Contact: Lisa Simmons,
Vicki Cimino, Connelly Partners
For Immediate Release
WORLDFEST 2012 SHOWCASES CULTURE ACROSS
BOSTON, April 13, 2012 -Massachusetts Worldfest 2012 brings a
diverse slice of life and culture to residents and visitors across
the Bay State. An annual series of festivals that run throughout
the summer months, Worldfest events honor a variety of traditions
with dancing, food sampling, sporting events, live music, and art
For more information visit massvacation.com/worldfest
and to get a more in-depth look at individual Worldfest events,
check out the “MassFinds” blog at massvacation.com
North End Street
Experience Boston’s North End by attending a street festival.
These events feature live bands, parades, and, of course, wonderful
Italian food. The festivals take place on the weekends throughout
June, July, and August. The time and place of the festivals
Cape Verdean Festival
Take a break from the BBQs to sample delicious food, take in live
music and witness the performance of martial arts on Independence
Day. The festival will take place July 4th on the North Stage of
City Hall Plaza right in the heart of Boston from 2:00 p.m. to 7
Come be a part of the Chinese celebration of happiness, good
health, and harvest. This event showcases martial arts, the dragon
dance, Chinese opera, and vendor booths. The August Moon Festival
takes place in Boston’s Chinatown from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
on Sunday, August 12. Free for all.
Get a taste of Caribbean culture on a midnight boat cruise. Boston
Carnival Village’s annual Jouvert boat cruise is a Mardi
Gras-style costume party that celebrates the culture of Trinidad.
The cruise will feature live music from DJ Madman Maddy, beer from
Carib Brewery, and a delicious catered meal from Rhythm Restaurant.
Prizes will be awarded for best painted face, best costume, best
mask, and more. The cruise departs from 60 Rowes Wharf in Boston on
Friday, August 24, at midnight. Boarding begins at 11:00 p.m.
North of Boston and Greater Merrimack Valley
Travel to beautiful Gloucester and take in St. Peter’s
Fiesta, a five-day festival that honors the patron saint of
fishermen. Put on by the Italian-American community, this event
showcases religious activities, live music, tasty local cuisine,
sporting events, and a parade, culminating with the Blessing of the
Fishing Fleet from the Boulevard at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday. The
festival takes place at St. Peter’s Park in Gloucester and
runs from Wednesday, June 27, until Sunday, July 1.
World Folk Festival
Enjoy some of the best music around at the fourth annual World Folk
Festival in Lynn. The festival draws its unique appeal from the
cultural diversity of Lynn, where the residents speak more than 40
different languages. The event will feature a diverse range of
ethnic food, a demonstration of cricket, and face painting. The
folk festival will take place on June 30, from 12:00 – 8:00
p.m. at the Lynn Heritage State Park.
Celebrate ships, sailors, and all things oceanic at the annual
Salem Maritime Festival. This event features live music, tall
ships, historical reenactments, interactive family programs and
crafts. The festival takes place at the Salem Maritime National
Historic Site, which is located at 193 Derby Street in Salem, MA.
The concert portion of the festival starts at 5:00 p.m. on Friday,
August 3, with the rest of the festival on Saturday, August 4, from
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Free for all.
The 52nd annual Yankee Homecoming Festival offers a variety of
attractions and activities in scenic Newburyport. The festival
features wine tasting, waterfront concerts, a craft show, heritage
tours, and even a golf tournament. The event is spread across all
of downtown Newburyport and takes place from Sunday, July 29,
through Sunday, August 5.
Cape Cod and the Islands
Festival and Blessing of the Fleet
Fishermen, their families, and townspeople join in this annual
blessing of fishing boats in Provincetown. The festival includes
dancing, soup tasting, food from local eateries and a
children’s fishing contest. The event takes place from
Thursday, June 21, through Sunday, June 24, at Macmillian Wharf.
Tickets are $30 for adults and $7 for children.
Wampanoag Pow Wow
The Mashpee Wampanoag Pow Wow pulls together a range of Native
American cultural customs and goods. At the festival, attendees
will find Native American art, jewelry, crafts, gifts, dancing,
food, games, and more. The event is located at the Barnstable
County Fair Grounds in Falmouth and runs from June 29 - July 1.
Tickets cost $13 for adults and $8 for children and elders.
African-American Film Festival
The Martha’s Vineyard African-American Film Festival is
four-day retreat dedicated to showcasing the works of independent
and established filmmakers. Since its’ founding in 2001, the
festival has grown quickly and caught the attention of many film
enthusiasts. The festival takes place from August 7–11. There
are two types of tickets: day passes for $85 and all-access passes
“A Tour of Waterfalls in the Provinces”
The Worcester Art Museum is showcasing a rare collection of
Katsushika Hokusai’s woodblock-print artwork, titled “A
Tour of Waterfalls in the Provinces.” The Hokusai exhibit is
part of the museum’s redesigned Japanese gallery, which also
features ceramics and a 10th century wooden sculpture. The exhibit
started on May 17, and ends on November 1. The museum’s
general admission rates apply.
Out to Lunch Concert
Live music and good food is the name of the game. The Out to Lunch
Concert series offers Worcester residents the chance to take in
live music and choose from vendors, who are made up of local
restaurants, farmers, and artists. The concerts take place at
Worcester Common each Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 2 p.m. The concert
series runs from June 29 until August 31. Free for all.
The Worcester Latin American Festival is the perfect event for
someone who has a hankering for Latin music but isn’t
interested in a long plane flight. This celebration of Dominican,
Puerto Rican and Latin culture in general offers a variety of
ethnic foods, a bustling beer garden, and live music. The event
takes place on Saturday, August 18, at the Worcester Common and
lasts from noon until 9 p.m. Admission is free.
festival of new Yiddish music
Yidstock will feature some of the best new Klezmer around over the
course of several nights. The event will include virtuoso violinist
Itzhak Perlman, who will perform In the Fiddler’s House, a
screening of A Tickle in the Heart, and Seth Rogovoy’s
multimedia program Rockin’ the Shtetl: The Essential Klezmer.
YidStock will take place at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst from
July 11 – 15. Tickets are $5 for members or students and $8
The Green River Festival, Franklin County’s music event of
the year, is not the show to miss. This two-day event features
music on three different stages in addition to great local food,
fine crafts, and gorgeous hot-air balloons. The concert, which
features Los Lobos, Ozomatli, and many others, takes place at
Greenfield Community College from Saturday, July 14 –
Glasgow Lands Scottish
Dust off your kilt and head over to Northampton to enjoy the
Glasgow Lands Scottish Festival. The festival offers a Highland
dance competition, a Highland athletic competition, pipe and drum
band competitions, Scottish food, and merchant vendors.
Northampton’s Look Park hosts this event, which runs from 9
a.m – 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 21. General admission is $16,
children 6-12 are $5, and children under six go for free.
The Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism (MOTT) is the
state agency dedicated to promoting Massachusetts as a
leisure-travel destination. An integral part of the state’s
economy, tourism generates more than $915 million in state and
local taxes and $14.4 billion in travel related expenditures and
supports 121,500 in-state jobs. Web site: http://www.massvacation.com/