We're excited to share that Starlight Square is returning for a third season under the stars! Programming begins Friday, May 20th with the Cambridge Rindge and Latin School's Habesha Club's Youth Multicultural Night and will continue, as of this writing, until July 27th. The second half of the season is pending City approval.
The season is a beautiful mix of arts and cultural programming, panels and community discussions, and civic events. There will be stand-up comedy, drag shows, concerts, and movie screenings—all showcasing the talent and ideas of the wider Cambridge community. All shows are free and open to the public. Tickets will be available as organizers confirm details for May - July programming via the Starlight Square website's event page.
For those who don't know the genesis story, Starlight Square was built in 2020 as an intervention to the COVID-19 public health crisis. Designed by Flagg Street Studio and Boyes-Watson Architects, Starlight transformed a municipal parking lot for cars into a place for people, providing much needed outdoor space for arts and cultural programming, out-of-school time learning, small business pop-up shops, food distribution, and civic events. In two years, it has hosted over 150 free, public events including the Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School’s Senior Prom, the public celebration of life for civil rights icon and Cambridge community member, Dr Bob. Moses, and the City of Cambridge’s 41st Inauguration.
This season’s events include CRLS’ World Jazz Ensemble and Visual and Performing Arts’ production, Nomadik’s Silent Dance Party, the Laraland Skate Party, and much, much more. In addition to public programming, Starlight is also homebase for the Central Square Farmers Market, open Mondays from 12:00 - 5:00 p.m. starting Monday, May 16, and Popportunity, a local entrepreneurship initiative that runs 15 pop-up shops on Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. beginning on Saturday, May 21.