The Boston Ahts Festival is this weekend!

Since 2003, Mayor Menino has presented the Boston Ahts Festival at the North End’s beautiful Christopher Columbus Park.

This year’s event is 8/31-9/1 from 12 – 8PM daily featuring over 50 visual artist and performances by Jesse Dee, Dwight and Nicole, and A Tribe Called Red!


Affectionately dubbed (ähts), The Boston Arts Festival is designed to launch Boston’s arts season and showcase more than 60-juried artists and Boston’s contemporary art scene. Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park will be transformed into a specially designed artists’ village on August 31st and September 1st to allow visual artists to exhibit and sell one-of-a-kind and limited edition works of art, covering a broad spectrum of creativity.

“I am proud to say that the Boston Arts Festival has become one of the most anticipated events in Boston’s annual arts calendar.  Our city is home to so many gifted visual and performing artists, and we look forward to celebrating their vast talent and work,” said Mayor Menino.

The 2013 performance program includes: City Stage Company, Sam Cornish & The Lemonshiners, Boston Bhangra, Brite Lite Brites, Bear Language, Evolfo Doofeht, Dwight and Nicole, Jesse Dee, Quartet of Happiness, Sarah McKenize, Molly Turtle, Banditas, Urban Nerdz, and Tribe called Red.  There will also be a program of family friendly activities including interactive painting led by the Mayor’s Mural Crew, special children’s area, and glass blowing demonstrations.

The festival also serves as the official launch of the Boston Open Studios season which begins the week end of September 21-22 with the United South End Artists.  Open Studios is part of a campaign that promotes, cultivates and celebrates the diverse cultural activity in the Boston neighborhoods.  Open Studios will continue every weekend until the last event in Charlestown, December 7-8.  Collectively, there are 12 neighborhoods that comprise the Boston Open Studios Coalition that was formed in 1996. Information on specific neighborhoods, dates and the organization’s websites can be found at

Boston’s Summer on the Waterfront, a collaboration of 50 nonprofit, public agencies and businesses led by the Boston Harbor Association will also be featuring a fireworks display at 9pm on August 31st which can be viewed from Christopher Columbus Park.

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Performance Schedule! 

Saturday, August 31   

Sam Cornish & The Lemonshiners, 12:00-12:45

City Stage Company, 1:00-1:45

Boston Bhangra, 2:00-2:45

Brite Lite Brite, 3:00-3:45

Bear Language, 4:00-4:45

Evolfo Doofeht, 5:00-5:45

Dwight and Nicole, 6:00-6:45

Jesse Dee, 7:00-8:00

Sunday, September 1

City Stage Company, 1:00-1:45

Quartet of Happiness, 2:00-2:45

Sarah McKenize, 3:00-3:45

Molly Tuttle, 4:00-4:45

Banditas, 5:00-5:45

Urban Nerdz, 6:00-6:45

A Tribe Called Red,  7:00-8:00

Public Art Installations! 

Elisa HamiltonDance Spot
Michele Auer, String Theory
Katarzyna BalugInfinite Potential
John CrowleyHomage to Florentijn Hofman’s Rubber Duck