12 Summer Cultural Festivals in Massachusetts

For the final post in our cultural editorial series sponsored by au pair agency Cultural Care Au Pair enjoy this roundup of 12 summer cultural festivals in Boston and beyond. Get out your calendars and get ready to explore new cultures!

1. July 4 and July 6: Cape Verdean Independence celebration (Boston)

Celebrate the 40th year of Independence for the Cape Verde Islands with performances by local and international artists, cultural cuisine, children’s activities, art displays, vendors and public recognition of community leaders.

2. July 9-26: French Film Festival (Boston)

The 20th year of this French film festival includes some of France's biggest box-office hits.

3. July 10: Bastille Day Party 2015 (Boston)

For its 40th anniversary, the French Cultural Center will throw a huge Bastille Day party full of French food, music and dancing.

4. July 17-19: Festival Betances (Boston)

New England’s longest-running Latino Cultural Celebration has musical and dance performances, a parade, arts and crafts, children's activities, and a parade.

5. July 18-19: Cultural Survival Bazaar (Falmouth)

This festival of native arts and culture features delicious cuisine, musical performances, and more.

6. July 18-19: Salem CultureFest (Salem)

Over two days, organizers seek to highlight the many cultures and diversity found in and around Salem.  Storytellers, martial artists, dancers, and more will entertain the crowd, and arts, crafts and other wares are available from local artists and crafters.

7. July 24-26: Lowell Folk Festival (Lowell)

The 29th Annual Lowell Folk Festival will feature five stages of traditional music, authentic crafts demonstrations, ethnic foods, art and children’s activities.

8. July 31-August 2: Puerto Rican Festival of Massachusetts (Boston)

A parade, bands, artists, and activities are highlights of this Puerto Rican Festival.

9. August 13-16: Fisherman’s Feast (Boston)

The Fisherman’s Feast is an Italian tradition based on the devotion of the fisherman. Enjoy children’s activities, music and performances.

10. August 14-16: Grecian Food Festival (Dracut)

Greek music, food and pastries highlight this Greek Festival.

11. August 23-29: Boston Carnival (various)

Parade, steel band music, dance and performances with cuisine from the islands at this Caribbean carnival.

12. August 28-30: Saint Anthony’s Feast (Boston)

The Saint Anthony’s Feast street festival is nearly a 100-year-old Italian tradition featuring live entertainment, contests, religious services and parades – plus lots of street food.

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