LBA Water Carnival Aug 22-24 Details


Also note that the historical boat tour on Sunday has limited space and is first come, first served.
The Annual Water Carnival Weekend sponsored by the Lake Boon Association, will be held from Friday evening, August 22nd to Sunday afternoon, August 24th.  All events are open and free of charge to Stow and Hudsonresidents. The Lake Boon Water Carnival is a tradition dating back over 100 years, shortly after Lake Boonbecame a summer destination for Boston area vacationers. It is old fashioned summer entertainment for all ages, carrying on many events similar to those held in the early 1900s at the end of the summer season.

Water Carnival Weekend Schedule

Friday Night 8/22, 7:00-11pm – Beach Entertainment & Lighting of the Lake 

There are two musical events going on Friday night. Everyone is invited to gather at the Stow Town Beach/Pine Bluffs Recreation Area for a campfire and music beginning on the beach by 7:00 pm by Paul Rogoshewski and friends who will perform until about 8:30 pm as the lake shoreline lights up.

Separately, the music boat will begin in the first (north) basin before dark at 7:30 pm, going around counter-clockwise and then into the second (southern) basin about 9:30 going counterclockwise.  All are invited to sit by the shore or use a boat, canoe or kayak (all must have lights) on the lake as the Lake Boon music boat passes by, featuring Itchy Onion.

Lake residents are encouraged to participate in “lighting of the lake” with small lights or luminaries (but not spot or flood lights please) along the shoreline. In case of bad weather the music boat may be postponed to Saturdaynight.  For info, call 978.562.2203 after 6 p.m. for a recorded message.

The music boat is sponsored in part by grants from the Cultural Councils of Stow and Hudson which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Saturday 8/23, Water Carnival Beach Day:

Stow Town Beach/Pine Bluffs Recreation Area

  • 9:30 – Canoe races
  • 11:00 – Field races
  • 11:30 – 1:00 – Lunch
  • 12:30 – Entertainment—magician
  • 1:30 – Swimming races
  • 2:30 – Beach games

There will be face painting, balloon toss, pie eating contest, and much more. There will be prizes for many of the races. Bring a picnic or purchase lunch prepared by the Lake Boon Association. A variety of LBA T-shirts, beach bags and hats will also be available for purchase.

Saturday 8/23, 10:00 – 3:30  Lake Boon Artisans Fair, also at the Pine Bluffs Recreation Area, showcasing the artistic talents of your neighbors!  Plan to come, browse and shop for great gifts from local artisans.  [Artisans wishing to sell should contact Kris (978-430-4109) or Lynne (978-212-5269) soon to reserve space.]

Sunday 8/24, 10:30-12:00  Lake Boon Historical Boat Tour: a ride around the lake by pontoon boat with lore of the lake shared by Don Hawkes as compiled by Alan Katelle. The capacity is 10 people, first come, first served. To join the tour, contact Kent Seith at or 978-760-3483.

Sunday 8/24, 2:15 – 4:00  Annual Decorated Boat Parade: Boaters decorate their motor boats, kayaks or canoes with a theme of their choosing and compete for bragging rights and  trophies as they tour the lake and show off their creativity and humor.  Entrants in the boat parade will receive a pizza gift certificate provided by local pizza restaurants.  Shore parties are also in competition for their own award.  The parade begins at the First Basin Narrows Buoy at 2:15 pm, and continues counter-clockwise around the first (north) basin and then to the second (south) basin. Off-lake residents can view the boat parade at the Stow Town Beach about 2:30. Admission to the beach Sunday afternoon, the 24th is free.

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