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International festival is Sunday, Sept. 8 in Peabody

PEABODY — It’s time to think globally — at least for an afternoon: The city’s 36th annual international festival will be Sunday, Sept. 8, noon to 5:30 p.m.

The festival will include entertainment throughout the afternoon, according to information posted on the city website, on two stages set up on Main Street at Washington Street and Lowell Street at Foster Street.

An artist’s galleria will be on display in a tent set up on Foster Street with more than 50 artists featuring their work. Many of the works displayed will be for sale. 

Salem-based Creative Collective is working with the city and the International Festival Committee to expand the artisan market for this year’s festival. “Art in the moment” activities will celebrate diversity and feature, according to the city’s website, local and visiting artisans and hand-made good craftspeople. The Creative Collective Artisans will be set up on Foster Street and the parking lot at 81 Main St.

Food, of course, is the festival’s centerpiece with Indian, Greek, Portuguese, Brazilian, Chinese, Irish and Caribbean palate pleasers in addition to desserts, including ice cream. Hot dogs, chips, soda and water will also be available along with a beer and wine tent hosted by the Peabody Area Chamber of Commerce and Rotary Club of Peabody. 

The tent will be located in the North Shore Bank parking lot on Main Street. 

Don’t forget to also stop by Kids’ Day in East End Veterans Memorial Park on Walnut Street from noon to 5:30 p.m. Activities include interactive shows, moon bounces and arts and crafts.

The festival will be preceded by the Progeria Research Foundation’s (PRF) 18th annual International Race for Research on Saturday, Sept. 7. Race check in starts at 7:45 a.m. and the start time is 9 a.m. The five-kilometer road race and two-mile fun walk will be held on Leather City Common, 53 Lowell St. 

North Shore Bank is cosponsoring the race. To register, visit www.prfroadrace.org.

“I hope everyone in Peabody and the surrounding cities and towns can come experience the warmth and passion everyone brings to the race and the rush of excitement as runners cross the finish line,” said PRF Executive Director Audrey Gordon in a statement posted on the city website.

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