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ARts Festival

67th Annual Arts Festival in honor of Dorothy Palmer | Cohasset Common


Friday, June 17, 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Saturday, June 18, 10:00 am - 7:00 pm

Sunday, June 19, 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

South Shore Art Center Arts Festival celebrates its 67th year and showcases craft and fine artists from New England and beyond. In addition to juried exhibitor booths, the Arts Festival features a juried art exhibition and members’ show, live music performances, artist demonstrations, children’s art activities and a young artist exhibition.

This year's Festival honors the memory and contributions of the late Dorothy Palmer who played a pivotal role in the founding and longevity of South Shore Art Center.

$5.00 donation suggested


There will be FREE PARKING & Shuttle Service


Friday & Sunday, Park at South Shore Music Circus, 130 Sohier St, Cohasset


Saturday, Park at Deer Hill School, 208 Sohier St, Cohasset


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Useful addresses for GPS


South Shore Music Circus
130 Sohier St, Cohasset, MA 02025


Deer Hill School

208 Sohier St, Cohasset, MA 02025


Town Common
41 Highland Ave, Cohasset, MA 02025


South Shore Art Center
119 Ripley Rd, Cohasset, MA 02025

Park at South Shore Music Circus

Parking near the Cohasset Common is extremely limited and South Shore Art Center provides free shuttle service on Friday and Sunday from the South Shore Music Circus parking lots located a short distance away, on Sohier St.

Parking at Deer Hill School is available on Saturday.

Shuttle is wheelchair accessible

The shuttle service will run beginning one hour before Festival opening, and will stop running one hour after closing, daily.

Parking will be well-marked along Sohier Street.






From beyond Greater Boston: Follow the Massachusetts Turnpike or other
highway to Route 128/Interstate 95 on the outskirts of Boston.
Follow Route 128 southwards to Braintree Split.
(Do not follow I-95 South when it turns off toward Providence.)

From within Greater Boston: Follow the Southeast Expressway/ Interstate
93 southwards past Milton and Quincy to Braintree.
At Braintree Split, follow Route 3 to the south toward Cape Cod.
Take Exit 14 off Route 3 and turn left off the ramp onto Hingham Street.
Go through two sets of lights to cross Washington Street (Route 53) to
join Route 228 North into Hingham.
Follow Route 228 as it winds through Hingham
to the lights at the intersection of Route 3A.
Take a right onto Route 3A and follow for about 3 miles.
Take a left onto Sohier Street.
(You will see signs for the Music Circus.)
The Art Center is located at the end of Ripley Road on the right hand side.

Festival Music Schedule:
Friday, June 17:

1:00 pm - Naked Bull

2:30 pm - Birch Swart

4:00 pm - SSC Student Band

5:30 pm - Awards Ceremony


Saturday, June 18:

10:00 am - Jim Armstrong

12:00 pm - Rusty Skippers

1:00 pm - Danny Gallagher

3:00 pm - Riverboat Stompers

5:00 pm - The Buzztones


Sunday, June 19:

12:00 pm - John Cate and the van Gogh Brothers

2:00 pm - Grand Theft Audio

4:00 pm - Classic Vibe

Festival Beer Garden Hours:

Friday 1 - 7 pm

Saturday, 1 - 7 pm

Sunday, 12 - 5 pm

Festival Special Attractions Include:

• Juried Art Exhibition, Members' Show and Tent Talks in the Main Tent

• KidsTent, sponsored by Granite City Electric, featuring a Young Artists' Exhibition and interactive art-making activities

• Art village of juried craft exhibitior booths encircling the green with exquisite jewelry, home and garden products, hand-made clothing, ceramics, fine art and photography

• Non-stop performanecs on the sound stage from big band to funk to rock-n-roll

• Installation of three exhibitions - Dorothy Palmer Solo Show, Faculty Showcase and Jess Hurley Scott faculty feature - in South Shore Art Center galleries

• Festival Preview Gala, Breathe Life, on Thursday evening, featuring Rob 'Problak' Gibbs, the artist behind some of Boston's most iconic murals including the larger than life Breathe Life series commissioned by the Boston Museum of Fine Arts