Cultural Affairs/Arts in the Parks

Mayor's Office For Cultural Affairs
Newton Cultural Affairs Offices 
Newton City Hall (second floor room 203) Newton, MA 02459
Phone: 617-796-1540 
Linda R. Plaut, Director: 
Jeannie Smith, Associate Director: 

Like us on Facebook!
Follow us on Twitter!

Guide to Newton's Resources
Check out the Winter/Spring 2016 Activities in Newton!
Winter/Spring Postcard

Heartbreak Hill Road Race & Walk

Sunday, April 17, 11:30am – 3pm

Newton City Hall

One mile! Up and down famed Heartbreak Hill the day before the Boston Marathon.

Runners ages 8 – 90 can register to run

Anyone can join in the Family Walk.

Race registrants receive a t-shirt, race medallion & free ticket to the pre-race pasta party. Race winners receive trophies and official digital-clock time. Join in the family fun – obstacle course, free face painting and games.  Pre-Race Pasta/Pizza Party Saturday, April 16, 5:30pm at Newton City Hall. Free to registrants and just $3 for guests. Register at




 click for flyer Heartbreak Hill Road Race


Spelling Bee Winners! 

click here 





Sunday, May 1, 9am – 4pm

Register for morning, afternoon and all day projects. Go to to register. Pick one of more than 60 sites around the City to spring clean. Register to volunteer and get a t-shirt. Come to City Hall at 3:30 for an ice cream sundae. 

 click for flyer NewtonSERVES


Learn to Play the Ukulele!


Newton City Hall War Memorial Auditorium
Grades 2 - 5. No previous experience required, class limited to 8 students. Bring your own instrument or
contact teacher for rental. Uke 1 is a prerequisite to the Uke 2 class. Please click on flyer for details, and for registration information.

Uke 1 1:15 - 2pm, April 12-June 7 

 Uke 2 2:15 - 3pm, April 12-June 7 

$200 Newton Resident, $250 Non-Resident

click here for flyer  Ukelele Lessons


Acoustic Newton Coffeehouse

Community Contras and Square Dance

Saturday, April 2, 7pm,  Newton Cultural Center at City Hall

“All join hands and circle left!”  Traditional American square and contra dances are fun and easy, with music that gets everyone up and onto the dance floor.  Join Sue Rosen, caller; Ed Rosen on piano and guitar, along with fiddler Julie Metcalf for a family-friendly community dance event for ages 10 and up.  Sue Rosen has been calling dances for the past twenty years and is an active member of the American, English country Dance, Contras and Squares and Morris and Sword Dancing communities.

Acoustic Newton Coffeehouse was created by Barbara Cassidy and Eric Chasalow to showcase the talents of acoustic musicians that call Newton their home.    Tickets: $10/$5 students and seniors



Time for Partners

Winter/Spring Classes- Now enrolling -
Newton Cultural Center at City Hall
9:30am - 11:15am
                                                          Art                              Music  
Mondays, 2/1 - 5/23         Paula Gannon       David Polansky   filled
2/2 - 5/24         Terry Curtin          
David Polansky 
Wednesdays, 2/3 - 5/25   Terry Curtin           David Polansky
Thursdays, 2/4 - 5/26        Terry Curtin           David Polansky 
Fridays, 2/5 - 6/3                Terry Curtin           Paula Gannon 

To register:, click on MA, click on Newton Parks & Recreation, click on Mayor's Office for Cultural Affairs, click on Activity Registration, choose your day.  
Newton resident $270, Non-resident $290

back to top