Calendar of Events

Historic Newton offers a wide range of events that help contextualize Newton's story in the larger narrative of American history. See what's coming up in our schedule of lectures, panel discussions, concerts, tours, family programs, and more. To see a calendar view of these same events, go to the Historic Newton Events Calendar below. We look forward to seeing you at an event very soon. 

Historic Newton Events Calendar

SEPTEMBER
Saturday, September 7 and Sunday, September 8, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
FREE WEEKEND AT HISTORIC NEWTON

Everyone is invited to enjoy free admission to our museums.
Locations: Jackson Homestead and Museum, 527 Washington Street, and the Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds, 286 Waverley Avenue
Admission: Free
Information: 617-796-1450

Sunday, September 15, 2:00 p.m.
RIVERSIDE TRAILS WITH NEWTON CONSERVATORS

Explore sites of canoeing activity from the early 20th century and the proposed new Riverside Trail System by following some old pathways from the Lasell Boathouse to the former MDC Police Station on Commonwealth Avenue (where we will look inside). For those interested, after returning to the Lasell Boathouse, the walk will continue south to Riverside Station and across I-95 to the Leo J. Martin Golf Course. This second portion of the walk lasts approximately one hour and has more challenging terrain.
Location: Meet at the Lasell Boathouse, 107 Charles Street, Auburndale
Admission: Suggested donation, $10 per person. Register in advance through newtonma.gov/HNwalks or come on the day of the tour.
Information: 617-796-1450

Thursday, September 19, 7:30 pm
HISTORY BOOK CLUB MEETING

The History Book Club of Historic Newton meets to discuss Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom by David W. Blight. This biography of Douglass won the Pulitzer, Bancroft and Parkman Prizes. The New York Times described it as a "comprehensive, scholarly, sober" account of a fascinating, brilliant man whose life "spanned the upheavals of the 19th century".
Location: Jackson Homestead and Museum, 527 Washington Street
Admission: Free and open to all
Information: 617-796-1450

Saturday, September 21, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
SMITHSONIAN MAGAZINE MUSEUM DAY

Enjoy free admission to the Jackson Homestead or the Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds today through Museum Day, a special one-day program for free entry to museums around the country 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 the ticket through smithsonianmag.com/museumday/ Each ticket provides free admission for two people to one museum.
Locations: Jackson Homestead and Museum, 527 Washington Street, and the Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds, 286 Waverley Avenue
Admission: Free with downloaded ticket
Information: 617-796-1450 or 617-641-9142

OCTOBER

Saturday, October 5 and Sunday, October 6, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
FREE WEEKEND AT HISTORIC NEWTON
Everyone is invited to enjoy free admission to our museums.
Locations:
Jackson Homestead and Museum, 527 Washington Street, and the Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds, 286 Waverley Avenue
Admission:
Free
Information:
617-796-1450

 Saturday, October 5, 9:30 a.m.
STORYTIME AT THE MUSEUMS
Our free, bi-weekly Storytime program engages kids 0 months to 3 years old by focusing on literacy, Newton's history, play, and lessons from our museums. Families are welcome to bring older siblings. This week’s theme is “Fall.”
Location:
Jackson Homestead and Museum, 527 Washington Street
Admission:
Free
Information:
617-796-1450

Sunday, October 6, 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm
HOMESTEAD HAYFEST
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! 
Location: 
Jackson Homestead and Museum, 527 Washington Street
Admission
:
Free
Information:
617-796-1450

Wednesday, October 9, 10:30 a.m.
STORYTIME AT THE MUSEUMS
Our free, bi-weekly Storytime program engages kids 0 months to 3 years old by focusing on literacy, Newton's history, play, and lessons from our museums. Families are welcome to bring older siblings. This week’s theme is “Fall.”
Location:
Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds, 286 Waverley Avenue
Admission:
Free
Information:
617-641-9142

Saturday, October 19, 9:30 a.m.
STORYTIME AT THE MUSEUMS
Our free, bi-weekly Storytime program engages kids 0 months to 3 years old by focusing on literacy, Newton's history, play, and lessons from our museums. Families are welcome to bring older siblings. This week’s theme is “Pumpkins.”
Location: Jackson Homestead and Museum, 527 Washington Street
Admission
Free
Information
617-796-1450

Sunday, October 20, 4:00 pm
9-MAN DOCUMENTARY FILM SCREENING

9-Man volleyball, a street game played by Chinese-Americans in cities across North America, has origins in Boston’s Chinatown and a profound connection to Newton. The game, and the culture around it, is a gritty, athletic treasure fiercely protected by a community of players who require that 2/3 of players are “100% Chinese.” The film by Ursula Liang, who grew up in Newton, takes us behind the scenes of the game, giving us insights into Chinese-American history. Presented with the Boston Asian American Film Festival (held October 24-27) and the Boston Hurricanes team.
Location: War Memorial at Newton City Hall, 1000 Commonwealth Avenue
Admission: Free
Information: 617-796-1450

Wednesday, October 23, 10:30 a.m.
STORYTIME AT THE MUSEUMS

Our free, bi-weekly Storytime program engages kids 0 months to 3 years old by focusing on literacy, Newton's history, play, and lessons from our museums. Families are welcome to bring older siblings. This week’s theme is “Pumpkins.”
Location: Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds, 286 Waverley Avenue
Admission: Free
Information: 617-641-9142

