The Plymouth Bay Cultural District is the vibrant geographic region encompassing both the Plymouth Waterfront and the downtown areas. The Plymouth Bay Cultural District has partnered with the Massachusetts Cultural Council to earn its designation as a regional center for creative and performing arts and culture. The District was established in 2014 as part of the Plymouth 400 Celebration to enhance and enrich the quality of life for residents and visitors alike by coordinating and supporting activities that promote the arts and culture communities with diversity and inclusion. We are the 27th designated cultural district in our Commonwealth.

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The district is defined by dynamic artistic, musical, educational, and commercial opportunities as well as historic sites and parks. It has long been recognized as a cultural tourism destination, attracting thousands who visit historical sites such as The Mayflower II, Plymouth Rock, Pilgrim Hall Museum, as well as art and music venues including Memorial Hall, the Spire Center for Performing Arts, and the Plymouth Center for the Arts.  In addition, the district is home to an incredible variety of art galleries, shops featuring local and artisan goods, restaurants, and a rich array of group touring opportunities by foot, by car or on the water.

Plymouth’s many annual festivals complement the existing cultural assets in the District. The annual America’s Hometown Thanksgiving Celebration Parade and Festival, the First Friday & First Saturday events Downtown Plymouth, the Plymouth Philharmonic’s July 4th Outdoor Concert, the Downtown Plymouth Waterfront Festival, Project Arts Summer Concert Series, Plymouth Bay Cultural District’s PorchFest, Yarn Pop and many more. All of our programs and events are catered toward families stressing diversity and inclusion.

There are several public parks and gardens available for strolling and picnicking, or simply enjoying the scenery at Brewster Gardens, Town Brook, and DCR’s Pilgrim Memorial State Park. Whether you’re planning an exciting night on the town, a family outing or spending the weekend, the Cultural District offers something for everyone!