River Festival

Bands play on the floating stage in the Lechmere Canal during the 2017 River Festival.

Join us for the 2018 Cambridge Arts River Festival ­ Saturday, June 2, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.  


On June 2, 2018, Cambridge Arts will welcome 150,000 plus festival goers to the East Cambridge waterfront for an exuberant celebration of the arts. Occurring in Lechmere Canal Park and along DCR Cambridge Parkway, the festival will feature staged and roving performances, hands-­on art-making and more than a hundred artists and food vendors with work for sale. Cambridge Arts River Festival is FREE and open to all.

Each year hundreds of people help us put on the festival. Learn more about how to be a sponsor the 2018 River Festival, or a performer, or a vendor in our Arts Bazaar or World of Food. We're also looking for volunteers.

2017 River Festival Guide 

Thanks to everyone who was part of our 2017 Cambridge Arts River Festival. See our guide to learn more about artists who performed at River Festival 2017!

Check out our Gallery page for images from the 2017 Cambridge Arts River Festival!

Thank you to our 2017 River Festival Sponsors!

2017 River Festival Sponsors
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Thank you to our Site Sponsors!

City of Cambridge
Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation
Royal Sonesta Boston

CambridgeSide is an urban shopping center with over 120 stores and restaurants. Located at the end of Memorial Drive on Edwin Land Boulevard in Cambridge, CambridgeSide is handicapped and MBTA accessible and offers attached parking. Public transportation take the Green Line T to Lechmere Station or take the Red Line T to Kendall Square and catch our FREE Shuttle Bus to CambridgeSide. For directions and information, call 617-621-8666, visit www.shopcambridgeside.com. Regular hours are Monday-Saturday 10 am – 9 pm, Sunday 12 pm – 7 pm.  Named #1 Boston’s Best Malls and Shopping Centers, USA Today 10 Best. CambridgeSide is a project of New England Development in Boston, one of the nation’s premier real estate developers.

Support Cambridge Arts River Festival!

Help us bring this vibrant community tradition to East Cambridge. Cambridge Arts Council is a 501c3 Non-Profit Organization. All sponsorship contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. Read more about sponsorship opportunities.

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The City of Cambridge does not discriminate on the basis of disability. The City may provide auxiliary aids and services, written materials in alternative formats, and reasonable modifications in policies and procedures to qualified individuals with disabilities. For information contact Cambridge Arts: Phone: 617-349-4380, TDD: 617-349-4621