EVENTS IN CAMBRIDGE - BOSTON

Explore Enjoyable, Year-Round Activities Near Porter Square Hotel

Any stay at Porter Square Hotel is infused with the attitudes and energy of Cambridge, Boston and beyond. No matter what time of year you visit, you’ll have your choice of events and activities, many of which are a short ride away. Just check in, drop your bags and hit the town.  

  • New Year's Eve Tours

    Get ready to celebrate Boston's famed First Night festivities with a stop at Otis House. Enjoy a tour of the 1796 house…
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  • Aeronaut Trivia Tuesday

    Tuesday means trivia, so leave your B-team at home, grab your nerdiest beer-loving friends and get ready to get weird and…
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  • BU Astronomical Observatory

    The Public Open Night at the Observatory is a chance for people to come observe the night sky through telescopes and binoculars…
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  • Rad Castle

    Need something to look forward to on Mondays? Rad Castle at ZuZu (one of the Middle East venues) brings the best in local…
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  • Hub on the Run

    Hub on the Run is a fun running tour of our city that will take place every Saturday at 10:30am.  The run tour will…
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  • Bach Christmas

    The Handel and Haydn Society presents Bach Christmas on Thursday, December 17 at 7.30pm and Sunday, December 20 at 3pm. …
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  • Once

    Winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards including BEST MUSICAL, ONCE is a truly original Broadway experience. Featuring an impressive…
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  • PhotoWalks Back Bay Tour

    A PhotoWalks tour experience will teach you how to see creatively and take amazing pictures in less than 2 hours. And,…
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  • Holiday Pops Concert

    Join the Boston Pops and conductor Keith Lockhart, celebrating his 20th anniversary with the orchestra, in a performance…
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  • MIT Social Swing Dance and Lesson

    Join the MIT Lindy Hop Society every Wednesday for a dance lesson and social swing dance!  Lindy Hop is the original…
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  • Science and Cooking 2015 Lecture Series

    Members of the public will have the opportunity to learn about the scientific side of the culinary arts during the 2015…
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  • Free Thursdays at the ICA

    Every Thursday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., general admission to the Institute of Contemporary Art is free.  -  The Institute…
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  • Elf The Broadway Musical

    ELF The Musical is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and…
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    Science of the Magical

    Public lecture and book signing with  Matt Kaplan, Author and Science Correspondent, The Economist Can bird migrations…
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  • Rarest of the Rare: Behind the Treasures at the Harvard Museum of Natural History

    Panel discussion and book signing James Hanken, Professor of Biology, Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology,…
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    New England Rocks!

    Explore rocks and minerals found here in New England and across North America. Learn how North America was formed and has…
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  • Rarest of the Rare: Behind the Treasures at the Harvard Museum of Natural History

    11/12/2015
    Panel discussion and book signing James Hanken, Professor of Biology, Department of Organismic and…
  • Guest Bathroom Shower

    New England Rocks!

    11/15/2015
    Explore rocks and minerals found here in New England and across North America. Learn how North America…
  • Elf The Broadway Musical

    12/01/2015
    ELF The Musical is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s…
  • Free Thursdays at the ICA

    12/03/2015
    Every Thursday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., general admission to the Institute of Contemporary Art is free. …
  • Queen Suite Living Room

    Science of the Magical

    12/05/2015
    Public lecture and book signing with  Matt Kaplan, Author and Science Correspondent, The Economist…
  • Science and Cooking 2015 Lecture Series

    12/07/2015
    Members of the public will have the opportunity to learn about the scientific side of the culinary…
  • MIT Social Swing Dance and Lesson

    12/09/2015
    Join the MIT Lindy Hop Society every Wednesday for a dance lesson and social swing dance!  Lindy…
  • Holiday Pops Concert

    12/11/2015
    Join the Boston Pops and conductor Keith Lockhart, celebrating his 20th anniversary with the orchestra,…
  • PhotoWalks Back Bay Tour

    12/13/2015
    A PhotoWalks tour experience will teach you how to see creatively and take amazing pictures in less…
  • Once

    12/15/2015
    Winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards including BEST MUSICAL, ONCE is a truly original Broadway experience.…
  • Bach Christmas

    12/17/2015
    The Handel and Haydn Society presents Bach Christmas on Thursday, December 17 at 7.30pm and Sunday,…
  • Hub on the Run

