If you’ve been to Marblehead, MA during early July, chances are you’ve heard about Marblehead’s Festival of Arts. This unique festival is a draw for attendees from all over New England. Started in 1962 this event been supported by the creative community of Marblehead and surrounding areas ever since. This year the festival will be from July 3rd – July 7th.
What to Expect at the Festival of Arts
The Festival of Arts is a premiere summer arts festival. The festival kicks off on June 30th with a “Sip by the Sea” Champagne Reception which is at Fort Sewall. At the reception there will be live music, tastings from local restaurants & caterers, and champagne set against the beautiful view of Marblehead Harbor. At the kickoff, there is a traditional hat contest with four prizes. The women prizes are for most elegant and most creative, and for men the prizes are for most jaunty and most creative. This is a ticketed event so make sure to purchase tickets ahead of time.
During the actual festival, there are numerous art exhibits and outdoor music concerts which overlook the Marblehead Harbor. In addition, be sure to attend the film festival, street festival, and also the children’s festival.
Starting on July 3rd, at Crocker Park, known as a world class music venue, get ready for concert time! Grab your blankets, beach chairs, and picnic baskets to settle in and enjoy some truly amazing musical talent. There will be artists and bands for every genre’s audience including blues, folk, hip hop, rap, funk, jazz, R&B, reggae, rock and soul.
From local films to local artists showcasing their latest work, this annual gathering is something not to be missed. Some of the highlights will be a boat building workshop, glass blowing, kite festival, Festival of Cod auction, sand sculpture competition, and more.
Looking for a Place to Stay?
Are you traveling to Marblehead, MA for the Festival of Arts? Make plans now to stay with us at The Hotel Marblehead. The hotel is conveniently situated within walking distance to the activities so leave your vehicle with us! Our staff has been to the festival and we will be more than happy to give you the insider information about what the best events are based on your interests. For the best available rate at the hotel, book your accommodations directly online. For more information or with any questions, feel free to call us at 781-639-9999 or contact us on our website.