Summer in the City

Red Yarn performs during Cambridge Arts Summer In The City series on July 6, 2017.

Each summer, Cambridge parks come alive with music, dance, storytelling, theater, puppetry, movies and more! Cambridge Arts' Summer in the City program offers a wide array of FREE, multicultural, interactive arts programs, performances, and activities both day and night for children, families, and the entire community.

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July - August, 2018 
Cambridge Arts Summer in the City 
@ Parks and Public Spaces Across Cambridge

See our full schedule below or download our 2018 Summer in the City brochure.

Summer in the City is made possible through the generous support of our sponsors. Learn how you can become a Summer in the City sponsor or make an individual donation to support access to high-quality arts programming for children and families in Cambridge.

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  • Tuesday, July 3 10AM - Vanessa Trien & The Jumping Monkeys

    Vanessa Trien & The Jumping Monkeys @ Magazine Beach, 668 Memorial Dr.
    Rain Site: Morse School, 40 Granite St.

    Join Boston's beloved kids' family band for an audience-participatory, energizing folk/pop/world performance that is perfect for all ages. Bring the whole family and get jumping!

  • Monday, July 9, 10AM - Andrea Kamens – “Count on Me”

    Andrea Kamens @ Tobin Field/Callanan Playground, Alpine St. & Vassal Ln.  behind school
    Rain Site: Tobin Elementary School, 197 Vassal Lane

    Count on Me is a series of STEAM-powered tales with a little math, a little science, a little logic, and a lot of magic. Discover how the power of story teaches us not only how our world works, but how it could work when everyone counts.

  • Wednesday, July 11, 10AM - Moussa Traore

    Moussa Traore @ Green Rose Heritage Park, Harvard St. between Windsor St. & Moore St.
    Rain Site: Fletcher-Maynard Academy, 225 Windsor St.

    Join us for a high-energy performance featuring drumming, singing, and dance from Mali, West Africa. Audience participation encouraged!

  • Tuesday, July 17, 10AM - Lucy Kalantari & the Jazz Cats

    Lucy Kalantari & the Jazz Cats @ Sennott Park, Broadway between Scouting Way & Norfolk St.
    Rain Site: Cambridgeport School, 89 Elm St. 

    Kids and families will love the interactive jazz-scat-along play, while singing about the simple joys and delights of life.

  • Thursday, July 19, 10AM - Odaiko New England

    Odaiko New England @ Raymond Park, Raymond St. between Walden St. & Upland Rd.
    Rain Site: Graham & Parks School, 44 Linnaean St.

    Through storytelling, drumming and audience participation, Odaiko New England demonstrates the beautiful art form of Japanese ensemble drumming.

  • Monday, July 23, 10AM - Bright Star Theatre – “American Tales and Tunes"

    Bright Star Theatre @ Kennedy Longfellow School Tot Lot/John A.  Ahern Field, Charles St. & Fulkerson St.
    Rain Site: Kennedy Longfellow School, 158 Spring St.

    Folk songs and folktales from across America come to life in this music-filled adventure.

  • Wednesday, July 25, 10AM - Puppet Showplace Theater – "Word Play" by Good Hearted Entertainment

    Puppet Showplace Theater –  "Word Play" by Good Hearted Entertainment @ Glacken Field, Huron Ave & Cushing St.
    Rain Site: Haggerty School, 110 Cushing St. "Word Play" uses clowning and puppetry to take audiences on an adventure through the alphabet.

  • Tuesday, July 31, 10AM - Malik the Magic Guy

    Malik the Magic Guy @ Bergin Park, 80 Haskell St.
    Rain Site: Peabody School, 70 Rindge Ave.

    The show features family friendly, visual comedy magic and fun audience participation.

  • Thursday, August 2, 10AM - Sandglass Theater - "Punschi"

    Sandglass Theater @ Riverside Press Park, River St. & Blackstone St.
    Rain Site: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. School, 102 Putnam Ave

    Punschi is an enchanting tradition of imaginative puppetry and entertainment.  Musical interludes, lots of interaction with the audience, and a feisty clown in a box accompany funny hand puppet acts.

  • Tuesday, August 7, 10AM - Philip Alexander & the WiLD THiNGS

    Philip Alexander & the WiLD THiNGS @ Dana Park, Magazine St. between Corporal McTernan St. & Lawrence St.
    Rain Site: Amigos School, 15 Upton St.

    Traditional favorites and well-loved original songs performed on guitar, harmonica, ukulele, bamboo flute and ocarinas.

  • Thursday, August 9, 7PM - East Cambridge Business Association Movie Night featuring Caravan Puppets – “Summer in the City”

    Caravan Puppets @ East Cambridge Savings Bank Parking Lot, 292 Cambridge St.

    Caravan Puppets will delight with hand-crafted puppets, music, and multicultural and original stories.

    MOVIE HINT: Join Little Red and other fairy tale characters on this live action musical journey into an enchanted forest.

  • Tuesday, August 14, 7PM - Kendall Square Association Movie Night featuring 3nity

    3nity @ Volpe National Transportation Center Lawn, 55 Broadway

    3nity is a newborn, female band with music defined by Latin, American, and African cultures.

    MOVIE HINT: Journey to the other side in this tale about familia, música, and following your heart.

  • Thursday, August 16, 7PM - Harvard Square Business Association Movie Night featuring ImprovBoston

    ImprovBoston @ Palmer Street, Harvard Square 

    Family friendly, fast-paced, interactive improv show. Improvisers will weave audience suggestions into instant scenes, games, and songs.

    MOVIE HINT: It’s a tale as old as time. Be our guest at an enchanted castle where the dishware dances and the furniture sings.

  • Tuesday, August 21, 7PM - CambridgeSide Movie Night featuring Pasy Dance Company – “The Crazy One”

    Pasy Dance Company @ Lechmere Canal Park adjacent to CambridgeSide Mall, East Cambridge

    Papa Sy’s imaginative, hybrid West African dance performance combines dance, song, acting, and poetry.

    MOVIE HINT: A young lion just can't wait to be king!

  • Thursday, August 23, 7PM - Inman Square Movie Night featuring Jungle Jim

    Jungle Jim @ East Cambridge Savings Bank Parking Lot, 1310 Cambridge St.

    Join Jungle Jim as he twists up a whole lot of fun in this magical balloon show!

    MOVIE HINT: Be excellent to each other. Party on, dude.

  • Tuesday, August 28, 7PM - Central Square Business Association Movie Night featuring Wayne Potash

    Wayne Potash @ University Park, 65 Sidney St.
    Music for kids that grownups can dig!

    MOVIE HINT: Follow the yellow brick road, 1970s style.

  • Thursday, August 30, 7PM - Cambridge Crossing Movie Night featuring Jenny the Juggler

    Jenny the Juggler @ North Point Common, 30 North Point Blvd

    Jenny the Juggler dazzles with her juggling, magic, comedy, and music show for all ages.

    MOVIE HINT: Grab your favorite fedora and your trusty whip—we have an ark to raid!

  • Saturday, September 8, 3PM - Bread & Puppet Theater – "The Grasshopper Rebellion Circus"

    Bread and Puppet Theater @ Cambridge Common
    Political Puppet Theater.