River Festival

Cambridge Arts River Festival. Images of sculpture race and jazz performers.

The Cambridge Arts River Festival will not be held in 2023. The annual festival, usually held in early June, began in the early 1970s. Cambridge Arts has adapted the event for the pandemic in recent years, with virtual Stream Festivals in 2020 and 2021 and the Ripple Festival in 2022, a series of smaller in-person performances and arts markets rippling out into Cambridge neighborhoods in the spirit of the River Festival. But the pandemic continues to provide challenges for the long-term planning and fund-raising required to produce the showcase of food, arts, crafts, immersive art experiences and multiple stages of live music, dance, poetry and theater. We aim to once again host an in-person River Festival in June 2024.

"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

Maud Morgan Arts leads a paper banner workshop at the 2019 Cambridge Arts River Festival.