So, What’s the Fluff?
Named by the Boston Phoenix as one of the top ten things to do in Boston, and now in its tenth year, “What the Fluff? A Tribute to Union Square Invention” is a madcap festival honoring the invention of Marshmallow Fluff.
Join us for a celebration of the genius of Archibald Query who invented Fluff here in Union Square in 1917. Artists, musical and theatrical performers, culinary geniuses and the general public pay tribute this great American creation in a madcap festival. The tenth annual event includes musical performances, cooking contest, games, activities, antics and fun for every age, and Fluff treats of every sort. This year’s theme is Fluff X, a celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Fluff Festival, Xtreme activities, and the celebration of Union Square as the crossroads of Somerville.
“What the Fluff?” A Tribute to Union Square Invention is presented by Union Square Main Streets as part of the Somerville Arts Council/ArtsUnion.
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Cooking Contest Signups
Does Marshmallow Fluff inspire you to create culinary works of art? Have you ever used Fluff as a secret ingredient? Is there a fabulous recipe featuring Fluff that’s been passed down in your family for generations? If you’ve answered “yes” to any of these questions, then you should submit your creation to the What the Fluff? Cooking Contest!
- Best Original Recipe
- Best Traditional Recipe
- Most Creative
- Best Youth Entry
- Grand Prize: Best Overall
Fluff Festival Guide
Download Yonward from the App Store and choose the Fluff Festival guide to access everything you need to know about the Fluff Festival, including a map of the Festival events and activities, program schedules, and transportation information
|3:20||Blind Man's Fluff|
|4:00||XFluff on the Nose|
|4:20||Fluff Lick Off|
|4:40||Fluff Musical Chairs|
|5:00||Blind Man's Fluff|
|5:50||Fluff Musical Chairs|
|6:10||Fluff Lick Off|
|6:30||XFluff on the Nose|
|6:45||Fluff Hair Dos|
- Midway Kids Area
Fluff bowling, Fluff ring toss, Fluff corn hole and Fluff constructions.
Play with a plethora of high quality, unique athletic games and equipment that promote gross motor development, physical activity and fun targeted for ages 2-6
- Roaming Railroad Train
|Somerville Public School Music Department|
|Union Square Donuts|
|Holiday Inn Boston-Bunker Hill|
|Prospect Hill Root Beer|
|Sub Zero Ice Cream|
|Tipping Cow Ice Cream|
|Argenziano School PTA|
|Hollis Hills Farm|
|The Galley Ice Cream|
|Minerao (Pao de Acucar)
kabob, chicken snaks, rice
|Union Square Pizza
charcoal chicken, empanadas, quinoa
fluff french toast, paninins, fries, beed sliders
chicke, samosa, bread, rice
authentic mexican chicken tostadas
Brazilian Acaraje shrimp and beans
Brazilian-Fusion Hot Dogs
|La Roux Vintage|
|Contessa Esselia's Curiosities|
|Humane Society of the United States|
|Next Step Living|
|Smiles By Rosie|
|Somerville Arts Council|
|Rehab Housing Division of OSPCD||Activities|
|Color Me Funky! Facepainting|
|Sub Sand Ventures – Sand Art with Single Volunteers of Boston||Sponsors (Fluffy Friends With Sweet Stuff to Share)|
|Teddie Peanut Butter|
|Naveo Credit Union|
We highly recommend alternative means of getting to Union Square including by bike, by bus or walking. We’re just a 25 minute walk from Lechmere, Porter, Harvard, Central or Sullivan Squares.
Red Line MBTA: Take Red Line to Harvard Square, then the #86 (Sullivan Square) bus to Union Square. Or take the Red Line to Davis Square, then the #87 (Lechmere) bus to Union Square.
Orange Line MBTA: Take the Orange Line to Sullivan Square, then the #86 (Allston) bus or the #91 (Central Square) bus to Union Square.
Green Line MBTA: Take the Green Line to Lechmere Station, then the #87 (Clarendon Hill) bus to Union Square.
86: Sullivan Station – Reservoir (Cleveland Circle) via Harvard/Johnston Gate
87: Arlington Center or Clarendon Hill – Davis Station or Lechmere Station via Somerville Ave.
88: Clarendon Hill – Lechmere Station via Highland Avenue
91: Sullivan Station – Central Sq., Camb. via Washington St.
Routes 86, 87 and 91 detoured around Union Square from 12:30 PM to 8:00 PM on Saturday September 26.
If you do decide to drive, it’s recommended to park on the outskirts of Union Square.
Become a Volunteer
It takes a small army to make the Fluff Festival a success! We need help in just about every way you can imagine, before, during and after the event.
More than 200 volunteers are involved so there’s literally something for everyone. Email us directly for this at [email protected]
Volunteers get rewards too!