Cambridge River Festival

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Country and Region United StatesMassachusetts
Type of Festival Dance, Music
Location of Festival Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
Festival Contact Information

Cambridge Arts Council
344 Broadway, 2nd Floor
Cambridge, MA 02139 USA
Phone: +01 617-349-4380
Fax: +01 617-349-4669

Festival Description

A FREE one-day celebration of the arts along the banks of the Charles River — Rain or Shine!. The program features jazz, folk, Latin and world music performances, dance, art demonstrations, family art-making activities and over 100 specialty food purveyors and craftspeople!

The Cambridge River Festival celebrates the arts with a free outdoor event, attracting an enthusiastic audience of 200,000 to the banks of the Charles River. With 30 years under its belt, the River Festival has become a venerated Cambridge “institution” and a highly anticipated annual event. Beginning with a procession from Harvard Square to the Charles River, the Festival’s enormous variety of visual and performing art and food reflects the city’s diverse neighborhoods and cultural heritage.

Visitors experience a wide array of Cambridge‐based visual and performing arts which extend along a mile‐long stretch of Memorial Drive between JFK Street and Western Avenue. The Cambridge River Festival collaborates with many local organizations and programs to showcase multiple stages of live national and local jazz, folk, world music, dance, poetry and theater performances. Visitors also enjoy family entertainment, hands-on art-making activities and demonstrations, crafts, and a grand assortment of specialty foods and traditional festival fare.

Festival Dates June 2, 2012
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Festival Events:

Preliminary Programming 2012:
  • Parade, Folk & Roots Stage, Jazz & Gospel Stage, Theater Stage, Interactive Dance Stage, Family & Children Stage, Interactive Area with Arts Demonstrations and workshops… more information will be available shortly.


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Practical Info:

  • Memorial Drive
    Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • A mile long stretch located between JFK Street and Western Avenue


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