River Festival

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

Join us for the 2019 Cambridge Arts River Festival! ­ 

Saturday, June 1, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

in the Central Square Cultural District 

along Massachusetts Avenue between Prospect and Sidney Streets
and down Sidney Street to Pacific Street

On June 1, 2019, Cambridge Arts will welcome tens of thousands of festival goers to the heart of Cambridge for an exuberant celebration of the arts. The festival will feature staged and roving performances, hands-­on art-making, a Climate Action Extravaganza, a Mermaid Promenade, and more than a hundred artists and food vendors with work for sale. The Cambridge Arts River Festival is FREE and open to all!

To learn more about what's in store for the 40th annual Cambridge Arts River Festival, please visit our festival program here or download our 2019 brochure here.

Interested in supporting the 2019 Cambridge Arts River Festival? Learn more about sponsorship opportunities or volunteering with us.

Road Closures and Detours

During the 2019 River Festival parts of Massachusetts Avenue and Sidney Street will be closed to traffic and parking. For more information, visit our Directions page. See the Road Closure and Detour Map. Full details about Street Closures and Parking. Full details about MBTA Detour Routes

Thank you to our Site Sponsors!
Brookfield Properties
City of Cambridge

Support Cambridge Arts River Festival!

Help us celebrate the 40th annual River Festival! 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!

"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."

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