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25th Annual North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival in Orange MA. The family friendly “festival that stinks” is renowned for exceptional art, local farm products, fabulous food, endless entertainment, and inspiration for a hopeful future. Held on a historic farm amid fall foliage, the event attracts and unites many thousands locally and across New England.
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.
Wander among 100 exhibitors with amazing art, farm-fresh products, healing arts, and community organizations. Three stages delight with music, performance, and spoken word. Travel the globe with glorious garlic cuisine and chef demos. Free kids’ art-making tent and garlic games for all ages. Orange is the new green at the festival, with local living workshops, EVs on display, and only 2 bags of trash for 8,000 people!. Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Special: half-price general admission is only $5 for the weekend! Kids 12 and under free. Card to Culture: EBT, WIC, and ConnectorCare cardholders free (save time, buy tickets online starting 9/1).
Event Date: Saturday and Sunday, 10 AM to 5 PM both days. Shine or Rain
Location: Forster’s Farm, 60 Chestnut Hill Rd. Orange, MA. No pets allowed on site or in parking lots.
Parking is FREE but limited so please carpool: on-site parking is for accessible tags and carpools of three or more; free nearby shuttle lot for all others. No pets allowed (service dogs only). Biking encouraged! Garlic lovers are hot, but no smoking on the festival site or shuttle bus lines.
The festival is volunteer organized and run; proceeds keep the event sustainable and affordable, and support the festival’s community grant program for local art, agriculture, health and energy projects. Over $45,000 has been contributed to local organizations as well as socially responsible loan funds, and the festival donates hundreds of entry passes annually to organizations that serve low income local residents.