Usher In Yet Another Season of Outdoor Fun at the Cambridge River Festival Mega Event: a Celebration of Local World Music and Other Cummunity Arts: Saturday, June 5th (11:30 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.)
The Cambridge River Festival, now in its 31st year, is one of Boston’s premier outdoor arts festivals. Annually attracting a crowd of 200,000, this 6 1/2 hour long event is huge! Starting in Harvard Square, it stretches for a full mile along Memorial Drive in Cambridge, alongside the scenic Charles River- a great location! Put on by the Cambridge Arts Council(CAC) in recognition and support of local community arts, this international festival showcases the Boston area’s fine performers of music, dance, theatre arts, and poetry. The visual arts are also honored through displays, workshops, on-site demos, and hands-on activities. In addition, you can dine and shop to your hearts content at one or more of the over 200 food or arts and crafts booths. The performances and arts activites are entirely free of charge and the event promises to take place rain or shine. Sounds fantastic to me!
After the opening parade and sing-a-long in recognition of this year’s festival honoree, highly esteemed pupeteer and stoyteller Dr. Hugh Morgan Hill “Brother Blue”, the festivities will officially begin. There are a number of outdoor stages on the grounds where one can view a variety of performances, all going on simultaneusly. Take your pick! Upon perusing the event schedule, I have discovered quite a few world music and dance shows happening throughout the afternoon. On the “Create Stage” will be Alex Alvear and Mango Blue. Appearing on the “Engage Stage” (Interactive Dance) will be OrigiNation Cultural Arts Center, La Pinata, Mladost Folk Ensemble, Hyde Park Task Force, and Benkadi Drum and Dance. The “Family and Children Stage” will feature Upasana and InKasWasi. Check the schedule for further details. So, why not spend a truly enjoyable day outdoors supporting the “all important” local arts. And for us world music fans out there- what a great way to sample some of the local international talent! To get a better “picture” of what the Cambridge River Festival is all about, you can view this photo gallery of shots from previous years.
When: June 5th, Saturday (11:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.)
Where: Memorial Drive (between Harvard and Central Squares) (parking in Harvard Square OR MBTA to Harvard Square Stop)
More Info: 617-349-4380