RiverFest 2019

Saturday & Sunday, June 22 to 23, 2019
All events are free!
Local events are listed below. All events listed here.

Sudbury River Cleanup
Saturday, June 22, 2019 – 8:00 am to 10:00 am (light rain or shine)

This is an on the river shoreline cleanup. Canoes provided.
Led by Ron Chick, Chair of the River Stewards Initiative of the Friends of Saxonville. RSVP to reserve a canoe at ronchick@comcast.net, or you may bring your own. Meet at 151 Central Street. Park on Central or a side street. Coffee, snacks, canoes, gloves and garbage bags to be provided.

Saxonville Historical Walking Tours (2 Tours)
Saturday, June 22, 2019 - 9:00 to 10:00 am, and
Saturday, June 22, 2019 - 4:00 to 5:00 pm

Join Jennifer Doherty, Historic Preservation Planner with the Framingham Historical Commission and Historic District Commission on a walking tour of Saxonville focusing on its significant architectural and historic features. No pre-registration required. Meet at the old Danforth Street Bridge.

Sudbury River Ponded Section Paddle

Saturday, June 22, 2019 – 11:00 am to 1:00 pm (light rain or shine)

Enjoy a calm canoe paddle, and learn some history of the river in Saxonville and about current threats from invasive aquatic vegetation. Led by Ron Chick, Chair of the River Stewards Initiative of the Friends of Saxonville. RSVP to reserve a canoe at ronchick@comcast.net, or you may bring your own. Meet at 151 Central Street at 11:00 am. Park on Central or a side street.

Cochituate Rail Trail: Framingham to Natick

Saturday, June 22, 2019 – 2:00 to 4:00pm (light rain or shine)

Join the Friends of Saxonville and the Framingham Conservation Commission for a walk along the Rail Trail for a bit of history and information about the area. Wear sturdy, nonslip footwear and bring a water bottle, sunscreen and insect repellent. Meet at the head of the Cochituate Rail Trail at Concord and School Streets in Framingham. We’ll be crossing Route 30 and following the future trail route through Natick. Leashed dogs are welcome. For more information, contact David Longden at 508-901-5909.

Photo Walk at GreenWays (Wayland)
Saturday, June 22, 2019 – 6:15 pm to sunset (Rain date: Sunday)

Join Framingham photographer Lynne Damianos of Damianos Photography for a stroll around the 63-acre Greenways Conservation Area, a portion of the former Paine Estate, purchased by SVT and the Town of Wayland in 1995. Historic sites, woods, open fields, wetlands, the Sudbury River shoreline and Paines’ pet cemetery make Greenways a remarkable place with nearly two miles of trails, many of them old cart paths. Lynne will provide tips for successful photography with your camera/phone.

All ages and abilities welcome. Meet at the kiosk, 24 Green Way, Wayland. Questions? - Call 508-358-2980. Rain date: Sunday.

Twilight Walk Along the Sudbury River
Saturday, June 22, 2019 – 7:45 pm (rain or shine)

Join the Framingham Conservation Commission for a twilight walk along the Sudbury River on the Carol Getchell Nature Trail to experience the transition from diurnal wildlife to nocturnal wildlife, and the things that exist in between. Meet at the cul-de-sac at the end of Little Farms Road in Framingham. Bug spray will be provided. Please wear proper footwear and bring a flashlight for after-dark. Please contact the Framingham Conservation office at (508) 532-5460 or conservationcommission@framinghamma.gov to sign up and for more information.

Spreading Seed: Land Art Inspired Performative Exhibit along the Carol Getchell Trail
Sunday, June 23, 2019 – 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm (rain or shine)

Join artist Katie Lee on the Carol Getchell Trail while she creates art installations along the Sudbury River. Inspired by the earth works of the 1960’s and 1970’s, Katie will create art installations using natural materials found along the river and bird seed, along with performative actions, to immerse with the Sudbury River landscape. Guests are encouraged to observe the artistic process for part or all of the time. If you arrive after 1:00 pm, find Katie along the trail! No pre-registration required. The exhibit will begin at the Danforth Bridge.


In April 2016, the Friends of Saxonville launched a new committee named the "TrailHeads" which is dedicated to the trails of all types in the Saxonville area. The committee includes several members of the Cochituate Rail Trail (CRT) committee. Because the CRT is essentially done and open, and because the Friends of Saxonville is already involved in the area trails, the Friends wanted to combine the experience and talents to continue the efforts to develop quality recreational trails.

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Athenaeum Hall is a 19th century Saxonville historical landmark. During its storied past it had many uses, including hospital, jail, newspaper press room for The Saxonville Mirror, polling place and school. It was also used as a hall for dances, lectures, plays, religious services, sporting events, veterans' meetings and wedding receptions.

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