Newton Arts Calendar

The Street Chestnut Hill New Philharmonia Orchestra Pops Concert & Picnic @ The Street Chestnut Hill
Jun 1 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Join us as we kick off Summertime at The Street with Newton’s 50-piece New Philharmonia Orchestra. Order to-go from any of our restaurants and enjoy a picnic lunch on The Green during the show! We’ll provide the blankets (while they last), enjoy this lovely afternoon of family friendly fun!

Nonantum Village Day @ Nonantum Village Center
Jun 2 @ 11:30 am – 3:30 pm

Nonantum Neighborhood Association is proud to announce its 8th annual village day which is always the first Sunday of June sponsored by VillageBank. NNA is truly an old fashion village day! Each year we honor and have an essay contest which we award two $1,000 scholarships. We have honored businesses in Nonantum, our Veterans, fire & police, and last year our seniors from 90-100. Come listen to Beatles Studio Two band and all rides and events are free!

Aston Magna: The World of Henry Purcell @ Slosberg Music Center at Brandeis University
Jul 18 @ 7:00 pm

The Seasons, Squabbling Couples, Sleep Aids, Comical Duos, Vocal Quartets, and Trio Sonatas. Artists include Daniel Stepner and Julie Leven, baroque violins; Laura Jeppesen, viola da gamba; Catherine Liddell, theorbo; Michael Sponseller, harpsichord; Kristen Watson, soprano; Deborah Rentz Moore, mezzo-soprano; Jason McStoots, tenor; David McFerrin; baritone.

Pre-concert talk 45 minutes before the program.

Now in in its 47th season, Aston Magna is the nation’s longest-running summer festival of music performed on period instruments. The 2019 season includes the finest artists who are specialists in historical performance. The music of Bach, Pachelbel, Mozart, Castello, Purcell, Beethoven, Schubert, and others drive a dynamic program.

Walking Tour of Hemlock Gorge and Echo Bridge @ Corner of Elliott and Chestnut Streets
Aug 11 @ 2:00 pm

Explore the geology, trees, plants and history of DCR Hemlock Gorge Reservation, one of the first five parks acquired by the Metropolitan Parks Commission in 1893. Learn about the National Register-listed Echo Bridge and plans to restore its historic railings. This guided tour will include stairs and an uphill trail segment over rocky terrain so proper footwear is recommended.

New Year, New JCC! @ Leventhal-Sidman Center
Sep 15 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
New Year, New JCC! @ Leventhal-Sidman Center | Newton | Massachusetts | United States

Celebrate the grand opening of JCC Greater Boston’s new Winn Family & Wellness Center with a free day of fun for the whole family – open to all! Sunday, September 15 from 10am-12pm at the Leventhal-Sidman Center (333 Nahanton Street) in Newton. Move to the beat with a music fest including Vanessa Trien, play in the custom-designed Playspace, explore all new program spaces for kids, families and adults, create a community art project with artist Tova Speter, and try out a variety of children’s classes in music, movement, and more. Parents will have an opportunity to talk with parenting experts, get active with free adult fitness classes in our renovated studios, explore our state-of-the-art fitness center and enjoy coffee and snacks. Also available are free parent-child swim lessons (for ages 3 months-2 yrs) and evaluations (for 2+ yrs). Advanced registration for swim is required by email at RSVP for a chance to win a Family Outdoor Pool Membership for next summer at For more information, contact

Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day @ Durant-Kenrick House or Jackson Homestead
Sep 21 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day @ Durant-Kenrick House or Jackson Homestead

Enjoy free admission to the Jackson Homestead or the Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds through a special one-day nationwide program sponsored by Smithsonian Magazine. Learn more about the Underground Railroad at the Jackson Homestead and about three families over three centuries at the Durant-Kenrick House. Download your tickets now for September 21 admission.

Mark Development Block Party @ Santander Parking Lot
Sep 28 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Mark Development Block Party @ Santander Parking Lot | Newton | Massachusetts | United States

Join Mark Development and the creative minds of UpNext for a community Block Party in West Newton to benefit New Art Center! Stop by to welcome fall with free eats and sweets from the Tenoch Mexican taco truck and New City Microcreamery, drinks, live music by Jane’s Great Dane, games, interactive art and much more family-friendly fun!

Support the New Art Center by soaking members of the Mark Development team at the Dunk Tank!

More info here:

Homestead Hayfest @ Jackson Homestead
Oct 6 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Homestead Hayfest @ Jackson Homestead | Newton | Massachusetts | United States

Drop in for a day of old-fashioned fun at our annual hands-on family festival. Try your hand at butter making, cider pressing, and candle dipping, and learn the history behind these 19th century activities of daily life. Why was butter mysterious to folks in the 1800s? Which recipes are best for dyeing cloth? Why is the hoop-tossing game called Graces? Join us rain or shine to find out!

New Philharmonia Presents – Celebrations! @ First Baptist Church in Newton
Dec 15 @ 3:00 pm
New Philharmonia Presents - Celebrations! @ First Baptist Church in Newton | Newton | Massachusetts | United States

New Phil’s annual holiday celebration filled with beautiful music and dance for children of all ages. Presented in collaboration with Boston Ballet School and Newton All City Treble Singers.

All Family Concerts are on Sunday afternoons at 3 p.m,
Followed by our Instrument Petting Zoo.

Sandeep Das and the Celebrity Series of Boston @ virtual
Apr 11 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Sandeep Das and the Celebrity Series of Boston @ virtual

This Saturday April 11th, I will be presenting a virtual Tabla concert with the Celebrity Series of Boston and you’re invited! The event will be streamed on the Celebrity Series Facebook page, their YouTube Channel, and my Facebook page at 12:00pm EST / 9:00am PST / 9:30pm IST.

Hope to see you there!