11th Annual Winter Carnival in Harvard Square

Thursday, January 17, 2019 - Sunday, March 31, 2019 all-day
11th Annual Winter Carnival in Harvard Square
January 17th – March 31st, 2019
The Harvard Square Business Association welcomes you to attend Winter Carnival 2019!  The temperatures may be dropping but we are gearing up for some of the most highly anticipated events of the year, including the Taste of Chocolate Festival, “Some Like It Hot” Chili Cook-off and Chinese New Year.  In addition to these signature events, there are restaurants, stores and cultural institutions featuring promotions, live music, theatre, and more events during this celebration of winter.  There’s always something happening on our cobblestone streets.  Please visit harvardsquare.com for updates.
16th Annual BCMFest – Boston Celtic Music Fest at Passim
January 17th – 20th
The 16th annual Boston Celtic Music Festival, known as BCMFest, returns to Harvard Square January 17-20, 2019. Presented by Passim, a Cambridge-based non-profit that supports a vibrant music community through Club Passim, the Passim School of Music, artist grants and outreach initiatives, the 2019 festival will showcase Greater Boston’s deep tradition of music, song, and dance from Irish, Scottish, Cape Breton and other Celtic communities.
All BCMFest 2019 performances will take place in Harvard Square, at Club Passim, located at 47 Palmer Street, The Sinclair, located at 52 Church, and The Atrium, located at 50 Church Street. Highlights of the festival include:
  • The First Round concert on Thursday, January 17, offering an introduction to Celtic music in Boston through a mix of long-time and recently-arrived local performers.
  • The Roots and Branches Concert on Friday, January 18, presenting a taste of the dynamic sounds and different styles to be heard in Boston’s Celtic music community.
  • The Boston Urban Ceilidh, Friday, January 18 at The Atrium. This perennially popular Celtic dance party features social dances from Celtic traditions, all with live music. No prior dance experience is necessary! 
  • Dayfest offering 12-plus hours of Celtic music, classic traditional to contemporary sounds. Dayfest takes place on Saturday, January 19 at both Club Passim and The Sinclair.
  • The late-night Festival Club on Friday and Saturday bringing together festival artists in special collaborations.
  • The BCMFest Brunch at Club Passim, featuring fine food in a relaxed live Celtic music atmosphere on Sunday, January 20.
  • Saturday night’s BCMFest Nightcap at The Sinclair will feature headliners Carroll and Henderson as well as various festival performers for an extravaganza that showcases Boston’s prominence in Celtic music and dance.
  • Festival Workshops on Sunday, January 20 at The Passim School of Music. Please note: workshops are NOT included in festival admission.
Passim, 47 Palmer Street, harvardsquare.com/arts-entertainment/passim, (617) 492-5300
National Hugging Day
January 21st
Give a hug today!
Cambridge Center for Adult Education presents Growing Divides in Cambridge: A Tale of 2.0 Cities at the Cambridge Public Library
January 22nd
Cambridge has long been thought of as a diverse and inclusive center of knowledge and culture. Now, with a booming innovation economy, Cambridge has seen a growth in wealth, as well as a growth in poverty alongside a disappearing middle class. What can Cambridge and its leaders do to make sure that life in the city—and income, housing, and education—is equitably accessible and sustainable for all? Moderated by Geeta Pradhan of Cambridge Community Foundation, and including a roster of informed and thoughtful leaders from Cambridge and beyond. 6 pm
Cambridge Center for Adult Education at the Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway, harvardsquare.com/cambridge-center-adult-education, 617-547-6789
Night of Celebration and Support to Benefit the Grolier Poetry Foundation and Forums Trust Featuring a Reading, Discussion, and a Book Signing With Poets Peter Balakian AND Susan Barba at the Sheraton Commander Hotel
January 25th
We have an exciting night planned, a night that honors our legacy of bringing poets and those who love poetry together so as to explore ideas and experience the power of poetry's unifying voice to connect us ever more deeply.
PLEASE NOTE: Because we need to provide our guest count to the Sheraton many days in advance of our event, the earlier you purchase your tickets, the better we can plan to accommodate you! Both the Grolier and the Sheraton Commander were established in 1927. This is the beginning of a beautiful partnership between two long-time Cambridge organizations that together help preserve the history
of Harvard Square.
Grolier Poetry Bookshop, 6 Plympton Street, harvardsquare.com/grolier-poetry-bookshop, (617) 547-4648
10th Annual Taste of Chocolate Weekend
January 25th – 27th
Warm, dark, sweet and decadent!  Harvard Square’s finest restaurants and cafes will embark on a three-day chocolate extravaganza!  Our restaurants will feature chocolate appetizers, entrees, desserts, cocktails, cordials, and nightcaps while Harvard Square retailers will dazzle you with scrumptious chocolate specials and deals.  For you brave and hardy chocolate lovers, our famous tasty sampling of chocolate goodies from Harvard Square’s finest purveyors will be presented on Saturday, January 27th from 1 pm – 2 pm on Brattle Plaza (in front of Brattle Square Florist – 31 Brattle Street) for all to enjoy.  Entertainment, chocolate and more!
