Family & Community Events for Central Massachusetts & the Blackstone Valley

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Central Massachusetts & the Blackstone Valley Current Events and Activities

Holy Cross Football vs. Colgate

October 26, 2019: Your hometown Holy Cross football program take on Patriot League foe Colgate on Saturday! Reserve your seats today! $12 and up. 1 College St, Worcester. 1pm. Visit https://www.goholycross.com/ViewArticle.dbml?&DB_OEM_ID=33100&ATCLID=210235732 for more information.

Music on Main, Fall

November 8, 2019: A community concert featuring musicians and friends of the Worcester Chamber Music Society in non-traditional neighborhood venues. The one-hour concerts are free, less formal, and focus on the Main South community. Kids, first-timers, and seasoned concert-goers are all welcome. Worcester Popup, 20 Franklin St, Worcester. 5:30pm. Visit https://worcesterchambermusic.org/concerts/2019-2020 for more information.

Henry the Juggler

November 21, 2019: He is known to cause spontaneous outbursts of laughter. He speaks little, but says a great deal through his expressions and body language. He has in his possession balls, clubs, rings, and all kinds of things. He is known to change his height through the use of stilts. Frances Perkins Branch, WPL, 470 West Boylston St, Worcester. 4-4:45pm. Visit http://www.eventkeeper.com/mars/xpages/W/WPL/EK.cfm?zeeOrg=WPL for more information.

Holiday Nature Crafts Open House 2019

December 14, 2019: The tree at the Visitor Center will be decorated with imaginative ornaments handcrafted from natural materials. Join volunteers in the Program Room to make your own - they'll guide you through the process of creating several ornaments, or create your own design. Holiday goodies and music provided. Broad Meadow Brook Conservation Center & Wildlife Sanctuary, 414 Massasoit Rd, Worcester. 1-4pm. Visit https://www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/wildlife-sanctuaries/broad-meadow-brook for more information.

Noon Years Eve

December 31, 2019: Family-friendly countdowns, create and toast resolutions, make 2019 time capsules, and participate in our Holiday School Vacation educational programs. $14-18, under 2 free. Ecotarium, 222 Harrington Way, Worcester. 10am-4pm. Visit https://ecotarium.org/ for more information.


Seasonal and "Any Time" Happenings Around Central Massachusetts & the Blackstone Valley

Boston Public Market

Year Round: An indoor, year round marketplace where residents & visitors can find fresh, seasonal food from 40 New England farmers, fishers & food entrepreneurs. Dine-in or shop for produce, meat & poultry, eggs, dairy, fish, bread & baked goods, beverages, speciality & prepared foods. Visit for kids activities, cooking demos, classes, events & fresh food all year long. 100 Hanover St, Boston. Mon-Sat 8am-8pm, Sun 10am-6pm. Visit https://bostonpublicmarket.org/ for more information.

Old Sturbridge Village

Year Round: Begin your 19th-century adventure at Old Sturbridge Village, New England’s largest outdoor living history museum. Put your hands on history & be inspired by our costumed historians at work on the farm, in trade shops & in charming homes. Experience authentic New England traditions & hospitality at our lodges, gift shop & dining rooms. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Rd, Sturbridge. Adults/$28, ages 4-17/$14. Visit https://www.osv.org/ for more information.

Ski Ward Ski Area & Tuba Slide

Year Round: Ski Ward offers skiing, snowboarding & tubing in both the winter & summer! In the summer there's 3 professional volleyball courts & a summer tubing park. During the winter there's 9 trails, 4 lifts & 8 tubing lanes, a rental shop & a snow school. Eat at Slopeside Bar & Grill serving lunch & dinner both indoors & outdoors on a patio with fantastic views. 1000 Main St, Shrewsbury. Visit https://www.skiward.com/ for more information.


Archive of Some Past Events

Jazz Week Worcester

October 8-12, 2019: Enjoy jazz music? There will be a Latin Jazz Night, a tribute to Cole Porter, a Festival Day & much more! Venues all around Worcester. Visit https://www.discovercentralma.org/sp/jazzweekworcester---worcester-jazz-festival-2019/ for more information.

