40th Annual Cambridge Arts River Festival Coming to Central Square June 1


2/11/2019

The 2014 Cambridge Arts River Festival. (Photo: Jeremy Gaucher)

40th Annual Cambridge Arts River Festival 

Coming to Central Square June 1


Join us for the 40th Annual Cambridge Arts River Festival in the heart of Cambridge in the Central Square Cultural District on Saturday, June 1, 2019, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For four decades, the free festival has brought our community together in a celebration of our arts, foods and rich diversity. Boston Magazine named it the area’s best arts festival in 2017 and 2018. 

As always, the 2019 Cambridge Arts River Festival will offer food, arts, crafts, immersive art experiences and multiple stages of live music, dance, poetry and theater.

New this year:

• The 2019 Cambridge Arts River Festival will bring the river to the Central Square Cultural District. The move from the East Cambridge waterfront into the heart of the city celebrates the state’s recent recertification of the Cultural District, the work in progress for the area to be identified as a Business Improvement District, and the seven new murals in the neighborhood thanks to the Central Square Mural Project.

• Climate change will be the central theme for the 40th annual Cambridge Arts River Festival. Festival activities and performances will speak to the urgency of these global changes and the event’s connection to the Charles River. (Details to come.) Cambridge Arts also aims to make the River Festival a model of sustainability by moving it toward a zero-waste event. This year, four stages will be solar powered. The festival will offer compost bins. And Cambridge Arts will not be distributing water bottles. Instead, water stations will be set up throughout the festival for visitors to fill their own reusable bottles. Vendors will use only recyclable or compostable dishes and no styrofoam, no plastic straws, no plastic bags. Vendors are also asked to compost all food waste and recycle used cooking oil in provided bins.  

• One of the highlights of the 2019 Cambridge Arts River Festival will be a "Mermaid Promenadee" along Massachusetts Avenue. Community members are invited to join in the procession. Costumes, characters, puppets, and props in the theme of mermaids/mermen, water creatures, and the environment are welcome, anything from the love of the Charles River to concerns about how climate change is harming our world.


 

Be Part of the 40th Annual Cambridge Arts River Festival! 

Calls for Dance, Theater, Mermaid Parade, Vendors, Sponsors 

Be part of the 40th annual Cambridge Arts River Festival in the heart of Cambridge in the Central Square Cultural District on Saturday, June 1, 2019, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. We’re looking for performers, community organizations, donors, and volunteers to help us bring the River to the Festival! 

Perform:
Interactive Dance Stage application. Deadline: Feb. 28 
Theater Stage application. Deadline: Feb. 28 
Mermaid Promenade application. Deadline: Feb. 28 
Cambridge Arts is looking for mermaids/mermen, stilters, dancers, artists, drag performers, cosplayers, and other costumed performers to lead the participatory parade, a brand new event at this year’s festival. We are also looking for artists working in all media to create large puppets, portable sculptures and other works of art to be featured in the parade.
• Artists interested in performing on our Family & Children’s Stage or other music stages should send an Electronic Press Kit to Julie Barry, Director of Community Arts/ Festival Producer: jbarry@cambridgema.gov. Deadline: March 15. 

People’s Sculpture Racing: It’s a race of pushed, pulled, or pedaled sculpture. Application information. Design deadline: March 9. 

Vendors:
Food and arts and crafts vendors are invited to apply to sell your wares. Deadline: May 1.
Arts Bazaar application
World of Food application

Community Tables: Arts, cultural, and community organizations showcase their good work. Application information

Support the River Festival: Help Cambridge Arts produce this beloved community celebration. Sponsorship information

Volunteer: Donate your time to help make the River Festival a success. Volunteer information

 

40th Annual Cambridge Arts River Festival

June 1, 2019

11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Central Square Cultural District
along Massachusetts Avenue from Prospect Street to Sidney Street and beyond


For the 40th anniversary of the Cambridge Arts River Festival, we’ll be bringing the river to the Central Square Cultural District. The move from the East Cambridge waterfront into the heart of the city celebrates the state’s recent recertification of Cultural District, the work in progress for the area to be identified as a Business Improvement District, and the seven new murals in the neighborhood thanks to the Central Square Mural Project. This year’s community celebration of the arts promises to be a big SPLASH, with music, food, immersive art experiences, and more. 

Learn more: cambridgeartscouncil.org/riverfestival