After record rainfall in April, now is your chance to get outside with your family for fishing, hiking, paddling, art, music, history and photography. Where can you do all of this for free and just west of Boston? At the 18th annual RiverFest celebration this Saturday and Sunday.

Riverfest is the annual celebration of the federally protected Sudbury, Assabet and Concord Wild and Scenic River. This year, Riverfest is celebrating 20 years of amazing work to conserve and enjoy the rivers.

Less than 1 percent of the rivers in the United States are protected as Wild and Scenic. Riverfest is your opportunity to explore why the Sudbury, Assabet and Concord is so unique.

Events will be hosted on and along the rivers highlighting all the things that make the rivers special. From boat rides to bird-watching to talks, art and kids' activities, there is something for everyone, whether young or old, adventurous or more interested in a scenic stroll along the river banks.

Minute Man National Historical Park and The Old Manse join forces for a discussion about the Concord River and the people who share its history. The free program takes place at North Bridge, Concord, on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Visit


The River Stewardship Council was created to promote the preservation of these river resources. The council is a partnership of representatives from each of the eight shoreline communities, state and federal agencies, and two regional conservation organizations. All of the events and activities of Riverfest are volunteer-led by partner organizations of the RSC.

For a full listing of events and maps, visit Call 978-223-5049 with any questions.