Harvard Square Business Association Announces the 2014 Calendar of Events!



January 10th – Kick off Harvard Square’s 6th Annual month long Winter Carnival commencing with the Boston Celtic Music Festival at Passim.


January 20th – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day events


January 24th – 25th – 26th – Taste of Chocolate Festival in Harvard Square!  
Harvard Square’s finest restaurants and cafes will embark on a 
three chocolate extravaganza!  Harvard Square’s 'restaurants will
feature chocolate appetizers, entrees, desserts, cocktails, 
cordials and nightcaps while Harvard Square retailers will dazzle
you with scrumptious chocolate specials and deals. And, for you 
brave and heartychocolate lovers, our now famous tasty sampling 
of chocolate goodies from Harvard Square’s finest purveyors 
will be presented on Saturday, from 1pm until 2pm on
Deguglielmo Plaza (in front of Hidden Sweets – 25 Brattle Street) 
for all to enjoy!  Entertainment, chocolate and more!  


January 30th – Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year Parade!  Parade at 3pm followed by her award presentation and roast.





February 1st – 6th Annual “Some Like it Hot Chili Cook-off” from 1pm – 2:30 pm (the day before the Super Bowl).  Enjoy samples of chili from some of Harvard Square’s HOTTEST restaurants while enjoying 
musical entertainment! Cast your vote for the best “Some Like it Hot” 
Chili in Harvard Square!  This event is free, open to the public and will 
take place on Deguglielmo Plaza (in front of Crema Café at 27 Brattle Street).



February 2nd – Super Bowl Sunday in Harvard Square!  Events in 
Harvard Square restaurants and clubs – more details coming soon. 


February 7th – Hasty Pudding Man of the Year – the tradition continues! 
(An award presentation and roast at 8pm followed by the opening night 
performance of the Hasty Pudding Theatricals.)


February 14 – 15 – 16 – Lovin’ the Square.  This year’s Valentine’s event will feature fabulous food and drinks from Harvard Square’s restaurants, romantic and fun deals from our retailers and a variety of interesting, cozy and entertaining things to do from all of our cultural icons. 

February 23 - Chinese New Year.  Come celebrate Chinese New Year in Harvard Square!  2014 is the year of the Horse and the 59th Anniversary of the Hong Kong in Harvard Square.  As usual, Massachusetts Avenue from the Hong Kong to Yenching will be festooned with red and gold lanterns hanging from our wrought iron lamposts as we prepare for our grand Chinese New Year procession through Harvard Square and our cultural "Open House" at the Hong Kong!  More details coming soon!




March 1st – Women History Month in Harvard Square.  Check back for more information about restaurant and cultural events throughout Harvard Square.


March 2nd – The 86th Annual Academy Awards Oscar Sunday – Harvard Square establishments will be hosting viewing parties but if you prefer to host your own, our restaurants and stores have all the things you need to make your party a hit!  More details forthcoming. 



March 16th – March 21st & March 23rd – March 28th – Winter Restaurant Week in Harvard Square!


March 17th – Harvard-Go-Brach events!  Join us in Harvard Square as we celebrate our Irish Cultural Heritage!  Check back for more information about restaurant and cultural events throughout Harvard Square.




April 18th – 27th – The 7th Annual Cambridge Science Festival.  Harvard Square is full of scientific surprises!  Check back for more details.


April 26th – The 7th Annual Bookish Ball and Shakespeare’s Birthday Celebration!  
Partnering with the Cambridge Public Library, Actors’ Shakespeare Project and 
Harvard Square’s bookstores,please join us for bookstore strolls, 
music, dancing, performances, and birthday cake! The event is 
free to the public. More details to follow.





May 1st – May 4th – The 22nd Annual Harvard Arts First Festival – Join hundreds of Harvard undergraduates, graduates and faculty in Harvard’s annual celebration of the arts!


May 4th – The 31st Annual Mayfair featuring six stages of live entertainment, dozens of restaurant vendors, hundreds of street vendors selling artwork, jewelry, vintage clothing, neighborhood sidewalk sales, and the
Rotary Club of Cambridge’s Annual Chalk on the Walk!  From noon – 6pm.  
Rain date – Sunday, May 18th.


May 5th – Cinco de Mayo – Mexican heritage celebrated in the 
restaurants of Harvard Square.


May 11th – Mother’s Day!


May 29th –  363rd Harvard Commencement




June 2nd – Harvard Square’s Annual Patios in Bloom Festival.  Come celebrate as we officially open patio season with the installation of our Victorian Flower Baskets!


June – TBD – Jose Mateo’s Dance for World Community Festival in Harvard Square!   


June 6th – June 15th – Gay Pride in Harvard Square.  More information coming soon!


June 7th – Cambridge’s Riverfest Celebration


June 15th – Father’s Day!   


June 21st – 7th Annual Make Music Harvard Square, Fete de la Musique
A square wide musical celebration held in every nook and cranny, 
park and plaza and street and patio throughout the day and evening.  

June 29th- Tory Row 5K Road Race. More information coming soon!




July 13th – Bastille Day!  Join us on Holyoke Street for a stormin’ French 
street festival featuring fabulous French food, music and dance!




Summer Restaurant Week in Harvard Square.  Details to follow.




September 1st – 30th – 4th Annual Revival Month in Harvard Square.  Details to follow.


September 21 – 2nd Annual Folk Music Festival in Harvard Square. 
Some of today’s hottest up and coming folk artists will be 
playing our free festival on Palmer Street.



September 21 – 11th Annual Riversing, presented by the Revels.  
Details to follow.


September 27 – The 4th Annual 
Americana Music Festival
 in Harvard Square – 

3 days of music and activities. 




October 12th –  36th Annual Oktoberfest and HONK Festival features six stages of live entertainment, dozens of international food vendors, hundreds of street vendors selling artwork, jewelry, and vintage clothing, neighborhood sidewalk sales and HONK! bands from around the country!  Raindate, Monday, October 13th.


October 18th – 19th – The 50th Annual Head of the Charles Regatta, the world’s largest two-day rowing event, brings 7,500 athletes from around the world to compete in 55 different race events.  The Regatta attracts upwards of 300,000 spectators!


October 31st – November 2nd – Harvard Scare!  Spooky and fun activities through the Square.  Check back for updates. 




November 1st – 30th – 6th Annual Folk Music Month in Harvard Square.  Details to follow.


November 22nd – 131st Harvard/Yale Game at Harvard


November 27th – Thanksgiving   


November 28th – Kick-off the holiday shopping season with 
Plaid and Black Friday events


November 29th – Annual Tree Lighting at the Charles Hotel




December 20th – The “Some Like it Hot” Everyone Loves Latkes Party!  From 1pm – 2pm, the 8th annual Everyone Loves Latkes Party features the most delicious, most creative and best-looking latkes and condiments around!  This free event features latke donations from the fabulous restaurants of Harvard Square.


For detailed information about these events and all other events in Harvard Square, please visit www.harvardsquare.com