Please Help With SouthFest!!

SouthFest is Newton South’s parent-run after prom party. Our primary mission is to provide a fun and safe environment for seniors and their dates to continue having fun after the prom. SouthFest is for ALL SENIORS – whether or not they’ve attended prom. SouthFest is a popular alternative to unsupervised house parties, helping to keep our children off the streets and out of harm’s way. Admission is free. We screen bags and purses on the way into the event and have police and school drug safety officers on duty throughout the celebration. To further ensure safety, we will provide free taxi service to Newton homes and (with advanced registration) to our Boston student’s homes.

SouthFest begins immediately after the prom (about midnight) and continues until 4:00AM. We provide a casino, events, entertainment, food, music, dancing, and much more. Guests are encouraged to stay for the entire evening but they are free to leave at any point. We encourage all parents to confirm their child’s plan for the evening. The guests register as they enter the event and are well chaperoned while on school grounds. However we are not responsible for tracking guests should they choose to leave, and once a guest leaves the event, they are not allowed to return. 

If you are new to the Newton South community you may not realize the enormous scale of SouthFest. We completely decorate a large part of the school, transforming it to reflect the top-secret theme of the event, which is different every year. Parent volunteers decorate and staff the event. Though senior parents do not work during SouthFest, they are vital in the creation of the decorations and setup/breakdown of the event.

We need your help at all levels to continue this tradition of safety and fun! There are many ways to help us create this spectacle, from volunteering to create decorations, setting up at the school the day of the event, collecting and delivering food donations to the school, staffing the event and more. There are volunteer opportunities available right away, if you can help by creating decorations from home, even for just a couple of hours.

Why Should Senior Parents Care?
SouthFest provides a supervised and structured environment for seniors and their dates to continue the fun after the prom. This helps reduce concern about post-prom parties and late-night impaired driving. Students can change from their prom attire at the school and store their clothes and backpacks safely there.

Why Should Non-Senior Parents Care?
It might seem that SouthFest should only concern seniors and their parents. That is not the case. Before you know it, you will be the parent of a senior. It has become a great tradition for non-senior parents to pay it forward so that senior parents can sleep a bit easier on prom night. In order to encourage seniors to attend, the event is staffed and run only by non-senior parents.

Donation — SouthFest is funded entirely from donations. All money donated to SouthFest is tax-deductible and qualifies for corporate matching donationsWe are behind in our donations and may have to eliminate parts of the event. Less event excitement means less senior participation. We don’t want that to happen. More importantly, this year SouthFest is launching its Green Initiative!  We are investing in hundreds of feet of reusable pipe and drape (commonly used at conventions and trade shows) to replace the acres of plastic sheeting that have been used and thrown away at past SouthFests.  Your contribution can go directly to help us drastically reduce waste and save money in the future. We have two ways you can support the cause financially:

  • PayPal – Click here and directly send money.
  • Checks – Make checks payable to Newton South PTSO and note “SouthFest” on the memo line. Send to: SouthFest, Newton South High School, 140 Brandeis Rd, Newton, MA 02459.

Where can I go to get more information or volunteer to help? is the main website with additional details on SouthFest.