QUINCY — Quincy will celebrate all forms of the arts this weekend in the 22nd Annual Quincy ArtsFest.
The celebrations will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday. This year, the festival will also include the City of Presidents road race and awards ceremony, as well as juried art displays, hayrides and live music.
“You can do the race and then come into the field and enjoy the art,” said Lisa Aimola, spokeswoman for the mayor’s office. She said organizers wanted to try something new this year, so they decided to combine both events. She said she hopes this will draw more people to the art show.
One of the best parts of the festival, Aimola said, is the art made by children in the Quincy school system.
Aimola said that it had been Mayor Thomas Koch’s idea to bring the student artwork to the festival. “It’s been great for families and kids to see the artwork on display,” she said
The Quincy Symphony Orchestra will play again this year, on Saturday, and will also hold an instrument “petting zoo” that will give people a chance to get up close and personal with the instruments in the orchestra. After the orchestra plays, Devri, one of Boston’s top Irish bands, will perform until the end of the day.
Sunday’s performances will include Velocity Dance Studio, South Shore School of Theatre and the Toe Jam Puppet Band.
Other activities will include pony rides, Joe’s Crazy Critters, a caricature artist and face painting.
“It’s an entire weekend of fun for families,” Aimola said.
The festival will be held 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Adams Field and Merrymount Park. The Quincy Symphony Orchestra will play Saturday from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Race registration will start at 8 a.m. on the day of the race or can be completed in advance at cityofpresidents5k.racewire.com. Visit quincyartma.org to learn more about Quincy ArtsFest.