SATURDAY: Cape Verdean Festival in Onset

Aug 08, 2013

The annual Cape Verdean Festival will be held in Prospect Park and the Onset Band Shell from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on August 10.

The free event, which traditionally attracts thousands of people, will open with music at 11 a.m. from Milton and the Friends from New Bedford, and end with Zé Rui de Pina. Also performing is the Victorious Dance Group from Brockton.

Kathy "Lady K" Canute from Onset will serve as this year's entertainment and stage director.

In addition to the musical performances, nearly 100 vendors selling arts, crafts, clothing, and jewelry will fill the park. Vendors open at 10 a.m.

Food is always a big part of the festival. This year, 24 vendors will offer all the favorite Cape Verdean fare, along with barbecue, fried food, seafood, and desserts. A covered eating area will be set up with tables and chairs.

Raffle tickets will be sold with cash prizes of $1,000, $500, and $250.

Attendees can pick up a free program with information about the performers, the Cabo Verde islands, Cape Verdean recipes, and the history of Cape Verde.

There are three designated parking areas along Onset Avenue. Parking costs $10 and a free-of-charge shuttle will transport attendees to and from the festival between the hours of 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.

The rain date for the festival is Sunday, August 11.

Comments (2)
Posted by: joycebakes | Jul 30, 2013 06:23

I didn't realize this event was now free.  I haven't gone in a few years but used to go when I lived in Onset and it was not free then.  But they have the best food!

Posted by: justin beiber | Aug 10, 2013 13:36


I just drove through Onset Village.

From the looks of it, this event is not free (thank goodness).

The parking lot at the pier and the tennis courts are both full, which means the Town is earning some much needed revenue.

Plus the event organizers get to charge a $10 parking fee at Lopes Field or the lot across the street.

Since our police department lacks the necessary manpower to enforce a 2-hour parking limit along Onset Avenue, those spaces are most likely free.

I don't really have a problem with this, considering that vendors are probably using them.

The Town did a great job installing additional parking instructions near the tennis courts.

I believe Mr. Sullivan said these new regulations are a work in progress.

Kudos to him for initiating the parking program.

While I'm aware that he has heard an earful of complaints, this resident is truly grateful.

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