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

We are delighted to announce to launching of a new Newton Cultural Calendar A free on-lline Calendar that lists any cultural events happening in Newton, and events by Newton cultural organizations that are happening ourside Newton. It's free to use, and to post. Save it on your desktop, put it on your phone, and check it out! 


Check out the Fall Activities in Newton!

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Holiday Lighting Ceremony

 Thursday, December 1st, 6pm, Newton City Hall

Start the Holiday Season off with a cheerful evening of song, hot chocolate and fun!  Sing-along with the Stacey Peasley Band – an award-winning band whose music is joyful and playful – as they play your favorite holiday songs.  Then, enjoy some hot chocolate courtesy of PhysicianOne Urgent Care, or tea from David’s Tea, and delicious snack bars donated by KIND, as you watch a “Rockettes” performance by Creative Dance Steps Studio. All of this excitement builds up to the Grande Finale of Mayor Setti Warren flipping the switch that turns the grounds into a twinkling winterland!  Please bring a donation for Newton’s Food Pantries. For more information, visit or call 617-796-1540. Holiday Lighting & Open House


Holiday Craft Show

Saturday, December 3rd, 10am - 5pm
Newton City Hall
With over 50 talented artisans displaying their one-of-a-kind treasures, you are sure to find something for the most discerning person on your shopping list at the Newton City Hall Holiday Craft Show. Admission is Free!
As you wander the many hallways and rooms of Newton City Hall, you will discover stall upon stall of beautiful hand-crafted jewelry, hats and scarves, pottery, cards, glass works, tablecloths, paintings, purses, delicious chocolates and so much more that will help you solve your gift giving challenge this year.  Be sure to pick up a map when you arrive as the booths are tucked into every nook and cranny of the building and you don’t want to miss any! With ample free parking on the streets around City Hall, all entrances will be open. Please bring a non-perishable food item for the Newton Food Pantries. For more information please visit or call 617-796-1540.  

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

Fall/Winter Session: Sept. 19 – Jan 23, ‘17
Winter/Spring Session: Jan. 30 – June 2, ‘17

Art Music
Mon. P. Gannon D. Polansky
Tues. T. Curtin D. Polansky
Wed. T. Curtin D. Polansky
Thurs. T. Curtin D. Polansky
Fri. T. Curtin P. Gannon   filled
Newton Resident $270, Non-Resident $295, 

Siblings > 12 months free, 12 – 18 months 50%, other siblings drop in $10, Guests $25.
 TO REGISTER:, Click on MA, Click on Newton Parks & Recreation, Click on Register, Click on Programs or Activities, Click on Mayor’s Office for Cultural Affairs, Click on Time for Partners or Ukelele


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