NCA Programming

The Newton Cultural Alliance hosts collaborative events for its members and other community arts & culture constituents throughout the calendar year. This thoughtful programming brings together diverse stakeholders, increases accessibility to arts & culture programming throughout the community, and enriches the lives of attendees and partners alike. 

2022 Collaborative Events

West Newton History Forum

Join the Newton Cultural Alliance for Arts & Culture Friday, June 24, 2022 for a forum on local history. The conversation will feature special guests Lynn Cadwallader, Kelsey Merriman Archer, & Ted Kuklinski.

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Family Fun Day

Join the Newton Cultural Alliance and their partners for family friendly activities including lawn games, live music, prize drawings, and guided tours, Saturday, June 25 as part of the 2022 West Newton Festival Weekend.

Click to learn more about the tours, prizes, & special family events!

Breath of Spring

Explore the beauty of art and music across Newton as we all come alive after a long hiatus from sharing our creativity across the city!

The Newton Cultural Alliance and its member organizations will be hosting a multitude of creative opportunities throughout April and May, dedicated to rebuilding our spirits. Click here early and often to discover just what's on the horizon!

Community Programs

Create The Vote

Create the Vote Newtonled by the Newton Cultural Alliance in conjunction with MASSCreative, engages candidates running for local public office about arts, culture, and creative expression and the role that government officials can play in building a more vibrant, healthy, and equitable Newton.

MASSCreative works to build a more vibrant, healthy and equitable Massachusetts. MASSCreative works with artists, leaders, supporters, and partners of the arts, cultural, and creative community to advocate for the resources and support necessary for the sector to thrive.

Culture 'n Cuisine

Culture 'n Cuisine, NCA's premiere economic development project, is a strategic collaboration in support of local organizations – connecting arts and culture with local businesses and the community.

Currently, the program is on hold but the NCA plans to reinvigorate it in 2023 with subscribing restaurants to offer Newton's arts and culture patrons a 10% discount on their meal upon the presentation of a concert ticket or an NCA event voucher. (*Alcohol and gratuity not included.)

For questions and further information, please contact NCA at 617.332.4300 or

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NCA Annual Events

Strawberry Festival

NCA's Strawberry Festival is a celebration of summer, community, and arts and culture in Newton. NCA invites the community to don their fancy hats and come to the grounds of the historic Nathaniel Allen House in West Newton. Celebrate summer with live music, food, drink, lawn games, and more!

The 8th Annual Strawberry Festival will be held amidst a long weekend of events, on Thursday June 23, 2022.

Arts Stroll & Shop

The Arts Stroll & Shop is an annual collaborative, community event that celebrates local artists, food, and small businesses. The Stroll makes it easy and fashionable to shop local, eat local, and art local.

The Newton Cultural Alliance founded the Arts Stroll & Shop in December 2011 in Newton Centre. In its first year, The Stroll had 30 business participants from Newton Centre and Piccadilly Square, along with 50+ artists and musicians entertaining shoppers and diners. Empty storefronts were transformed into pop-up art galleries and the collaborative power of arts and business was apparent to all. Over the years, The Stroll has evolved into a fun-filled day that continues to delight Newton residents of all ages.

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Holiday Craft Fair: Celebrate Newton

Celebrate Newton celebrates the work of outstanding artists who are residents of Newton or are in some other way connected to the city. Over 50 artisans display and sell their work at the fair; they include weavers, jewelers, quilters, potters, printers, photographers, and more. Live music, provided by local musicians, provides an inviting backdrop for the fair throughout the day.

The event was founded in 2002 as a fundraiser for the Newton Schools Foundation. Newton Community Education hosted the fair 2010-2019.  After a pause in 2020 due to the pandemic, the Newton Cultural Alliance took over as host in 2021.

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