DeCordova Hosts Park Fest on Saturday, June 23


On Saturday, June 23, deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum hosts its second annual Park Fest, a campus-wide celebration of art, nature, and creativity. The event kicks off with a 5K trail run in the morning, followed by a day-long outdoor festival for all ages. Visitors can enjoy live music and dance performances, art-making activities, a local artisan market, mini golf, and food and beer for sale.

Details on programming, participating artisan market vendors, food and beverage options, and registration are below and online at


9:30–11 am: 5K Trail Run (separate registration required; includes admission to Park Fest)
The course begins in deCordova’s Sculpture Park, then continues through Lincoln's conservation trails alongside Flint’s Pond for a challenging 3 mile run. Beer from True West Brewery will be available for purchase following the race.

12:30 pm and 3:30 pm: Live music performances on the Sculpture Terrace

  • 12:30–1:30 pm: Melvern Taylor and His Fabulous Meltones, Lowell's finest four-piece postmodern string band
  • 3:30–4:30 pm: The Crank-Tones, New England’s premier roots, rock’n’roll, rockabilly trio

2 pm, 2:45 pm, and 3:15 pm: Weber Dance performances
Weber Dance is thrilled to offer excerpts from its newest original work by Artistic Director Dr. Jody Weber, titled Her Sylvan Ascent. The full company will offer a series of original solos, duets, quartets, and group pieces in the area surrounding the Aaron Curry: Grove sculptures. The performance will include original text written by local author Elaine Dimopoulos.


Local Artisan Market 
This curated market will feature work by local artists, artisans, and vendors—including jewelry, hand-blown glass, paintings, woodwork, books, ceramics, accessories, custom Henna designs, and cookies. See a full list of participating vendors here.

ARTfull Explorations: Parachute Graffiti 
Inspired by the summer exhibition Sculpting with Air: Ian McMahon and Jong Oh, decorate a parachute with UPlifting messages then help it float and wave across the main lawn.

Play in the Park: Inflatable Cities 
Inspired by the summer exhibitions about air and architecture, join us in The Grove to build a collaborative city in the air.

Sculpture Discovery Quest 
A series of clues to explore, engage with, and learn about the artwork in the Park. Receive stamps at each sculpture you discover. Collect all eight stamps and redeem a prize!

Dream Castle Drawing Table 
Imagine and draw your dream space at the drawing table while listening to live music and enjoying food from Compliments Food Truck (and for our adult drawers, sipping a beer from Acton-based True West Brewery!).

Mini Golf 
Play a round of mini golf surrounded by sculptures in the Park.

Bubbles by Jim Dichter 
Back by popular demand! Have fun with giant bubbles created by Jim Dichter.

Ceramic Studio Demonstrations with Resident Artist Bruce Barry 
Watch a ceramic sculpture demo by resident artist Bruce Barry, a studio arts graduate from Bates College with advanced coursework in ceramics, etching, drawing, and painting. A finalist for the Massachusetts Cultural Council Crafts Grant in 2007, Barry has taught at deCordova since 1997.


Compliments Food Truck 
A locally inspired food truck founded in 2012 and run by the MacLean family! Based in Cambridge, MA, they bring to you made-to- order gourmet sandwiches and delicious fried sides.

Ben & Jerrys 
Cool off with a scoop of ice cream.

True West Brewery 
Several craft beers from this Acton-based brewery will be on tap.

DeCordova Cafe and Courtyard
Grab-and-go lunches, snacks, and beverages (including beer and wine) to enjoy inside or out in our newly renovated Courtyard.


Head inside the Museum building to check out two special exhibitions on view.

Sculpting with Air: Ian McMahon and Jong Oh
This exhibition features large-scale, site-specific sculptures by two contemporary artists engaging with the intangible element of air. Ian McMahon’s voluminous, pillow-like structure was created using an innovative technique of sprayed plaster, while Jong Oh’s delicate, gravity-defying installation was fashioned with string, wire, and Plexiglas.

Lived Space: Humans and Architecture
The artists featured in this exhibition explore our psychological and physical attachments to the spaces we build and inhabit. Lived Space also considers deCordova’s history as the once private home of the de Cordova family and the building’s transformation to a public museum in 1950.


Quiet Studio 
Need a quiet space? Head to our studio to take a break.


Park Fest
Saturday, June 23, 11 am–5 pm

Member adult: $10
Member children 6–17: $5

Nonmember adult (including Lincoln residents): $20
Nonmember children 6–17: $10
Seniors over 60: $15

Active duty military families with ID: Free
All children 5 and under: Free

Park Fest 5K
Saturday, June 23, 9:30 am–11 am
Admission (includes admission to Park Fest):

Members and Lincoln residents: $20
Nonmembers: $30

Tickets available at Tickets will also be available on-site the day of the event.


There will not be any public parking available at deCordova during Park Fest, except for accessibility needs. Parking will occur off-site at Reservoir Place (1601 Trapelo Rd, Waltham) with shuttle buses running all day. 5K shuttle service begins at 8 am, and Park Fest shuttle service begins at 10:45 am and ends at 5:30 pm.


Platinum sponsors: Boston Properties; Cambridge Savings Bank; Keryx Biopharmaceuticals​, Inc.; Lincoln Tree and Landscape

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