Be Part of 40th Annual Cambridge Arts River Festival: Calls For Dance, Theater, Mermaid Parade


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

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! 

• 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: Deadline: March 15. 

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

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. 

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