10th Annual Chocolate Tasting Event
January 26th
Brattle Plaza (31 Brattle Street) from 1 pm – 2 pm will play host to an array of chocolate samples from restaurants and shops from across Harvard Square.  Make sure to come early!  This free event is extremely popular and attracts hundreds of sweet tooths!  Please check back for more information.
Living With Robots at the Cambridge Forum
January 30th
Cambridge Forum, First Parish Church, 1446 Massachusetts Avenue, harvardsquare.com/cambridge-forum, (617) 495-2727
Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year Event
Date and honoree to be announced
Every year, the Hasty Pudding Theatricals bestows the Man of the Year (MOY) and Woman of the Year (WOY) awards to performers who have made lasting and impressive contributions to the world of entertainment. The Woman of the Year award dates back to 1951 with the first honoree Gertrude Lawrence.  Since then, recipients have included the likes of Elizabeth Taylor, three-time Oscar winner Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore, Sandra Bullock, and Anne Hathaway.
Hasty Pudding Theatricals, 12 Holyoke Street, hastypudding.org, (617) 495-5205
Hasty Pudding Man of the Year Event
Date and honoree to announced
Every year, the Hasty Pudding Theatricals bestows the Man of the Year (MOY) and Woman of the Year (WOY) awards on performers who have made lasting and impressive contributions to the world of entertainment. The Man of the Year began in 1967 with Bob Hope and the subsequent recipients’ list reads like a who’s who of Hollywood’s leading men:  Sean Connery, Tom Hanks, Robert DeNiro, Robert Downey Jr., Justin Timberlake, and James Franco, to name a few.
Hasty Pudding Theatricals, 12 Holyoke Street, hastypudding.org, (617) 495-5205
11th Annual “Some Like It Hot” Chili Cook-Off
February 2nd
The Harvard Square Business Association welcomes everyone to our free “Some Like it Hot” Chili Cook-off on Saturday, February 2nd from 1 pm – 2:30 pm.  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 Brattle 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 53
February 3rd
Find your spot to watch the big game!  Restaurant promotions coming soon!
Lovin’ the Square Valentine’s Events
February 8th – 14th
This year’s Valentine’s events 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 our cultural icons. 
The Lost Music of Canterbury: Music from the Peterhouse Partbooks at Blue Heron
February 9th
Spectacular cathedral music, copied at Oxford for Canterbury Cathedral in 1540, this music has been unperformed until recent years, when the missing tenor part was reconstructed. The Peterhouse partbooks are named for the Cambridge college where they now reside. Blue Heron and Scott Metcalfe were named winners of the 2018 Gramophone Classical Music Award for Early Music, based on a recording of music from this source, becoming the first non-European group to earn the prestigious honor.  Advance Sale Prices:  Reserved seating at $75 & $49; General Seating at $35 ($27 for Seniors / $10 for Students/Low Income)
Under 18 Free; 8 pm
25% off on any order (up to 8 tickets) for Blue Heron concerts on Feb. 9 and Mar. 9 at First Church in Cambridge, 11 Garden Street. Enter code WINTERHERON at checkout.
Blue Heron, First Church in Cambridge, 11 Garden Street, harvardsquare.com/arts-entertainment/blue-heron, 617-960-7956
Valentine’s Day 2019 at Brattle Theatre
February 13 & 14 at 4:00, 7:00
CASABLANCA is back again for Valentine’s Day here at the Brattle! Two world-weary old flames are reunited in occupied French Morocco during WWII, and the sparks fly again – but will duty and patriotism win out over true love? Tickets: http://bit.ly/2SwHi3e
The Princess Bride
February 13 & 14 at 10:00
In this amazingly entertaining comedic fantasy, we follow the farm boy Westley (Elwes) and his beautiful beloved Buttercup (Wright) as they face the many obstacles to their union – including (but not limited to) dread pirates, evil princes, expert swordsmen, brutish giants, rodents (of unusual size), expert torturers, and political intrigue. Tickets: http://bit.ly/2SwHi3e
Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle Street, harvardsquare.com/arts-entertainment/brattle-theatre, (617) 876-6837
Singles Appreciation Day
February 15th
More information coming soon.
Brattle Theatre
February Vacation
Twenty-Fourth Annual
24th Annual Bugs Bunny Film Festival at Brattle Theatre
February 15 – 21
Fri at 4:00, 6:00, 8:00; Sat, Sun, Mon, Wed at 12:00PM, 2:00, 4:00, 6:00, 8:00; Tue at 12:00PM, 2:00, 4:00; Thu at 12:00PM, 2:00
A school vacation treat for kids and fun-loving adults alike, the Brattle’s BUGS BUNNY FILM FESTIVAL has been delighting audiences for over twenty years! We’re switching things up a little bit this year and offering one program that features both Bugs Bunny and all of the other Looney Tunes characters that we love – Daffy, Taz, Tweety, and more! One thing hasn’t changed, however, all the films will be shown uncut on 35mm film! Tickets: http://bit.ly/2s8H4nd
Looney Tunes Revue
Friday, February 22 & Saturday, February 23 at 12:00, 2:00
While we are only offering one program during the main body of this year’s Bugs Bunny Film Festival, as is tradition, we will cap off the festival with 4 shows of a completely different program. Tickets: http://bit.ly/2s8H4nd
Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle Street, harvardsquare.com/arts-entertainment/brattle-theatre, (617) 876-6837
World Day of Social Justice
February 20th
More information coming soon.
