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: 

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Guide to Newton's Resources

Looking for something to do? is a free on-lline Calendar that lists any cultural events happening in Newton, and events by Newton cultural organizations that are happening outside Newton. It's free to use, and to post. Save it on your desktop, put it on your phone, and check it out! 


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July 4th Celebration in Newton
Kids’ Morning
Tuesday, July 4, 10am – Noon, Newton Centre Playground at Tyler Terrace.
Free event for children ages 3 – 12 years. Children and families are invited to join in the Grande Pet Parade, Decorated Doll Carriage Promenade, Teddy Bear Parade and Foot Races. Free ice cream, candy and drinks complete the morning celebration – courtesy of Cabot’s Ice Cream. Cancelled in the event of rain.

Afternoon/Evening Events

Tuesday, July 4, Noon – 10pm – Albemarle Field/Halloran Sports Complex
The fun continues with kiddie amusement rides, craft vendor booths, food vendor booths, face painting and other childrens’ activities. The entertainment at the Gazebo is provided by Constantine the Magician, the YCCA Band and a Caribbean performance by D’Allegro Band from DESFOB, Inc. Then, the fun moves over to the main stage, with more free music and dancing from 6 – 9pm. Bring lawn chairs, try out the delicious food from the many food trucks and pick up your light-up novelties.  At 9pm, don’t miss the grand finale…a fantastic fireworks display! Visit  for details.  In the event of rain, the band and fireworks will take place on Wednesday, July 5th. 





Time for Partners - Now enrolling 

Art & Music classes for children 18 months to 3.5 years, with an adult. Learn, explore and make new friends.  9:30 - 11:15. 

Summer Session – Now Enrolling
Tuesdays July 11 – August 8
Resident $100 Non-Resident $120
Wednesdays July 5 – August 9
Resident $120 Non-Resident $140
Thursdays July 6 – August 10
Resident $120 Non-Resident $140

Art – Terry Curtin/ Music – David Polansky

Franklin Elementary School, 275 Derby Street

 Siblings > 12 months free, 12 – 18 months 50%, other siblings drop in $10, Guests $25.


TO REGISTER: Registration , Click on Time for Partners or Ukelele

Learn to Play the Ukulele!
Now Registering kids in Grades 2 – 5 for the Fall Session, Tuesdays at the Newton Cultural Center at City Hall. 
Uke 1 – an introduction class to the ukulele and perfect for kids who want to learn an instrument, while exploring the world of musicianship. Students will learn basics of the instrument, including rhythmic strumming and chords. They will be playing songs in a few weeks! 1:15pm – 2pm.
Uke 2 – The student must have completed Uke 1. All levels of players are welcome for continued learning and weekly “jam session”. 2:15pm – 3pm
Bring your own instrument or contact teacher for rental. 



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