Saturday June 4th 2016   12 Noon to 6 PM

Local vendor demonstrating meditation bowl.


Greetings Artists, Artisans, and Food Vendors! Thank you for your interest in participating in the 36th Annual Cambridge Arts River Festival.

Vendor applications will be available in February 2016. Check back here for more details.

Paper marbling demonstration at River Festival.

Community Tables

At the festival site, there will be a designated area for local arts and cultural organizations, community groups, and other Cambridge-based nonprofit organizations to come and promote their programs and events.

For questions please contact the Community Table Coordinator by e-mailing:

Puppeteers in parade at River Festival.


We need YOUR HELP to make this one-of-a-kind arts and culture event a success. Valuable volunteers like you make entertaining 200,000 festival-goers possible! No experience is necessary for many jobs, and all are welcome! Please contact the Volunteer Coordinator:

Volunteer Information:


Saturday, June 4, 2016 from 12Noon to 6PM, with volunteer shifts starting at 8AM and going until 8PM. Shifts are broken into 4-hour blocks: 8AM-12PM (set-up); 12PM-4PM; and 4PM-8PM (will include breakdown).

Rain or Shine!

The festival will take place rain or shine! Please make your commitment to be part of the fun regardless of weather conditions.


We strongly encourage you to take public transportation. The Harvard Square bus & subway station is two blocks from the festival. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide parking to volunteers, and the surrounding area will be congested.


We truly depend on the help of festival volunteers to put on this mammoth event, so we count on you to be there. Please arrive on time. If you must cancel, please call the Cambridge Arts at 617-349-4380 or email at least 2 days before the event to notify us of your change.


Please check in at the Main Information Booth 15 minutes before your shift starts. There will be a check in station at the Main Info Booth from 8AM until 5PM. The Main Info is located at the corner of Massachusetts Avenue and Sidney Street. There will be a volunteer stationed to check in arrivals, he/she will supply you with a name badge, meal voucher, branded T-shirt for the shift and supplemental job instructions if needed.

Questions? Please email, or call 617-349-4380.

Dancers perform at River Festival.


There is no application to perform at the Cambridge Arts River Festival.  Our stages are programmed through and by community partners.  However, if you would like to be considered for a stage performance at the event please send an Electronic Press Kit to Julie Barry, Director of Community Arts/ Festival Producer and she will forward your information to the appropriate stage partner.