Saturday, October 26, 1:30 - 3:30 pm
ARCHERY DAY AT HISTORIC NEWTON

Did you know that Newton was home to the first archery club in Massachusetts? From 1911 to the 1950s, the Newton Archers practiced and competed at Newton Centre Playground, and spawned national champions. At Archery Day, you can learn more about this history, try out a bow and arrow with On the Mark Archery, and view historic archery equipment plus bring your own to display. Bring the whole family! Rain date, Sunday, October 27.
Location: Jackson Homestead and Museum, 527 Washington St., Newton
Admission: $20 per person (includes archery session and museum admission), $15 for Historic Newton members and children ages 12 and under. Register through newtonma.gov/Archery or come on the day of the event.
Information: 617-796-1450

Sunday, October 27, 3:30 pm
HALLOWEEN TOUR OF EAST PARISH BURYING GROUND

Who says burying grounds have to be spooky? Newton’s oldest, the East Parish Burying Ground, dates back to 1660 and serves as the resting place of Newton’s founding families. Learn about Newton’s history and explore this community resource in this special tour of the art of remembrance, and life and death in Newton. 
Location: Meet at the corner of Cotton and Centre Streets; park on Cotton Street
Admission: Suggested donation, $10 per person. Register in advance through newtonma.gov/HNwalks or come to the start of the tour.
Information: 617-796-1450

Wednesday, October 30, 7:00 pm
AFTER SUFFRAGE: A 20/20 PERSPECTIVE ON WOMEN’S RIGHTS, 1920 – 2020

How were women’s rights impacted once they gained access to the ballot in 1920? Join author, Barbara Berenson, for a talk that will explore how women have fared politically and legally over the past century. Consider how women activists have built alliances, review some of the key developments over the past century including a discussion of the campaign for the Equal Rights Amendment, and discuss the historical connections between women who opposed suffrage and those who oppose women’s rights today.
Location: Newton Free Library, 330 Homer Street
Admission: Free
Information: 617-796-1360

Thursday, October 31, 5:00 - 6:30 pm
TRICK OR TREAT AT THE JACKSON HOMESTEAD

As you make the rounds with children on Halloween night, please stop by the Jackson Homestead and Museum for treats and free museum admission tickets that may be used throughout the fall. Enjoy trick-or-treating at this historic home.
Location: Jackson Homestead and Museum, 527 Washington Street
Admission: Free
Information: 617-796-1450

NOVEMBER

Saturday, November 2 and Sunday, November 3, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
FREE WEEKEND AT HISTORIC NEWTON
Everyone is invited to enjoy free admission to our museums.
Locations:
Jackson Homestead and Museum, 527 Washington Street, and the Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds, 286 Waverley Avenue
Admission:
Free
Information:
617-796-1450

Saturday, November 2, 9:00 am - 12:00 Noon
BURYING GROUNDS FALL CLEAN-UP

Spend the morning helping to care for the East Parish Burying Ground, the largest and
oldest of Newton’s three historic burying grounds. Help rake leaves, collect rubbish and
fallen limbs, and clip shrubs and plants that are encroaching on historic gravestones.
Please bring rakes, gloves, or tarps if you have them and wear sturdy shoes.
Location: Meet at the corner of Centre and Cotton Streets, Newton Centre; park on
Cotton Street.
Admission: Free
Information: 617-796-1450

DECEMBER

Sunday, December 1, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
MEET THE MAKERS AND MUSEUM STORE SUNDAY

Get a head start on your holiday shopping at the museum stores at the Jackson Homestead and the Durant-Kenrick House on Museum Store Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. All museum shop merchandise is 20% off! In addition, enjoy the free Meet the Makers event: Newton artists will be at each museum for part of the day and you can purchase artwork directly from them. Newton authors sell and sign their books from 1 to 3 p.m. 
Locations: Jackson Homestead, 527 Washington Street and the Durant-Kenrick House, 286 Waverley Avenue
Information: newtonma.gov/MeetTheMakers, 617-796-1450

Saturday, December 7 and Sunday, December 8, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
FREE WEEKEND AT HISTORIC NEWTON

Everyone is invited to enjoy free admission to our museums.
Locations: Jackson Homestead and Museum, 527 Washington Street, and the Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds, 286 Waverley Avenue
Admission: Free
Information: 617-796-1450

Sunday, December 15, 4:30 – 6:00 pm
HOLIDAY CANDLELIGHT TOUR OF DURANT-KENRICK HOUSE

Built in 1734, the Durant-Kenrick House was the home of families who observed the
winter holidays in different ways. Take a special tour of the house by candlelight led by
Historic Newton staff, enjoy winter caroling, and sip hot cider and cocoa. Kids can create
winter crafts, too. Register in advance through historicnewton.org or come on the day of the tour.
Location: Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds, 286 Waverley Avenue
Admission: Adults: $15 non-member, $10 Historic Newton members and children ages 10 and over
Information: 617-641-9142

 
Saturday, June 2, 2018 at 9:30 am
PLANTING FOR THE FUTURE
Saturday, June 2, 2018 at 9:30 am
PLANTING FOR THE FUTURE