Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Some suffixes just go well with everything, and now every scandal is in danger of becoming a “gate” since Watergate — which doesn’t even make sense, since Watergate was just the name of a hotel — and every event is liable to become a fest (if not a full-fledged festival). But don’t think this is a rant about Festgate, because having more fests is a good thing. In fact, there are three fests coming up quick in Cambridge that are worth a look:

Savory food such as this from a Missouri event promises to be a big part of this weekend’s Serbfest. (Photo: Marjie Kennedy)


Saturday, noon to 10 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. at 41 Alewife Brook Parkway

St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church of Boston organizes this annual major Serbian festival, but Cambridge gets to host it. Since it celebrates the culture of Serbia, the festival features traditional Serbian food, including grilled meats, pork roast, cooked dishes and desserts; live music and performances by the Grachanitsa Serbian Folk Dance Ensemble of Boston; a video presentation about Serbia, as well as 360-degree panoramic views of two Serbian medieval monasteries; and  activities for children. Admission is free. It’s an outdoor festival with no rain date, but forecasts say even Sunday has only a 30 percent chance of rain. For information, call (617) 674-4035.

Zombies do the “Thriller” dance during the 2010 Gorefest at ImprovBoston.


Oct. 24-31, with 8 and 10 p.m. shows, at ImprovBoston, 40 Prospect St., Central Square

Gorefest boasts that every year it is “dripping with tasteless dialog and juvenile humor” as well as copious amounts of fake blood, gore and other bodily fluids, not all of which ends up on the actors. This 10th edition of the Halloween musical and comedy extravaganza, “28 Days Latte,” has writer/lyricist Don Schuerman and composer Steve Gilbane imagining how the Zombie Apocalypse plays out for a bunch of hipsters and two senior citizens trapped inside a coffee shop.

“This year’s show is the bloodiest, goriest, songiest and danciest one we’ve done yet, and that’s before you see what we plan to do to the zombie baby,” Schuerman said.

Tickets are $20 to $25 (or $18 to $20 with a valid student ID) and will be available here. For information, call (617) 576-1253.

A cook readies more meat at last year’s Rib Fest in East Cambridge. (Photo: Tim Toomey’s Community Blog)

“Smoke This” Rib Fest

Oct. 21, noon to 4 p.m. on Cambridge Street between Fulkerson and Fifth Street in East Cambridge

Tickets went on sale Thursday for the East Cambridge Business Association’s annual culinary showdown looking to pin down who has the best ribs in town. Already signed on to compete are Abigail’s, Area Four, Artbar, Atwood’s Tavern, Bambara, Catalyst, the Cambridge Rindge & Latin School Culinary School, East Side Bar and Grille, Lord Hobo, Midwest Grill, New Deal Fish Market, Ole Mexican Grill, Portugalia, Lizzy’s, Trina’s Starlight Lounge, Tupelo and West Bridge. Each restaurant will also sell a dish of their own to showcase their menu, and other events are planned: cooking demonstrations from local chefs, kids’ games and bands playing bluegrass and Americana.

A Taste Ticket gets you 10 rib samples from the restaurants of your choice, but it’s first-come, first-served. Tickets are $20 (with a $2.09 fee) here. For information, send e-mail to [email protected].