Museum Day

September 21, 2019: The Museum of Russian Icons, participating museums & cultural institutions across the country provide free entry to anyone presenting a Museum Day ticket. The Museum Day ticket provides free admission for two people. Tickets will be available to download from the Smithsonian Magazine website on August 15, 2019. 203 Union St, Clinton. Visit https://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/museum-day-2019/ for more information.

Walk the Streets of Revolutionary Worcester

September 14, 2019: Join us for a 1 hour walking tour & visit some of the places where revolutionary history was made in Worcester! Each tour is limited to the first 12 attendees. To reserve, call 508-753-8278. $10 per person. Salisbury Mansion, 40 Highland St, Worcester. 11am. Visit http://www.worcesterhistory.org/museum/salisbury-mansion/ for more information.

EcoTarium 21: Nightlife

August 23, 2019: Meet crepuscular critters and discover what comes out when the sun goes down! Enjoy exclusive access to our interactive exhibits and collections all while stirring up a conversation over drinks in a child-free environment. $20. EcoTarium, 222 Harrington Way, Worcester. 6:30-9:30pm. Visit https://ecotarium.org/ for more information.

Documentary: Discovering David Bowie

August 13, 2019: Celebrate the 50th anniversary of David Bowie`s signature song “Space Oddity” with the documentary Discovering David Bowie. Watch music critics and DJs offer their thoughts on David Bowie`s legacy and share your own after the movie. Worcester Public Main Library, 3 Salem Sq, Worcester. 5:30-7pm. Visit https://mywpl.org/ for more information.

Pop Up Book Sale

July 27, 2019: Come stop by the Lobby of the Main library to visit the Friends of the Worcester Public Library's Pop Up Book Sales. The Friends will be hosting these sales while the book store is closed for renovations, and they will have new items at each sale. 3 Salem Sq, Worcester. 10am-1pm. Visit https://mywpl.org/ for more information.

Worcester on the Moon

July 16, 2019: Worcester prepares to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11’s moon landing. Free with museum admission: $14. EcoTarium, 222 Harrington Way, Worcester. 10:30am-3:30pm. Visit https://ecotarium.org/worcester-on-the-moon/ for more information.

Worcester Bravehearts vs Nashua Silver Knights

July 4, 2019: Celebrate the fourth of July the All-American way! Baseball & BBQ ($10). Hanover Insurance Park at Fitton Field, 1 College St, Worcester. 1pm. Visit http://www.worcesterbravehearts.com/ for more information.

Make Music with the Master Singers of Worcester

June 21, 2019: Bring your love of music and have FUN sharing the joy of singing together under the baton of our distinguished Artistic Director, Ed Tyler. This is a free event; we will provide the music, direction and refreshments. Worcester Popup, 20 Franklin St, Worcester. 7-9pm. Visit http://www.mswma.org/ for more information.

Middle Eastern Festival

June 7-9, 2019: Come join us for a taste and sight of the Middle East! Three day festival with food, dancing, music, live entertainment, kid activities, vendors, and more! Open to everyone! Saint George Orthodox Cathedral, 30 Anna St, Worcester. June 7, 4-10pm; June 8 & 9, noon - 10pm. Visit http://www.stgeorgeworcester.org/ for more information.

Bancroft School Spring Craft Fair

May 18, 2019: The sale will be open to the public with no admission fee. Net proceeds benefit the Bancroft School Parent-Faculty Association (PFA). Over 80 participating crafters and vendors! RAFFLES! Fun for the whole family! Bancroft School, 110 Shore Dr, Worcester. 9am-3:30pm. Visit https://www.bancroftschool.org/index.cfm for more information.

New England Rowing Championships

May 4, 2019: Regional championship regatta for qualifying colleges in the 6 New England States. It's been run since 1961 a& currently offers 14 events for men & women. Over 1200 competitors & 36 schools participate in the regatta each year. Quinsigamond State Park, 0 North Lake Ave, Worcester. 8am. Visit http://qra.org/nerc/ for more information.

