innovative musical talent





Friday, January 10, 8PM

The Atrium, 50 Church Street, 4th Floor

The Boston Urban Ceilidh dance party!

Always one of BCMFest's most popular events featuring performance and instruction.

No experience necessary -- all dances will be taught.



Saturday, January 11, 10AM - 5:30PM

Club Passim and First Parish Church, 3 Church Street

BCMFest's "Dayfest"

Songs, storytelling and other children's and family entertainment in the morning

and four stages of performances, participatory dance and jam sessions throughout the day.


For a full schedule and to purchase tickets, please visit:






Origins Skincare Event


January 16 – 18

Try out Origins' high-performance, natural skincare through a FREE mini-facial!  January 16th-18th we will have Margot Chamberlain perform Celtic harp between 5-7pm.  Enjoy a song from the harp, plants for nourishment, essential oils for aromatherapy, and warm tea.  Free care package with any skincare purchase with coupons to help you sustain optimal wellness (Vitamin Shoppe, Wellbridge Athletic Club, acupuncture, and more!).  Spend $65 and also receive a deluxe sample of a Ginger body care product!

Origins, 8 Brattle Street,, (617) 868-8090





Inner Space Meditation Center & Gallery


Leading from Within : January 19,  5:00pm – 6:15pm

 Current times in the world call on us all to be leaders in our own lives. We must become a positive example for the people around us. Positive, influential leadership that inspired others to move forward in their lives characterizes the leadership style of Brahma Baba, founder of the Brahma Kumaris.  How can we become such leaders who are inspiration to many? Come and learn from the life of Brahma Baba along with real life trans-formative stories from friends and family of the Brahma Kumaris.  This program is offered free of charge as a service to the community.


Inner Space Meditation Center & Gallery, 1110 Massachusetts Avenue,, (617) 547-1110






Harvard Book Store


Selected Book Events

January 23 – Gary Shteyngart, A Little Failure: A Memoir,

January 28 – Isabel Allende, Ripper:  A Novel


January 30 – Scott Stossel, My Age of Anxiety: Fear, Hope, Dance and the Search for Peace of Mind


February 3 – Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee, The Second Machine Age:  Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies

February 4 – E.L. Doctorow,  Andrew’s Brain:  A Novel


Most but not all of these are ticketed, and of course we have many more listed at

Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue,, (617) 661-1515

Harvard Museum of Natural History

EARTH ROCKS! A Family Festival – Saturday, February 1, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Free with museum admission. Adults:  $12; Seniors/students $10; Youth (3-18) $8;  free under 3. 
Free event parking is available in the adjacent 52 Oxford Street underground garage the day of the Festival. The museum is just a 7-8 minute walk across campus from the Harvard Square Red Line T station. 
Explore our amazing planet from the inside, out. Stop by more than a dozen special activity tables throughout the museum galleries.  Learn how volcanoes and other earth processes help us understand Earth’s structure. Examine rocks, minerals, fossils and meteorites from the museum’s collections.  Meet Harvard scientists and hear about their research.  Look back in time and peer deep inside the Earth with demonstrations, presentations, and hands-on activities for all ages.
•      Examine real fossils up close
•      Engage with collectors from the Boston Mineral Club.
       -  Try your hand at panning for gold. 
•      Watch volcano demonstrations
•      Try your hand at building a landscape with an Augmented Reality Sandbox
•      Meet Harvard paleontologist Anjan Bhullar
•      See fluorescent minerals from the museum’s collection
•      Bring a mystery rock or mineral from home to be identified
•      Learn about gems and birthstones
       *  Hear a 2 pm author talk by Robert Thorson, Thoreau: The Geologist with insights from his new book, Walden's Shoes (Harvard University Press) 
 Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford Street,, (617) 495-3045







January 24 - National Peanut Butter Day

January 24th is National Peanut Butter Day so we will be offering 10% off any orders with the purchase of a peanut butter product.

J.P. Licks, 1312 Massachusetts Avenue,, 617-492-1001




Taste of Chocolate Festival


January 24 – 26

Warm, Dark, Sweet and Luscious: Chocolate Festival in Harvard Square!


Chocolate lovers rejoice!  The Harvard Square Business Association is pleased to announce the 6th Annual Chocolate Festival! On Saturday, January 25th from 1pm – 2pm, Deguglielmo Plaza (in front of Crema Cafe at 27 Brattle Street) will be the location of a free chocolate sampling event featuring delicious chocolate treats from Harvard Square’s finest purveyors along with prizes and entertainment! Multiple events will take place all three days throughout the Square.  

Harvard Museum of Natural History
January 24 – 26

Visit the famed Glass Flowers gallery at the Harvard Museum of Natural History to see exquisitely realistic hand-crafted glass models of Cacao, as well as cashew nuts, mango, pineapple, and other edible plants. Newly on display are Blaschka models of apple and apricots showing the diseases afflict these fruiting trees, as well as other models of Salvia and Oxalis illustrating methods of insect pollination.  These models have not been on display at Harvard in over a decade.

Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford Street,, (617) 495-3045




Saturday, January 25th

Harvard Square Chocolate Sampling Event

From 1pm – 2pm

Deguglielmo Plaza (27 Brattle Street) will play host to an array of chocolaty samples from restaurants and shops from across Harvard Square.  Make sure to come early!  This event is very popular and attracts hundreds of sweet tooths!  Please check back for more information!




Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year Event


January 30     

Parade at 3pm followed by her award presentation and roast.  More information coming soon.






"Some Like it Hot" Chili Cook Off


February 1     

The Harvard Square Business Association welcomes everyone to our FREE “Some Like it Hot Chili Cook-off” on Saturday, February 1st from 1:00pm until 2:30pm.  Snow, rain or shine, Harvard Square’s finest chefs are cooking a batch of their favorite chili for all to sample.  The cook off will take place on DeGuglielmo Plaza (in front of Brattle Florist at 31 Brattle Street) and is a fitting and spicy prelude to the Super Bowl!  You get to vote for your favorite!  Check back for more information!




Super Bowl Sunday


February 2

More information coming soon.





Hasty Pudding Man of the Year


February 7

The tradition continues! (An award Presentation and Roast at 8:00 pm followed by the opening night performance of Hasty Pudding Theatricals) More information coming soon.




New School of Music  2nd Sunday Concert Series: Music for a While


February 9

with Lauren Cook, soprano and Aleksandra Pustilnikova, piano  Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 3pm; Tickets: $12/general admission, $6/students and seniors

With selections from over three centuries of music, Music for a While presents the highs, lows, joys, and despairs of the human condition, using only the simple elegance of voice and piano. Join us as we explore ecstasy and sorrow, triumph and grief, and above all, the transcendent power of music. The program includes works by Purcell, Faure, Brahms and features Richard Strauss’ haunting Ophelia Lieder and Poulenc’s Fiancailles pour rire, as well as the world premiere of two nocturnes for solo piano by Boston based composer, Basil Considine.

Nicholas Van Slyck Concert Room, New School of Music, 25 Lowell Street,

, (617) 492-8105






Lovin’ The Square Valentine’s Events


February 14 – 16 

This year’s Valentines event will feature fabulous food and drinks from Harvard Square’s restaurants, romantic and fun deals from our retailers and a variety of intimate, cozy and entertaining things to do from all of our very best cultural icons.  More information coming soon.




Celebrate Chinese New Year in Harvard Square



2014:  The Year of the Horse


February 23  1:00pm – 3:00pm


The Harvard Square Business Association is excited to announce the 8th Annual Chinese New Year Celebration in Harvard Square. The pageantry begins at 1:00pm on Sunday, February 23rd in historic Winthrop Park with a lion dance around the ancient oak tree. Immediately following the dance, parade with us through Harvard Square as we pass red and gold silk lanterns festooning the wrought iron lampposts on Massachusetts Avenue, and onward to our final destination, The Hong Kong Restaurant.

The Hong Kong, a venerable Harvard Square institution since 1954, opens its doors and welcomes the public for an afternoon of food, art and music. These family friendly activities begin at 1:00pm and conclude at 3:00pm. The Hong Kong stands as a shining example of the diverse cultures and cuisine that can be found in Harvard Square. 


A full schedule of Chinese New Year activities in Harvard Square will be announced shortly.




The Donkey Show at OBERON


Performances every Saturday night, 7:30 and 10:30

Warm up this winter with The Donkey Show at OBERON! Step out of the cold and onto our disco carnival dance floor! The Donkey Show is an interactive re-telling of Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream featuring all the 70s anthems you know and love. Party on the dance floor as the story unfolds around you! 


Join us during Harvard Square's Winter Carnival! Use use the code "DonkeyLuv" when purchasing tickets and bring a friend for free! 


Tickets can be purchased online at:, over the phone at 617-547-8300, or at OBERON 1/2 an hour before showtime.   To book birthday parties, bachelorette parties or group tickets, call Christina at 617.599.7718 or email


OBERON, 2 Arrow Street,, 617-495-2668




Cancun Taqueria

Cancun Taqueria y Mas offers a  Lunch Menu every day from 11am-2pm. More specials and more affordable then our regular menu. Visit their website for updated menus
Cancun Taqueria, 1105 Massachusetts Avenue,, (857) 242-3344



Celebrate winter with our Winter Warmer flavors! Enjoy our scratch baked cupcakes including the best-selling Half-Baked Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough! If you skipped breakfast, swing by for our Blueberry Buttermilk Pancake! Don't forget Valentines Day is around the corner - order now with one of our Cupcake Connoisseurs today!

Sweet, 0 Brattle Street,, (617) 547-2253


For more information about this event and all our Harvard Square events, please refer to:



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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