About the Festival

The City of Peabody is a rich cultural and ethnically diverse community. In 1983 Mayor Peter Torigian hosted the First International Festival in Peabody Square.

The festival boasted our rich ethnic heritage and diversity, with good food, good music, singing, dancing, and a wonderful display of local artistic talent.

Today, thirty-two (32) years later, Mayor Edward Bettencourt continues the tradition. The International Festival still attracts between 50,000 and 80,000 people to Peabody Square.