East Arlington’s New Streetscape Comes Alive During Capitol Square’s 18th Annual “Feast of the East” Saturday, June 18, from 12 to 4pm
The new streetscape along Mass Ave in East Arlington will come alive during Capitol Square’s 18th annual “Feast of the East,” Saturday, June 18, from 12 to 4pm, with a brass band blowout, ethnic food from Arlington’s favorite restaurants, free activities for all ages, a 20th birthday party bash, sales, raffles and giveaways from neighborhood businesses.
“With just a few final touches to go, we’re thrilled to show-off the new streetscape along Mass Ave,” said Diane Buxton owner of Luv and Other Gifts, who helps plan the event and will be partnering with A-DOG (Arlington Dog Owners Group) during the Feast to introduce her store’s new “Puppy Luv” items for dogs. “Why should the humans have all the fun,” she adds. “We’ll be sampling our new Puppy Luv gourmet dog treats and A-DOG will be offering free doggy massage.”
Be sure to bring your appetite for a day full of your favorite food, from Acitron to Za, Arlington’s best restaurants will be serving up something for everyone. Be one of the first to try Ristorante Olivio’s new breakfast and lunch offerings on their outdoor patio. Kids will enjoy the Feast’s resident clown complete with animal balloons, face painting, free crafts, as well as free popcorn, cotton candy, snow cones and more.
Artbeat Creativity Store and Studio will kick-off their 20th birthday celebration that will continue throughout the year. Join the party during the Feast to help decorate their birthday cake, make a party favor to take home, get your face painted, and pick up a Follow That Fox! guidebook for Artbeat’s Summer Art and Discovery Adventure.
“Cultural life in East Arlington is blossoming.” says Artbeat owner Jan Whitted, who has helped organize Feast of the East for 18 years and helped found the Capitol Square Business Association. “Artbeat’s been part of that since the beginning, and Feast of the East has been an important way for the community to come together. We hope everyone will stop by and be part of the fun and see what Capitol Square has to offer.”
It’s a brass band blowout in front of the Fox Library where three brass bands will perform throughout the day. Join the Fox Festival and Parade, led by the Second Line Social Aid and Pleasure Society Brass Band at noon; followed by the Funkrust Brass Band, a 15+ piece brass band playing disco punk; and last but not least, the A-Town Jazz Band will keep the beat going strong until 3:30pm.
As usual, the 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. Be sure to stop by Arlington Public Art’s booth on Mass Ave to have fun in the UpTruck Mobile Arts Lab.
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, Watertown Savings Bank, and Bowes Real Estate.
For a complete list of participants visit the event page here
Capitol Square is located in the heart of East Arlington, MA, near Routes 2 and 16, and less than three miles from Harvard Square. Visit unique, artsy shops and galleries and a variety of great eateries along Mass. Ave.