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Cambridge River Festival is the Place to “Bee” this Year


The Cambridge Arts Council presents the 33rd annual Cambridge River Festival, from 12 to 6 p.m. on June 2. The free music and arts celebration will take place on a mile-long stretch of Memorial Drive, between JFK Street and Western Avenue, on the banks of the Charles River.

The Cambridge River Festival showcases hundreds of renowned folk, roots and world-music performers on multiple stages. It also features an arts bazaar with handmade goods and organic health and beauty products, as well as interactive dance, theater, storytelling and poetry performances. “It’s a chance to celebrate the arts and the Charles River,” says Julie Barry, director of community arts for the Cambridge Arts Council. “There’s family entertainment and art-making activities for all ages, and opportunities to buy crafts, artwork and natural products from local artists and fair-trade vendors.”

This year’s festival includes a performance of To Bee or Not To Bee by the Piti Theatre Co., with educational outreach by the Boston Beekeepers group and sponsorship by the Cambridge store Follow the Honey. Visitors can learn about the importance of honeybees and sample a variety of natural bee-based health products.                                                                                  

For more information, call 617-349-4381 or visit