Cambridge sure knows how to celebrate summer.

On June 24, the City of Cambridge will host its 19th annual City Dance Party in the streets in front of City Hall.For this all-ages event, blocks of Massachusetts Avenue will be closed to traffic to accommodate thousands of eager dancers. This year, over 10,000 visitors are expected to dance the night away.

“It’s really meant to be a community event for everyone to enjoy,” says Ini Tomeu, public information officer for the City of Cambridge.

When the sun goes down, bright lights are shone onto City Hall to add to the dance-party vibe.


DJ Herbie Tavarez — who has been DJing the event for several years — will be spinning a mix of tunes from across the decades. Everything from top 40s to 80’s hits will be in the mix. “The DJ really caters to the crowd,” Tomeu notes, “but we always end the night with ‘Last Dance’ by Donna Summer.”

Some attendees like to bring their own skill sets to the party. Tomeu recalls seeing break-dancers riling up the crowd at last year’s event.

“It’s such an amazing atmosphere,” she says. “It’s hard to truly capture the energy of the event.”

If you go:

June 24 at 7 to 11 p.m.
Cambridge City Hall
795 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

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