About The Festival

How We Got Started

Mayor Peter Torigian founded the International Festival in 1984. The goal was simple; an opportunity for neighbor to meet neighbor, while celebrating and appreciating each other’s culture.

The International Festival is the largest festival of its kind and the signature event in Peabody for over 35 years. The Festival continues to attract between 50,000 and 80,000 people to Peabody Square. 

Festival Committee

Honorary Chairman:

Mayor Edward Bettencourt


Camille Bartlett & Barry Osborne

Beth Amico

John Andrews

Jennifer Brickley

Tim Brown

Sharon Cameron

Donna Connelly

Chris Dowling

Lisa Greene


Kevin Guzofski

Paul Lazzaro

Courtney Macloon

Shawn Mahoney

Darryl McCarthy

Ruth Mowder

Scott Richards

Chris Ryder

John Yale

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does admission cost?

The International Festival is a free event.

Is the Festival rain or shine?

The Festival date is September 10, 2023 and it is rain or shine.

Where can I park?

Parking is available on Chestnut Street, Foster Street, Mill Street, Washington Street, and Railroad Ave.

What streets are closed during the Festival?

Check out our map for street closures: https://ifestpeabody.com/interactive-map/

Are there shuttles available?

The shuttles for the festival will run from the Higgins Middle School parking lot and the front parking lot of Sports Medicine North at the North Shore Mall closes to Route 128.  

The drop spots will be:  (1) at the municipal parking lot on Central Street; (2) behind the upper Main Street stage at intersection of Main Street and Washington Street and (3) at Park Street and Summer Street.

Where are the restrooms?

Restrooms are available at the corner of Lowell/Foster Street, Nichols Street, and East End Veterans Memorial Park.

Are dogs allowed at the Festival?

As much as we love them, we ask that you please leave your furry friends at home.

Is there alcohol at the Festival?

The Peabody Area Chamber of Commerce and Peabody Rotary host a beer garden located behind North Shore Bank. Granite Coast Brewery will also be open at their location (77 Main St).

Peter Torigian Memorial International Festival Spirit Award

Mayor Peter Torigian founded the International Festival in 1984 and it is considered to be one of his crowning achivements.

This award, which was founded in 2005 after Torigian’s passing, honors his memory while recognizing those who are committed to his ideals of community service.

2005 – Judy Selesnick

2006 – Rich Howcroft

2007 – Larry O’Keefe

2008 – St Vasilios

2009 – Mary Bellavance

2010 – Lola Busta

2011 – Debbie Magregor

2012 – Judy Meserve

2013 – Jackie Torigian

2014 – Banda Recreativa, Escola Portuguesa de Peabody, Our Lady of Fatima Church, Portuguesa Lodge 10, Rancho Folclorico

2015 – Kay Morocco

2016 – Natalie Maga

2017 – Italian-American Club

2018 – Peabody Rotary Club

2019 – Peabody TV

2022 – Carolyn Wynn

2023 – Jacky Ankeles






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