Franklin Park

R.O.Y. Reclaim Our Youth Summer Event

 Roxbury, MA – July 23, 2013 – As adults we all go through a checklist of excuses to not live outside of the boxes that we build for ourselves. Some of us don’t have children, but the responsibilities of being a responsible adult can still be just as demanding. What would you give to be able to go back to the simpler times in your life?  When your biggest worries were; what ice cream flavor to get, what outfit to wear, and what you were going to do for fun?

Well now is your chance to relive it all over again! Reclaim Our Youth (R.O.Y.) was founded in 2012 and invites adults to participate in youthful activities, outdoor play and uninhibited fun. If it’s even for a day, come out and enjoy friendly, intense competition with other like minded and fun-loving adults. >> Read More

Juneteenth Celebration

Come to the largest picnic of the summer in Franklin Park! and celebrate the emancipation of the last remaining slaves in the United States.
Saturday, Jun. 15 - All Day
Franklin Park,Dorchester, MA,  - Shattuck Picnic Grove



Franklin Park Snow Festival | Jan. 26

Enjoy winter at the Franklin Park Snow Festival Saturday, February 2nd from 1:00-4:00pm at the Franklin Park Golf Clubhouse.  Go sledding, try out snowshoes, build snow people, and track animal prints with a Boston Nature Center naturalist. Bring your own cross country skis for park touring at 1:30pm. There will be some sleds to borrow, but brings yours if you have one. You can warm up with hot chocolate and board games in the clubhouse. 

Wish List for the Festival: - sleds - board games for all ages - snow shoes to lend - volunteers! (call or email if you can help out)  617-442-4141 / 

This snow is good for something! Tell all your friends, bring your cousins, and be sure to bundle up!

Leaf Raking in Franklin Park | Nov. 17


Help Franklin Park this fall season! If you're interested in helping Franklin Park rake leaves, meet on November 17th from 10am to noon at Valley Gates Parking Lot (along the main park road). Please rake paths to keep them from getting slippery in the winter. Jumping in piles is encouraged! Don't forget to dress warm! Rakes will be provided to those without their own.


Franklin Park Family Fitness | August 26


Franklin Park Family Fitness will take place on August 26 from 2pm to 6pm. This afternoon of fun will include Zumba, dancing, field games, hula hoops, exercises, and healthy snacks! The event will improve total fitness for physical, mental, and spiritual healing. The event will take place at the Playstead Picnic Area. For more info, call 617-442-4141 or


Summer Fun at Franklin Park | June through August

Elma Lewis Playhouse in the Park is pleased to present FREE summer concerts and events in Franklin Park.

***All events take place at Franklin Park (1 Franklin Park Rd, Boston, MA 02121)***


July 10

11am: Marcus Santos & Grooversity

6pm: E-Water Band (Dance)

July 15

11pm: Circle the City Festival Returns

July 17

11am: OrigiNation (African Dance)

6pm: Elan Trotman (Jazz)

July 24

11am: Roberto Clemente & FloorLords (Break-dancing)

6pm: Athene Wilson (Soul & Jazz)

July 31

11am​: Stajez Dance Company >> Read More

Family Fit Summer Event | August 4

Enjoy kickball, dodgeball, food, music, and fun! On Saturday, August 4th from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm join Hike4Life and Operation Fit Mom. The event will be held at the Franklin Park Playstead Softball Fields (Behind the Zoo), and will feature great raffle prizes. Check out more information about the event here.

Free Photography Lesson at Franklin Park | July 30

The Boston Parks and Recreation Department's ParkARTS is excited to host the 3rd annual "Pics in the Parks" free photography workshops. On July 30th, ParkARTS brings its free photography workshop to Schoolmaster Hill, Franklin Park in Dorchester at 6pm. The workshops are led by photography instructor Sarah Berry. Sarah is currently pursuing a masters of Arts Administration at Boston University. She has experience introducing photography to children, teens and adults. For more info, visit or call 617-961-3051.

Rose Garden Party | June 28

Mayor Thomas M. Menino and First Lady Angela Menino host the 16th Annual Rose Garden Party in the Back Bay Fens from 5:30p to 8:00p. Prizes will be auctioned during the party. Grand prize being auctioned off at this party is a travel package valued at $5,000 offered by Jet Blue. Guests are encouraged to wear garden party attire and enter the "Hats Galore!" contest. Money raised at this event gets people outside because it pays in part for some of the 170 free programs in city parks including jazz concerts at Fort Hill, a kid's festival at Franklin Park, and a watercolor workshop at Geneva Cliffs. For more info, call 617-635-4505.

Circle the City Event | June 24

On Sunday, June 24, Circle The City launches with a kick-off event in Franklin Park! The event will be held from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Demonstrating an innovative model connecting conservation and recreation, Circle The City is an event which exemplifies healthy living in the city and improved accessibility to urban green spaces. The event will include free activities for all ages, such as:

  • Fitness and Yoga classes, Zumba and Hula Hooping

  • Street Hockey clinics with the Boston Bruins and Bruins Defenseman Andrew Ference.

  • Bikes and instruction with Boston Bikes

  • Kids’ art and nature activities with the Boston Nature Center and Museum of Science

  • Walks and bike rides

  • Kickball, Basketball, Frisbee golf, Tennis

  • Healthy Food Trucks

  • Kite Flying >> Read More

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