Each year, the Esplanade Association invests over $1,000,000 in the park.


TREE MANAGEMENT & SUCCESSION PLAN: The Esplanade Association recently released a draft multi-year maintenance and planting plan for the Esplanade’s trees, ensuring a healthy tree canopy for future generations. Learn more.

JOIN US ON THE ESPLANADE! We have an exciting line-up of events throughout the spring and summer. View the full calendar.

WE’RE HERE TO HELP! Are you looking to plan an event on the Esplanade? Reach out to Kelsey Pramik, Marketing & Events Manager:

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Owl’s Nest Beer Garden Now Open!

This summer, we were thrilled to announce a new partnership with Everett-based Night Shift Brewing and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) to open the Owl’s Nest: The Esplanade Beer Garden. A portion of the profit on beer, wine, and cider from this beer garden will benefit the Esplanade Association and our work in the park.

The Owl’s Nest is officially OPEN to the public. Hours will be Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4:00pm to 10:00pm, Fridays and Saturdays from 12:00pm to 10:00pm, and Sundays from 12:00pm to 8:00pm. It’s family and dog friendly! Learn more.

Healthy, Fit & Fun FREE Fitness Classes

Healthy, Fit & Fun FREE fitness classes on the Esplanade will begin on Tuesday, July 10 and continue through Thursday, September 6. Make sure you preregister at

GroundBeat: the Esplanade’s FREE Riverfront Music Series

The Esplanade Association is pleased to continue the long tradition of free musical performances on the Esplanade in 2018 with the introduction of GroundBeat: The Esplanade’s FREE Riverfront Music Series of diverse, carefully-curated, intimate musical performances! The next performance will be on Sunday, September 23 with Jazz Along the Charles Learn more.

Moondance Gala 2018

On Saturday, September 15, 2018 the Esplanade Association will host our annual Moondance Gala! The evening brings together the Boston community and beyond to celebrate our treasured park and lend support to the Esplanade’s continued growth and vibrant future. Learn more. 

New Park Welcome Signs

We’re happy to announce that Esplanade Welcome Signs have been installed at six park entrances! Thank you to the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) for their partnership, and to the Lynch Foundation, George B Henderson Foundation, and the Museum of Science for supporting this project! Learn more.

What We Do

The Esplanade Association is a 100% privately-funded nonprofit organization that works to revitalize and enhance the Charles River Esplanade, sustain its natural green space, and build community in the park by providing educational, cultural, and recreational programs for everyone. Working in collaboration with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, the Esplanade Association is dedicated to improving the experiences of the millions of visitors who enjoy Boston’s iconic riverside park.

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