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Emerald Necklace Parkfest

September 24, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm

1-6pm, Saturday, September 24. Rain date: Sunday, September 25

All 5.5 miles of the Emerald Necklace, including Charlesgate Park, Back Bay Fens, Riverway, Olmsted Park, Jamaica Pond, Arnold Arboretum and Franklin Park

Learn about Parkfest in Spanish, Haitian Creole, Russian, and Chinese (Simplified & Traditional) here!

Presented by the Emerald Necklace Conservancy, Emerald Necklace Parkfest marks Frederick Law Olmsted’s 200th year with afternoon activities at seven sites across the park system he designed.

Parkfest Activities (Click here to view the site map)

All Parks
Scavenger Hunts, Picnic Zones and Parade Decorating by CultureHouse

Charlesgate Park (North Lawn) 1-4PM
– Tree Care Tours: 1PM and 3PM
– Tour of Charlesgate Park: 2PM (register here)
– Pétanque play and lessons: 1PM-4PM
– Hip-hop by Bridgeside Cypher: 1PM-4PM

Back Bay Fens (Shattuck Visitor Center) 1-4PM
– Lawn Games: 1PM-4PM
– Trivia & refreshments by Verizon: 1PM-4PM
– Fenway Victory Gardens Pollinator Garden Grand Opening: 1PM-3PM
– Book talk by author Stanley Greenberg (Olmsted Trees): 2PM-3PM
– Intro to Volunteer Field Work: 3PM-4PM

Riverway (Brookline Ave. and Parkway Road) 1-4PM
– Lawn Games by Emerald Necklace Conservancy and Verizon: 1PM-4PM
– Nature Immersion: 1PM and 3PM

Olmsted Park (Allerton Overlook) 1-4PM
– Treveni Classical Indian Dancers: 2PM and 3PM
– Music by DJ KO’d: 1PM-4PM
– Lawn games by REI: 1PM-4PM
– Central Park Design competition: 1PM-4PM
– Food Truck (TBA)

Jamaica Pond (Boathouse) 1-6PM
– Analog Photography with Edie Bresler: 1PM-4PM
– Drag Queen Story Hour: 1PM-4PM
– 1-hour Sailing Rentals: 1PM-6PM
– Photo booth by Verizon: 1PM-6PM
– Pop-up learning stations by National Parks Service Rangers: 1PM-6PM
– Food Truck: Kush by Saba

Arnold Arboretum (Hunnewell Visitor Center) 1-4PM
– The Caterpillar Lab: 1PM-4PM
– Tours of the Arnold Arboretum: 1PM-4PM

Franklin Park (Shattuck Picnic Grove) 1-6PM
– Learn about Shattuck Hospital Advocacy: 1PM and 3PM
– Music by A Trike Called Funk: 1:30PM-3:30PM
– Community Art with Canvas Studio: 1PM-6PM
– Puppet Making with Mothers Out Front: 2:30PM-5PM
– Lawn games by Verizon and Emerald Necklace Conservancy: 1PM-6PM
– Youth opera: “Mr. Twister“ by Mothers Out Front: 4PM and 5PM
– Park Parade with music by DJ KO’d: 5:30PM-6PM
– Food Truck: Zaaki


Interested in sponsoring Parkfest? Reach out to Claire Curran at

Seeking Volunteers:
Are you 18+ and eager to meet people and learn more about the parks?
The Conservancy welcomes you to volunteer with an amazing team of site leaders to make Parkfest fabulously fun, accessible and welcoming. Shifts start at 11:30AM and end by 7:30PM. Benefits include access to cool performers, photo ops, snazzy snacks, learning some new place-making skills, a limited-edition Olmsted Now T-shirt and more! Learn more and sign up here.


Programs like Emerald Necklace Parkfest would not be possible without our Olmsted Now champions—supporters like you! As our bicentennial programming reaches its crescendo this fall, give a gift today to help support the impact Olmsted Now is making throughout Boston and beyond!

This event is part of Parks as Platform, a program of Olmsted Now: Greater Boston’s Olmsted Bicentennial.
Stay up-to-date with Olmsted Now by following @olmstednow on Instagram!

Olmsted Now is made possible by Emerald Necklace Conservancy and Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site (Fairsted), with generous support from Paul and Katie Buttenwieser, National Collaborative for Health Equity, Kate and Ben Taylor, Ashley and Jamie Harmon, Verizon, Brooke and Jeff Cook, Richard K. Lubin Family Foundation, Davis Family Charitable Foundation, Four Lucky Dogs, Marjorie and Nicholas Greville, Hastings Family Foundation, Sarah Freeman, Highland Partners Charitable Fund, Lois R. Kunian, The Caroline Loughlin Fund, The Lawrence & Lillian Solomon Foundation, the “Come Together” Fund of the Emerald Necklace Conservancy Board and other individuals, organizations and businesses.

Additional support for Emerald Necklace Parkfest is provided by the Urban Connections Program of the U.S. Forest Service, Department of Agriculture, Trillium, Colleges of the Fenway, Focus Real Estate, Bluebikes, Mission Hill/Fenway Neighborhood Trust, Inc., Boston Red Sox, Faithful Flowers, Reed Hilderbrand, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Cervone Deegan & Associates at Coldwell Banker, Charlesgate Alliance, Longwood Collective, Roxbury Tenants of Harvard Association and Harvard Medical School. The Conservancy is a public charity under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and is the fiscal agent for Olmsted Now. In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.

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September 24, 2022
1:00 pm - 6:00 pm


Emerald Necklace Conservancy
(617) 522-2700
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