Nothing brings a town together like a good festival.
Is there anything better than listening to live music while nibbling on tasty treats in the sunshine? We sure don’t think so.
But since Waltham isn’t your typical town, its festivals are far from the usual ho-hum small town events.
Read on to learn about three unique Waltham festivals that are sure to draw crowds from within Waltham and beyond.
1. Sheep Shearing Festival
Ring in the spring with a festival at the Gore Place Mansion featuring some fluffy guests of honor: Spring 2016 will mark the 29th year of Sheep Shearing Festival, a tradition that has become a favorite amongst families with smaller children.
Enjoy wagon rides, museum tours, live entertainment and of course sheep shearing demonstrations that get Waltham’s sheep population ready for warmer weather.
Who needs huge music festivals like Coachella and Bonaroo when you have Waltham’s annual Riverfest? Music lovers will delight in the two-day celebration along the Charles River that features a diverse lineup of live artists and bands.
If you think that your pet is a star in the making, consider entering he or she in the hotly anticipated Pet Parade, an event that gives pets (and their owners!) a moment in the spotlight.
3. Watch City Steampunk Festival
So what the heck is Steampunk anyway?
The term refers to a quirky subgenre of science fiction and fantasy that glorifies the steam-powered technology of 19th century. Over the years, the movement has inspired its own fan culture that includes eccentric costumes and music.
Thanks to its industrial roots, Waltham provides the perfect location for Steampunk enthusiasts to gather once a year to celebrate the Steampunk movement through art shows, panel discussions, craft workshops, and live music at the Watch City Steampunk Festival.
Waltham’s festival began in 2010 as a means of raising money for the Charles River Museum of Industry that suffered damages due to flooding. Due to its tremendous popularity, the free one-day festival has returned each year to entertain both longtime fans and newbies of the Steampunk experience.