River Festival

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

Join us for the 2019 Cambridge Arts River Festival! ­ 

Saturday, June 1, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.  


On June 1, 2019, Cambridge Arts will welcome tens of thousands of festival goers to the Cambridge waterfront for an exuberant celebration of the arts. 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. The Cambridge Arts River Festival is FREE and open to all!

We're busy planning our 2019 festival. To get an idea of the kinds of things we've got in store, check out last year's festival: 2018 schedule here. Or download our illustrated guide to the 2018 festival.

Interested in supporting the 2019 Cambridge Arts River Festival? Learn more about sponsorship opportunities, performing at the River Festival, participating as a vendor in our Arts Bazaar or World of Food, or volunteering with us.


"Best of Boston" from Boston Magazine

BEST Festival Winner!

Boston Magazine named the Cambridge Arts River Festival the Best Festival of 2017 and then again in 2018: "This annual extravaganza isn’t just about seeing contemporary work—it’s about immersing yourself in it. Along with musical, dance, and theater acts, you’ll find a poetry tent, huge wild-animal puppets, and beatbox workshops. In other words, sweet, sweet sensory overload."



Thank you to our Site Sponsors!

CambridgeSide
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.


BEST Festival Nominee!



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