When:
Saturday, Jun 15, 2024 11:00a -
6:00p

Where:
The banks of the Charles River along Memorial Drive
JFK Street and Western Avenue
Cambridge, MA

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Admission:
FREE

Categories:
Art, Festivals & Fairs, Food, Good for Groups, Social Good

Event website:
https://www.cambridgema.gov/arts/programs/riverfestival

The 2024 Cambridge Arts River Festival will be held on Saturday, June 15, 2024, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the banks of the Charles River along Memorial Drive between JFK Street and Western Avenue.

Food and arts vendors are invited to apply to sell their goods at the 2024 festival. Cambridge Arts is not accepting submissions for performers for the 2024 festival.


Schedule (More Details Coming Soon)

Mermaid Promenade

11:30 a.m. Parade including marching band, dragon dancers, and giant puppets begins at Winthrop Park at Winthrop Street and JFK Street, heads south on JFK Street, then east onto Memorial Drive, to end around Corporal Burns Park on Flagg Street. All are welcome to join in the parade: To be in the parade, line up in costume and/or with props at Winthrop Park at Winthrop Street and JFK Street by 11:15 a.m.


Folk / Roots Stage from Club Passim

Noon - Gabriella Simpkins

1 p.m. - Anju

2 p.m. - Mercedes Escobar

3 p.m. - Casey Murray & Molly Tucker

4 p.m. - Almira Ara

5 p.m. - Dinty Child


Global Arts Live Stage

Noon – Albino Mbie

1:30 p.m. – Kotoko Brass

3 p.m. – Veronica Robles Female Mariachi Band

4:30 p.m. – Natu Camara


Jazz Stage from Cambridge Jazz Festival

Hosted by Jose Masso

Noon – 12:50 p.m. – Yaure Muniz Afrocuban Ensemble

1:30 – 2:20 p.m. - Anastassiya Petrova Organ Trio

3 – 4 p.m. – Ron Savage Trio, featuring saxophonist Bill Pierce

5:00 – 6 p.m. – Don Braden Quartet, featuring vocalist Vanessa Rubin


Poetry Stage

12:00 - 12:10 p.m. - Poetic Welcome: Cambridge Arts, Jean Dany, Toni Bee, Peter Payack, Lo Galluccio

12:10 - 12:45 p.m. - The Laureates: Philip Hasouris, Brockton Laureate & the others

12:45 - 01:30 p.m. - Cambridge Sidewalk Poetry Contest Past Winners: Presented by Jean Dany, Peter Payack and Lillian Hsu

01:30 - 02:15 p.m. - New England Poetry Club: Denise Provost, Doug Holder

02:15 - 03:00 p.m. - CRLS Connection Poets: Peter Payack

03:00 - 03:45 p.m. - Poetry in Translation & New Publications: Willyz Ramirez , Jonathan Bennett, Jebca Editions

03:45 - 04:30 p.m. - City Night Readings Poets & Writers: Jean Dany Joachim

04:30 - 05:15 p.m. - Poets of the Gardens with Toni Bee

05:15 - 05:45 p.m. - Poetry from the Workshop with Tom Daley

05:45 - 06:00 p.m. - Words & Movement


Theater/Dance Stage from Central Square Theater, The Dance Complex and Jean Appolon Expressions

11 - 11:30 a.m. - Soul Dance with Allison Talis

12 - 1:20 p.m. - Your Town

1:30 - 1:55 p.m. - RootsUprising

1:55 - 2:30 p.m. - ‘Froca Fitness with Sylver Rochelin

2:30 - 3:05 p.m. - House Dance with Sean Bjerke

3:30 - 4:50 p.m. - Your Town

5:00 - 6:00 p.m. - Music & Dance Circle


The annual festival, usually held in early June, began in the early 1970s. Cambridge Arts has adapted the event for the covid 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. During 2023 the River Festival was not held, as the pandemic continued 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.

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