About the Festival

The scent-sational 19th Annual Garlic and Arts Festival will be held on September 23 and 24, 2017 in Orange, Massachusetts.  Join us at the Festival that never gets old.  Applications for vendors will begin to be available in March 2017.  Check back then.

We loved having you at the Festival on Saturday and Sunday.  But our Lost and Found box is now full of some of your possessions.  Please fill out a short form and tell us what you lost.  Hopefully we have it and can get it to you.

There is something for everyone at this family-friendly fall event, held on a beautiful historic farm amidst autumn foliage. Read this if you are wondering Who Puts the Festival On, Where the Money Goes, and Whose Land Hosts It.

Kindness, community and inspiration are always in style at this popular destination that attracts lovers of art and alliums from throughout New England.  This short video captures the spirit and values of the Festival.

Meander among 100 bountiful booths featuring regional artists, farmers, community organizations and garlic cuisine; strengthen community and economy by purchasing locally crafted and grown. Celebrate and relax with great bands, spoken word, and performance on three stages- including a solar-powered music stage – and throughout the rolling fields and forest. Be inspired by exhibitor demos and ample activities for kids and families. Get silly with garlic games galore including the famous raw garlic-eating contest. Soothe the soul with healing arts exhibitors. Travel the garlic globe with celebrated chef demos, and fill your belly with farm fresh and savory cuisine as you relax in the food courts. There are over eighty engaging workshops, activities and performances scheduled throughout the weekend! Orange is the New Green: trash free (well, only three bags for 10,000 people) with everything else recycled or transformed into fertile compost to make gardens not garbage.

New this Year! The North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival is a great way to spend a fun-filled day or full weekend in the present. But it is also a Portal to the Future.’  So many of the large-scale systems that support our modern lives are stretched thin, breaking, or already broken.  Creating a more just and sustainable future asks us to live in very different ways.  The 2016 festival features a new ‘Portal to the Future’ area that highlights ways that art, food, small-scale farming, renewable energy, care for the land, and hand skills all contribute to community-building and local resilience. You can even experience electric vehicles and test drive one from the festival shuttle lot in collaboration with Mass Drive Clean and Plug in America.

Family friendly admission: Still only $5.00 per day for adults, weekend pass $8.00, kids 12 and under free. On-site parking for accessible tags and carpools of 3 or more; free nearby shuttle lot for all others. No pets allowed. Festival proceeds keep the event sustainable and affordable, and support the festival’s community grant program for local art, agriculture, health and energy projects.

The Festival was 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.

Join us for a weekend of fun, food, and fantastic community. 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.  And, Garlic Lovers are Hot but… No Smoking in the shuttle bus lines or on the festival site.

Mission Statement:  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.