Riverfest ~ The 20th Anniversary Celebration of our Wild and Scenic Rivers

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

A cold and rainy spring, families are ready to get outside for fishing, hiking, paddling, art, music, history and photography.

Where can you do all of this for free and within just a few miles of Bedford?


Riverfest 2019 is the the 20th Annual Celebration of our local, federally-protected Wild and Scenic Rivers – the Concord, the Assabet, and the Sudbury — that were designated in 1999. With over 40 activities in 9 communities, there will be something for everyone to enjoy.

Fewer than 1% of the rivers in the United States are protected as Wild and Scenic. Riverfest is your opportunity to explore why our local rivers are unique!

There will be events hosted near Bedford, on and along the rivers highlighting all the things that make thm so special. From boat rides, to bird watching, to talks, art, and kids activities, there is something for everyone, young or old, adventuresome or more interested in a scenic stroll along the riverbank.

Minute Man National Historical Park and The Old Manse will 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, June 23 at 1:30 pm.  More information is at https://www.nps.gov/mima/planyourvisit/calendar.htm.

The River Stewardship Council (RSC) 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, please visit www.sudbury-assabet-concord.org, or call 978-223-5049 with any questions

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