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Exciting new event in C2: VivaLatino Cambridge 9/26/15

The Central Square Business Association is pleased to present the first VivaLatino Cambridge: A celebration of Hispanic Heritage in the Central Square Cultural District! 

 Enjoy a day long celebration of art, music, futbolito games, salsa dancing, food and drinks in the magnificent green sculpture gardens of University Park at MIT.

Family friendly FREE event
for all to enjoy!

*Main Stage featuring
the Largest Salsa Lesson in New England!


5 Live Bands & Dance Performances
on Main Stage

Radio Volta


Awards to be presented for best Hispanic Employer, Staff, Entertainer, Sports Teams, Dance Event, Retailer, 

and Restaurant of the Year!

Family event

*VIP VivaLatino Restaurant Week area featuring food and drink presentations from local restaurants. 
Must be 21+ to enter – $21 admission fee. 
*Event is a benefit for local 
Cambridge Youth Programs.



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We hope you can make it!

The Central Square Business Association (CSBA)


The FIRST Annual Cambridge Jazz Festival takes flight in the Central Square Cultural District!

Cambridge Jazz Festival
Bringing community together for an afternoon of free music performed by brilliant local and national jazz artists — and supporting musical opportunities for Cambridge students.


Grammy winners…local artists…jazz greats. We’ve got them all!

Pick up your FREE Cambridge Jazz Festival Button for free admission at any of these locations. (You can get buttons at the Festival too.)

12:00-12:45 Fernando Brandão and the Berklee Brazilian All-Stars

Fernando Brandão, a jazz flutist, and the Berklee Brazilian All-Stars play diverse styles of Brazilian jazz from bossa nova to afoxé and choro. (more)

1:00-1:45 George W. Russell, Jr. Trio

Inspirational jazz from a local great who has shared the stage with George Duke, Bob Moses, Billy Pierce, Stan Strickland, Stanley Clarke, Lenny White, Semenya McCord, and Andy McGhee. (more)

2:00-3:00 Dominique Eade

Dominique Eade is a jazz vocalist and winner of several Boston Music Awards whose extraordinary voice has been compared to Sarah Vaughn’s. (more)

3:15-4:15 Ron Savage Trio featuring Jetro DaSilva and Ron Mahdi

The Ron Savage Trio, featuring the percussionist Ron Savage, combines elements of BeBop, Swing, Gospel, African, R&B and Brazilian styles into a fresh new sound. (more)

4:45-6:00 Terri Lyne Carrington with Valerie Simpson

Terri Lyne Carrington is a two-time Grammy winner, the first female artist to win a Grammy for Best Jazz Instrumental Album, a dazzling jazz percussionist—and a Medford native. She’ll be joined by Motown legend Valerie Simpson. (more)

Be sure to check out the amazing food trucks and festival vendors who will be dishing up some great food and flavors to accompany these extraordinary artists.

Snochi Festival in Central Square Cultural District!

SNOCHI Festival in Central Square

House of Vans Snow Board Park in front of The Middle East!
Free February School Vacation Events in Central Square for Kids and Teens!

The Central Square Cultural District (C2CD) kicks off its 1st Winter Festival with a pop-up House of Vans (HOV) Snow Board Park in front of the Middle East that will shred your mind. Central Square’s  “Snochi Festival” features treats for kids of all ages during February School Vacation week.

House of Vans Special Events:

2/18- 2/20 — HOV Musical Showcase at the Middle East
Lucky House of Vans fans scooped up free tickets in about ½ an hour to see:  ANAMANAGUCHI * BATHS * EARL SWEATSHIRT * XXYYXX * CITIES AVIV * TITLE FIGHT * METZ * DARK BLUE

2/18 & 2/20 at 8:00 pm — Free Outdoor Movie Screenings:
Vans’ “20 Years Off The Wall On The Snow” documentary.

2/19 from 6pm to 9 pm — Free Pop-up Outdoor Snow Board Park
&  Demos 
with New England’s best snowboarders.
House of Vans and Snowboy Productions are creating a one-of-a-kind, pop-up snowboard park in front of the Middle East. For one night only New England’s best snowboarders will do demos from 6-9pm
including Vans team rider Nick “Pooch” Poohachoff.

February School Vacation Events:  

Neighborhood Open House!
Date:  Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Time: 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Where: Middle East — Corner Restaurant
Join us for hot chocolate, music and information about local enrichment programs for Cambridge youth and their families. Programs include an Free, On-going, Summer, Afterschool, and Discounted Programs for Cambridge Residents!
Win a pair of Vans in our free raffle!

