Burst the Bubble: The Rest of October Edition

By Hana Rehman

Welcome to the October edition of Burst the Harvard Bubble (yes, please ignore the fact that it is 10 days late). Now that we have settled into a rhythm for the semester with midterms and quizzes every other week, club meetings every other night, and skipping 9 a.m. lectures every other day, it’s time to think back to the promise you made yourself at the beginning of the year — no, not that one — GET OUT OF HARVARD!

Here are some fun events happening off-campus for the rest of October for you to check out!

The Eras Tour Movie – premiering Oct. 13

If you’re like me and unfortunately was victimized by TicketMaster last year while trying to get tickets for the Eras Tour 😭and have been dealing with FOMO 😒 all summer watching clips of the concert, our time is here! “Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour” movie is coming out on Friday, October 13. Hopefully dressing up in your finest Eras Tour Concert movie outfit and singing along to your favorite songs for 2 hours and 48 minutes will bring you joy and help you forget the pains of your midterm results.

Boston Veg FoodFest 2023 – Oct. 14 & 15

Did the HUDS grilled chicken traumatize you away from eating meat for the time being? Interested in learning more about plant-based food and lifestyle products? Ever been to Roxbury or simply want to explore the area? Then the Boston Veg Foodfest 2023 is here for you! Feel free to shop at the marketplace, taste samples, and learn from experts in the fields of plant-based nutrition, culinary arts, athletics, climate, and sustainability.

The final Open Newbury Street of the year – Oct. 15

If you haven’t had the chance to go to Newbury Street yet this semester, this upcoming Sunday, Oct. 15 is the perfect opportunity to do so. Sunday sees the final Open Newbury Street of the year – a time where the shopping and restaurant district is fully open to pedestrians to peruse the length of Newbury Street. Of course, Newbury Street isn’t going anywhere. But, there’s just something special about the pedestrian-only version of Newbury (perhaps it’s the freedom of not worrying that you’ll accidentally get hit by incoming traffic) that makes Open Newbury Street just a tad more special than usual. Besides, it’s the last one until next July and especially for the seniors among us, it’s our very last Open Newbury Street as a Harvard student 🥺.

The Broadway Rave – Oct. 21

Musicals fans, this is our time to shine. The musical-theme dance party is coming to Brighton Music Hall on Oct. 21 for just one night only. If you’ve ever lamented the lack of Hamilton or Les Mis soundtrack at the club, this event is the one for you.

Fenway Flea - Oct. 22

Ah yes, the classic Fenway Flea market and a Boston staple. The weekly flea market just across the river is the perfect opportunity to check out some fantastic small businesses, ranging from vintage clothing, jewelry, records, and more while also enjoying some nice music from the lineup of artists. Not to mention all the snacks and beverages presented by The Wine Press Fenway. It’s an event not to be missed!

Boston Lights: A Lantern Experience - Until Oct. 29

Do you like animals? Do you like lanterns? Then make sure to come out to Franklin Park Zoo before Oct. 29 to experience the 55 magnificent displays comprising hundreds of beautifully crafted lanterns spanning Franklin Park Zoo’s 72 acres. From real animals to mythical creatures, the Boston Lights experience will reawaken your inner child in a delightful and dazzling display of lights.

Visiting Salem

And of course, the witching month of October will not be complete without a trip to Salem! Located just over an hour train drive away, the infamous town is a must-see Halloween destination for everyone in the New England area. Come for a day of spooky fun, overpriced food, and witchy merchandise. If the Salem Witch Trial is your Roman Empire, then this event is a can’t miss on your Harvard bucket list!

Between all the midterms and exciting events on campus, it can be quite easy to forget that there’s a world beyond Harvard Square. Before winter comes and finals have us all trapped inside Lamont, we hope you can have some time exploring the events that Boston has to offer!

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