Category: Events

Newton Farmers Market is in Full Swing

If you haven’t visited the most happening place to be in the City on Tuesdays at Cold Springs Park from 1:30 – 6:00 p.m. or on Saturdays at Elm Street in West Newton from 9:30 – 12:30 p.m., then you are missing A LOT. The Tuesday market runs from July 9th through October 22nd and the Saturday market runs from June 22nd through October 5th.  The markets are held rain or shine and are a must go destination.

If you are a local foodie, you will be dazzled by chef demonstrations, food talks, classical and jazz music at the Tuesday market and if you are an eclectic (like me – at least that’s what I aspire to be), you will be thrilled with the diverse offerings at the Saturday market in West Newton with craft beer tastings, flea markets, and a dog days of summer event (maybe if I’m brave, I’ll bring my pug, Frank, and my goldendoodle rescue – maybe some wolfhound? Aji (short for Agitata)!

Go here to see the latest Farmers Market newsletter and here to sign-up and get the latest info on what’s happening at the hottest place to be in the City!

St. Mary of Carmen Society Festival – July 17th – July 21st

It’s that time of year again to celebrate the St. Mary of Carmen Society Festival beginning on Wednesday, July 17th and ending on Sunday, July 21st. Enjoy great music, wonderful vendors, food, rides, and entertainment for kids and a wonderful and meaniful end to the festival with a full-day of events on Sunday, beginning with a Mass at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday; a procession at 2:00 p.m.; Seabreeze with Steven Savio at 6:00 p.m. and a candlelight procession to Our Lady’s Church and Flight of the Angel at 10:00 p.m. Additional information can be found at their website.

What’s up for this week? A lot even though it’s summer time!

Potential shortening of the duration of the overnight parking ban. Yes – the City Council will be voting on this at their full council meeting TONIGHT – with the suggested dates of December 15th (instead of November 15) to April 1st (instead of April 15th). See Reports Docket

Banks at Washington Place? Yes – that is scheduled to be voted on TONIGHT – despite a condition to prohibit banks at the site when the original special permit was granted. See Reports Docket and Land Use Committee Report.

Zoning Amendment to change the Inclusionary Zoning requirements is scheduled to be voted on TONIGHT. See Reports Docket and the Zoning and Planning Committee Report.

New Ordinance regarding Short-Term Rentals is scheduled to be voted on TONIGHT. See Reports Docket and the Zoning and Planning Report.

Not sure what will happen with the Sidewalk Clearing Ordinance amendments with Finance failing to carry an approval vote yet two other committees- Public Facilities and the Public Safety and Transportation Committee voting in favor. See Reports Docket and the Finance Committee Report.

Newton Early Childhood Program (NECP) to move to 687 Watertown Street – Former Horace Mann Elementary School – as City Council will vote on the 5-58 and Site Plan Approval TONIGHT. See Reports Docket and the Public Facilities Committee Report.

Plastic Bag Ban Ordinance Amendments are scheduled to be voted on TONIGHT. The amendments include a new definition for “reusable bag” as well as a $0.10 fee on paper bags. See Reports Docket and Finance Committee Report.

Happy Fourth of July! Celebrate with events throughout Newton!

Start your morning off at the Kids Morning at the Newton Centre Playground designed for kids ages 3 – 12 but everyone is welcome!. Events include the Grand Pet Parade (I brought my pug, Frank, last year, and he had a blast!), Decorated Doll Carriage Promenade, Teddy Bear Parade, Foot Races, and Free Ice Cream courtesy of Cabot’s Ice Cream.

Then head over to the Albemarle Playground/Halloran Sports Complex for an afternoon/evening – 1:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. for a crafts fair, local business vendors, food trucks, and children’s activities.

After a full afternoon, spread out a blanket, unfold your lawn chairs, unpack your picnic basket or get delicious food from the food trucks, and enjoy the evening with music and dancing with the Bo and Bill Winiker Band at 6:00 p.m. Thanks to Newton Community Pride and all of the generous sponsors!!

More information can be found here.

