Boston’s vibrant arts community is back for the 17th Annual Boston Arts Festival!

On Saturday, September 7 and Sunday, September 8 more than fifty local artists and fourteen Boston bands will be supported and celebrated in a colorful showcase of paintings, jewelry, photography, ceramics, glass, woodworking, and more at Christopher Columbus Park in the North End.

Kids watch a T-shirt being made from spray painted stencils at Boston Arts Festival.

First hosted in 2003, the festival was created to bring local art and music back to the Boston area, giving art a spotlight and a chance to be freely shared with the public. All artists are Boston-area creatives and were chosen to showcase the diversity of Boston’s art scene. The festival is also used as a way to promote the Open Studios, happening throughout the fall in each of Boston’s neighborhoods.

“Boston has an amazing depth of artistic talent, across all genres of art. The festival is a way that art lovers can connect directly with the artist, learning more about their technique and the vision that inspired their work. It’s an amazing two days, both for the artist and the festival attendees.” – Jen Matson, a photographer and organizer of the festival

Hours for both days are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free and takes place rain or shine, is family-friendly, wheelchair and stroller accessible, and open to the public. Blankets, chairs, and picnics are encouraged, and dogs are enthusiastically welcomed.

The 2019 Boston Arts Festival is presented by Ford, who will be unveiling their 2020 lineup and offering attendees test drives of their latest models. The Festival is also supported by Cascadian Farm, Verizon Fios, Artists Crossing, the Boston Cultural Council, Massachusetts Cultural Council, Boston Parks & Recreation, the Downtown Boston Business Improvement District, and Piece by Piece Movers.

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