Wellesley’s Wonderful Weekend 2024 will be held on May 18-19.

Wellesley’s Wonderful Weekend will be held on Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19. Check back at this location for updates to the schedule

Schedule for 2024 Weekend

May 1, 2024

Month of May
Wellesley’s Wonderful Weekend
Wellesley Main Library

Historical Displays – Modern Battlefield Medical Advancements – Main Library, 530 Washington Street
Regular Hours – Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

May 1, 2024
May 15, 2024

Wednesday, May 15

7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Keynote Speeches:
“From Battlefield to Operating Room” Main Library, 530 Washington Street, Wakelin Room

Dr. Andrea Gayle Bennett,
Deputy Secretary, Executive Office of Veterans’ Services,
Retired Brigadier General, Distinguished Career in Medicine and Military Service

Dr. Brian O’Connor, M.D.
Retired Major, U.S. Army
Served as Physician,
Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH), Operation Desert Storm,
Saudia Arabia, 1991

May 15, 2024
May 17, 2024

Friday, May 17th

All Weekend – Historical Displays – Main Library, 530 Washington Street, Library hours – Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 1 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Wellesley Theatre Project presents
“Junie B. Jones, Jr.”
Friday at 7pm
Saturday at 10am & 2pm,
219 Washington Street, Wellesley Hills

May 17, 2024
May 18, 2024

Saturday, May 18th

Saturday – Sunday (decamp after parade) – Living History at Morton Park Field — Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., nearby Wellesley Police Station, 485 Washington Street
1800s-Royal Irish Artillery; 1800s-Hubbardston Militia Company field hospital display, herbal medicine to primitive natural field wound dressings; 1900s-F Company 504th Medical field hospital WWII; World War I 1918 ambulance on display American Heritage Museum, Collings Foundation of Living History, Hudson MA; Word War II 1943 ambulance on display Zach Chastain family

Saturday – Sunday – “Paint the Town – Plein Air Painting Events”— Wellesley Society of Artists and Page Waterman Gallery, various locations throughout the weekend.

8 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Pancake Festival* at Wellesley High School — Wellesley Key Club, Wellesley Kiwanis Club, 50 Rice Street

8 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Free Eye Exams at the Wellesley High School –Wellesley Lions Club, 50 Rice Street

9 to 10:15 a.m. – Waban Arches-Guernsey Sancturary Guided Walk (2.1 miles)- Wellesley Trails Committee, Meet at Guernsey Parking Area.
Walk along the Charles River to the historic Waban Arches built in 1876 for the Sudbury Aqueduct and view the Charles River from the top of the 50-foot arches. Also walk the Guernsey Sanctuary to Sabrina Lake, the 1870’s site of an amusement park. Directions: Take Dover Road from Washington Street and follow for 0.7 mile. Turn right onto Livingston Road, which becomes Winding River Road, and follow for 0.9 mile. Small parking area is on your left at the trail map house. For other cars, please park on the opposite side of Winding River Road from the parking area.

9 to Noon – “Touch a Truck” – Hosted by Wellesley Department of Public Works — 20 Municipal Way (off Rt 9)
See up close and even sit inside some of the DPW’s Large Trucks & Heavy Equipment that helps maintain Wellesley’s road and inter-structure.
11 a.m. to Noon – Sensory Hour
– no horn honking, no lights, no music, restricted attendance admintance, if you do not require these features, please attend during the time of 9-11.
Charity – Collection for Wellesley Food Pantry and Suits for Success Collections

10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Try the Catch Connect To Get To Community Events — Tailby Parking Lot, Linden Street and Crest Road

10 to 3 p.m. –
Plant/Floral Arrangement Sale –Tollhouse Shop,
Wellesley Historical Society
229 Washington Street
Crafts for kids on the lawn at The Tollhouse. Note all proceeds from the Tollhouse Shop and the plant sale help to support the Society’s programing and operations. In the event of rain the plant sale and Tollhouse shop will carry on as planned and the crafts for kids will be available as take home kits.

10 a.m. – Wellesley Theatre Project presents
“Junie B. Jones, Jr.”
219 Washington Street, Wellesley Hills

Hunnewell Elementary School

11 to 2 p.m. – Open House at Hunnewell Elementary School, 28 Cameron Street

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. –
Open House at Wellesley Municipal Light Plant, 4 Municipal Way (off Rt. 9)

11 to 3 p.m. – Open House at Wellesley Police Station, 485 Washington Street

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Open House at Wellesley Main Fire Station #2

Noon to 2 p.m. – “Art in the Park” – Wellesley Community Art Project & Art Wellesley – Simons Park (Corner of Washington & Brook Street, left of Main Library)

1 to 3 p.m. – “Pups in the Park,” Rotary Club of Wellesley, Friends of Wellesley Veterans, Inc., and Wellesley Celebrations Committee, Hunnewell Field

1 to 3 p.m. – Build Your Own — Nancy’s Troll and Fairy House Event” — at Pickle Point on Morses Pond — in memory of Nancy Bagdasarian. Wellesley Conservation Land Trust, Crosstown Trail. Parking area opposite 49 Russell Road (for elementary school kids)

2 – 3:30 p.m.
Research Your Land Event
Wellesley Public Library – Arnold Room
Wellesley Girl Scout, Avery Grover, presents her Girl Scout Gold Award on local Indigenous history and culture. Fun workshop & craft geared towards students in elementary school – all welcome.

2 p.m. –
Wellesley Theatre Project presents
“Junie B. Jones, Jr.”
219 Washington Street, Wellesley Hills

4 p.m. – Veterans Ecumenical Memorial Mass at Saint Paul Church, Wellesley Veterans Council, 502 Washington Street,

May 18, 2024
May 19, 2024

Sunday, May 19th

8 to 10 a.m. – Guided Bird Walk at Morses Pond with Elissa Landre and Bill Giezentanner — Wellesley Conservation Land Trust. Meet at Turner Road gate to Morses Pond. Park on the wooded side of Turner Rd.

9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Antique Car Show “Wheels of Wellesley XI” on Central Street. Organized by the Modifiers Car Club and the Wellesley Celebrations Committee (from Juniper Restaurant to Fire Station 1)

1 to 3 p.m. – 56th Annual Wellesley Veterans Parade – 2024 Theme: 200th Anniversary of Modern Battlefield Medicine Advancements. Route along Washington Street (Route 16) through to Central Street in Wellesley Square. Reviewing Stand in front of Wellesley Village Church. Wellesley Celebrations Committee

4:30 p.m. to Dusk – Picnic in the Park at Hunnewell Field, Food by Captain Marden’s and others, *Food, *drinks, *kids’ rides, crafts, games, *ponies, & other fun.

6 p.m. – Concert for Wellesley at Hunnewell Field. Featuring music by The Reminisants and a musical theatrical performance by the Wellesley Theatre Project.

Dusk – Fireworks – The Biggest and the Best! at Hunnewell Field. Sponsors: Roche Bros./Sudbury Farms and Needham Bank

May 19, 2024

*Please note, asterisk indicates a small fee may be charged.

May 18th & 19th, 2024