NewsFeb 1, 2019

5 things to do! February 1-3

A weekly roundup of weekend events on campus and around town.

It's February, it's Super Bowl weekend (Go Pats!) and it's not below zero. For all of these reasons, we're looking forward to this weekend's event lineup a little bit more than usual. From a chili cook-off to winter festivals to Harvard Square's new Milk Bar, there's plenty to do around campus and in the neighborhood.

photograph of the winter games at the Science Center Plaza

Plaza Winterfest Opening Night: Stop by Science Center Plaza right around the corner from campus for food trucks, fire pits, ice games, glow sticks and s'mores as their annual weeks-long winter festival gets underway.
Friday, Feb. 1, 5:30PM, 1 Oxford Street

Photograph of a lion on a rock at the Franklin Park Zoo

Lunar New Year at Franklin Park Zoo: Celebrate with a traditional Chinese dance performance, zookeeper chats, paper lantern-making and Franklin Farm’s Guinea hogs, Anabella and Cordelia. It is the Year of the Pig, after all!
Saturday, Feb. 2, 10:30AM, Boston

Photograph of sugar cereal marshmallows

Milk Bar Opening Weekend: Known for their cereal milk ice cream, colorful cakes, cookies and "crack pie," Milk Bar's newest location is in Harvard Square. Connected to another new eatery &pizza, both spots will be serving up specials for their first day on Brattle Street.
Saturday, Feb. 2, 11AM, Harvard Square

Photograph of the Harvard Square chili festival in February
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11th Annual "Some Like It Hot" Chili Cook-off: Warm up with this Harvard Square tradition and enjoy live music and more festivities as you sample chili from some of the square's most popular restaurants.
Saturday, Feb. 2, 1PM - 2:30PM, Harvard Square

Artwork by faculty member Kate Castelli featuring black, purple and yellow shapes zigzags
Image credit: Kate Castelli

Core Faculty Exhibition: Core faculty artists from our College of Art and Design are featured in a new exhibit in the Lunder Arts Center and University Hall. Spanning departments and medium, this show highlights a variety of styles from animation to illustration to photography and much more.
Tuesday, Jan. 29 - Sunday, Feb. 24, Roberts, Raizes and VanDernoot Galleries

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