The 20th Anniversary of the North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival is September 29 and 30 in Orange MA. This family friendly destination is bursting with exceptional art, local farm products, fabulous food, endless entertainment, and inspiration for a hopeful future. Held on a historic farm amid fall foliage, the festival attracts thousands from throughout New England.
Celebrate the 20th Anniversary: Pick up a packet of pollinator seeds in several festival locations- a gift from the festival to sow seeds of goodness far and wide. Then at 3PM on Sunday partake in a parade, circle of peace and community, and a giant cake!
Great music, entertainment, and spoken word fill three stages and the rolling fields. The line-up of performers this year is an amazing testimony to the culturally diverse and abundant talents of the region. Over 100 bountiful booths feature regional artists, farmers, community organizations, and healing arts; strengthen community and economy by purchasing locally crafted and grown. Plus, over eighty engaging workshops and demos, activities and performances are scheduled throughout the weekend! Garlic games abound on the main field, including the famous raw garlic-eating contest. Travel the garlic globe in the chef demo tent, and fill your belly with farm fresh and savory cuisine in four food courts. Orange is the New Green: trash free (only three bags for 10,000 people) with everything else recycled or transformed into fertile compost to make gardens not garbage. Bring your own bottle for the free drinking water provided, or buy a souvenir refillable one along with an artist-designed festival tee shirt and collector cookbook. Visit the ‘The World We Love,’ a giant handcrafted globe at the kid’s art and activity tent. Add your vision for a positive future. The ‘Portal to the Future’ at the north end of the festival site is the place to visit for all things renewable energy, with an inspiring workshop line-up, demo gardens, and special urine-collecting toilets provided in collaboration with The Rich Earth Institute. Make your golden contribution to the largest known event to divert urine, to be transformed into natural fertilizer.
Family friendly admission: Still only $5.00 per day for adults, weekend pass $8.00, kids 12 and under free. On-site parking is for accessible tags and carpools of 3 or more; free nearby shuttle lot for all others. No pets allowed (service dogs only). Festival proceeds keep the event sustainable and affordable, and support the festival’s community grant program for local art, agriculture, health and energy projects.
Get the whole bulb at garlicandarts.org including the 2018 schedule of exhibitors, entertainment, and workshops and activities for all ages. Come find out why the festival is consistently rated in the top three among hundreds across the region by the Valley Advocate Reader’s Poll. While in the North Quabbin, stop in at local businesses and Honest Weight brewery, or enjoy ample hiking or paddling.