Weekends at Concord Academy are a time to recharge, explore, and have fun! Our unique location provides a variety of extracurricular opportunities—on campus, in the town of Concord, out in the natural beauty of New England, and in nearby Boston and Cambridge. Staying on or close to campus might find you baking with house faculty, playing a pickup game of basketball in the SHAC, walking to Walden Pond, or grabbing a bite to eat at one of the many local eateries. Adventures farther afield could include hiking a mountain, attending a performance or game in Boston, surfing in Newport, and more.
Let the fun begin!
Explore a sampling of weekend activities.
Friday Nights at CA
- Community Quilt with Fashion Club and Music Café
- Fac-Staff Coffee House (talent and skits)
- Spikeball tournament and pizza
On- and Off-Campus Saturday and Sunday Activities
- Apple picking
- Surfing in Newport, R.I.
- Blue Man Group in Boston
- Wachusett Mountain hike
- Kimballs (ice cream, mini golf, driving range, bumper boats, and more!)
- Service trips (farming, Groundwork
Lawrence, food pantries, Cradles to Crayons)
- Gardening projects
- Witch’s Woods
- Boston theatre performances
- Harvard/Yale women’s soccer game
- Apex Entertainment
- Museum of Fine Arts
- Jewelry making
- Lots of trips including movies, restaurants, shopping, Harvard Square
- Baking and cooking (crepes, dumplings, scones, apple pies, cinnamon buns, empanadas, and more!)
- Medieval feast
- Trampoline park
- 99 Asian Market Festival
- Learn to sew
- Coffee House (talent show and skits)
- Great Brook State Park
- Museum of Science
- Level 99 escape room
- Mill #5 in Lowell, Mass.
- Semi-Formal Dance
- Social Justice Learning Institute Conference
- Spring Formal (dinner cruise on Boston Harbor)
- New England Aquarium
- Minado Restaurant
- Boda Borg
- Water balloons and Slip ‘N Slide
- Hiking Purgatory Chasm
- NFL playoff tailgate
- Snow sculpture contest
“On one of the first warm days in the spring of my freshman year, I remember everybody gathering on the quad, playing games, laughing, and listening to music. I felt such a strong sense of togetherness and I knew I was in the right place!”
– Lynn ’24
Read more about recent activities from CA News
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