All programs are free and open to the public, unless specifically stated. The Visitor Center is located at 200 Davol Street in the Captain Th0mas J. Hudner, Jr. Memorial Building. Free parking is available in the DCR Lot at 5 Water Street in Fall River. An adult must accompany children. Reasonable accommodations are available upon request. For more information call (508) 675-5759 x 0. Please follow all current COVID guidelines. Visit Mass.gov/COVID.
Wednesday, August 3
THE FERREIRA-MENDES PORTUGUESE-AMERICAN ARCHIVES RECEPTION: JOE RAPOSO DAY
4:00 pm – 6:30 pm, in the Visitor Center
Fall River recognizes a hometown genius: Joe Raposo! Join the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives at UMass Dartmouth and the City of Fall River in celebrating Portuguese immigration and the wonderful life and magical world of Portuguese-American composer Joe Raposo and his Muppet friends. See a screening of a rare tribute film to Raposo. View the exhibits. Refreshments will be served. In the Visitor Center. Festivities start at 4:00 pm. Free.
August 1 to September 10
Dawn to dusk on the Boardwalk
Our StoryWalk® of this classic Joe Raposo book has been supersized and added to the Boardwalk. We invite you and your family to read “Sing”, written by Joe Raposo and illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld. Sing along as you read. Sing out loud. Sing out strong. StoryWalk® is a unique adventure in reading and walking…. and singing! Great for the whole family.
ULTIMATE TRIBUTE CONCERT WITH ROBERT BLACK AND SPECIAL GUESTS JOHNNY CASH, CREEDENCE AND ELVIS!
6:00pm—8:00pm, in the Meadow
The FRPL presents the amazing ALL STAR TRIBUTE bill of these music legends. It is all free and outdoors in the Meadow. There will be food trucks. Bring your chairs, your sun screen and insect repellents and sit back and enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime in Fall River concert of tributes to the titans of the music industry. Fun for all ages. Open to the public. No bags, backpacks or coolers, please! For more information contact www.fallriverlibrary.org
STEPPINGSTONE’S 20TH ANNIVERSARY GET STEPPIN’ 5K WALK
9:15am-10:30am on the Boardwalk
Fundraising event to benefit First Stepp Inn, a homeless shelter that offers meals, shelter, housing placement, treatment, educational and vocational opportunities. This is a chance for the community to meet and walk together while raising funds. For more information, contact www.steppingstoneinc.org/gs-index. Meet at 134 dover St., Fall River.
August 14 & August 28
PLEIN AIR ART DEMONSTRATIONS
12:00 noon- 3:00 pm, by the Pollinator Garden
Plein Air is the art of creating art outdoors. Meet local artists from the Greater Fall River Art Association as they draw near our Pollinator Garden on the 14th, and paint near the Pollinator Garden on 28th. Capture the beauty of the Park in two Plein Air sessions. Great for all ages and it’s free! Materials will be provided free of charge. For more information, contact www.greaterfallriverartassociation.org.
ST. ANNE’S CREDIT UNION 27TH ANNUAL SUMMER CONCERT: 4:30 pm—6:30 p.m. in the Meadow
Starring Chicago Total Access, New England’s “premier tribute to the band Chicago.” This is a high-energy, explosive showband dedicated to covering Chicago’s catalog that spans over 45 years. The audience will have “total access” to the music of Chicago. Free and open to the public. Weather permitting. Fun for all ages. Refreshments will be available for purchase. For further information visit www.stannes.com.
EXHIBIT: A GLIMPSE INTO PORTUGUESEAMERICAN IMMIGRATION, 8:00 am– 4:00 pm
Bristol County is home to the largest concentration of Portuguese-Americans in the United States. Through photographs, rare newspaper articles, and other insightful documents, this exhibit offers a glimpse into the experience of
the region’s dominant ethnic community. Fall River Heritage State Park features a monument to local Portuguese-American poet Joao Teixeira de Medeiros. This exhibit is on loan from the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.
SING! THE SESAME STREET® WORLD OF COMPOSER JOE RAPOSO, 8:00 am—4:00 pm
Celebrate the creative genius of a local hero: Joseph Guilherme Raposo, the son of Azorean immigrants who went to Harvard College, studied music, and became one of the creators of Sesame Street®. Fall River is proud to honor Joe Raposo with a collaboration between Fall River Heritage State Park, Creative Arts Network, and the Greater Fall River Arts Association. The Visitor Center will host music, sing-a-long StoryWalks® of his books “Sing” and “Imagination Song” and along the Boardwalk a StoryWalk® of another Raposo book “Sunny Day.” Check on-line for hands-on fun activities for the whole family. Visit the calendar at http://creativeartsnetwork.org/ or call 508-675-5759 for times and schedules.
Download the list of Heritage State Park programs here: https://www.mass.gov/locations/fall-river-heritage-state-park