Attend This: Cambridge Arts River Festival

River riot.


After a two-year move inland to Central Square, the Cambridge Arts River Festival is back on the banks of the Charles for its 37th edition, this time setting up shop along the East Cambridge waterfront. This year’s installment of the free fest will feature six stages showcasing a variety of local talent, including live jazz, folk, rock, R&B and world music and theater and dance performances, plus poetry and storytelling tents, hands-on activities and roving performances. Come hungry: The festival will also host a World of Food and Arts Bazaar with both food and work by local artists and craftsmen for purchase. It all kicks off with People’s Sculpture Racing—think boxcar racing, but with pushed, pulled or pedaled art!—when the river runs wild on June 4.

The 37th annual River Festival runs from 11 am to 6 pm on June 4 along Cambridge Parkway between Edwin H. Land Blvd. and the Lechmere Canal. Free.

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