The Jamaica Pond Lantern Parade, a tradition hosted by community group Spontaneous Celebrations since 1984, attracts thousands of local residents and visitors from outside the neighborhood every year for a weekend of beautiful lights. The festivities begin at 6 p.m. on Oct. 18 and 19 at the Jamaica Pond Boat House.

36th Annual Jamaica Pond Lantern Parades on Oct. 19 & 20

If you're new to Jamaica Plain you're going to want to check out this weekend's Jamaica Pond Lantern Parades. Hundreds of people of all ages (and dogs), some costumed and some not, will gather for pre-Halloween fun in the annual presented by Spontaneous Celebrations and the Friends of Jamaica Pond. This year marks the 36th year of the Jamaica Pond Lantern Parades that happen on both Saturday and Sunday. Before the parade, people gather by the Jamaica Pond Boat House, and hang their lanterns to display for all to enjoy the varied designs. The parades start at dusk on both Saturday and Sunday, as people walk around the pond holding their lanterns.

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Jamaica Pond Photo Walk

End your summer in style! Join the Conservancy and local photography organization @IGBoston for a guided tour and photo meetup on the shores of Jamaica Pond- filled with beautiful scenes for landscapes, portraits, and more. The walk will begin at 5pm on Saturday, September 21 at the Jamaica Pond Boathouse. Participants will circle the pond and unique locations nearby before returning to the Boathouse to capture the sunset. Don’t miss this chance to learn about and photograph one of Boston’s most beautiful green spaces!

21 Local Bands Performing at JP Music Festival on Sept. 7

Twenty-one local bands will be performing at the 9th Annual JP Music Festival this Saturday. The free festival will kickoff with a rendition of America the Beautiful at 11:55 am, and then the bands will takeover on two stages until 7 pm. The JP Music Festival is a great event for people (and dogs) of all ages. It's at the Pinebank Field at Jamaica Pond, so there's lots of room to move around. There will also be food trucks, including The Bacon Truck, Bao Nation, Bon Me, Bukhara Indian Bistro, Daddy’s Bonetown Burgers, J.P. Licks, and Roxy’s Grilled Cheese.

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Hundreds Celebrate Summer at Boston Police 3rd Annual Fishing Derby

Hundreds of children, parents, neighbors and friends all enjoyed a beautiful, sunny day of fun, at historic Jamaica Pond at the 3rd Annual Kids Catch & Release Fishing Derby on June 22. Officers and staff from Boston Police District E-13, and other units, all worked hard to organize and produce a free, family-focused day of fishing, games, food, music, prizes, special demonstrations and more. Very special thanks go out to the Boston Police Detectives Benevolent Society, who have catered the food every year for the many guests. Some of the other partners that helped to organize the derby included: Boston Police Activities League, Boston Parks & Recreation, Boston Park Rangers, Boston Police Patrolmen’s Assoc., Boston Police Superior Officers Assoc., Boston Police SWAT, Boston Police Canine Unit, Retired Boston Police Officers Assoc., Mass. State Police, Mass.

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Mayor Walsh: How We’re Investing in Jamaica Plain

Here in Jamaica Plain, we’re making investments across a wide range of projects, including parks and open space, streets and transportation, our schools’ infrastructure, and our delivery of city services. Every spring, we release our Capital Investment Plan which funds the critical improvements to our infrastructure and facilities in Boston over a five-year period. It is a reflection of our priorities, and is guided by the voices of over 15,000 residents who offered input for our citywide plan, Imagine Boston 2030. Our Capital Plan funds the essentials of community life -- our schools, streets, libraries, and parks, including climate and resilience projects. It’s a commitment to all those who call Boston home and to our future generations.

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