Eat pizza for a good cause in Peabody

Area residents can get a taste of the diverse array of pizza served by Peabody restaurants while helping support a local charity on Sunday, Aug. 19.

In collaboration with Peabody Main Streets, the city is holding Pizza Fest 2018 on Railroad Avenue beginning at 4 p.m. For an admission fee of $10 (free for children under 5), participants will be able to sample pizza slices from eight Peabody restaurants.

The annual event, now in its second year, is designed to showcase the city’s many pizza shops while raising money for charity.

This year, the money raised will support Northeast Arc’s Black Box Theater. Recently opened, the theater in the ArcWorks Community Art Center at 22 Foster St. provides educational and recreational opportunities for young people, including those served by Northeast Arc, a nonprofit that helps people with disabilities become full participants in the community. The performing arts space complements existing visual arts activities at the center.


Sunday’s event also will feature music by a DJ and a craft beer truck.

Following the Pizza Fest, the city will be presenting another in a series of free summer concerts next door at the Leather City Common, with the country rock band Herland Brothers performing from 6 to 8 p.m. Concert-goers are welcome to bring blankets and lawn chairs.

Peabody Main Streets is a nonprofit that works to help the ongoing efforts to revitalize the city’s downtown.

John Laidler can be reached at laidler@globe.com.