Mass. Ave. in East Arlington will come alive during Capitol Square’s 19th annual “Feast of the East,” Saturday, June 17, from 12 to 4pm, with the return of the popular Fox Festival and Parade, ethnic food from Arlington’s favorite restaurants, live music, line-dancing, free activities for all ages, sales, raffles and giveaways from neighborhood businesses.
Back by popular demand, the Fox Festival and Parade, led by the New Orleans-style Second Line Social Aid and Pleasure Society Brass Band, steps-off at noon in front of the Fox Library. “The parade was such a big hit last year,” says Jan Whitted, owner of Artbeat and member of the Feast planning committee. “Community members are encouraged to make their own costume, banner, mask, or moveable sculpture inspired by the themes of nature and urban wildlife.” Sponsored by Arlington Public Art, look for giant foxes and other urban animals marching along the sidewalks of Capitol Square in a festive pageant.
There’s something for everyone from Arlington’s favorite restaurants, including Italian, Indian, Greek, Mexican, Asian, Vegan and good old American cuisine. Kids will enjoy the Feast’s resident clown complete with animal balloons, face painting, and free crafts at Artbeat, as well as free popcorn, cotton candy, snow cones and more. Maxima Gift Center will be celebrating its 20th birthday and offering 20% off storewide during the event.
What’s new? Enjoy the new Artisans block, featuring ten area artisans in addition to our own 13Forest Gallery. Artisans’ work includes painting, jewelry, paper baskets, clothing, and bags. 13Forest will be offering a special sale all weekend (10% 0ff items over $100).
Enter the fitness zone, for an eclectic display of live demos including martial arts and fencing demos, fitness training demos from our own Back Bay Fit as well as Middle Eastern dance demos.
Other live performances throughout the day include the A-Town Brass Band, Julie Kaufmann Country Line Dancing, the Blues Deluxe band, as well as several acoustic guitar players. And be sure to stop by the Arlington Center for the Art’s booth on Mass. Ave. for a chance to win four Disney Park Hopper passes.
The always popular Kid’s Zone on the Trinity Church lawn will be hopping with bounce houses; the Inventor Mentor, making exciting science through invention; and back by popular demand, Sing-along with Kevin M, and activities led by Lesley Ellis School and by the Arlington Children’s Theater (newly housed at Trinity).
Feast of the East is brought to you by the Capitol Square Business Association, with additional support from Brookline Bank, as well as Leader Bank, Bowes Real Estate, the Capitol Theatre and Watertown Savings Bank.