    12/19/2015
    Hub on the Run is a fun running tour of our city that will take place every Saturday at 10:30am.  …
  • Rad Castle

    12/21/2015
    Need something to look forward to on Mondays? Rad Castle at ZuZu (one of the Middle East venues) brings…
  • BU Astronomical Observatory

    12/23/2015
    The Public Open Night at the Observatory is a chance for people to come observe the night sky through…
  • Aeronaut Trivia Tuesday

    12/29/2015
    Tuesday means trivia, so leave your B-team at home, grab your nerdiest beer-loving friends and get ready…
  • New Year's Eve Tours

    12/31/2015
    Get ready to celebrate Boston's famed First Night festivities with a stop at Otis House. Enjoy a tour…
  • Rarest of the Rare: Behind the Treasures at the Harvard Museum of Natural History

    11/12/2015

    Panel discussion and book signing James Hanken, Professor of Biology, Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Curator in Herpetology; Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology; and Director, Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University, Nancy Pick, Science Writer and Editor, Donald Pfister, Asa Gray Professor of Systematic Botany and Curator of the Farlow Library and Herbarium, Harvard University, and Raquel Alonso Perez, Curator, Harvard Mineralogical & Geological Museum

     

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  • New England Rocks!

    11/15/2015

    Explore rocks and minerals found here in New England and across North America. Learn how North America was formed and has changed over the past 600 million years through hands-on activities and segments from the new NOVA-WGBH series, Making North America. Bring your own rock or mineral specimen to be identified by members of the Boston Mineral Club and learn how to create a collection of your own.

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  • Elf The Broadway Musical

    12/01/2015

    ELF The Musical is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. 

    Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity, and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. This modern day Christmas classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner ELF.

    When:
    Tuesday, Dec 01, 2015 7:00p - 
    9:00p

    Where:
    Citi Performing Arts Center, Wang Theatre 
    270 Tremont Street 
    BostonMA 02116

    Admission:
    $35-12

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  • Free Thursdays at the ICA

    12/03/2015

    Every Thursday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., general admission to the Institute of Contemporary Art is free. 


    The Institute of Contemporary Art strives to share the pleasures of reflection, inspiration, provocation, and imagination that contemporary art offers through public access to art, artists, and the creative process.

     

    When:
    Thursday, Dec 03, 2015 5:00p - 
    9:00p

    Where:
    Institute of Contemporary Art 
    100 Northern Avenue 
    BostonMA 02210

    Admission:
    FREE

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  • Science of the Magical

    12/05/2015

    Public lecture and book signing with Matt Kaplan, Author and Science Correspondent, The Economist

    Can bird migrations foretell the future? Do phases of the moon hold sway over our lives? Are there sacred springs with curative powers? What is the best way to brew a love potion? In this interdisciplinary talk filled with tales of adventure, science journalist Matt Kaplan, author of The Science of Monsters and Science of the Magical, will explore the rich, lively, and surprising reality behind some of the magical objects, places, and ideas that infuse ancient and modern myths.

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  • Science and Cooking 2015 Lecture Series

    12/07/2015

    Members of the public will have the opportunity to learn about the scientific side of the culinary arts during the 2015 Science and Cooking public lecture series. The popular lecture series pairs Harvard professors with celebrated food experts and renowned chefs to showcase the science behind different culinary techniques. 

    Now in its sixth year, the series is organized by Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS). 

    The public lectures are based on the Harvard course “Science and Cooking: From Haute Cuisine to the Science of Soft Matter,” but do not replicate course content. 

    All talks will take place in the Harvard Science Center (1 Oxford St., Cambridge, Mass., Hall C) and begin at 7 p.m., unless otherwise noted 

    Each presentation will begin with a 15-minute lecture by a faculty member from the Harvard course, which will discuss one of the scientific topics from that week’s class. Seating for all lectures is first come, first seated 

    If you have questions regarding the public lecture series, please contactscience_cooking@seas.harvard.edu

    When:
    Monday, Dec 07, 2015 7:00p - 
    8:00p

    Where:
    Harvard Science Center, Hall C 
    1 Oxford St 
    CambridgeMA 02138

    Admission:
    FREE

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    Science Center Lecture Hall C, 7 p.m. 
    *Tom Colicchio, (@tomcolicchio), “Top Chef” judge and chef/owner, Craft Hospitality 
    *Mei Lin, (@meilin21), “Top Chef” season 12 winner 
    *Gail Simmons, (@gailsimmons), “Top Chef” judge, culinary expert, and Food & Wine magazine Special Projects Director

  • MIT Social Swing Dance and Lesson

    12/09/2015

    Join the MIT Lindy Hop Society every Wednesday for a dance lesson and social swing dance! 

