Celebrate the inaugural Emerald Necklace Parkfest

It’s a party in the park.

Five children playing a jumping game in the Emerald Necklace.

This family-friendly event has something planned for everyone.

Photos provided by Emerald Necklace Conservancy

Save the date for the first Emerald Necklace Parkfest on Sat., Sept. 24 from 1-6 p.m. throughout the seven park system.

The Emerald Necklace Conservancy is hosting this community event to bring folks together for Frederick Law Olmsted’s Bicentennial. This is the largest event honoring Olmsted’s 200th birthday.

ICYMI Olmsted Now is a local initiative that’s continuingthe conversation on the future of parks + public spaces.

So, where’s the party at?

The event will take place across the Emerald Necklace 5.5 mile park system. All events are free and open to the public.

Here are a few things to expect at each of the parks.

Charlesgate:
Watch an inclusive hip-hop performance from 1-4 p.m. + take a tour with the Charlesgate Alliance and Emerald Necklace Conservancy at 2 p.m.

Back Bay Fens:
The Fenway Garden Society will host a ribbon cutting and discuss beekeeping + composting at the Fenway Victory Garden.

Riverway:
Test your knowledge with park trivia from 1-4 p.m.

Olmsted Park/Allerton Overlook:
Listen to live music from 1-4 p.m., see two performances from Triveni Dancers from 1-3 p.m., and learn about the historical site from the National Park Service.

Jamaica Pond:
The National Park Service will have pop-up activities at the Boathouse and Bandstand + listen to the Drag Queen Story hour from 1-4 p.m.

Arnold Arboretum:  
Take a tour from 1-4 p.m. and try out the hands on insect learning activity at the Hunnewell Building.

Franklin Park at the Shattuck Picnic Grove:
A Trike Called Funk will host a pop-up from 1-4 p.m., a performance from Mr. Twister Youth Opera at 4 p.m. + access to lawn games from 1-6 p.m.

Stay up to date and learn about volunteer opportunities here. Plus, don’t miss the Emerald Necklace-wide scavenger hunts to encourage extra exploring.

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