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Everything you need to know about the Cambridge Arts River Festival

Tue May 22, 2018

The Cambridge Arts River Festival, presented by the Cambridge Arts Councilis back again just in time for summer on June 2nd from 11a-6p. The annual festival will be back along DCR’s Cambridge Parkway on the East Cambridge Riverfront and Lechmere Canal Park.

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.


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.

In 2016, the Cambridge Arts River Festival moved to the gorgeous DCR Cambridge Parkway and Lechmere Canal Park at CambridgeSide, where it will return for another wonderful 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 2, 2018, from 11a-6p! The 39th 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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