Women’s History Month
March 1st – 31st
Across the US, the UK and Australia, the month of March is celebrated as Women’s History Month. Each year, the Harvard Square Business Association commemorates Women’s History Month by proudly publishing an annual list of women business owners and directors, as well as political, civic, academic, cultural and non-profit leaders from across the Square and across our great city. We celebrate the achievements of all women, and particularly applaud the impact that our HSBA women assert in our community and beyond. We acknowledge their dedication and professionalism and honor their contributions and success.
Dr. Seuss’ 115th Birthday Celebration
March 2nd
You’re invited to the 115th Birthday of Dr. Seuss!  In Harvard Square, ‘from there to here, here to there, funny things are everywhere!”  Held annually on March 2nd, Dr. Seuss Day is a holiday that celebrates the birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel – otherwise known by the pen name by which he authored children’s books:  Dr. Seuss.  During the 1990s, the National Education Association advocated for a day to celebrate reading all over the United States.  In 1998, it started Read Across America and decided to hold it on the same day as Dr. Seuss’ birthday.
Boston/Cambridge Winter Dine Out Week 1
March 3rd – 8th
Boston/Cambridge Winter Dine Out Week 2
March 10th – 15th
Dine Out Boston, formerly known as Restaurant Week Boston® is brought to you by the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau and American Express twice a year, providing locals and visitors an opportunity to sample area restaurants at special prices. Participating restaurants offer prix fixe menus for lunch and dinner. Each participating restaurant selects ONE of the three price options - the Chef then prepares a menu to delight.
Tutoring Plus Celebrates 55 Years!
March 7th
Tutoring Plus, 415 Main Street, harvardsquare.com/tutoring-plus-cambridge, (617) 349-6588
Missa Prolationum at Blue Heron
March 9th
Mar. 9 A dazzling work of genius by one of the greatest composers in the entire Western classical tradition, Johannes Ockeghem (c. 1420-1497). This is concert number 9 in a 13-concert project to perform the complete works of Ockeghem, across 6 seasons, dubbed "Ockeghem@600"). Advance Sale Prices:
Reserved seating at $75 & $49; General Seating at $35 ($27 for Seniors / $10 for Students/Low Income)
Under 18 Free; 8 pm
25% off on any order (up to 8 tickets) for Blue Heron concerts on Feb. 9 and Mar. 9 at First Church in Cambridge, 11 Garden Street. Enter code WINTERHERON at checkout.
Blue Heron, First Church in Cambridge, 11 Garden Street, harvardsquare.com/arts-entertainment/blue-heron, 617-960-7956
Chinese New Year
March 10th
The Harvard Square Business Association is pleased to announce the 13th Annual Chinese New Year Celebration in Harvard Square. The pageantry begins on Sunday, March 10th in Winthrop Park (at the intersection of Mt. Auburn and JFK Streets) with the colorful and exciting lion dance.  Immediately following the dance, parade with us through Harvard Square as we march down Massachusetts Avenue, and onward to our final destination, The Hong Kong Restaurant, 1238 Massachusetts Avenue.
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. The Hong Kong stands as a shining example of the diverse cultures and cuisine that can be found in Harvard Square.
A complete schedule of activities coming soon. Performances and arts and crafts are presented by the Chinese Cultural Connection, Inc.
Harvard Go Bragh St. Patrick’s Day Events
March 16th – 17th
Rejoice in all things Irish for St. Patrick’s Day!  Special in-store and restaurant promotions and cultural activities inside our arts member organizations will be announced soon.
Poetry Day
March 21st
More information coming soon!
Promotional Offers:  
Irving House 
Valentine’s Day/week with yoga, massage, dinner gift card. Applies to rates now through February.
USE CODE: LOVE when booking.
Irving House, 24 Irving Street, harvardsquare.com/accommodations/irving-house-harvard, (617) 547-4600
Legal Sea Foods
The Shrimp Classic
January 17th – February 13th 
Check out Legal Sea Foods’ shrimptacular feature menu, available January 17 – February 13. See here for more details.
Legal Sea Foods, 20 University Road, harvardsquare.com/events/shrimp-classic-legal-sea-foods, (617) 491-9400
Living Harmony 
Have you been imagining yourself more organized in 2019?  Would you like to reclaim your spaces and life for what matters most?  Then give Living Harmony, the Cambridge organizing company, a call today.  I’ll listen to your needs and see if I can help.
You instantly get 20% off your first organizing package by reaching out before 31 January. Just say the keyword “fresh.”
Living Harmony, 24 Harvey Street, harvardsquare.com/services/living-harmony-llc, 617-945-0704
(617) 491-3434