Harvard Square Business Association 2015 Calendar of Events




Harvard Square’s 7th Annual Winter Carnival – January 9th through March 8th

January 9 - 11                    

Kick off of Winter Carnival commencing with the Boston Celtic Music Festival at Passim.

January 19                          

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Events

January 23 – 25                  

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

January 29                          

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

January 31                          

7th Annual “Some Like it Hot – Chili Cook-off” from 1pm – 2:30pm (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!  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 1                          

Super Bowl Sunday – events in Harvard Square restaurants and clubs. Details coming soon.

February 6                          

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 13 – 15              

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 many of our cultural icons.

February 22                        

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 at hit!


Women’s History Month

March 8                                

Chinese New Year – come celebrate Chinese New Year in Harvard Square!  2015 is the year of the Goat and the 60th Anniversary of the Hong Kong Restaurant.  As usual, Massachusetts Avenue from the Hong Kong to Yenching will be festooned with red and gold lanterns hanging from our wrought iron lampposts as we prepare for a grand Chinese New Year procession through Harvard Square and our cultural “Open House” at the Hong Kong!

March 1 – 6                        

Winter Dine Out Week

March 8 – 13                      

Winter Dine Out Week

March 17                              

Harvard-Go-Bragh events.  Join us in Harvard Square as we celebrate our Irish Cultural Heritage!  Check back for more information about restaurant and cultural events.


April 17 - 26                        

The 8th Annual Cambridge Science Festival – Harvard Square is full of scientific surprises!  Check back for more details.

April 18                                

8th Annual Bookish Ball & Shakespeare’s Birthday Celebration!  Please join us for bookstore strolls, music, dancing, performances and birthday cake!  

April 30 – May 3                

The 23rd Annual Harvard Arts First Festival – Join hundreds of Harvard undergraduates, graduates and faculty in Harvard’s annual celebration of the arts!


May 3                                    

The 32nd Annual Mayfair and Cinco de Mayo Celebration featuring 4 stages of live entertainment, dozens of restaurant vendors, hundreds of street vendors selling artwork, jewelry, vintage clothing, and Bric-a-brac.  And don’t miss the Rotary Club of Cambridge’s Annual Chalk on the Walk!  From noon – 6pm.  Rain date, Sunday, May 17th.

May 5                                    

Cinco de Mayo 

May 10

Tory Row 5K Road Race                                 

Mother’s Day

May 28                                  

364th Harvard Commencement 


June 1                                    

Harvard Square’s Annual Patios in Bloom Kickoff.  Come celebrate as we officially open patio season with the installation of our Victorian flower baskets.

June 5 – 14                          

Gay Pride

June 6                                 

Cambridge Riverfest

 June 13                            

 Jose Mateo’s Dance for World Community Festival.

 June 20                                

8th Annual Fete de la Musique / Make Music Harvard Square – a Square-wide musical celebration held in every nook and cranny, park and street and patio throughout the day and evening.June 21                                

June 21

Father’s Day


July 24                                  

2nd Annual Salsa Squared – Salsa food and dancing on Deguglielmo Plaza (in front of Brattle Florist – 31 Brattle Street).


August 16 - 21 & 23 - 28                          

Summer Dine Out Boston Weeks


4th Annual Revival Month

September 20                    

12th Annual Riversing, presented by the Revels.  Details coming soon


October 11                          

37th Annual Oktoberfest and HONK! Parade features 6 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!  Rain date, Monday, October 12th.

October 17 – 18                

51st 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 30 – Nov. 1        

Harvard Scare!  Spooky and fun activities throughout the Square.  Check back for updates.


7th Annual Folk Music Month

November 21                      

132nd Harvard / Yale Game at Yale

November 26                      


November 27                      

Kick off the holiday season with Plaid and Black Friday events.  

November 28                      

Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Charles Hotel



December 12                      

9th Annual “Everyone Loves Latkes” Party!  From 1:00pm – 2:30pm, featuring the most delicious, creative and best looking latkes and condiments around, all supplied by Harvard Square eateries.

December 18 – 20            

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