On Saturday, September 15, 2018 the Esplanade Association will host our annual Moondance Gala!


The evening brings together the Boston community and beyond to celebrate this tremendous treasure and lend support to the

Esplanade’s continued growth and vibrant future.

Event Details

Saturday, September 15 at 6:30pm

On the Charles River Esplanade


It’s not easy being green. That’s the theme of this year’s Moondance Gala, reminding our guests of both the whimsy of children playing on the Esplanade and the serious work it takes to keep our park flourishing.  This magical evening will host over 400 of Boston’s leaders in business, politics, and philanthropy to come together to socialize, celebrate, and support our public park.

Co-chaired by Alexi & Steven Conine and Jill & Niraj Shah, this year’s Gala will raise funds to support critical work to revitalize and enhance the historic Charles River Esplanade ensuring it remains beautiful and healthy for generations to come.

As one of the most spectacular evenings of the fall social season, the Moondance Gala is the only tented black-tie event held on the Esplanade.  Set against the incomparable backdrop of the Charles River at sunset, guests will sip on signature cocktails, dine on an elegant seasonal dinner, and then continue the celebration late into the night with music and dancing under the stars.

Moondance After Dark
9:00pm – Midnight


At 9:00p the event opens up for Moondance After Dark, which invites over 250 of Boston’s young professionals and emerging influencers to experience the Gala after-party. Hosted by the Esplanade Friends Council, guests enjoy cocktails, late night bites, dessert, and dancing alongside the twilight riverfront.