Local Gem: Everett VillageFest

A couple of weeks ago, the city of Everett and their mayor Carlo DeMaria hosted the second annual Everett Village Fest just off of Santilli Highway in the city’s Village Business District. Still being new to the area, and unfamiliar with Everett besides their Target, there was probably no better way to spend a blue-skied day than at a free music festival. Not to mention, the semi-popular 90s band Eve 6 was closing the festival! 

The Vibe

The entrance to the festival was conveniently located right outside of Short Path Distillery, one of the three anchor alcohol businesses within the Village. Once in the main section of the festival – deemed so by the string lights intertwined high above - everything was laid out in an orderly fashion, with tons of people strolling in between. 

In one direction, the stage, Night Shift Brewing, and the festival’s sponsors were all neatly set up around the edges of the festival, puling attendees towards the music and freebies. In the opposite direction, food trucks, a truck filled with vintage clothing, inflatables for kids and Bone Up Brewing Company were pulling large crowds. 

The Beer

Unfortunately, the lines to get into breweries were at least 40 people strong, but thankfully Down The Road Brewery had multiple tents set up throughout the festival offering their craft beers for $4. The lineup included Fee des Fleur (French Saison), Henzelmann’s Festbier (Festbier), Seventh Star IPA (IPA), and Darkest Night Imperial Stout (Russian Imperial Stout), and were served in Village Fest souvenir cups. 

The Music

Eve 6 headlined the festival, but only after six other acts took stage. The music styles ranged from country rock to funky blues to R&B, and included various local acts like Daemon Chilli (Lowell), Rebecca Zama (Everett) Analog Heart (Boston) and the Herland Brothers (Boston). What was best about the live music is how perfectly it complimented the atmosphere of the festival. 

Beer, food trucks, cocktails, outdoor games, and live music – what more could you possibly ask for on the last official Saturday of summer in Boston? We can't wait for next year. Get it on your to-do list! 

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