Riverfest 2016 was a huge success. Thank you to everyone who volunteered or participated in this year's event.


Curious about this past year's Riverfest event? To download the event line-up, please click here.


Middlesex Canal Exhibits

Learn about the construction and function of the Middlesex Canal, the greatest work of its kind in the US until the Erie Canal. It played a key role in the development of Boston and Lowell. John Hancock was the first proprietor. The Middlesex Canal Museum, at the Billerica Falls of the Concord River, 71 Faulkner St, North Billerica.


Some Were for Making a Stand

Join a Park Ranger for a 20-minute program at the benches by the North Bridge (269 Monument St.). Learn about the opening battle of the American Revolution, which occurred here on April 19, 1775, and the powerful legacy of this event in American history. Location: North Bridge (rain location, North Bridge Visitor Center). 

269 Monument Street, Concord, MA

11:30, 2:30, 3:30, 4:30pm

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Sudbury River Pontoon Boat Tours

See the Sudbury River from a new angle! How many times have you crossed the Sudbury River and wondered what’s around the bend? Here’s your chance to see a bit more of our Wild and Scenic Rivers. This free 1-hour boat tour will leave from the South Bridge Boat House (486 Main Street). For more info, and to book a seat, call 978-371-1785. Advance reservations are required.


Fishing Derby

Join Billerica Department of Recreation for the annual free Yankee Bassmasters of New England Fishing Derby at Micozzi Beach on Nutting Lake (586 Middlesex Turnpike). Bait provided (or bring your own). Prizes for top anglers and free lunch for all youth participants. For more information contact Donna Hansen at Billerica Recreation at 978-671-0921.



Connecting Communities: RiverFest Concord River Paddle

Alert: This trip is incorrectly described in the printed brochure. This is the correct information. 6/7/16 4:30pm

Celebrate RiverFest with Sudbury Valley Trustees' guided paddle along the Concord River. This beautiful stretch of the river through Carlisle and Bedford has been federally designated "Wild and Scenic" by the National Park Service.  This event is a collaboration with Freedom's Way National Heritage Association's Connecting Communities outreach project.

Bring your own boat (kayak or canoe), PFDs required. Experienced paddlers only. Registration required at www.svtweb.org/calendar


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Assabet River Walk

Join the Concord Land Conservation Trust for a 1.5-hour walk to explore the varied riparian landscapes along the Assabet River. Park along the Nashawtuc Road causeway and meet at the corner of Nashawtuc and Musketaquid Roads.


Foss Farm to Greenough Conservation Land

Join the Carlisle Trails Committee for a 3.5 mile walk through meadows and forests on trails paralleling the Concord River.  We will start at the Foss Farm conservation land and pass through Great Meadows Wildlife Refuge and the O’Rourke farm on the way to scenic Greenough Pond in the Greenough conservation land.  If the water level is low enough we will return through the floodplain via the River Trail, or else retrace our steps. Meet at the Foss Farm parking lot on Bedford Rd. (Rte. 225).  Waterproof shoes and insect repellent are recommended.  Refreshments will be served at the end of the walk.  For information, email Alan Ankers at .

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Sudbury River Walks

Join us for one of the walks or all three! This is a great way for family and friends to get outdoors and get some fresh air, all while learning about the environment. Please contact the Framingham Conservation office at 508-532-5460 or to sign up and for more information.

Self-guided Nature/Discovery Walk: Enjoy a walk along the Sudbury River on the Carol Getchell Trail. Look for tracks and emerging plants along the banks as spring turns toward summer. Start at the entrance on Sudbury Landing near the Old Danforth Bridge. The trail ends at Little Farms Road where you may join the Framingham Conservation Commission for the 10:00 am Historical Sudbury River Walk (Call 508-532-5460 to register for that). Leashed dogs welcome. 9:15 am

Historical Walk:  Join the Framingham Conservation Commission for a walk along the Sudbury River, the aqueduct and Stone Bridge in Wayland for a bit of history and information about local flora and fauna. Wear proper footwear. Meet at the end of Little Farms Road at the Sudbury River. Leashed dogs welcome. Allow 2 hours for this walk. Call 508-532-5460 to register. 10 am

Explore the Cochituate: The Framingham Conservation Commission will host walk along the new Cochituate Rail Trail, branching off into Cochituate Brook Reservation and out to the shores of the North Pond of Lake Cochituate State Park. Learn about these great trails and open spaces as well as dog owner responsibilities on conservation lands. Wear proper footwear. Meet at the CRT entrance at the corner of School and Concord Streets in Saxonville. Leashed dogs welcome. Allow 2 hours for this walk. Call 508-532-5460 to register. 2 pm


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Lowell Cemetery Tour

Explore one of the first garden-style cemeteries, located on the banks of the Concord River. 90-minute tour led by historian Dick Howe. This bucolic site on the Concord River abuts the Concord River Greenway.  Directions.



