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Programming, activities, and special events in Boston's parks

Every year the Parks Department brings engaging programs and events to parks throughout the City of Boston. Don't miss out on these free, fun events!

From ParkARTS performing arts like concerts and puppet shows, to participatory programming like arts and crafts workshops, to special events and festivals—Boston's parks are full of activity! You'll also find information on our self-guided and virtual offerings below.

Seasonal events and festivals

Seasonal
Children's Winter Festival 

One of our only winter events, the Children's Winter Festival is typically hosted during the Boston Public Schools February School vacation each year. During this event we attempt to turn the Boston Common into a winter wonderland. The Common is filled with games, rides, arts and crafts, performances, and much more. 

Fairy House Building Festival 

This event is typically held during the Boston Public Schools April school vacation week. Our annual Fairy House Building Festival is hosted in partnership with the Mayor's Mural Crew. During this event, attendees are invited to construct "fairy houses" using natural materials found in Franklin Park’s Schoolmaster Hill area. Attendees are encouraged to dress in their best fairy outfit and explore the natural wonders of the park. During this event, you can expect to use your imagination, collect natural materials to create outdoor art, and much more. 

Swan Boat Opening 

One of our favorite ways to kick-start the spring season is with the opening of the Swan Boats at the Boston Public Garden lagoon. This event typically takes place the weekend of the Boston Marathon. It's a beloved tradition for many Bostonians.

Frog Pond Opening

There isn't a better way to start summer than with the opening of the Frog Pond Spray Pool on the Boston Common. Typically hosted in June, this fun-filled event features music, interactive exhibits, giveaways, and much more. It’s the perfect way to cool down and celebrate summer.

Children’s Summer Festival

Our Children’s Summer Festival is the perfect way to end the summer. Typically hosted in late August, this festival usually takes place in Franklin Park’s Playstead area. While at the event, you can expect to find a variety of vendors, interactive exhibits, face painting, a visit from our Park Ranger Mounted Unit, music, entertainment and much more.  

Fall-o-ween children's Festival

This FREE, family-friendly event will also include lots of spooky activities and giveaways for all ages. The event is presented by Parks and Recreation, in partnership with The Skating Club of Boston. This free family-friendly event will also include glow-in-the-dark games, children’s crafts, scarily delicious snacks and refreshments. 

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