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Raceday 2018 – Schedule & Directions


Give yourself plenty of time to orient yourself and make your way to the Sculpture Garden and Cambridge Parkway.

11 AM sharp – opening ceremony at the Sculpture Garden
11:10 or so – staggered race from the Garden down Cambridge Parkway and back the same way.
11:50 or so – awards ceremony at the Garden
12-6 – sculpture racing exhibition at the Garden


The Sculpture Garden and the Start and Finish lines are at the top (north) of  Cambridge Parkway.  There’s no parking there.

THREE MAPS (the first two are upside-down)

River Fest - the Sculpture Garden
The Sculpture Garden. This above map is upside-down (east is to the left!)

River Fest - Walk from First Street
Walk to the Sculpture Garden along Lechmere Canal, which runs east from Cambridgeside Galleria (the above map is also upside-down; east is to the left!)

Where is the River Festival
Cambridge Parkway runs along the Charles River near the Science Center. (This map is correct.)

Location of River Festival
And where is all that? (Red marker is right next to start/finish line.)

How do you get there?

Walk easterly from the Cambridgeside Galleria past the fountain, along the Lechmere Canal, under Land Boulevard, towards the Charles River.

If you’re dropping someone off, drive in a northerly direction along Land Boulevard (the wide orange road on the map), and pull over just before or after Cambridge Parkway, which runs east/to the right off Land Boulevard (you can use “International Merchant Services” on your GPS).


  • Cambridgeside Galleria Garage (100 Cambridgeside Place) –5 hours or fewer $11;  more than 5 hours, daily max of $22.
  • First Street Garage (Spring St at First) – 5 hours is $8; more than 10 hours is $20.
  • There is metered parking to the west of the Galleria, and then, further west, resident parking.

The T

10 Minute Walk

  • Lechmere Station
  • Science Park

20 Minute Walk

  • MIT/Kendall
  • Charles/MGH are 20-minute walks.

We look forward to seeing you!

Sculpture Racing Team Keynote Speakers for Kennedy School STEAM Week

Sculpture Racing Team Keynote Speakers for Kennedy School STEAM Week

Friday, May 25, 2018
Kennedy School (K-8), Somerville

Raquel Fornasaro, Christian Herold, and Rock Louis displayed the glories of sculpture racing as keynote speakers and film maker for the Kennedy School’s STEAM Week Kickoff. Raquel showed off Rocket Express 2.0 which her kids (now 7 and 9) helped design. Christian showed slides demonstrating design process stages–from concept, schematic, and prototype, to real-world race. The talk concluded with Rock’s Rockdreams Productions 7-minute video combining footage from the River Festival Race and the Community Race. Rock custom made the video for the Kickoff. The event was started off by Lindsey Tosches, STEAM Teacher and Makerspace Coordinator, Principal Mark Hurrie, and youth outlining upcoming STEAM Week events. The whole school watched, including 450 kids seated in the gym-auditorium in neat rows by grade and classroom. Images by Raquel.