Thank you, lead sponsor MIT, and to sponsors BioMed Realty, Kimco, Brookfield Properties and the Charles River Conservancy.

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All-Ages Events

Veterans Memorial Swimming Pool – June 22 – August 22, 11:15am-6:45pm. There is (limited) parking at the park, and changing and showering facilities. FREE!

FREE Swim Lessons 
Session 1: July 8-19
Registration: July 1-5 at 11:15am

Session 2: July 22-August 2
Registration: July 15-19 at 11:15am

Session 3: August 5-16
Registration: July 29-August 2 at 11:15am

To register, go to the pool with your child. Be prepared: they may be asked to jump in the water so that lifeguards can assess their skill level. Questions? Comments? Contact Debra Jimenez, DCR’s Learn to Swim Coordinator at or call 857.283.1298.

Splashing & Spray Deck – May 25 – September 2, 9:30am-7:00pm. Cool of the little ones on the spray deck. There is parking along with changing and showering facilities. FREE!

Boat Launch – The Magazine Beach has a boat launch for canoes, kayaks and other small water craft into the Charles River. Bring your own vessel and enjoy the water. FREE! [Note: It’s not done yet. Final adjustments will be made by early July. Look for news about an official ribbon cutting soon.]


First Day of Summer Strum Along – Friday, June 21, 6-8pm (THIS PROGRAM IS ON.)

To celebrate the beginning of summer, song leader Andrea Gaudette will host a sing-and-play-along show. Bring your own acoustic instrument, a chair, and join in the fun! The repertoire will include an assortment easy-to-play popular and folk songs. FREE!


The Busted Jug Band – Sunday, July 14 at 5:30pm

The Busted Jug Band is a throw-back to the African-American street bands of the early 20th Century. The music is a festive romp through 20th century music featuring early Blues, Rhythm & Blues, novelty tunes, standards, New Orleans Jazz and Hillbilly. FREE!

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Hi All, we’ve just made the hard call to cancel our 3rd Traditional Irish Session at Magazine Beach. We believe that even though it’s truly cooler at the park, the highly publicized 95 degree F. temperatures, high humidity, and possible rain and thunderstorms will discourage attendance. Sorry to cancel this AMAZING event. Our 3rd Traditional Irish Session will now happen in 2020. Come swim and splash in the spray deck today & tomorrow at the park to cool off. 

Traditional Irish Session – Friday, July 21, 6-8pm (cancelled due to heat wave)

All instrumentalists, singers, dancers, and listeners are welcome to join for a traditional Irish jam session. The session is co-sponsored by The Druid in Inman Square and by the Rebecca McGowan Irish Dance company. FREE!

The Barber of Seville Opera – Sunday, July 28, from 5:30-7:30pm

The Boston Lyric Opera Company will perform a family-friendly rendition of The Barber of Seville. Will Rosina escape the clutches of her guardian and marry the man she loves? Come see this abridged version of the classic opera. The opera will be followed by a selection of arias and opera favorites. FREE!

IMG_2221 copyDevin Ferreira & Band and Knucklebones – Sunday, August 4, at 5:30-7:30pm

Acclaimed Boston-based hip-hop artist, emcee and saxophonist, Devin Ferreira will perform family-friendly music on Magazine Beach. In addition, Knucklebones of Boston will provide unique play equipment and activities. FREE!

IMG_2822 copyMonday Night Yoga – Mondays, July 8-August 5, 6:30–7:30pm

Bring your own mat and join in for an evening yoga class. Classes are led by experienced yoga professionals Carol Faulkner and Scarlet Batchelor. Donation, please!

Carol Faulkner on July 8, 15 & 22; Scarlet Batchelor on July 29 & August 5

Children’s Events

Stories and Song at the Park – Mondays, July 1-August 5, 10am

Magazine Beach Park will host stories and songs for children. Programs will be led by the staff of Cambridge Public Library’s Central Square Branch. FREE!

Nature Detectives: Preschool Discovery – Tuesdays, July 2-July 30 at 10am

Young children discover Magazine Beach nature through exploration, active observation and activities. Led by Amy Greene & Loni Lehnhardt. For ages 3-6. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Maximum of 30 children allowed. FREE!

Behind the Mask Theatre – Thursday, July 25, at 10am

Behind the Mask Theatre presents Cat Mountain, a magical Japanese folktale that comes to life in a theatrical performance. The show includes original music, masks, and traditional Japanese songs. Co-sponsored by Cambridge Community Schools. Rain location: Morse School. FREE!

African Drumming and Dancing – Thursday, August 1, 10am

Join in the fun and learn African drumming and dancing with the percussionist Jafar Manselle. Co-sponsored by Cambridge Community Schools. Rain location: Morse School. FREE!

Who Came Up with That? A Time Traveling Adventure – Tuesday, August 6, 10am Follow along with the Little Red Wagon time traveler theatre as they discover  who created some the world’s greatest inventions. Ages 2-8. Presented by Cambridge Arts’ Summer in the City.Rain location: Morse School.  FREE!

Tanglewood Marionettes – Thursday, August 8, 10am

The Tanglewood Marionettes will perform a fairy circus puppet show. Over twenty beautifully handcrafted marionettes will dance, play instruments, juggle, contort, transform, and fly through the air, all to the music of the World’s favorite composers. Recommended for ages 4-7. Co-sponsored by Cambridge Community Schools. Rain location: Morse School. FREE!


*Bird Walks: Mon., May 13 and Sun., May 19 @ 6:30-8am

Meet at the stone Powder Magazine at 6:30 am. We will explore the park, look and listen for migrating birds and search for residents and possible nesting species. Beginners and young birders with a parent are welcome. Please email leader Mari Badger at in advance to let her know that you are coming and to reserve a pair of binoculars if you need them. Rain or high wind cancels. 

IMG_6504*Earth Day Cleanup: Sat., April 27, 2019, 9am-12noon

Sign up for the 20th Annual Charles River Earth Day Cleanup at Magazine Beach now by emailing This year organizers will be offering water bottles instead of t-shirts for participants. If you want one, let Sasha know.

*Run of the Charles Relay at Magazine Beach: Sunday, April 28, 11am-3pm
The CRWA needs volunteers on and off the water. For further info, see: Contact Meg Rivett at 508.698.6810 X10 to sign up or email:


DCR Seeks a Tenant for the Magazine. DCR will soon be seeking a tenant for the granite-block building that is the focal point for the park. Have an interest in the property? Contact:  Want to see what the community would like the building to become? Click here: Curatorship Principles & Recomm final.


Create Your Own Special Events at Magazine Beach

Magazine Beach is a DCR park. To learn how to organize your own special events at the park, click here. If you are a Cambridge youth program, call this # to schedule the playing fields: 617-349-6238. If you are not, email DCR’s Lori George at or call 617.626.4993.


4 Responses to “EVENTS”

  1. Sosa Samura June 27, 2017 at 1:57 pm #

    I am planning on attending the Zumba classes on Magazine beach however, I’m concerned about receiving information for weather cancellations. For example, today is supposed to have rain and thunder storms. I’m ok with dancing in the rain, however I’m not making assumptions for everyone. Please let me know and thank you for your time in advance.

    • Cathie Zusy October 2, 2017 at 10:57 am #

      Sorry for the late reply. We were noting rain cancellations at, under events. Can you think of a better way to communicate this? Lots of rain on Tuesday nights this past summer!


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