South Shore Arts Festival
Let’s not confuse this with your typical craft fair.
This is the 64th edition of an outdoor art show that draws over 9,000 visitors to the gorgeous little historic seaside town of Cohasset for one three day weekend each year – showcasing craft and fine artists from New England and beyond. (This year, it’s through Sunday, June 16.) You’ll find nearly 100 juried exhibitor booths, along with live music performances, artist demonstrations, children’s activities and more. The quality is high. The town is charming. The weather is (usually) terrific. It’s a can’t-miss combination.
There’s not a lot of parking in Cohasset Village, so you’re well advised to park at the South Shore Music Circus* (130 Sohler Street, Cohasset), and take the free trolley shuttle in. There’s a $5 admission donation to the show, benefitting the non-profit Arts Center that sponsors the Festival – a vibrant center that might be worth a look in its own right. It’s open 10 to 4 at 119 Ripley Road, Cohasset, 02025. If you’d like to really support the organization, the event actually kicks off with a VIP Preview party on June 13 at 6:30 pm, a special gala evening cohosted by the Boch Center that will bring a sampling of its newly opend Folk Americana Root Hall of Fame to Cohasset Common. General admission tickets are $125, or you can double that by including the champagne and oyster reception.
*If you haven’t been to the Music Circus, some reasonably big acts play here, in a venue that is universally adored for its “not a bad seat in the house” intimacy, though occasionally criticized for its parking. Among this year’s acts – Blood Sweat and Tears, June 21; Brett Eldredge ,August 10; Foreigner, August 24. www.themusiccircus.org