Cambridge Arts River Festival

Presented by Cambridge Arts Council
Along Massachusetts Avenue between Prospect and Sidney Streets and down Sidney Street to Pacific Street , Cambridge

The Cambridge Arts River Festival is an outdoor celebration of arts and community attracting an enthusiastic audience of 150,000. Now in its 40th year, the River Festival has become a venerated Cambridge institution and a highly anticipated annual event. This year’s event will bring the River to the heart of the Central Square Cultural District along Massachusetts Avenue.

Festival activities and performances will respond to the broad theme of climate change in recognition of the urgency of this subject and the event’s connection to the Charles River. Featuring music, food, immersive art experiences (including parading mermaids!) and more, the 40th Anniversary of the Cambridge Arts River Festival promises to be a big SPLASH! Cambridge Arts River Festival attendees experience a wide array of Cambridge-based visual and performing arts. The Festival collaborates with many local organizations and programs to showcase multiple stages of live national and local jazz, folk, world music, and dance.

Dance stage schedule


12 p.m. Green Street Studios: Inside Out
1 p.m. Joh Camara
2 p.m. Abilities Dance
2:30 p.m. ParadiseMoves
3 p.m. Boston Cendrawish
4 p.m. Janelle Gilchrist Dance Troupe
4:30 p.m. Mandingueiros dos Palmares Capoeira
5 Hui Lehua