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Brazilian Independence Day Festival

19th Brazilian Independence Day Festival in Boston: This festival is organized by the Brazilian Women's group, in partnership with various sponsors. The festival features arts and crafts, ethnic food, live Brazilian music, and many other attractions. All of the events are free and wheelchair accessible. This festival is a children friendly event but there will be live music (Fernardo Holz Band et al) and good Brazilian food (to buy) for anybody.

Where about Herter Park does this festival take place?

It will take place in the park area right across WBPX-TV building (the other side of Soldiers Field Road). The smaller parking lot is closer but probably it will be full by the time we try to get there. The larger parking lot (opposite of Day's Hotel), which can take about 150 cars is only about a 7 min. walk through the park. There will be two events in the same park on Sunday. The other event is closer to the large parking lot, so make sure you come to the right one. I am not so sure about public transport: Harvard square is about a 20-25 min walk, I think. Any bus? You can come with your or city bike since it is on the bike path along the Charles River.

I will be near the stage/performance area with a meetup sign. I try to spread blue picnic rug, if there will be enough space to do that as a marker. It starts 12 pm but I cannot be there before 12:30 pm.


• 12 pm Official opening – performance of the Brazilian National by a children’s chorus and Independence Anthems by Claudia Andrea
• Festival Opening Parade led by Marcus Santos and Bloco AfroBrazil, La Piñata and OPENAIR Circus
• Children’s activities (face painting, drawing, children's play, and pony rides)
• Boston Museum of Science & New England Aquarium
• Ethnic food, Information and Service Stands
• Live Performances: (starts 1 pm)
 - Capoeira with Mestre Chuvisco
 - Nina Torres and Band
 - Trio Choro Brasil with Fernando Brandão on flute, Catherine Bent on cello, Adam Bahrami on 7 string guitar, and guest Marcus Santos on drums
 - Turma do Samba
 - SambaViva

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  • Mariko

    It was a wonderful festival - a good choice of food and music and other performance in a perfect weather. It was a well-organized festival. We enjoyed the food and the show. Venders were fun as well (like live sea creatures and horses). The music was pretty loud so we could not talk/hear well but I enjoyed the company of the people, who managed to find me there on a picnic mat. Festival was a big occasion so parking and finding each other were the main problem. See if we can improve the situation next year. Will post photos later.

    September 7, 2014

  • faith g.

    Yeah me too!! Got stuck in traffic and knew i would miss it by time i.arrived!

    September 7, 2014

  • Catherine

    Sorry I missed you, Mariko. It took so long to find a parking place, by the time I got there I couldn't find you all. Lovely day though! Thanks for letting us know about this festival.

    September 7, 2014

  • Mark

    I'm probably going to be there from around 11:50-around 1 (sorry, Pats Pats Pats), if anyone wants to meet earlier than 12:30.

    September 5, 2014

  • Mariko

    Hi folks,
    I added detailed info about the meeting place etc. So please read the above before you show up. I will be near the performance area of the festival in the park area opposite of WBPX-TV building (+ Harvard Stadium) with a meetup sign from 12:30 pm. There will be two events in the same park and parking lots may get full quickly - study the map around the park for parking if you come with a car. It gets colder on Sunday - so be prepared for the weather as well. See you guys on Sunday afternoon and let's enjoy the festival.

    September 5, 2014

  • Mariko

    Hi Folks, when the day is getting closer I usually pick the best spot to meet and announce. That is what TBA means. I have to search around the best place and it would take time to find a good place to meet. If you have any suggestions, let me know.

    August 25, 2014

  • Chris

    how are going to find each other:


    August 25, 2014

  • Jenna M.

    Hey everyone! I'm brand new to the area. Where is everyone meeting up at the festival?

    August 24, 2014

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