Party Earth Review Located in the center of Cambridge, Harvard Square is a fun and happening area with a past that draws tourists and local history buffs alike. The spot in which Washington took control of the Continental Army, and the home... ... read full review
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36th Annual Harvard Square Oktoberfest
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Located in the center of Cambridge, Harvard Square is a fun and happening area with a past that draws tourists and local history buffs alike.
The spot in which Washington took control of the Continental Army, and the home of Harvard University, the nation’s oldest college, nowadays the Square is more of a commercial and cultural center featuring big-brand shopping outlets like American Apparel and Aldo, as well as a plethora of coffee shops, bookstores, and public art installations.
Casual hangouts like Grendel's Den, Charlie’s Kitchen, and Temple Bar draw hordes of thirsty Harvard students, while young professionals and shoppers stop in for quaint upscale fare at Upstairs on the Square (91 Winthrop Street) or politically-themed burgers at Mr. Barley’s Burger Cottage (1246 Massachusetts Avenue).
No slouch when it comes to special events, the Square is the site of numerous block parties and festivals like MayFair – an annual event that brings out bands, street vendors, and artists – as well as a daily parade of musicians, painters, and street performers.
There’s also no shortage of cultural attractions, including the renowned folk music venue Club Passim (47 Palmer Street), which has hosted everyone from Bruce Springsteen to Joan Baez; Brattle Theater (40 Brattle Street) and its mix of independent and foreign films; American Repertory Theater (64 Brattle Street) and its roster of new plays and revivals; and all the offerings of Harvard University, from lectures to the Hasty Pudding Theatrical Group and their infamous and irreverent “Man/Woman of the Year” roasts.
Loaded with good times and fascinating history, Harvard Square is definitely a don’t-miss destination for locals and visitors alike.
Check out the annual HONK! Festival during the second weekend of October, when groups ranging from New Orleans-style brass bands to klezmer bands take to the streets from Davis to Harvard Square. It’s a one-of-a-kind experience, and the music is sure to get your feet moving no matter the style.
Writers, creative young professionals, Harvard students, tourists, hippies, affluent Cambridge residents, and young punks, early 20s to late 30s+.
The square hosts dozens of annual events, street festivals, and parties throughout the year, including the MayFair Festival, Oktoberfest, Cinco de Mayo, the Cambridge River Festival in June, and the HONK! Festival in October.
Food options include everything from upscale restaurants to street vendors.
The place tends to be crowded with tourists on Saturday and Sunday days, while weekdays and weeknights draw a good crowd of students passing through for dinner and drinks.
The seasonal Harvard campus tour leaves from the center of the square and offers a peek into the oldest American university.