Waban Improvement Society

Building a better future for our neighborhood


Village Day 2023

We hope you can join us for the 17th annual Waban Village Day and Family Fun Run on Sunday, May 21, 2023. These family-friendly events will be kicked off by the Family Fun Run at 10:00 AM and continue throughout the day in Waban Square with rides and amusements for kids of all ages, vendor tables, music, food, and ice cream.

Vendor registration closed


Racers of all ages are encouraged to participate, including children who are permitted to ride bikes and scooters along the 3-mile race course. Walkers and those with strollers are also welcome.

The registration fee is $30/individual or $100/family (up to 4 members) and includes race day T-shirt(s), which will be made from performance fabric again this year! *PayPal transaction fees of $2 for individual registrations and $3 for family registrations will apply. 

In order to be guaranteed a Fun Run race day T-shirt, you must PRE-REGISTER for the race no later than Monday, May 1st.
Pre-registration is now closed

At the conclusion of the Fun Run, the rides and amusements open up along with the vendor tables and food stations. The entertainment begins at 11:00 am with performances by young musicians from Waban’s very own, Suzuki School of Newton. Followed by pure mayhem with Annie and the Fur Trappers.

Annie and the Fur Trappers are a Boston-based traditional jazz and blues band that includes clarinet, trumpet, trombone, bass, banjo, guitar, washboard, and violin. The band plays traditional jazz, delta blues, ragtime, and swing music. Annie and the Fur Trappers have performed at a variety of music festivals including the Big Muddy Blues Festival, The Whitaker Jazz Festival, The Apple Butter Festival, Cherokee Street Jazz Fest, HONK!TX, Musikfest, The Cherokee Street Jazz Crawl, and The Rosebud Cafe Music Festival, to name a few. 

We hope you can join us on Sunday, May 21 from 10:00 am-2:00 pm.  

We are grateful to our sponsors: Dwell360, The Village Bank, and the Waban Area Council. 

Here are some pictures taken at a previous Village Day

Much more is visible on our facebook page

Below is a video from 2012



Newton Piano Summit 2023


In continuing our mission to enhance the quality of life in our community, the WIS began the Newton Piano Summit with the goal of bringing the finest artists available to perform concerts free to the public. Now in our 7th year, we are proud of our success and being joined by others including Advance Auto, Honda Village, Village Bank, Newton Cultural Council, Massachusetts Cultural Council and Newton Community Pride to help underwrite this series. We just completed booking our most ambitious all-star season yet and with your help, we will pull it off! Please donate whatever you can.  More Here

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About the WIS

Community is at the core of the Waban Improvement Society. Established in 1889, the Waban Improvement Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization serving all people who live and/or work in Waban. The WIS is committed to community building, cultural enrichment, and promotes any activity intended to improve Waban and fosters a sense of community. Its activities include running the Waban Library Center, Waban Village Day, landscaping community assets, the Progressive Dinner, Waban Lights and Sing-along, and The Newton Piano Summit.

Support the WIS

We are no longer asking for dues. Instead, we ask for donations to continue all of our activities.