CAMBRIDGE – The 4th Annual Groove City Culture Fest took place on Pine Street Friday and Saturday, entertaining locals and visitors with two days of music, food and fun. Sponsored by the Groove City Black Heritage & Culture Group, Inc., the event has grown to be a Dorchester summer favorite, recalling successful events of years past.
“We began as the Groove City Culture Fest Committee established in 2018. Our first event was to commemorate Black Culture Day held in the late 1970s,” a statement from the group said. “Our mission is to develop and execute art and cultural events that will promote and increase diversity, tourism, cultural awareness and sensitivity in Cambridge. Our goal is to unite, rejuvenate the historical essence of art and entertainment on historic Pine Street by providing memorable cultural experiences and celebrations. Secondly, our goal is to inspire creative expression in people of all ages and expose them to opportunities by enhancing resources to the community through education, exhibitions and performances.”
Families and friends strolled the street both days, as music was performed on two stages. Vendors and community organizations lined two blocks of Pine Street, which was stopped for traffic at both ends of the festival area.
“This event is the heart and soul of the Cambridge community,” organizers said. “It is a family-friendly, cultural experience that includes performances by national and local recording artists, local youth and church organizations, visual art exhibits, health and wellness education, African-inspired goods and fashion, spoken word and delicious ethnic, local foods. This event attracts a broad cross-section of age, socio-economic and ethnically diverse residents in Cambridge and its surrounding areas as well as visiting tourists.”
Event sponsors were Crescent City Charities, Walmart, Elks Lodge #223, City of Cambridge and M&T Bank, Jones Mini Mart and Camper & Sons Concrete Work. Groove City Black Heritage & Culture Group, Inc. is a nonprofit organization.