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Canceled:
Boston Bubble Festival 2020

Reason for cancellation: Due to the COVID-19 public health emergency

Presented by Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the Boston Parks and Recreation Department, join us Saturday, May 30, from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., as bubbles fill the air with fun over Boston Common.

The celebration will include giant floating bubble demonstrations from various bubble performers, a DJ, live entertainment, giveaways, and more.

For more information, please call the Boston Parks and Recreation Department at 617-635-4505This event is weather dependent.

11:00am - 1:00pm
Boston Common
Bandstand
Boston, MA 02108
Price:
FREE
Contact:
Parks and Recreation
Neighborhood:
Allston
Back Bay
Bay Village
Beacon Hill
Brighton
Charlestown
Chinatown/Leather District
Citywide
Dorchester
Downtown
East Boston
Fenway/Kenmore
Hyde Park
Jamaica Plain
Mattapan
Mission Hill
North End
Roslindale
Roxbury
South Boston
South End
West End
West Roxbury
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Boston-Kyoto Tree Planting and Festival

the Rotary Clubs of Kyoto South and Boston #7 invite you the international friendship ceremony at which a Japanese Stewartia tree will be planted in the Boston Public Garden.

In 2019 Boston and Kyoto, Japan will celebrate our 60th Anniversary as Sister Cities. Signed in 1959, Kyoto is Boston’s first Sister City. To celebrate the 60th anniversary, the Rotary Clubs of Kyoto South and Boston #7 invite you the international friendship ceremony at which a Japanese Stewartia tree will be planted in the Boston Public Garden.

MOre event information

This is a rain or shine event. The celebrations will continue at the Japan Festival happening in the Boston Common on Saturday, April 27, and Sunday, April 28.

10:00am
4 Charles Street
Boston, MA 02116
Price:
FREE
Contact:
Sarah Delude
Neighborhood:
Citywide
Allston
Back Bay
Bay Village
Beacon Hill
Brighton
Charlestown
Chinatown/Leather District
Dorchester
Downtown
East Boston
Fenway/Kenmore
Hyde Park
Jamaica Plain
Mattapan
Mission Hill
North End
Roslindale
Roxbury
South Boston
South End
West End
West Roxbury
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Bike to Work Day Festival 2019

On May 17, we’ll host a party for cyclists at City Hall and make it fun for you to meet your neighbors and get here by bike.

Boston’s National Bike to Work Day Festival celebrates National Bike to Work Day and is our way of saying, “Thanks for riding your bike today.” We think it’s important to celebrate everyone who rides in Boston, and we want to make it fun for experienced and new bike commuters.

On Bike to Work Day, you can join a commuter convoy as it rides through one of dozens of locations throughout the Boston metro area. These convoys are guided by experienced ride leaders and follow a fixed schedule and route. Everyone finishes together at City Hall Plaza! Because you rode your bike, you’ll get a free breakfast and coffee amid an expo at City Hall Plaza. Join a convoy, or just show up for the fun at City Hall Plaza. Going to work after the event is optional.

Registration is free and encouraged so we know to expect you. It will also help us ensure that we have enough food and free t-shirts for everyone. Breakfast is only for cyclists, so please be prepared to show us your bike, helmet, or Bluebikes key.

Register now


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Want to help out as a convoy leader? Want to exhibit at the event?

Bike To Work Day details

7:00am - 9:00am
1 City Hall Square
Boston, MA 02201
Price:
FREE
Contact:
Tristan Djaafar
Neighborhood:
Citywide
Allston
Back Bay
Bay Village
Beacon Hill
Brighton
Charlestown
Chinatown/Leather District
Dorchester
Downtown
East Boston
Fenway/Kenmore
Hyde Park
Jamaica Plain
Mattapan
Mission Hill
North End
Roslindale
Roxbury
South Boston
South End
West End
West Roxbury
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Canceled:
2020 Fairy House Festival

Reason for cancellation: Due to the public health emergency, this event has been canceled.