    Lindy Hop is the original form of swing, which originated in the 1920's. Lindy Hop is still thriving, and vibrant dance scenes exist in nearly every major city in the US. We dance to a wide variety of music ranging from traditional swing to blues to hip-hop. Our group is all-inclusive and looks forward to seeing you (yes you) at our next event! 

    Schedule: 
    7:30-9:00 Beginner Dance Lesson (Styles vary, typically swing related) 
    9:00-11:30 Social Dance 

    Location: 
    MIT Campus (room changes frequently, for latest info, check mit.edu/swing) 

    Beginners are welcome and encouraged. Partner is NOT necessary. 

    When:
    Wednesday, Dec 09, 2015 7:30p - 
    11:30p

    Where:
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology 
    77 Massachusetts Avenue 
    Cambridgema 02139

    Admission:
    FREE

     

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  • Holiday Pops Concert

    12/11/2015

    Join the Boston Pops and conductor Keith Lockhart, celebrating his 20th anniversary with the orchestra, in a performance filled with holiday music favorites, the traditional Pops sing-a-long, and even a visit from jolly old Santa Claus. 

    A New England Christmastime tradition, the Boston Pops Holiday concerts began under Arthur Fiedler in 1973 with a three-concert series at Symphony Hall. Since then, public demand for the performances has grown, with many of the concerts continuing to sell out each year, and the orchestra makes annual regional tours throughout the Northeast.

    When:
    Friday, Dec 11, 2015 4:00p - 
    6:00p

    Where:
    Symphony Hall 
    301 Massachusetts Avenue 
    BostonMA 02115

    Admission:
    $31-139

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  • PhotoWalks Back Bay Tour

    12/13/2015

    A PhotoWalks tour experience will teach you how to see creatively and take amazing pictures in less than 2 hours. And, there's plenty of fascinating historical commentary along the way. 

    Copley Square is home to Boston’s iconic architectural landmarks, while Commonwealth Avenue is lined with grand 19th century brownstones. Capture stunning images of the limitless photo opportunities in Back Bay. 

    Adults: $40 | Youth (10-17): $20 All ages and skill levels welcome. Advance reservations required. 

    The PhotoWalks Guide to Creative Photography is included in the tour price. This valuable e-booklet provides precise information on maximizing your photography skills and user-friendly explanations of camera settings. 

    Schedule: Sunday @ 10:00am and occasional Fridays. **Tour dates/time subject to change on occasion. Please check calendar for accuracy. Space is limited for a more personalized experience. 

    Duration: 90 minutes. 

    When:
    Sunday, Dec 13, 2015 10:00a - 
    11:30a

    Where:
    Boston Public Library 
    Dartmouth Street 
    BostonMA 02116

    Admission:
    $40

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  • Once

    12/15/2015

    Winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards including BEST MUSICAL, ONCE is a truly original Broadway experience. Featuring an impressive ensemble of actor/musicians who play their own instruments onstage, ONCE tells the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician who's about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs.

    When:
    Tuesday, Dec 15, 2015 7:30p - 
    9:30p

    Where:
    Citi Performing Arts Center, Shubert Theatre 
    265 Tremont Street 
    BostonMA 02116

    Admission:
    $48+

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  • Bach Christmas

    12/17/2015

    The Handel and Haydn Society presents Bach Christmas on Thursday, December 17 at 7.30pm and Sunday, December 20 at 3pm. 

    “The chorus’s sumptuous tone and right-on tuning was a delight to the ear,” declared Boston Classical Review of the 2014 Bach Christmas program. This year, Laurence Cummings and the H+H Chorus celebrate the season with a trio of Bach holiday cantatas, including the beloved Sleepers Awake. 

