About the Festival

The 2014 Festival was a huge success — and the weather was perfect! 

The 17th Annual Garlic and Arts Festival will be held on September 26 and 27, 2015.  Check back here in the New Year for information about how you can participate.

16th Annual North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival – Sept 27 and 28, 2014 

Celebrate sweet [and stinkin’] sixteen  – that’s years of the North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival, September 27 and 28 in Orange Massachusetts.  There’s something for everyone at this fabulous family destination, held on a beautiful historic farm amidst autumn foliage.  Full schedules and a map of the field are now available along with news about field changes and how best to make use of the shuttle buses from the parking lots.

We love them but…remember, Absolutely NO DOGs (other than service dogs) are allowed at the festival. Dogs cannot be left in cars for their safety- and it will be a warm weekend. The kindness of a neighbor enables hikers to cross his property on a trail to the festival- but dogs are not allowed on his property. Do come visit another time with your dog, but not this weekend!

Here is what you will enjoy at the festival: Buy local, be local: support the bounty of over 100 booths featuring regional artists, farmers, and community organizations; strengthen communities by purchasing locally crafted and grown. Relax and celebrate life with great music, performance, spoken word, and dance on solar powered stages and throughout the rolling fields and forest. Learn and create through exhibitor demos, and new art and adventure activities for kids and families. Get silly with garlic games galore including the famous raw garlic-eating contest. Travel the garlic globe with celebrated chef demos, and fill your belly with glorious, farm fresh and savory cuisine as you relax in the food courts overlooking the festivities. Energize your life with informative renewable energy and local living presentations, plus healing arts exhibitors. Orange is the New Green: trash free (well, only three bags for 10,000 people) with everything else recycled or transformed into fertile compost for gardens not garbage. Family friendly admission: Still only$5.00 per day for adults, weekend pass $8.00, kids 12 and under free, free shuttle and parking too. Awarded 2nd best festival out of hundreds across the region by the Valley Advocate reader’s poll, mark your calendars now for two days of peace, love and garlic.

The festival for 2014 is shaping up to be better than ever.  This year will feature live animals — ranging from oxen to birds of prey.  The Main Stage has a great line-up of bands, drummers, and singers.  The Family Stage is back and the Spoken Word Stage is now in its third year of offering poetry and performances.  Some new Artists and Agricultural exhibitors have been added to complement the favorites who return each year.  As always, the Food vendors will have a tempting array of amazing dishes and there will be Games and Activities on the field.  And the Renewable Energy and Local Living talks will highlight some ways that we can reduce our carbon footprint.

Join us for a weekend of fun, food, and fantastic community.

The North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival is a celebration of the artistic, agricultural and cultural bounty of the region. The purpose of the festival is to unite North Quabbin people whose livelihoods are connected to the land and the arts, and to invite both local residents and those who do not live in the region to experience the richness of an area that is often overlooked.

The festival emphasizes what is homegrown, handmade and high quality, as well as what helps preserve and support the environment and the community. Everyone involved – organizers, exhibitors, volunteers, performers, attendees, a supportive community – makes the festival what it is: an engaging, fun and educational celebration for all ages.

An all-volunteer committee composed of neighbors, artists, farmers, and community members meets year-round to organize The North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival. The Forster/ Stewart Family graciously hosts the festival at their beautiful, historic farm, and the festival is a non-profit event under the umbrella of Seeds of Solidarity Education Center. Over 200 volunteers the weekend of the event park, welcome, recycle, and support exhibitors; and exhibitors contribute time to raise tents, feed work crews, and more to help bring the festival to fruition. The festival admission is kept affordable to families, and is used to cover the costs of the festival, as well as support local projects that promote a vibrant North Quabbin region.

We are full up for vendors and exhibitors for 2014.  Check back early in 2015 for next year.