In order to welcome the local elf and fairy population, the Boston Parks and Recreation Department is hosting their sixth annual Fairy House Building Festival on Thursday, April 23, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. (noon) at Schoolmaster Hill in Franklin Park.

This free, family event will feature:
  • outdoor nature play
  • storytelling
  • entertainment from Rosalita’s Puppets
  • plant education from the Massachusetts Horticultural Society
  • face Painting, and
  • Fairy House Building.

Children are invited to wear their favorite fairy and elf costumes to encourage their tiny guests to alight in Franklin Park. Natural materials will be provided, but youngsters are welcome to explore their surroundings to find natural elements, including sticks, stones, and leaves to adorn their fairy houses.

Schoolmaster Hill is located on Circuit Drive between the William Devine Golf Course Clubhouse and Shattuck Hospital. For more information, please call the Boston Parks and Recreation Department at 617-635-4505, or visit the Parks website.

10:00am - 12:00pm
Schoolmaster Hill
Franklin Park
Boston, MA 02124
Price:
FREE
Contact:
Boston Parks and Recreation Department
Neighborhood:
Allston
Back Bay
Bay Village
Beacon Hill
Brighton
Charlestown
Chinatown/Leather District
Citywide
Dorchester
Downtown
East Boston
Fenway/Kenmore
Hyde Park
Jamaica Plain
Mattapan
Mission Hill
North End
Roslindale
Roxbury
South Boston
South End
West End
West Roxbury
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Kanreki: Boston-Kyoto Sister City 60th anniversary kickoff

Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Rokuichiro Michii, Consul General of Japan in Boston, invite you to the Boston-Kyoto Sister City 60th Anniversary Kickoff!

This year the City of Boston and the City of Kyoto, Japan, will celebrate our 60th Anniversary as Sister Cities. Signed in 1959, Kyoto is Boston’s first-ever Sister City.

Register for the event

In Japan, 60 is a significant number, signifying rebirth or kanreki; therefore, the two cities are planning a series of events throughout 2019 to commemorate this milestone. Join us at City Hall on March 26 to kick off a year of activities together while enjoying Japanese culture through traditional food and cultural experiences, including:

  • Ikebana Flower Arranging Demonstration
  • Tea Ceremony Demonstration
  • Incense Demonstration
  • Sushi Making Demonstration
  • Wood Block Print Workshop
  • Origami Workshop

Refreshments and demonstrations kindly provided by local businesses and organizations:

10:00am - 1:00pm
1 City Hall Square
Boston, MA 02201
Price:
FREE
Contact:
Sarah Delude
Neighborhood:
Citywide
Allston
Back Bay
Bay Village
Beacon Hill
Brighton
Charlestown
Chinatown/Leather District
Dorchester
Downtown
East Boston
Fenway/Kenmore
Hyde Park
Jamaica Plain
Mattapan
Mission Hill
North End
Roslindale
Roxbury
South Boston
South End
West End
West Roxbury
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2019 Children's Winter Festival

Join us for this fun, free, festival celebrating winter activities in Boston Common.

Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the Boston Parks and Recreation Department will be bringing the annual Children’s Winter Festival to Boston Common in partnership with the Highland Street Foundation during school vacation week on Wednesday, February 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Additional support is being provided by XFINITY, Capital One, the Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center, L.L. Bean, and Cricket Wireless. 

“The Children’s Winter Festival gives kids and families the opportunity to enjoy a day of outdoor fun in downtown Boston,” said Mayor Walsh. “Come join us for free games and activities on the Common during public school vacation week.”

Among the attractions will the 45-foot-long Toboggan Tunnel mountainous adventure with twin roller lanes, the 30-foot-high inflatable Everest Climb N Slide, a Ski Lift photo op, and much more.  In addition, the Highland Street Foundation is sponsoring a week-long Winter Camp at the Boston Common Frog Pond with free skating and rentals for all ages from Monday, February 18, through Friday, February 22.  You can find more information on Winter Camp skating online.

