Summer Concerts @ Kendall Square
It’s lunchtime on a Thursday and you’re a few minutes away from Kendall Square in Cambridge. The sun is out, it’s a beautiful early summer day, and your options are endless. You could steal away 45 minutes pounding beers at a local bar, pick up some tapas at an area joint, or pack a bowl and meander over to the Square for some fresh food trucks, farmer’s market, and live music. This Thursday offers up Dashina, a world music trio from Berklee. Did we mention Berklee will be booking the music all summer long?
Kendall Square. 300 Athenaeum St., Cambridge. Noon/all ages/FREE. berklee.edu
Spiders Alive! @ Museum of Science
With so many choices come Friday, the opportunity to impress a first date or a seasoned partner is either too easy or really fucking hard. That’s where we come in. Since everyone loves spiders, may we suggest an exhibit dedicated to… SPIDERS?! In partnership with the American Museum of Natural History, New York, the Museum of Science’s Spiders Alive! is sure to make your skin crawl, your arm hair stand on edge, and you might even get that feeling that something is on you crawling, under your jeans, and your shirt… excited yet?
Irish Sessions @ The Druid
One of our favorite small but big-hearted watering holes in Cambridge is the Druid. Tucked between foodie destinations and quirky neighborhood shops lies one of the coolest, most authentic pubs around. One of the weekly treats is its Irish Sessions on Saturday. The room caters to the live music and personal feel of the setting, and if you’re willing and able, there’s always room for one more, either at the bar or with instrument in hand in the heart of the session.
The Druid. 1357 Cambridge St., Cambridge. 4pm/21+/FREE. druidpub.com
EURO 2016 Quarterfinals @ The Rising Bar
No one expected Iceland to be in the mix come quarterfinals, and yet here they are playing France, in France, for a chance at history and glory for the underdog everywhere. Fresh off its win against England, the narrative has been all about the fact that 10 percent of the entire country has been at each of their games thus far. But the real story is that in a world of European soccer dominated by the same European teams, Iceland is a fresh and welcome face. So keeping with our weekend theme of Inman Square, catch the game at one of the best new places to watch sports in the area.
The Rising Bar. 1172 Cambridge St., Cambridge. 3pm/all ages/FREE. therisingbar.com
Boston’s 4th of July @ the Esplanade
What’s better than spending the Fourth of July with a few hundred thousand—maybe a million—friends and family along the Charles River? Everything. The place is jammed with pickpockets, pervs, weird tourists, and every imaginable lost child candidate this side of Craigville Beach. But hey, it’s America Fuck Yeah time, and you happen to live in the hub of this shit storm, so get on your bike or take a sweaty Red Line ride to Charles Street where you’ll be greeted by cheap trinkets and assholes from every state in the Union.
Boston’s 4th of July. The Esplanade, Boston. 9am/all ages/FREE. july4th.org
Copenhagen Wheel @ Superpedestrian
Say what you will about those crazed drug addicts at MIT, but they come up with some amazing ideas and inventions when they’re not making/dropping acid. One of those happens to be the very cool Copenhagen Wheel, which is not quite a smart bike and not quite an electric bike, but somewhere in between. Or both. Or neither! The wheel responds to your riding and organically adjusts to improve your experience. It’s short money, you get 30 miles on a charge and all they ask is that you give them honest feedback. Albert Hofmann would be proud!
Superpedestrian. 84 Hamilton St., Cambridge. 9am/all ages/$15. superpedestrian.com