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Emerald Necklace Parkfest

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

If you enjoy your parks, this is something you’ll definitely want to participate in. Bring friends and meet park neighbors on September 24th from 1:00PM – 6:00PM. Join them for FREE performances, kids’ activities, art making, games, exploring, picnicking, dancing, and more! Parkfest will cover the entire 5.5 miles of the Emerald Necklace, including Charlesgate Park, Back Bay Fens, Riverway, Olmsted Park, Jamaica Pond, Arnold Arboretum, and Franklin Park.

Explore the parks with DJs on trikes, scavenger hunts, bike decorating and riding, walking tours, doggy meet-cutes, selfie destinations, and beyond. Extra restrooms, signage, food trucks, and volunteers will be on site. Look for treats and surprises throughout the parks.

If you are looking for more ways to get involved, here are some suggestions:

          – The Emerald Necklace Parkfest encourages groups/organizations to showcase the incredible ways they help make Greater Boston’s parks and public spaces more vibrant, verdant, equitable, and welcoming for all. If your work supports shared use, shared health, or shared power in parks and public spaces, The Emerald Necklace Conservancy will offer a FREE table, chain, and load-in and set-up support! Learn more and sign up here. 

         – Another way to get involved is to volunteer. This is an excellent opportunity if you’re 18+ and eager to meet people and learn more about the parks. The Conservancy seeks volunteers and welcomes you to volunteer with a fantastic team of site leaders to make Parkfest fun, accessible, and welcoming. Shifts start at 11:30AM and end by 7:30PM. Benefits include access to extraordinary performers, photo ops, snazzy snacks, learning new place-making skills, a limited-edition Olmsted Now T-shirt, and more! Learn more and sign up here.


Interested in sponsoring Parkfest? Reach out to Claire Curran at[email protected].


For more general information on The Emerald Necklace Parkfest, click here.