By Daniel Ameden | Wicked Local
Framingham will celebrate the second annual Farm Pond Fall Festival on Saturday with music, boating, dancing and food trucks.
The festival runs from noon to 3 p.m., rain or shine, at Farm Pond Park on Dudley Road.
“It’s back by popular demand,” said Holli Andrews, executive director of Framingham Downtown Renaissance. Her nonprofit organization is again hosting the event to draw attention to downtown Framingham’s connection to Farm Pond.
The pond has historically been part of the downtown district, Andrews said.
“We want to someday reconnect it again so people can use it and access it from the downtown side, and it’s such a beautiful place,” she said.
For the festival, Framingham bands Big Bad Wolf, the Brazilian percussion group Grooversity and the Junkyard Dogs, will headline an afternoon of live local music.
Two food trucks, The Pasta Pot and Speed Dog, will be parked on site, and there will also be desserts for sale, Andrews said.
Festival-goers can borrow a canoe or kayak to take out on the pond.
“We’re encouraging people to bring lawn chairs or a blanket so they can sit and watch the music if they so wish,” Andrews said. “If they have a canoe or kayak, they’re welcome to bring that too.”
The free, family-friendly event will also feature games, vendors, art and other activities.
Centre Music House is helping out by setting up sound for the event, and Andrews said she’s glad to have local bands as well as musicians from Amazing Things Arts Center take the stage.
“Part of our mission to connect all of these different arts scenes from all over Framingham, so we’re really excited to have them,” Andrews said.
Hosted by Framingham Downtown Renaissance and sponsors, the event is a collaborative project between Framingham State University, Centre Music House, the Town of Framingham, local businesses and arts studios.
For more information on FDR, visit www.downtownframingham.com. To get involved, contact Holli Andrews at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 508-861-3289.