STEAM IT UP During February School Vacation
with FREE Activities for Teens from 12 to 17!
Date:  Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Time:  1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Where: Middle East Downstairs
Free raffle for prizes!

Featuring: DJ’s and Demo’s! Snow boarding math and games! Snowmaking!  And hands-on art activities with House of Vans / Danger Awesome! / Young People’s Project/ MMMMaven / & Cambridge Science Festival!

PLEASE NOTE: ROAD CLOSURE –Brookline Street Closure.
Brookline Street will be closed between Green Street and Massachusetts Avenue from 7am on February 18, 2014 to 3pm on February 20, 2014.

Vehicles will be detoured to Franklin St to Sidney St to Green St to Landsdowne St and back to Mass Ave. Police Officers will be assigned at key intersections to reduce any delays and ensure safety on the detour route.

This is event is graciously sponsored by House of Vans, FYF, Snowboy Productions, the Middle East, the Central Square Business Association, The Central Square Cultural District, The City of Cambridge, Cambridge Arts Council, MMMMaven, Danger Awesome! Young People’s Project, and the Cambridge Police Department.

More about the House of Vans:
The HOV and FYF are bringing their pop-up music festival concept to Cambridge for the 1st time!  HOV pop-ups have been set up across the globe with stops in Europe, Mexico, Asia and Canada. The HOV has stopped in Huntington Beach, CA for the Vans US Open of Surfing and, the Mohawk in Austin, TX for SXSW.

Vans Poster

House of Vans at the Middle East

Vans is introducing the House of Vans to Cambridge this month with a three night music showcase, documentary film screening and snowboarding demo. House of Vans is a roving music venue that echoes the stand-alone space in Brooklyn, NY. We’ve grown the House of Vans with special pop-up events across the globe with stops in Europe, Mexico, Asia and Canada. In the US the HOV has stopped in Huntington Beach, CA for the Vans US Open of Surfing and this will be the second year we take over the Mohawk in Austin, TX for SXSW.

We’ve partnered with FYF to bring the HOV to Cambridge  for the first time. The Middle East will be hosting the three-night showcase. RSVP opened this past Friday and is free and open to the public with one all ages show and the others 18 and up.

Along with the showcase we have two screenings of Vans’ “20 Years Off The Wall On The Snow” documentary. We’ve also partnered with Snowboy Productions, North America’s premiere snowboard event production company, to create a one-of-a-kind, pop-up snowboard park. The park will live on the corner of Mass Ave. and Brookline, right in front of the Middle East, for one night only. New England’s best snowboarders will put on a demo for concert goers and passer-bys from 6-9pm. 2



More info about other Winter Snochi Events coming soon!

October Central Square Cultural District Performances


What: Cambridge Teens from Hip Hop Transformation, featuring emcee DJ Hustle Simmons from 96.9
When: 10/10/13 | 5:30 – 6:30
Where: City Hall Lawn

The Hip Hop Transformation is a program that was started at the Cambridge Community Center in partnership with the Cambridge Police Department, Cambridge Health Alliance, Cambridge Arts Council, and Mayor’s Summer Youth Employment Program in the summer of 2013. The program teaches teens the history of hip hop culture, the role it plays in our society and their lives, and the skills needed to write, record, and perform their own original music.

This mixtape is a compilation of the work that the teens in the program completed over the summer.

fashion show

What: The First Annual LIVE from Graffiti Alley Fashion Show
When: 10/17/13 | 6:30 pm until 8:30 pm
Where: Modica Way & Mass. Ave.

Featuring live drumming, local vendors selling fair trade products and a fashion show with local models wearing traditional and western style outfits made with African fabrics.

This is a first in a series of Central Square Cultural District events entitled “LIVE from Graffiti Alley!”

This event is Co-sponsored by the Central Square Cultural District, The CSBA, The Cambridge Art’s Council, Central Squared, the Daughters of Yemaya Collective and the City of Cambridge.


What: A Special C2 Cultural District, Performance of the Revolutionary Snake Ensemble!
When: 10/24/13| 5:30 pm until 6:30pm
Where: Cambridge City Hall Lawn

This event is Co-sponsored by the Central Square Cultural District, The CSBA, The Cambridge Art’s Council, and the City of Cambridge.