Saturday, May 18th, 2024

Location: The Parkman Bandstand at the Boston Common, 139 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02108

NAMIWalks Massachusetts brings together people of all ages to combat stigma, raise funds, and promote awareness of mental health conditions. This annual walk is our largest event and biggest fundraiser.

I am the steps you take on the path to hope.
I AM NAMIWALKS.

NAMIWalks participants like you don’t just walk the walk. You are the walk.
NAMIWalks is about people who think nothing of giving everything – their time, their stories, their heartfelt dedication to the cause: Mental Health for All.
Now it’s your turn to step forward.
To join our caring community or to welcome new friends.
To accept the challenge and become the change through your commitment, togetherness and laughter.
To fuel mental health awareness, raise funds for NAMI’s mission and let people know they are not alone.

Give your all
for Mental Health for All.

Schedule of Events
  • 9:00 AM: Registration Opens
  • 11:00 AM: Live Performances
  • 11:35 AM: Speaking Program Begins
  • 12:00 PM: Walk Kick-Off
  • 1:00 PM: Closing Ceremony
  • 1:30 PM: Event Concludes
The Walk Experience

The Walk takes place at the Boston Common, located at 139 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02111. It includes free games, food and drinks, activities, and more.

Location: The Parkman Bandstand at the Boston Common

The Walk is a little over one mile, going along the perimeter of the Boston Common. We will have volunteers stationed throughout the path to ensure safety and refreshments for all event participants.

Food Vendors

NAMIWalks Mass will be hosting several food vendors to keep participants fueled up. Some of these include:

  • Daddy’s Fried Dough
  • Espresso Dave
  • Fresh Food Generation
  • Mother Juice
The Fun Zone

Come one, come all! The Fun Zone offers an exciting new area filled with games, activities, treats, and more. Some stations include:

  • Bucketball
  • Face Painting
  • Connect Four
  • Jenga
  • Cornhole
  • Ring Toss
T-Shirt Design Contest

Are you ready to make a difference while showcasing your creativity? We’re thrilled to announce our Walk Day T-Shirt Design Contest is returning! This is your chance to create a design that will be seen by thousands of participants and supporters. Start planning your entry now, as this contest is highly competitive. Contest entries will be accepted soon.

Sponsorship and Benefits

Are you interested in becoming one of the NAMIWalks Massachusetts 2024 sponsors, or having an exhibit booth at the event? Take a look at our sponsorship packages! If you are interested or have any questions, please contact our Development Team at fundraising@namimass.org.

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Presenting Sponsor
Premier Sponsor
Gold Sponsor
Silver Sponsor
Bronze Sponsor

Advocates

Association for Behavioral Healthcare

Beth Israel Lahey Health

Bristol Myers Squibb

McLean Hospital

Supporter Sponsor

Harvard Brain Tissue Resource Center

HRI Hospital

PhRMA

Spectrum Health Systems

UnitedHealthcare

Wayside Youth & Family Support Network

Friend of NAMI Mass

Alcanza Clinical Research

The Village Bank

Arbour Counseling Services

Delix Therapeutics

Volunteer for NAMIWalks Massachusetts 2024

If you are interested in volunteering at this year’s Walk, please contact the NAMI Massachusetts Development Team at fundraising@namimass.org or fill out this form.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

The Boston Common gives our event the visibility and space it deserves. Additionally, the Boston Common is accessible by train, car, and bike.

Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes! Be sure to bring hats, sunglasses, and sunscreen as well.

Public Transportation

MBTA Green Line – Park Street or Boylston stations
MBTA Red Line – Park Street station
MBTA Silver Line – SL5: Boylston Street station
For more information on planning your specific MBTA route, visit the MBTA Trip Planner.

Driving

From the Masspike (I 90)
Take Masspike Eastbound
Take the Prudential Exit
Stay right for Copley Place
Continue on Stuart Street and take left on Charles St South which will turn into Charles St after the first traffic light.

From the Southeast Expressway (I 93/RT. 3 North)
Take exit 20 toward I-90, Airport & South Station
Take a left toward South Station
At the light Turn LEFT (West) onto Kneeland St
Kneeland St becomes Stuart St
Turn RIGHT (North) onto [Charles St South]-follow it to Charles St [1 block]

From 93 South
Take exit 26 toward Storrow Drive-North Station
Follow Storrow Drive Heading Westbound:
Take the Backbay/Copley Square exit (be sure to stay in the left lane, since it’s a left lane exit)
Once off the exit, take a left at light
Take first right onto Arlington Street
Proceed through set of lights
At second light, take a left onto Boylston Street
Go straight through lights
At second light, take a left onto Charles Street
Take a right into Boston Common Garage (Below the Boston Common Park)

From Storrow Drive
Heading Eastbound:
Take the Downtown Boston exit (right lane exit)
Follow the direction above from westbound

Parking is available at the Boston Common Parking Garage for $18 for the day, and a limited number of on-street parking is available near the Boston Public Garden on Boylston, Charles, and Beacon Streets.

Drivers who carpool to the event and are part of a team that raised more than $500 can apply for a parking reimbursement from NAMI Mass after the event. For vehicles over the 6’1 height, please email fundraising@namimass.org for additional parking options in the area.

Registration will open at 9:00 AM, so you and your team can begin arriving then!

The NAMIWalks t-shirts are given as prizes to all who raise $100 or more for the Walk. There will be a table where you pick up your shirt.

Registration will begin at 9:00 AM. There will be signs, staff, and volunteers there to direct you to the registration tent.

You just need to give your name when you arrive at the check-in tent.

For street-level loading and unloading, Avery Street by the Common is designated for staff parking and vendor access to transport materials for their tables. Volunteers and dollies will be available to assist in transferring your event materials between your vehicle and your table.
 
If street-level access is not needed, vendors can utilize the Boston Common Garage, equipped with both stairs and an elevator leading to the Common. Please note, vehicles entering the garage must not exceed a maximum height of 6 ft 3 in.

It’s a little over one mile, which will be the perimeter of the Boston Common. We will have volunteers stationed throughout the path to ensure safety and refreshments for all event participants.

Yes, we would love to see your furry friends there! We do ask that you please keep them on-leash while at the event. We will also be selling NAMI Mass dog bandanas at the Walk, so that your buddy can celebrate with us!

Yes, there will be Porta Potties available, including an ADA bathroom.

Registered participants will receive two tickets to get a free food item per ticket. We have also partnered with vendors whom you can purchase items from, while supporting NAMI Mass’ mission and vision.

NAMIWalks Mass is a rain or shine event! We will walk for mental health even if we get a little wet 🙂

Contact us to learn more about NAMIWalks Massachusetts:

NAMI Massachusetts
331 Montvale Avenue
Suite 200
Woburn, MA 01801-4675

 

NAMI Massachusetts Development Team
617-286-7610
fundraising@namimass.org