Mix Fest 2013 will play host to three major headliners this weekend: Gavin Degraw, The Backstreet Boys and Of Monsters and Men. While these three acts may have nothing in common, all three will have listeners fangirling in their seats by the end of the sets. All are invited to attend, and the Hatch Memorial Shell, where the concert takes place, is located along the river, with beautiful views and lots of room to lie out a blanket and get comfy. Use of public transport is encouraged, Charles/MGH on the Red Line and Science Park on the Green Line are the closest T stops to the show.
Welcome back to Boston! In honor of the return of college students and the second day of classes (but probably really just because it was a logical date), Pinkberry will welcome Bostonians to its new location in Davis Square. While the grand opening isn’t technically until Friday, anyone who stops by between 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. on Thursday will receive a free sample of the tasty treats available at Pinkberry. So take a friend and explore a new part of the city. If free froyo isn’t motivation enough, then what is?
This weekend, Northeastern will celebrate Holi, a traditionally Hindu festival that involves throwing colored powder at friends in a celebration of spring. Come out to Centennial Commons this weekend for Holi, hosted by NU UTSAV, Northeastern’s South Asian Organization. Although traditionally religious, as the event is popular around the world and universities and organizations host it. Wear something white that you don’t mind getting colorful because powder will be flying in the quad. Free white shirts will be given out to the first 200 undergraduates to show their Husky ID at the event. The rain date is Sunday, April 21.
With the city basically shut down for Patriots Day, what better to do than cheer on the runners of the Boston Marathon? Participants will wind their way 26 miles through the city, starting in Hopkinton and ending near the Hancock Tower in Copley Square. The race begins at 9 a.m., but since it will take runners anywhere from two to seven hours or more, spectators can show up any time during the day to cheer runners on. The Cityside Restaurant and Bar will be open with an upstairs patio where spectators can watch the race. For those 21+, $3 Bud Lights and Coors Lights will be served all day. But get there early, the restaurant will likely fill up quickly.
The Big Apple Circus is in Boston until May 12 and offers a great end-of-the-semester opportunity for students to combat the stress of impending finals. From prancing horses and clowns to acrobats and contortionists, it has a little bit of everything. The circus tent holds up to 1,700 people, but none will sit further than 50 feet away from the ring. A ringmaster will serve as the narrator to the two-hour spectacle, set up just outside of City Hall in downtown Boston.
As spring makes its belated debut this week, New England is greeted with warmer weather and outdoor activities. Fiesta Shows will present the Revere Spring Carnival, as “New England’s Largest and Finest Traveling Amusement Park,” according to its website. With 32 different rides, all types of games and carnival food like funnel cakes and hot dogs, the carnival has something for everyone. And although Revere isn’t exactly close to campus, it can be reached easily by car, or by way of the Orange Line to Malden before transferring to bus. A $5 coupon is available for download on the Fiesta Shows website.
Colleges Against Cancer and Northeastern are working together once again to sponsor this year’s Relay For Life. The 12-hour walk aims to raise money, both from teams who sign up for the event and from individual donors, to donate to finding a cure for cancer with the American Cancer Society. The event began in 1985 and has been raising money to fight all types of cancer ever since – raising over $4 billion since its conception. Individuals can sign up with teams where members alternate taking laps around the track in Matthews Arena. Visit the site to join a team for the event or just to donate money. To date, Northeastern has raised $165,352 to battle cancer.
Boston is known for its annual St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, from all-day parties to bar crawls to 10k runs. This year, The Westin Hotel, Samuel Adams, Gillette and other sponsors are working together with the Allied War Veterans Council (AWVC) for the South Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Featuring school bands, beauty queens, Sesame Street, dancers, Boston companies, the characters from Star Wars and Wizard of Oz, Elvis, Captain Jack and the Boston Bruins mascot, it’s no wonder South Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade is known as the second largest St. Patrick’s Day parade in the country. But unlike some St. Paddy’s Day parades and events, this one is designed as an event for veterans and those on active duty, to make their St. Patrick’s Day as best as it can possibly be with the help of anywhere from 600,000 to a million people who show up for the event every year.