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Dates:Saturday, June 15, 2024
Hours:11:00am - 6:00pm
Ages:Kids, Teens, Adults
In/Outdoor:Outdoor
Cost:Free
Category:Fairs & Festivals

cambridge river festival photoThis free festival will feature six stages of music, theater, dance and poetry; hundreds of locally and nationally renowned musicians; interactive art-making, buskers, international foods, an arts & crafts market & more.

The event returns to the banks of the Charles River along Memorial Drive between JFK Street and Western Avenue.

Event Highlights
Six Stages of Music, Theater, Dance and Poetry
Mermaid Promenade
Interactive Art-Making
Buskers
International Foods
Arts and Crafts Market

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, goes south on JFK Street, then turns east onto Memorial Drive, where the River Festival takes place, and travels through the festival to end around Corporal Burns Park on Flagg Street. All are welcome to join in the parade: To be in the parade, come in costume and/or with props to 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

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, Lo Galluccio, Peter Payack
12:10 - 12:45 p.m. - The Laureates: Philip Hasouris, Lynne Viti, Danielle George, Fred Woods, CD Collins and more
12:45 - 01:30 p.m. - Cambridge Sidewalk Poetry Contest Past Winners: Jean Dany, Peter Payack & 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: Toni Bee
05:15 - 05:45 p.m. - Poetry from the Workshop: Tom Daley
05:45 - 06:00 p.m. - Words & Movement: Special Guest

Theater/Dance Stage from Central Square Theater and The Dance Complex
11 - 11:30 a.m. - Soul Dance with Allison Talis
12 - 1:20 p.m. - Your Town
1:30 - 2 p.m. - RootsUprising
2 - 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

Western Front Stage presented by Central Square Business Improvement District
12:20 - 1:30 p.m. - Pura Vida
1:45 - 2:45 p.m. - The Hip Hop Transformation
3:00 - 3:30 p.m. - Soca Fusion
4:00 - 5:15 p.m. - The Naya Rockers

World Music Stage from Global Arts Live
Noon – Albino Mbie
1:30 p.m. – Kotoko Brass
3 p.m. – Veronica Robles Female Mariachi Band
4:30 p.m. – Natu Camara

The Cambridge Arts River Festival is FREE and open to all!

View the Performance Schedule

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www.cambridgema.gov/arts/Programs/riverfestival

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Memorial Drive between JFK & Western Ave., Cambridge, MA map

Memorial Drive between JFK Street and Western Avenue

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