Peabody’s signature International Festival returns on September 10, 2023!


Celebrating diversity through music, food, and art

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Peabody’s signature International Festival returns on September 11, 2022!


Celebrating diversity through music, food, and art

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About the International Festival

The International Festival is the largest festival of its kind and the signature event in Peabody for over 35 years. Dozens of civic organizations, nonprofits, local businesses, cultural groups, crafters and artisans line Downtown Peabody with delicious food and artwork inspired from places all around the world. 

The Festival continues to attract between 50,000 and 80,000 people to Peabody Square. Popular bands and performance groups entertain the crowd, and a program designed specifically for kids makes this extremely popular festival in early September a real crowd pleaser.

Over the last two years, our community has changed and evolved due to Covid-19. The Festival will also have some changes, but we’re so excited to once again gather in Peabody Square to celebrate our diverse community.

With over 65 food booths, 35 local artists, and all-day musical entertainment

The International Festival boasts our rich ethnic heritage and diversity, with delicious food, good music, and a wonderful display of local artistic talent. 

A Message from the Mayor

“The International Festival is the largest celebration of its kind on the North Shore. Free and open to the public, the Festival showcases Peabody’s rich ethnic diversity and strong community spirit.”

Mayor Edward A. Bettencourt, Jr.

Our Events

In addition to all-day live entertainment at both stages and food booths, the International Festival has an area dediated to kids, an Artisan Market & Galleria, and a beer garden.

Peabody Square & Main Street


The International Festival has all day entertainment from 11:00am-5pm at two sites: one at the corner of Chestnut and Lowell Street, and the other at the corner of Main and Washington Street.

Main Street

Food Booths

Galumpkis, knish, empanadas, oh my! The International Festival features over 65 food booths ranging from Greek, Portuguese, Brazilian, Polish, Chinese, Indian, Irish, Caribbean, and so much more!

Foster Street

Artisan Market & Galleria

The Galleria showcases artwork and paintings from both new and familiar faces. And the Creative Collective will be bringing in over 40 local artisan vendors featuring crafts from all around the world!

Courthouse Plaza / 77 Main St

Beer & Sangria

Peabody Area Chamber of Commerce and Peabody Rotary will co-host a Beer & Sangria Garden on the Courthouse Plaza. There will be sangria and beer from Essex County Brewing.

Granite Coast Brewing will also have beer in front of their storefront at 77 Main Street.

East End Veterans Memorial Park

Kids’ Corner

Hula hoop contest, egg toss, watermelon race, and more! A day filled with music, dancing, and character shows. 

All videos courtesy of Peabody TV. All photos courtesy of Cheryl Millard.

Our 2022 Sponsors

Thanks to our sponsors for making this event FREE to attend

Title Sponsor

Pop up Stage Sponsor

Galleria Tent Sponsor

Artisan Market Sponsor

Stage & Broadcast Sponsors

Corporate Sponsor

The McCarthy

Family Foundation

Beer Garden Co-Sponsors

Friends of the Festival

The Staunton Family

The McCarthy Family

The Amico Family

Ruth and David Titelbaum

In-Kind Sponsors

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