Fishing Event & Family Festivities at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge

Join us for a fun-filled day of hands-on activities. Events will be held rain or shine at the Sudbury Headquarters (73 Weir Hill Road). For more information call 978-443-4661 x35.

Calling All Anglers: Beginners and experienced anglers join MassWildlife’s Angler Experts to learn how to fly-cast, spin-cast, and even tie your own fly. All equipment will be provided.This event qualifies as a free fishing day so state fishing licenses are not required to participate.  10am-2pm

Family Fun for Everyone: Join refuge staff in games, crafts, and face painting, or go for a hike on the trails to discover the variety of riverine habitats on the refuge. A native Spanish speaker will be present. 10am-2pm

Wildlife-Up Close and Personal: Join Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm naturalist for a family-friendly visit with native wildlife, birds and reptiles that live along the banks of the rivers and depend on a healthy habitat. 11am-1pm

Snakes of New England and the World: See a variety of local snakes close up, and a few exotic ones too. Rick Roth, Director of the Cape Ann Vernal Pool Team, will bring some of his favorites and talk about their lives and habitats. 1pm


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Fly Fishing Demo and Tying Lessons

See what fly fishing is all about and take some fly tying lessons in front of Grist Mill, Wayside Inn. For information, email . All ages welcome.


History Paddle

Travel in time as you paddle with Brian Donahue, Brandeis University history professor and expert on the history of the Sudbury River. This 3-hour paddle to Sherman's Bridge (Sherman's Bridge Road) through the wide meadows that prompted the founding of Wayland and Sudbury, will have frequent stops to hear stories of a fascinating and sometimes lurid past. Meet at the Rte. 20 boat launch. Bring your canoe or kayak and life jacket (required).  Call if you have space in your boat, or need space in someone else’s boat, or have any questions: 508-358-2980.


Photo Walk

Sudbury Valley Nature Photographers will host a Photo Walk around the Cow Common. Join SVNP member Hendrik Broekman in a stroll around the 65-acre plot, looking for interesting photos in a mixture of forest and field with some views across the Sudbury River marshes (leaves permitting). This is normally a 40-minute walk over flat, easy terrain, but we’ll be stopping to photograph, teach, and discuss, ending shortly before sunset. Folks can stay and watch (and photograph) the sunset from the Cow Common or take the 2-minute walk up to the North Cemetery and see the sun set from there. Novices and veterans, young and old – no matter. If you bring your eyes, plenty of enthusiasm, and a camera you’ll fit right in. Meet at the Cow Common parking lot on Old Sudbury Road (Rte. 27) across from the North Cemetery. Rain date: Sunday. If you have any questions, call 508-358-2980

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Sunrise Birding Canoe/Kayak Paddle on the Concord River

Celebrate the SuAsCo Wild and Scenic Riverfest with a sunrise paddle and birding along the Carlisle section of the Concord River and the Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge. Ken Harte will be the on-board wildlife specialist A stop is scheduled half-way through the trip at a casual riverside restaurant for a hearty breakfast and to compare notes. An optional stop at the recently protected Elliott Concord River Preserve is also planned near the end of the trip. 

Bring your canoe or kayak (no motorized crafts), life preserver (required), weather-appropriate clothing for a 2-3-hour paddle, binoculars, money for breakfast, drinking water, and nature guidebooks for identifying river edge birds, plants, insects, etc. Meet to sign in at 5:15 AM at the Bedford Boat Landing on Rte. 225 at the Carlisle/Bedford town line.Launch time is 5:30 AM. 

In the case of inclement weather or flood conditions, this trip will be canceled.  Contact 978-369-0336 for more information.


Micozzi Beach and Paddle

Enjoy free admission to Micozzi beach when the beach officially opens at 10 AM and enjoy free canoe and kayak rentals until closing at 7pm.  (Weather permitting) For more information contact Donna Hansen at Billerica Recreation at 978-671-0921.

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Ride for the River

Bike ride with the Nashoba Valley Pedalers for 30 miles (~2.5 hours) on roads criss-crossing our Wild and Scenic Rivers (click here to see the route). Meet at parking lot across Monument Street from the North Bridge. Helmets required. For more information, contact Dick at . Rain or shine (if in doubt, click here). 


