Schedule & Directions

Cambridge Arts River Festival Tents, Interactive Areas & Stages

Roving, Public Art & Interactive Areas
Vibrant demonstrations, workshops, and participatory performances from Cambridge Creativity Commons, danger!awesome, Hacker Junk Mosaics, Sidewalk Sam Tribute with Jerrie Lyndon, Kalaripayattu Roving Demonstration by Pradhuman Nayak, Lolli Hoops & Boston Hoop Troop Roving Dances, Boston Rueda Roving Dances, Peoples Sculpture Racing (PSR), Networks by The New Craft Artists in Action.

Poetry Tent
Hosted by Cambridge Poet Populist Lo Galluccio, the poetry tent features a lineup of Cambridge poets including past Poet Populists and their guests, Sidewalk Poetry Contest winners and runner ups, and local students from 12-5 pm followed by an open mic hour from 5-6 pm. 

StoryStream Cambridge Storytelling Tent
Enjoy stories told in words and movement from 12-6pm. Stories will be translated by American Sign Language interpreters. Stop by the StoryStream tent to make a story flag to share with the community.

Imagine: Family & Children’s Stage
Join Emcee Jungle Jim for performances by local family music stars at the top of the hour. View Lineup

Engage: Dance Stage
Coordinated by Dance for World Community, the Engage stage features student and professional dancers representing multicultural dance traditions. View Lineup

Inspire: Theater Stage
Coordinated by Central Square Theater and emcee’d by Veronica Barron, the Inspire stage features interactive theater performances for audiences of all ages. View Lineup

Energize: Rock, Indie, Alternative Stage
Dynamic lineup of local Rock, Indie, and Alternative Music bands coordinated by Middle East Night Club and sponsored by Harpoon Brewery. View Lineup  

Create: Jazz, R&B, & World Music Stage
Coordinated by the Jazz Café at the Multicultural Arts Center and emcee’d by Shelley Neill, Executive Director, Multicultural Arts Center, the Create stage features local Jazz, R&B, and World Music talent. View Lineup

Connect: Folk & Roots Stage
The Connect stage coordinated by Billy Beard, Executive Booking Director, The Lizard Lounge and Toad and emcee’d by Tom Bianchi features performances on the hour by local talent. View Lineup


Help us bring the river to the cultural hub of Cambridge: Central Square.

Download the 2015 Cambridge Arts River Festival Guide

This year's River Festival will take place along Massachusetts Avenue from Prospect St. to Sidney St. then turn continuing down Sidney Street from Mass Ave to Pilgrim Street.

Map of RiverFest location in Central Square, Cambridge.


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Take the Red Line to Central Square to get to the heart of the event. 

MBTA Bus#1 will run from Boston to the MIT Museum then turn around and return to Boston.  A new bus #1 will pick up on the other side of Prospect Street and run the rest of the route.


bike symbol By Bike

Valet Bicycle Parking will be provided by MassBike in Carol Barron Plaza and Jill Brown-Rhone Memorial Park.


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Many roads in and around Central Square will be closed for this event including Massachusetts Avenue. Parking will be limited due to restrictions for event parking for performers and vendors. We strongly encourage the use of public transportation.