Indigenous People’s Day: Long Weekend Guide

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There is a lot going on in the area because it is beautiful out, it is Fall and school is back in session.  It is also Indigenous People’s day on Monday so the long weekend gives us all one more day to enjoy a fall getaway, an extra day at home chilling, or one more day to get those chores done.

Friday October 5th – Sunday, October 7th, 2018

This weekend is Oktoberfest in Harvard Square.  Head over there to see performances, eat tasty food and soak in the Harvard Square vibe. Stop into some old favourite haunts or new spots that just opened like Saloniki.  Pick up a cider slush (only at Harvard Square location) at Blackbird Donuts to enjoy with your vegan cider donut or totally not vegan pumpkin cheesecake donut.

Honk Festival is also this weekend.  Head out tonight to listen to a band, sing and clap along, dance a little or tomorrow sit by the side of the road on Mass Ave and watch the parade as it works its’ way from Davis Square to Harvard Square’s Oktoberfest. Starting, tonight families are invited to make lanterns for the lantern parade this evening.

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Saturday, October 6th

I recently attended a wonderful session put on by The Fresh Collective.  Food is a topic of importance and interest to me not only as someone who cooks and enjoys cooking, but also as someone who cares about what I feed my family and myself.  I think that people are beginning to pay more attention to food, so why not check out the Let’s Talk About Food Festival.  We have so much talent right in our backyard from chefs and farmers to professors and entrepreneurs. It is free and open to all from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at The Plaza, Harvard Science Center in Cambridge.

Take a day trip out of the city and check out Lavender Days at The Farm at SummitWynds.  If you want to plunge feet first into fall then head to the 15th Annual Cranberry Harvest in Wareham.

It is Brick or Treat season at Legoland Discovery Center Boston.  Every weekend in October is a party at Legoland at Assembly Row with spooky bricks in the build section, costume contests, photo ops and Lego trick or treating.  Master Model Builder Megan Amaral spent over 100 hours creating a 3 ½ foot pumpkin built out of 10,000 LEGO bricks which will be on display throughout the month of October.  How cool is that?!

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Sunday October 7th

Last call for Cisco Brewery’s Seaport pop up beer garden in the Seaport. There will be tacos, oysters, and live music to enjoy.  I’m a fan of the brews and the location is close to SheVillage which is worth checking out!


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The Boston Oyster Bash is a gathering of oysters, oyster-lovers, oyster farmers, and everything that pairs well with oysters at the Innovation and Design Building.  The Boston Oyster Bash promises oyster pairings like you’ve never seen before. The Official Pairing Committee has done the work of tasting oysters with all kinds of wines and spirits to make perfect matches

Oktoberfest at SoWa Boston is a family and pet friendly event with plenty of food trucks, beer and pretzels to enjoy.  If you’re feeling strong you can even enter the Stein Hoisting Competition.

Beer not  your thing?  Head to the Brunch Battle, which raises money for Community Servings a non-profit food & nutrition program dedicated to help those living with critical conditions in Massachusetts & Rhode Island.  This event is for 21+ and includes brunch samples from all the competitors:  Gather, Lulu’s, Brownstone, Row 34, Southern Proper, Metropolis, Towne Stove & Spirits, The Broadway and The Friendly Toast.

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Plan ahead and get your tickets now for upcoming events:

Local Crafts Spirits Festival features new up and coming distilleries and breweries and local makers of added value products, some before they are even on the market.

Massachusetts Cheese Festival  award-winning artisan cheesemakers will sample and discuss their products, and Pairing Partners will showcase culinary products to accompany all that wonderful local cheese.

Rock of Ages 10th anniversary production will you have you rocking on like it is 1980-something and your scrunchie wrapped ponytail is flapping in the wind as you ride down Sunset with the windows open.

HUBweek is where art, science and technology collide.  HUBweek has many sessions free and open to the public.  Visit the website and choose something that fits your schedule and interests you.  From lunch with robots to Parenting when Pot is Legal there is something for all interests.

Taste of WGBH Food and Wine Festival opens with a chef’s gala on Thursday, October 11th and continues with all kinds of tasty events.  The Artisan Taste on Saturday includes a pig roast, cooking demonstrations and tastings.  Sunday offers a Brunch Bar and an evening Food Fight with 20 chefs competing in 10 categories.

Blue Man Group’s Autism friendly performance will be October 21st.  In partnership with Yogibo there will be a comfortable lounge area near the theatre for a quiet break when needed.  The show is also modified to include adjusted sound and light levels at various moments.  There will also be foam earplugs available and the audience members will be in good company. Tickets for the autism-friendly performance are discounted with $5 from each ticket being donated to Autism Speaks. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit Blue Man or call 1.800.BLUEMAN.

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