A Frenzy of Fall Festivities

With Labor Day behind us, summer winds subside and that means a chance to indulge your autumnal hankerings.  Fun events and festivals will fill up your fall calendar as Applefests, Oktoberfests, the Kendall Square Eatup, and the 50th anniversary of the Head of the Charles Regatta all arrive in and around the Hub.  Want the details?  We've got you covered.

Samuel Adams and Harpoon, our favorite local breweries, produce some of the best Octoberfest brews in all the land.  If you attended Boston Calling you probably enjoyed a couple Sam Octobers.  And if you want to check out an Octoberfest celebration barrel-aged 25 years then head to Harpoon Brewery October 3-4 for a two day festival featuring Harvest brews and bratwursts along with some oompah music (apparently very popular in Germany's Alpine region).  The annual Harpoon Octoberfest dates back to 1990 and this year they will celebrate their 25th birthday in style!

Head to Somerville the very next weekend, October 10-12, for the return of the HONK! Festival.  A boisterous affair indeed, HONK! is a mobile collection of acoustic brass bands promoting fun times, activism, and awareness.  On October 12 the HONK! Festival makes its way from Davis Square to Harvard Square and culminates in the 36th Annual Harvard Square Oktoberfest, an eclectic mix of beer gardens, arts and crafts, vintage goods, international cuisine, and of course plenty of family-friendly activities.  The Harvard Square Oktoberfest marks the end of three consecutive Sundays of Oktoberfest celebrations in the Cambridge/Somerville area, with Davis Square and Kendall Square hosting September 28 and October 5, respectively.  What a time it will be! The leaves will be turning, the Pats will be playing, and the brews will be flowing. 

The Kendall Square Association is excited to host the first ever Kendall Square EatUp on the evening of Wednesday, October 15.  The EatUp occurs at The Atrium @ 100 Technology Square and features two dozen restaurants including EVOO, KIKA, Legal Sea Foods, Commonwealth Cambridge, ArtBar, The Blue Room, and Amelia's Trattoria. Kendall Square innovation goes beyond technology and life sciences so come stimulate your taste buds with this culinary cluster.  The evening will include great music, local brews, and wine distributors all on hand!

If you prefer a family-friendly festival then head to Wachusett Mountain the following weekend, October 18-19, for their 31st Annual Applefest.  A bona fide Mountain Barbeque, Applefest includes crafts fair and farmers' market booths, scenic sky rides with spectacular foliage, magicians and pony rides, all happening alongside an Oktoberfest celebration with German cuisine and savory beers.  Highlights of the festival include blueberry and apple eating pie contests.

And that same weekend, the famous Head of the Charles Regatta celebrates its 50th Anniversary.   The world's largest two-day rowing competition, the Head of the Charles attracts the best crew teams in the world and over 400,000 spectators flock to the banks of the Charles River to experience this fall tradition.  For optimal viewing check the HOCR homepage and make sure to stop by the Weld Exhibition and Reunion Village for good eats and great viewing. 

That's a busy lineup of fall festivals and events:  Oktoberfests galore, lots of good food and music, and a world-renowned race on the beautiful Charles River.  You'll be tuckered out by the end of it all.  Why not wrap it up with a night at The Inn at Hastings Park, which hosts an Oktoberfest Dinner on October 22 with delicious beers from Allagash Brewing Company.  Stay the night and relax.  After a frenzy of fall festivities, a good night sleep will be just what the doctor ordered.  

 

September - October 2014 Festival Calendar

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

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29

30

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2

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4

Davis Square Oktoberfest

 

 

 

 

Harpoon Octoberfest

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

Kendall Square Oktoberfest

 

 

 

 

HONK! Festival

12

13

14

15

16

17

18

36th Annual Harvard Square Oktoberfest & HONK! Festival

 

 

Kendall Square Eatup

 

Head of the Charles Regatta

 

31st Annual Applefest

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22

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Head of the Charles Regatta

 

 

Oktoberfest Dinner

 

 

 

 

 Applefest

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28

29

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Halloween