FRAMINGHAM — MetroFest is personal again this year, with its 9th annual rendition taking place Saturday at the Bowditch Athletic and Cultural Complex, 475 Union Ave.
The fun starts at 11am and lasts until 4pm. This year marks the return of an in-person festival after two virtual events during the pandemic years as MetroFest: At Home Edition!
Admission is free for the family-friendly event, hosted by the MetroWest Visitors Bureau, and features food, art, exhibitors, music, vintage cars, craft drink tastings and more.
Be sure to show up hungry as more than 15 food trucks will be served during the event including Sun Kim Bop Korean Fusion; Ed’s French Fries – chips and poutines; you taco dude; Boston Coffee Rescue; The Smokin’ Food Truck 51; and many more.
Throughout the day, attendees can enjoy a variety of music and entertainment on two stages, with something for everyone. Enjoy performances by recurring groups The Reminisants, featuring oldies, Eguie Castrillo and his Orchestra Latin Percussion, and new for 2022, The Zajac Family Band, with classic rock and more.
More than 75 artisans, craftsmen and exhibitors will be on site, and family-friendly activities include Touch-A-Truck, magic shows, community stage performers, classic cars and lawn games. Habitat for Humanity returns with its playhouse building zone. New this year is a remote-controlled racing car track and the Framingham Public Library bookmobile.
MetroFest is once again pleased to present a variety of MetroWest offerings: the Colonial Curling Association, bouncy castles and an inflated obstacle course in Kids Town; and a tasting tent featuring Framingham’s Jack’s Abby Craft Lagers and Natick’s Lookout Farm Brewing & Cider Co.
“MetroFest brings together residents, visitors and businesses from the MetroWest area and is the largest arts and cultural event of its kind in the region,” said Erin Lynch, executive director of the MetroWest Visitors Bureau, in a statement. “This is MetroFest’s 9th year and we look forward to continuing to showcase the tremendous assets of this region. There is so much to do and see! The MetroWest region has such amazing cultural diversity and that’s what we highlight at MetroFest – from the food and music to activities, community entertainment, locally produced beer and cider tastings, shops and activities. There’s something for everyone, and this is a family-friendly, free event. Come, everyone, come and enjoy the richness of the region.”
Sponsors include Avidia Bank, MetroWest Medical Center, MassBay Community College, City of Franklin, Natick Center Cultural District, City of Framingham, Framingham Parks & Recreation and the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism, and media partners MyFM101.3 and El Mund Boston.
Those interested in volunteering at MetroFest can visit https://tinyurl.com/2p9c3hn3.
Vendors looking for booth space can visit https://tinyurl.com/2me4b8y5 and food trucks can visit https://tinyurl.com/2p858bxf.