Join us in celebrating our 50th Anniversary! This year, we are excited to announce transformative projects in the three parks.

The Friends has begun raising funds for these important projects, which will cost a total of $4 million. These parks are enjoyed by over 7 million people annually, and in 2020 the Friends, the City of Boston, and Weston & Sampson will embark on a Master Plan for Boston Common. Watch this space for updates and event notices throughout our 50th Anniversary Year!

To make a donation to our 50th Anniversary projects, or to become a Member of the Friends, click here.



  • Instagram Contest – March through June

    In August 2020, through September the Friends will be installing celebratory banners on streets surrounding our parks, featuring submissions from local Boston photographers. Submit your photos via Instagram for a chance to be featured on our banners, and the potential to win some exciting prizes! Learn more and submit.

  • Annual Meeting

    Join us at the Omni Parker House Hotel on April 2 for the Friends of the Public Garden 50th Annual Meeting. Event begins promptly at 6:00pm. RSVP here.

  • Shaw 54th Memorial Restoration

    The City of Boston, National Park Service, Friends of the Public Garden, and Museum of African American History kick-off the Shaw 54th Memorial Restoration on April 6, installing dynamic interpretive signage as the bronze statue is moved off-site. Learn more about the restoration project here.

  • Green and White Ball

    The Friends hosts the 2020 Green and White Ball at the Four Seasons Hotel Boston on May 1. More information about the Green and White Ball can be found here.

  • Duckling Day

    A Mother’s Day tradition, the annual Duckling Day celebration will be held Sunday, May 10 adjacent to the Parkman Bandstand. Information and registration.

  • Making History on the Common

    Children will experience 7500 years of history on what is now called the Boston Common through Native American Fishweirs, grazing livestock, stocks, historical games, interpreters and a carousel on June 1.

  • Summer Celebration at Brewer Plaza

    Free food, live music, and lots of fun for the whole family! The Annual Summer Celebration at Brewer Plaza will be held on June 25. Come celebrate our 50th Anniversary with free sandwiches from Bon Me and cookies from Cookie Monstah.

  • Summer Party

    The annual Summer Party will be held on July 22 at the Fairmont Copley Plaza. RSVP and ticket link to come.

  • Friends of the Public Garden Birthday Party

    The Friends celebrates their 50th Birthday, August 22 on Boston Common. More information to come.

  • Public Art Installation

    New York based artist Janet Zweig will install a dynamic, compelling, and interactive public art piece on Boston Common during the month of September.

  • Members Reception

    The annual Members Reception will take place at the Four Seasons Hotel Boston on October 27.

  • Winter Party

    The Annual Winter Party will take place Friday, December 11 at the Union Club of Boston.

After decades of poor functioning, we will be restoring the two fountains at the primary entrance into the Garden, as well as the overgrown landscape. We are excited to make this ceremonial entrance shine again, and enhance the landscape around the fountains with new seating. Learn more and donate.


For the first time since the Mall was create in 1865, we will design and install permanent lighting at each statue on the Mall, upgrade electrical systems and restore walkways and stonework around the statues. This will dramatically enhance the park visitor’s experience of these sculptures, and residents will enjoy a more inviting park after dark with improved lighting. Learn more and donate.


We are excited to be working with curators Now + There and artist Janet Zweig to create a temporary art installation on the Common. Zweig is the first artist-in-residence at NYC’s Mayor’s Office of Sustainability and teaches at the Rhode Island School of Design and Brown University. The piece will build on the themes of common space and sustainability.