    Bach: Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf 
    Bach: Cantata 36, Schwingt freudig euch empor 
    Bach: Cantata 133, Ich freue mich in dir 
    Bach: Cantata 140, Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme

    When:
    Thursday, Dec 17, 2015 7:30p - 
    9:30p

    Where:
    NEC's Jordan Hall 
    290 Huntington Ave 
    BostonMA 02115

    Admission:
    $Starts at $27

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  • Hub on the Run

    12/19/2015

    Hub on the Run is a fun running tour of our city that will take place every Saturday at 10:30am. 

    The run tour will be loosely structured - it's designed to give you a chance to get a fun run and see some sights. Arrive here at RunBase by 10:30 this Saturday ready to run and have fun! Lockers and showers are available at RunBase free of charge.

    When:

    Saturday, Feb 20, 2016 10:30a - 
    12:00p

    Where:
    Boston Marathon adidas RunBase 
    855 Boylston St. 
    BostonMA 02116

    Admission:
    FREE

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  • Rad Castle

    12/21/2015

    Need something to look forward to on Mondays? Rad Castle at ZuZu (one of the Middle East venues) brings the best in local music to Central Square every Monday. 

    Even better? It's FREE. 

    Check the venue's website for band lineups. 

    Music starts at 10 p.m. 

    21+ 

    When:
    Monday, Dec 21, 2015 10:00p - 
    Tuesday, Dec 22, 2015 1:00a

    Where:
    ZuZu Bar 
    474 Massachusetts Ave 
    CambridgeMA 02139

    Admission:
    FREE

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  • BU Astronomical Observatory

    12/23/2015

    The Public Open Night at the Observatory is a chance for people to come observe the night sky through telescopes and binoculars and see things they otherwise might not get to see, and learn some astronomy as well. The Open Nights are held most Wednesday evenings throughout the year, weather permitting. 

    It is open to everyone. Starting times are 8:30pm during the spring and summer, and 7:30pm during the fall and winter. The program lasts about an hour. 
    Weather 

    The weather is always a factor when observing. Unfortunately we can’t control the weather and we can’t observe when there are clouds, haze, or rain; so when the weather is bad, the Open Night will be canceled. Predicting the weather in New England isn’t easy, so we won’t know if the Open Night will be held or not until the day of the program. To find out if the Open Night will be held, call our information number at 617-353-2630, no earlier than two hours before the scheduled starting time. This lets us make the decision as late as possible while still giving those who live farther away time to get here. 

    Remember, it gets very cold in Boston in the winter and the telescopes are outside, so dress warmly. 
    Location 

    The Public Open Night is held at the Coit Observatory at Boston University. We are located at 725 Commonwealth Ave. in Boston, right above the Astronomy Department. The stairwell to the Observatory is on the fifth floor right next to room 520. 

    Unfortunately, there is no disabled access to the Observatory. 
    Information

    When:
    Wednesday, Dec 23, 2015 8:30p - 
    9:30p

    Where:
    Coit Observatory at Boston University 
    725 Commonwealth Ave 
    BostonMA

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  • Aeronaut Trivia Tuesday

    12/29/2015

    Tuesday means trivia, so leave your B-team at home, grab your nerdiest beer-loving friends and get ready to get weird and show off all the useless information you know! 

    Our trivia is 100% independent and hosted by our favorite regulars, staff members, and volunteers, so we promise it'll be new and different every week! 

    (And yes, we're a bunch of PhD dropouts, but we promise not to ask you too many math questions.) 

    Taproom opens at 5pm, trivia starts at 8pm! We recommend coming early to grab a table.

    When:
    Tuesday, Dec 29, 2015 8:00p - 
    11:00p

    Where:
    Aeronaut Brewing Company 
    14 Tyler Street 
    SomervilleMA

    Admission:
    FREE

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  • New Year's Eve Tours

    12/31/2015

    Get ready to celebrate Boston's famed First Night festivities with a stop at Otis House. Enjoy a tour of the 1796 house on Beacon Hill and explore the elegant life of one of Boston's leading families. No one in Boston threw a better party than Harry and Sally Otis. Discover how the Otises lived and entertained at the turn of the nineteenth century. Tours every half-hour. 

    When:
    Thursday, Dec 31, 2015 11:00a - 
    5:00p

    Where:
    Historic New England 
    141 Cambridge Street 
    BostonMA 02114

    Admission:
    FREE

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