Paddle the Assabet and Concord Rivers

Join the Appalachian Mountain Club's Worcester Chapter  for a 7 mile scenic paddle on our Wild and Scenic Rivers from West Concord to the Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge. Take in sights and sounds of nature and Riverfest activities from Egg Rock and the Calf Pasture to the North Bridge. Enjoy a picnic lunch (bring your own) on the grounds of the Old Manse. Option to participate in Summer Solstice activities at 6 pm. Bring your own canoe/kayak, paddle and life jacket (required). Some loans of equipment can be made if arranged in advance. Space is limited. Advanced registration here is required. 



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Paddle, Art and Theatre at the Old Manse



Come to the riverbank by foot or paddle, bring a picnic, and enjoy art at the Old Manse (269 Monument Street). For boat rentals contact South Bridge Boat House at 978-369-9438.

Come join us in launching "The New World Drama: And Crown Thy Good with Sister- and Brotherhood." Scenes for the drama are being written by fellow citizens in communities across our land. Bring your own verse, song, legend, tale, your inspirations, which offer a Concord, Middlesex County, or Massachusetts perspective on the aspiring promise of sister- and brotherhood — from sea to shining sea. For a further glimpse visit www.concordium.us/initiatives/new-world-drama. Noon - 1:30 pm

Free Paddling and Quest Paddle from the North Bridge to Egg Rock on the Concord River in search of clues and stickers. 1-hour free canoe rental available on a first-come-first-served basis. Meet us at the river bank behind the Old Manse. This is a family-friendly event. To reserve a boat in advance, contact OARS at 978-369-3956 or  by Friday, June 17.  11 am - 2 pm

Be Creative, Build Art: Join Musketaquid Artists for a spontaneous sculptural installation on the banks of the Concord River. 11:30 am – 2 pm

Create Your Own Fish and Turtles: Join OARS to turn recycled soda bottles into colorful fish and turn bowls into turtles. Younger children can create their own watersticks. Visit www.oars3rivers.org for details. 11:30 am – 2 pm



Walden Woods Explorations

Naturalist Peter Alden, author of Audubon Field Guide to New England, will lead a 2-hour guided tour, in partnership with the Concord Land Conservation Trusts, along Fairhaven Bay and Wright Woods of Walden Woods. The focus will be on plants and birds. We will possibly hear or see the gorgeous Scarlet Tanager, and melodious Hermit and Woods Thrushes. The walk will be easy, and about a mile in length. Please bring binoculars if you have them and something to drink. Meet at the corner of Fairhaven Road and Arena Terrace (turnoff just ease of Walden Woods farmstand on Rte. 2 eastbound).


Summer Solstice Celebration

Summer Solstice Celebration: End Riverfest by celebrating the arrival of summer on the rivers with OARS and Musketaquid at the Old Manse (269 Monument Street).

Music: Music by Sawyer Lawson & Company will entertain those who wish to picnic on the beautiful grounds of the Old Manse, on the shores of the Concord River. 6:30 pm

Illuminated Flotilla with Voices of the Earth Chorus:  Launch your canoe, rowboat, or kayak for a paddle on the Concord River. Bring along a candle lantern (instructions for making lantern) that you can attach to your boat. Boat rentals available from the South Bridge Boat House. Boats put-in and take-out at the Old Manse or Lowell Road bridge. For those who want to participate without getting wet, the best viewing spot is from the Old North Bridge. 8 pm

Solstice Bonfire:  Join the bonfire at the Old Manse. 8 pm

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Spend the Afternoon at the Wayside Inn Grist Mill

Wetland Wildlife: Join a Mass Audubon naturalist for a family-friendly visit with native turtles and ducks as you investigate water samples from our local rivers looking for the invertebrates that live there. 1 – 3 pm

Rubber Duck Race: Hop Brook Protection Association and the Sudbury Ponds and Waterways Committee will hold a Rubber Duck Race in Hop Brook at the Grist Mill by Sudbury’s Wayside Inn. Free and open to kids 12 and under. Prizes will be awarded.To register email . For more information, call 978-443-9638. 1:30 pm



Grandfather Turtle's Tales from the Three Rivers

Award winning and professional storyteller Tony Toledo brings nature to life on a whole new level. Come hear Grandfather Turtle's adventures along the Sudbury, Assabet and Concord Rivers at the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center. For more information call 978-443-4661 ext. 4035.