Fire Hydrant Testing

Fire Hydrant testing began on June 24th and will continue through September 27th, between the hours of 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. The Fire Department and the Department of Public Works will be flushing and conducting fire hydrant inspections throughout the City. Residents may experience discoloration in their drinking water due to the dislodging of iron deposits in the water main during the flushing process. According to the City’s website:

“This discoloration DOES NOT cause a health risk, however residents are encouraged to run your cold fix water through the lowest fixture in your home until the discolored water becomes clear. Also DO NOT wash laundry during this period of discolored water.”

Below are the dates residents can expect the flushing:

Monday: Newton Corner, Newtonville, Nonantum, Upper Falls, Newton Highlands, and Waban

Tuesday: Lower Falls, Auburndale, West Newton, and Newton Corner

Wednesday: Upper Falls, Waban, Newton Highlands, Oak Hill, Lower Falls, Auburndale, and West Newton

Thursday: Newton Center, and Chestnut Hill

More information can be found here.

Senior Transportation Service – NewMo has launched

On June 17th, the City’s Senior Services Department unveiled a new Senior Transportation service called NewMo. NewMo is an on-demand ride share service provided by Via, is available to all Newton residents 60 years and over in need of transportation to points in an around Newton and some points outside of Newton. Rider fees will range from $.50 to $5.00/ride. Please go here for more information.

Memorial Day Events

Yesterday may have been the Memorial Day parade and wreath laying at Forte Park, but there are also two events scheduled today to honor those who served our country. There will be a wreath laying ceremony at the Newton Cemetery at 10:00 a.m. and a Memorial Day celebration to honor living veterans at City Hall at 11:30 a.m.

General Recycling Information

From the City of Newton’s Recycle at the Curb Webpage:

What can you put in your Green Carts?

Paper & Cardboard 

  • White & colored paper (staples, paper clips, spirals OK)
  • Cardboard (flatten & fold boxes)
  • Paperboard (paper towel rolls, cereal, tissue boxes)
  • Phone books & junk mail
  • Magazines & catalogs
  • Newspapers & inserts
  • Paper bags
  • Pizza boxes (empty, minor oil stains OK)
  • Books (rip off hard covers)


  • Aluminum cans, trays & foil
  • Stiff plastic containers such as bottles, jugs, and tubs
  • Glass bottles & jars

Don’t put the following in your green cart (Please go here to learn how to properly and environmentally dispose of these items)

  • Plastic Bags, Plastic films, or plastic wraps
  • Plastic Utensils
  • Bulky plastics (chairs, toys, buckets, storage containers)
  • Flower pots & garden plastics
  • Food or beverage cartons
  • Black plastic (i.e. take out trays)
  • Small plastic bottles
  • Dishes, ceramics & pyrex
  • Clothing, bedding & other textiles – Ripped and stained
  • Paper coffee cup
  • Shredded Paper
  • Styrofoam
  • Paper plates, napkins, paper towels, tissues
  • Light bulbs
  • Metal pots, pans, hangers, other scrap metals



There are so many Cultural and Community Events this month – check out the Newton Calendar of Arts for a more detailed listing. But here are a few highlights:

The Final Weekend of the Piano Summit will take place on Saturday, May 18th from 1 – 3 p.m. at the United Parish Church in Auburndale, 64 Hancock Street.  Featured artists:  Leo Genovese and Wes Wirth Global Ensemble.  The event is free.

The Commonwealth Lyric Theater will present Carmen by Bizet at Newton City Hall, War Memorial on Friday, May 17th and Saturday, May 18th at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased here.

The New Philharmonia Orchestra will perform on Saturday, May 18th at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday, May 19th at 3:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 848 Beacon Street.  The program, Classics III: American Fete is dedicated to the memory of Linda Plaut. Tickets can be purchased here.

Celebrate Waban Village Day on Sunday, May 19th beginning at 10 a.m. with a Family Fun Run. More information can be found here.

Historic Newton will host its annual Newton House Tour on Sunday, May 19th from 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. Tickets are $35 in advance; $40 on the day of the tour. Begin at Durant-Kendrick House and Grounds at 286 Waverly Avenue to pick up a map for the self-guided tour. More information can be found here.