The Harvard Square Business Association is excited to announce the 35th Annual MayFair. Come experience the sounds of Mexico as we celebrate Cinco de Mayo (+1) on May 6th (rain date, May 20th) from noon to 6pm! To commemorate this fete of Mexican culture and heritage, Mariachi music will be performed from our main stage (in the super cross walk in front on The Out of Town News Kiosk) all afternoon!
For 35 years, MayFair has been the official party to kickoff Spring in Harvard Square. In addition to the exuberant and colorful performances of our Mexican musicians, be sure to stop by the Passim stage at the corner of Brattle and Church Street for sets by some of the most highly esteemed folk artists in the area. Have the urge to dance in the streets? Make your way to the intersection of Mt. Auburn and JFK Streets to experience reggae performed by Harvard Square favorites, Dread Rocks.
Take in the sights of fleeting works of chalk art at our Cambridge Rotary sponsored ‘Chalk on the Walk’. Raise a glass in one of beer gardens, hosted by Beat Brasserie, The Hourly Oyster House, Alden & Harlow, The Sinclair and El Jefe’s Taqueria. Entertain the kids at the Victorian Children’s Play Area in Winthrop Park and on a trip of the event grounds aboard the Roaming Railroad. Shop at over 60 artisan booths, featuring affordable art, clothing, jewelry and more. Satisfy your hunger at one of our international food vendors – you’ll have over 50 food vendors to choose from. Take in a performance at our dance stage. There is no better place to usher in warmer temperatures than Harvard Square’s legendary MayFair!
MayFair Entertainment Schedule
Mariachi Main Stage – at the Super Crosswalk (Produced by Golden Bough Productions)
12pm - Mariachi Fiesta del Norte
1pm - Mariachi Veritas de Harvard
2pm - Mariachi Fiesta Del Norte
3pm - Veronica Robles
4pm - Mariachi Internacional de Boston
5pm - Veronica Robles
Passim Stage – at the intersection of Brattle Street and Church Streets (Produced by Matt Smith)
12pm - The Ladles - theladles.com
1pm - Ezekiel's Wheels - ewklezmer.com
2pm - Ruthless Moon - facebook.com/ruthlessmoonband/
3pm - Emerald Rae - emeraldrae.com
4pm - Lloyd Thayer - lloydthayer.com
5pm - Ali McGuirk - alisings.xyz
Dance Stage – on Mt. Auburn Street (Produced by Deborah Mason)
12:00 – 12:20 – CYDP Dance Company – cydp.org
12:20 – 12:30 – Stoneworks, Stonehill College Dance Company – stonehill.edu/academics/areas-of-study/vpa/dance
12:30 - 12:45 - BoSoma Dance Company - bosoma.org
12:45-1:00 - Yosi Karahashi Flamenco - flamencoyosi.com
1:00-1:15 - Pantos Project Dance - pantosprojectdance.com
1:15-1:30 - KAIROS Dance Theater - kairosdancetheater.wordpress.com
1:30-1:40 - Beantown Lockers - bostonlockers.net
1:40-1:50 - Dunleavy Boyle Bremer Academy of Irish Dance - dunleavyboylebremer.com
1:50 – 2:00 - CYDP Dance Company - cydp.org
2:00-2:15 - Subject:Matter - subjectmattertap.com
2:30-2:40 - Jonathan Burke - salsamasacote.com/jonathan-burke
2:40-2:50 - On Tap! - juliaontap.com
2:50-3:00 - Cambridge Rindge & Latin School
3:00-3:10 - Tribe The Dance Company - rainbowtribe.org
3:10-3:15 - Dance'N Feet - www.facebook.com/Dancen-Feet-138453379508089
3:15-3:30 - Expressive Movement - theexpressivemovement.com
3:30-3:45 – TBA
3:45-4:00 - Boston Tap Company thebostontapcompany.com
4:00-4:10 - Nozama Dance Collective nozamadancecollective.wordpress.com
4:10-4:15 - Kelley Donovan - kddcompany.wordpress.com
4:20-4:30 - Chhandika, Chhandam Institute of Kathak Dance - chhandika.org
4:30-4:40 - Boston Swing Central & Friends - bostonswingcentral.org
4:40-4:50 - Studio10Tap Valery Marcantonio - Studio10tap.com
4:50-5:00 - Triveni School of Dance - trivenidance.org
5:10-5:20 - Trend N Motion - facebook.com/iRepTrendStream
5:20-5:30 - Boston Community Dance Project - facebook.com/BCDPArtistry
Mt. Auburn/JFK Street Stage (Adjacent to the El Jefe Beer Garden)
12pm – 1:30pm Immutable is an irreverent vocal band covering an eclectic mix of pop tunes and deep cuts from the 50s to the present. They have been proud to perform at street festivals (Somerville's Porchfest), charitable events (The AIDS walk), vocal showcases (WERS's All A Cappella Live), local venues (The Landsdowne Pub), and private functions all over the Boston area.
1:30pm – 4:00pm True to the spirit of roots reggae music, Dread Rocks (dreadrocksreggae.com), with their fresh brand of reggae, will move and groove the afternoon away.
Cambridge Historical Tours will provide activities and fun for kids of all ages in the Victorian Children's Garden (aka Winthrop Park). Costumed hosts will play along with you on croquet courts, cornhole, sidewalk chalk, finger paint, flower crowns, our Story Corner, and our favorite: the dress up booth! Try on hats from several centuries, or get a sweet reward for winning a game against our staff, as guides knock off from doing tours for the day to spend it with the Harvard Square Community.
Every hour on the hour from 12:00pm-4:00pm, at our Story Corner: Ten Minute Tales of History from Cambridge
12:00pm The story of George Washington in Cambridge
1:00pm The story of Harvard dropout Robert Gould Shaw
2:00pm The story of the John Hicks House and Israel Putnam
3:00pm The story of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, his amazing poems, and tragic loss
4:00pm The story of John Webster, the Harvard professor who murdered George Parkman (1849)
Wellbridge Athletic Club Bootcamp – Palmer Street
Join some of Wellbridge Athletic Club’s finest instructors and challenge yourself with this bootcamp opportunity! Jump, push, pull, squat and lunge your way into a happy endorphin rush with some of Harvard Squares finest folks. You’ll find them on Palmer Street, at 12:30pm and again at 1:15pm.
Come check them out and see why they are Harvard Squares top fitness location!
Park Sounds Boston 2018 Season Kick-off Stage – Winthrop Park
5pm – 10pm
Sponsored by Otter Creek Brewing Company, Grendel's Den Restaurant & Bar, The Red House and Charlie's Kitchen. Park-side dining and beverages near the stage available at Grendel's Den Restaurant & Bar.