The seventh annual Mystic River Celebration returns to the Condon Shell on Saturday, September 23rd from 12-4pm. This popular afternoon festival produced by CACHE in Medford celebrates the Mystic River, Medford, and the city’s active community of artists and cultural organizations. Held at the Condon Shell along the Mystic River off of Route 16 and attended by 1,000 people each year, the event features live music and dance performances, artist vendors, local food, and activities sponsored by organizations and businesses.
Every year, the Mystic River Celebration provides a line-up of some of the Medford-area’s finest musicians. This year, performers include bluegrass/folk/funk trio Cold Chocolate, jazz and blues artist Lydia Harrell, reggae band Krush Faktory, and the powerful sounds of singer-songwriter Laura Vecchione. The festival will also feature dance performances by Guardians of Isadora and Tufts Bhangra.
There will be numerous opportunities to purchase, make, and appreciate art of all types. Artist vendors will sell a variety of wares including photography, jewelry, scarves, pottery, paintings, and blown glass. The Knucklebones Play area will keep children moving and playing along with activities with the Medford Family Network and other nonprofit organizations. Local food will also be for sale.
The Condon Shell is located at 2501 Mystic Valley Parkway. Parking is available on-site as well as along Winthrop Street, though participants are encouraged to walk or ride their bike. www.cacheinmedford.org/mystic-river-celebration/.