Crew Edition: Weekend Guide

This weekend is the world famous Head of the Charles Regatta.  It should be a perfect weekend for it, unlike that one year when it rained so hard they actually had to cancel it.  The scenery is just at it’s prime with the beautiful leaves.  Take a walk away from the Charles and for a stroll through the neighbourhoods or around Fresh Pond to really take it all in.  Then head back to the Charles to cheer on crew teams from around the world.

Of course, while you’re in Cambridge you may want to take in some sights and bites.  Here are a few suggestions.


10/22-10/24 (Cambridge) 52nd Head of the Charles Regatta. Raise Your Oars at a benefit for Community Rowing Inc. tonight, Friday, at the Lenox Hotel Hospitality tent.  There will be a VIP meet & greet with Olympians.  Sip on champagne and slurp up oysters, as you raise your oar at the live auction with items graciously donated by Head Of The Charles Sponsors and local organizations. This year will also include the inaugural Community Impact Award, presented by New Balance, which honors an individual achieving excellence in the sport of rowing and giving back to the New England Community. ($75 -$250)

Spend an Evening on the Charles Evening on the Charles presented by Chloé with dancing and drinks at the AttagerRow Main tent. ($50)

As for the races themselves, a full schedule can be found here and racing runs from 8AM-5PM on both Saturday and Sunday, October 22 & 23, 2016.

10/22 Fall Fair 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Cambridge) If you have little ones, head over to the Parent’s Nursery School Fall Fair. Enjoy live music, a puppet show, games, crafts, and delicious treats from the bake sale. A special visit from Boston’s Fresh Truck, a former school bus that has been transformed into a mobile produce market and interactive food education space, will be stopping by too! (Free)

10/22 Arsenal Project Natural Science Saturday 1:00 to 3:00p.m. (Watertown).  Children of all ages with their guardian can learn about The Creepy Side of Nature.

10/22 Trick or Treat at The Street  1:00 to 4:00 p.m. (Chestnut Hill) Gone are the days when Halloween is just one night, and if you have little ones it is a great alternative.  The Street is not too big and not too small so you can enjoy Trick-or-Treat stops from Showcase SuperLux to Star Market and everywhere in between! There will be : Face Painting with Art on The Spot, the POSE Photo Booth Fun + Pumpkin Patch, a Josh and The Jamtones Concert on The Green at 2 p.m and a Pooch Parade & Canine Costume Contest with Polkadog Bakery on The Green at 3 p.m.

10/22 Sing your hear out at Lift 200 Voices in Celebration 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. (Boston) Head to the Old South Church in Boston sing or listen.  This is a choral festival celebrating 200 years of Boston’s City Mission, featuring Donnell L. Patterson, Festival Choir Director, with Boston Children’s Chorus and community and church choirs from the Boston area, including Old South Church’s own Gospel Choir.  All are invited to participate in the mass choir. As a singer, your day will include a morning rehearsal, free time in Copley Square for lunch, and an afternoon rehearsal and concert. To participate, email OSC Gospel Choir Director and 200 Voices Committee Chair Tim Harbold at tharbold@wheatonma.edu. ($25+ suggested donation for audience members. $15+ suggested donation for participating singers.)

10/22 Tanzania Bitings 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. (Somerville) Step behind the camera of local photographer, Ken Rivard and see what this artist sees at the opening of the new photography show, Tanzania Bitings. See the new work, meet the artist and enjoy wine and Hors d’Oeuvres by Saloniki Greek, a restaurant opened and owned by Rivard’s wife, chef Jody Adams.


10/23 Pumpkin Carving ‘n Pints (Somerville) Aeronaut Brewing Co ($0-$100)

10/23 Fall Pumpkin Float (Boston) Frog Pond (free). Bring a carved pumpkin to float at the annual Fall pumpkin float.  The event features a haunted zombie maze, selfie booth, bubbles and all sorts of family fun.

10/23 Pumpkinfest (Brookline) Lincoln School Pumpkinfest at the Lincoln School in Brookline promises to be a day of family fun with everything from a Japanese tea ceremony to Gym Games, a spooky space and much more.

10/23 Forced from Home (Boston) Forced from Home is an interactive outdoor exhibit designed to raise awareness about the global refugee crises.  It includes a 360 degree video inside a 30 ft diameter dome that transports the audience to Tanzania, Lebanon, South Sudan and other places. (Free- Registration in advance is best.)

10/23 Epicenter Experience – Kid’s Creativity Challenge 10:00 – 12:30 p.m.(Boston) Converse is inviting children ages 6-17 to The Bus on Seaport Green.  Each family will get a single shoe and the materials to create a design on it.  Designers from Converse will select their three favourite designs.  Those selected will get to visit the Converse World Headquarters in Boston and customize their own pair to wear.  (Free)

If you’re looking for tasty food this weekend then check out @Ohbabyboston on Instagram.  Scroll through the feed and click on anything that looks tasty to you. Then get some for yourself.

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