The festival will also feature 103.3 AMP Radio’s JD, giveaways (while supplies last) from Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” Signature Collection 30th Anniversary Edition and “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” and refreshments from Power Crunch protein energy bars, Cabot Cheese with Fuel Up To Play 60, KIND Snacks, and Nature’s Path.

Additional support is being provided by Magic 106.7 and 103.3 AMP Radio.  For more information, please call the Boston Parks and Recreation Department at 617-635-4505, visit our the Parks homepage, or go to our Facebook page.

10:00am
38 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02116
Price:
FREE
Contact:
Boston Parks & Recreation Department
Neighborhood:
Downtown
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Boston Common tree lighting

Mayor Martin J. Walsh and guests from the Province of Nova Scotia will celebrate the 78th Annual Tree Lighting on Boston Common on Thursday, December 5. 

The official holiday season kick-off in Boston includes the lighting of the City of Boston's official Christmas tree and trees throughout Boston Common and the Public Garden. Generations have enjoyed and continue to treasure Boston's tree lighting celebration. Twenty-five thousand people of all ages attend the event, which has grown to include a festive stage show with nationally known talent. Join us in the countdown as Mayor Walsh illuminates Boston's official tree and trees on Boston Common and the Public Garden bridge.

The celebration is presented by the Boston Parks and Recreation Department, title sponsor The Province of Nova Scotia, signature sponsor Encore Boston Harbor, Jumbotron sponsor Geico Local Office, presenting sponsors Exelon and the Coca-Cola Company, and media sponsors WCVB Channel 5, Magic 106.7 FM, and the Boston Globe.   The holiday lights throughout both parks will light up in sequence shortly before 8 p.m. when Mayor Walsh is joined onstage by members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Santa Claus, Rudolph, and Frosty.  The show will close with a pyrotechnic display by Atlas PyroVision. 

The holiday decorations throughout Boston Common and the Public Garden include the City of Boston’s official 2019 Christmas tree, a 45-foot white spruce tree donated by Desmond Waithe and Corina Saunders of Chance Harbour, Pictou County, Nova Scotia. 

WCVB Channel 5’s CHRONICLE Co-Anchors Anthony Everett and Shayna Seymour will once again host Channel 5’s live broadcast of the event beginning at 7 p.m. featuring multi-platinum singer-songwriter and Lexington native Matt Nathanson, award-winning Nova Scotian alt-pop stars Neon Dreams, Nova Scotian R&B singer-songwriter Zamani, performances by cast members from the new musical “Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Christmas Carol” and  “Irving Berlin’s White Christmas: The Musical,” as well as Dorchester’s Holy Tabernacle Church Choir.

The lighting of the trees on the Common is made possible through the generosity of the Lynch Foundation, the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, the Herb Chambers Companies, and contributions from other individuals and institutions.  The annual holiday display includes the official Christmas tree from Nova Scotia and trees throughout Boston Common.  Refreshments and additional support will be provided by promotional sponsors Dunkin’, Capital One, Xfinity, H.P. Hood LLC, Power Crunch Bars, Drake’s Cakes, perfectly free fruit bites, and Nature’s Path Foods. 

This is the 48th year that Nova Scotia has given a tree to the people of Boston as thanks for relief efforts following the December 6, 1917, explosion of a munitions ship in Halifax Harbor.  Within 24 hours of the disaster a train loaded with supplies and emergency personnel was making its way from Boston to Nova Scotia.  For more information, please call 617-635-4505. Check out the Boston Common website for parking information.

6:00pm
139 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02116
Price:
FREE
Contact:
Parks and Recreation
Neighborhood:
Beacon Hill
Chinatown/Leather District
Downtown
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2018 Copley Square Tree Lighting

Welcome the holidays and join us for the annual Copley Square Tree Lighting.

