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Waltham Riverfest expected to draw crowd in June

April 23, 2014

Seniors living in Massachusetts retirement communities have a number of opportunities to enjoy the beautiful spring weather, whether they're sailing on the Charles River or packing a picnic for the Boston Common. While the city of Boston has a number of peaceful locations ideal for any time, seniors can participate in several events focused on taking advantage of the sunny conditions that only take place once per year.

The Waltham Riverfest, which will run the weekend of June 13 and 14, will host dozens of outdoor events for residents and visitors to the area. Activities will run for both days, ranging from water-based excursions, including kayaking and sailing, to shore-based ones, such as dancing and eating. This weekend offers a perfect opportunity for seniors to grab their friends or family members and make their way toward the Moody Street Bridge in Waltham, Mass.

Music, dancing and fun galore expected at the 6th annual Waltham Riverfest 
According to the organization's website, participants will have the chance to rent water vessels at a discounted price for the day. Not only will people have the option to acquire and operate their own boats, but local river officials will be offering guided tours for interested parties. Paddle Boston, for example, will provide special nighttime tours for visitors on the June 13, allowing people to revel in the beauty of the Charles River while learning about the unique history of the area. 

The event also has a history of featuring a number of local artists from a variety of genres, ranging from jazz to pop to more creative performances. At the 2013 Waltham Riverfest, 20 different acts performed over the weekend, including individual singers, belly dancers and even a circus group. This year, reported that Disney Radio and Odaiko drummers will be present.

Activities draw people from across the nation
Since the city typically sees a boom in the number of visitors during this weekend, activities accommodate a range of ages and interests. In the past, kids' activities have included Yo-Yo demonstrations, quill-writing exhibits and watch-making opportunities. Additionally, each year, the event sponsors a Pet Parade, where residents can enter their animals for the chance to win in a variety of different areas. Categories include best dressed, most unique, most fun and best in show. This year's parade will be the third annual and is expected to take place during the afternoon on Saturday, June 14.