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About MFoA

  • Art Exhibits Marblehead Festival of Arts

“to promote and foster artistic events and activities in the town of Marblehead”

Founded in 1962, the Marblehead Festival of Arts has a rich history in producing a premier summer arts festival that has become a unique forum for artistic expression over its 50+ years of operation. The Festival operates throughout the year with seasonal events, fundraising and planning for the centerpiece of our activities, the Marblehead Festival of Arts which is traditionally held each year over the July 4th holiday. The July Festival hosts a wide range of art exhibits, outdoor music concerts overlooking Marblehead Harbor, the Film Festival, the Street Festival, the Children’s Festival, Artisans’ Marketplace and many other cultural activities designed to provide a fun and enriching experience for the entire family. 

By the people, for the people.

The Marblehead Festival of Arts is run by an all-volunteer organization comprised of more than 40 committees and involving several hundred volunteers. Volunteering for the Festival is an easy way to support local arts, give back to your community, and make new friends. And it can be a family affair – there are many opportunities for families to volunteer together at various events, exhibits and fundraisers. For more information on volunteering visit our Volunteer Information page.


Where does the funding come from?

From you! The Marblehead Festival of Arts is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation registered in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The MFoA operates year-round and relies solely on fundraising events and donations to fund its operations. Individuals, families and businesses may become Festival Sponsors by making a tax-deductible contribution. For additional information on funding and the benefits of becming a Festival sponsor, visit our Donations page


The Festival is managed by a Board of Directors elected annually by members of Marblehead Festival of Arts, Inc. The Board oversees all committees, events, scheduling and fundraising efforts. If you would like to be considered for a position on the Board, or would like to recommend someone, please contact the Nominating Committee. Include your name, the recommended person’s name email address, mailing address, home phone, and other pertinent information.

2018 Board of Directors

        Front Row – Mike Thompson, Maura Flaherty, Joanne Smith, Patricia Patrick, Kathy Barker
        Back Row – Matt Friedman, Ellen Garvey, Maggie Raftus, Lesli Meade, Katy Alexander


President –  Joanne Smith

Immediate Past President – Bill Smalley

1st Vice President – Kiki Taron Kinney

2nd Vice President – Patricia Patrick

Treasurer – Maura Flaherty

Secretary – Katherine Barker


Katie Alexander

Pam Duncan

Kim-Marie Phelan

Lesli Mead

Maggie Raftus

Matt Friedman

Ellen Garvey

Michael Thompson