Cambridge Arts Council

Everything you need to know about the Cambridge Arts River Festival

The Cambridge Arts River Festival, presented by the Cambridge Arts Council is back again just in time for summer on June 3rd from 11a-6p. This year, the festival will be held along the DCR’s Cambridge Parkway on the East Cambridge Riverfront.

To make sure you don’t miss anything at the festival, we put together a quick list of all the details you’ll need to know.


Everyone is invited to attend the annual summer festival! The Cambridge Arts River Festival has something for everyone from the littlest of artists to adults. Bring your little ones to this free event and get ready for an afternoon of entertainment. You’ll become part of a timeless summer tradition and show your support to local community artists.


So what exactly can you expect to see and do at the Cambridge Arts River Festival?

Expect a dynamic kick-off at 11a with People’s Sculpture Racing. Talented artists will race their pushed and pulled sculptures down the Cambridge Parkway.  This race is truly a sight to see and definitely embodies the spirit of Cambridge.  After the race, head over to the Sculpture Garden where the wacky, racing sculptures will be on view.

After the People Sculpture Race, see seven exciting festival stages comprised of local music, theater, and dance, not to mention tons of other entertainment.  Be sure to check out the Cambridge Arts Poetry tent, interactive areas, roving performances and community tables. For those who love to shop, there will be a wide variety of crafts available for purchase at the Arts Bazaar.

What would a festival be without food? One of the most popular attractions at the festival is the World of Food, where you’ll be able to taste food from around the world all without ever having to leave Cambridge.

While the adults enjoy shopping for local art, there are plenty of activities for little ones, they are sure to love. Local family music stars will perform their latest hits on the Family & Children’s stage. Some of the acts you can expect to see are Rolie Polie Guacamole, the Stacey Peasley Band, and Little Groove. 

Still looking for more activities? There will be several designated interactive areas, perfect for those interested in one event or guests looking for a slew of activities to join in.

Take a look below to see what else the Cambridge Arts River Festival has to offer:

Museum of Science – Design and engineer your own object that floats, flies, or spins in our onsite wind tunnel with East Cambridge's Museum of Science. 

Bicycle Bonanza – If you’re an avid cyclist, the Bicycle Bonanza is the perfect opportunity to get a tune-up, take a spin on both electric and Hubway bicycles as well as explore new bicycle technologies.

Mask Making Workshop – Let your creative juices flow at the mask making workshop.  Mask maker Bobby Brown and other NOA artists will help you create your own work of art. 

Felice – See the incredible and amazing street magician throughout the Cambridge Arts River Festival.  She's sure to amaze and leave you wondering just exactly how she picked your card out of 52!

Science on the Street – Science on the Street, an initiative of yet another annual Cambridge tradition the Cambridge Science Festival, takes engaging science, technology, engineering, art and math to cultural, community and arts festivals across the state. Participants will create and try to fly paper kites and send stomp rockets soaring in the sky. 


Dating back to 1974, the Cambridge River Festival has taken place along the Charles River. During the 35th Anniversary, however, the River Festival shifted its location to the Central Square Cultural District.

Last year, the Cambridge Arts River Festival took place along the DCR’s Cambridge Parkway on the East Cambridge Riverfront, where it will return this year. Bike valets will be offered and the event is just a short walk from both the Kendall Station (MBTA Red Line) and Lechmere Station (MBTA Green Line).


Come join the festivities on Saturday, June 3, 2017, from 11a-6p! The 38th annual festival offers more than just astounding visual and performing arts.  This tradition commemorates the history and revitalizes art organizations across New England. Celebrate the artistic traditions and activities that so perfectly capture Cambridge’s distinctive and irreplaceable.


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