Mayor Martin J. Walsh, the Boston Parks and Recreation Department, and The Friends of Copley Square welcome the holidays with the annual Copley Square Tree Lighting on Monday, November 26, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The free event will feature appearances by Mayor Walsh, NECN’s Jenny Johnson, Santa Claus, and Rudolph along with musical performances by vocalist Mark “Sing” Robertson, the Boston Children’s Chorus, the Boston Pops Brass Quintet, and Berklee College of Music's own Natalie Daniela Castro Diaz.

Light refreshments will be provided by Drake’s Cakes, KIND Snacks, HP Hood LLC, and the dairy farm families of New England and Must Be The Milk. The Fairmont Copley Plaza will host a family reception immediately following for all in attendance.  The reception will include cookie decorating, photos with Santa and treats from the Fairmont Copley Plaza.

For additional information please call the Boston Parks and Recreation Department at 617-635-4505. You can learn more about The Friends of Copley Square online.

5:00pm
560 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116
Price:
FREE
Contact:
Boston Parks & Recreation Department
Neighborhood:
Back Bay
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2019 Frog Pond Pumpkin Float

Join us Friday, October 19, at Boston Frog Pond for the 2018 Pumpkin Float.

Mayor Martin J. Walsh has announced that the annual Fall Pumpkin Float will be held at the Boston Common Frog Pond on Friday, October 19, from 5 - 8 p.m. Hundreds of illuminated jack-o’-lanterns will be floated on the water accompanied by spooky family activities.

Attendees are asked to bring eight-inch or smaller carved pumpkins that will be lit and then floated on the Frog Pond for a dramatic early evening display. In addition, attendees are invited to view creatively carved and decorated jack-o’-lanterns from various local sports teams and organizations. Adults and children are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes and participate in a wide range of fun activities. Children are invited to decorate luminary bags which will be displayed and illuminated along the edge of the Frog Pond. Test your courage and problem-solving skills in our haunted corn maze.

The Fall Pumpkin Float is presented by the Boston Parks and Recreation Department in partnership with the Skating Club of Boston. For more information, please call the Boston Parks and Recreation Department at 617-635-4505, or visit our Facebook page.

5:00pm - 8:00pm
38 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02108
Price:
FREE
Contact:
Boston Parks & Recreation Department
Neighborhood:
Back Bay
Beacon Hill
Downtown
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DISCOVER Moakley

Join us for a day of fun at Moakley Park and Carson Beach.

DISCOVER Moakley will be a full day of fun with food, beach games, skateboarding, movies, and more! This event is free to the public and family friendly. Explore new recreational activities, learn about resilient landscapes, and discover the potential for Moakley Park. This event is open to individuals of all ages. There will be entertainment for children, activities for adults, and plenty food vendors. Learn about what is being done to make Moakley Park accessible to all of Boston, while enjoying the festivities at the same time! 

The event is a part of Climate Preparedness week, which is from September 24 - 30. Visit the Climate Preparedness week website to learn more.

Please consider volunteering for DISCOVER Moakley. We greatly appreciate the help our volunteers can contribute to making Discover Moakley a success! If you would like to volunteer, please fill out this google form. More information about the tasks and times are listed in the form. 

The event is hosted by the Boston's Parks and Recreation and Greenovate Boston, Save the Harbor/Save the Bay, Boston Harbor Now, The Trust for Public Land, and the Department of Conservation and Recreation. 

10:00am - 3:00pm
1005 Columbia Road
Boston, MA 02127
Price:
FREE
Contact:
Greenovate Boston
Neighborhood:
Citywide
Allston
Back Bay
Bay Village
Beacon Hill
Brighton
Charlestown
Chinatown/Leather District
Dorchester
Downtown
East Boston
Fenway/Kenmore
Hyde Park
Jamaica Plain
Mattapan
Mission Hill
North End
Roslindale
Roxbury
South Boston
South End
West End
West Roxbury
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