Afternoon Meditation

April 23, 2019: Mindful meditation is simple & can positively impact our health & sense of wellbeing. The hardest part is making time to practice. Whether you are learning for the first time or have been practicing for years, feel free to join these one-hour guided meditation practices. These mini-retreats begin with a brief explanation of the style of meditation to be practiced in that session. There will be a few minutes for Q & A and then practice will begin. Bring your own mat or cushion. Worcester Public Library, Banx Room, 3 Salem Square, Worcester. 2:30-3:30pm. Visit http://www.eventkeeper.com/mars/xpages/W/WPL/EK.cfm?zeeOrg=WPL for more information.

Family Farm Fest 2019

April 13,14,20 & 21, 2019: Young & old are welcome to celebrate spring with the arrival of baby animals & the preparation of our planting fields! Meet the Village’s cuddly, heritage breed newborns up-close & experience first-hand the responsibilities of raising animals on a farm in 1830. At the Freeman Farm, families will learn about 19th-century agriculture practices and tools, as well as learn how they are applicable to today’s farmers & even backyard gardeners. Kids will even have a chance to try their hand at seasonal chores! $14-$28. Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Rd, Sturbridge. 9:30am-4pm. Visit https://www.osv.org/event/family-farm-fest/ for more information.

Zumba

March 23, 2019: Zumba classes are for ages 12 and older. Wearing workout clothes and sneakers is recommended, and remember to bring water! Zumba is an hour-long, high energy, calorie-burning fitness class that uses pop and Latin music to create a dance-party atmosphere. Low-intensity and high-intensity moves are easy to follow for all level participants who can set their own pace. It is an effective and fun cardio workout that melts fat, strengthens core, and improves flexibility. Worcester Public Library, 3 Salem Sq, Worcester. 10-11am. Visit https://www.mywpl.org/?q=locations-hours for more information.

NorthEast Comic Con & Collectibles Extravaganza

March 15-17, 2019: NEComicCons & Collectibles Extravaganza will return to the Regency Boxboro Hotel & Conference Center in Boxborough! Featuring Comics, Toys, Art, Books, Posters, Celebrities, Autographs, Cosplay, Gaming, Puppets, Concerts, Comedy, Creative Arts Programming and fun for all ages. Children 10 & under free with supervising adult. Free parking & general admission as low as only $10/day. 242 Adams Pl, Boxborough. March 15, 4-8pm; March 16 & 17, 10am-5pm. Visit https://www.discovercentralma.org/sp/northeast-comiccon---collectibles-extavaganza/ for more information.

Vampires & Crocodiles

March 3, 2019: This fun-filled show for the whole family includes the strange and fascinating story of innocent Lucy and the mesmerizing Count in a Transylvanian Tale full of mists and mysterious castles. Then, as a joyful contrast, we dance with 'Crocodile River Music', an African ensemble that will have you singing and swaying to the wild entrancing rhythms of the jungles and savannahs. With the youthful sounds of our own Neighborhood Strings, you have a concert not to miss! Mechanics Hall, 321 Main Street, Worcester. 3-4pm. Visit https://worcesterchambermusic.org/vampires-and-crocodiles for more information.

Peter & the Starcatcher

February 28 - March 3, 2019: A prequel to Peter Pan, Peter and the Starcatcher dishes up the backstory for Peter Pan, Captain Hook, Tinkerbell and more in a humorous and kid-friendly way – all accentuated with a Tony-nominated musical score. Feb. 28, March 1, 2 at 8 p.m., March 3 at 2 p.m. $18 general public, $14 seniors, $8 students. Fuller Theater, Administration Bldg, WSU Campus, 486 Chandler St, Visual And Performing Arts, Worcester. Visit https://www.worcester.edu/Exhibits-and-Performances/ for more information.

Live Animal Show: The Nature of my Backyard

February 16, 2019: Are you ready to meet some of the wild creatures living right in our own backyards? Creature Teachers will introduce you to some common animals we share space with. You might meet a fisher, skunk, turtle, fox, or even a flying squirrel. This presentation features live animals and explores the lives of these fascinating creatures. Two sessions are being offered. Please be sure you are choosing your preferred time. Registration is required. Register online or call 508-753-6087 to register by phone. $4-8. 11am or 1pm. Broad Meadow Brook Conservation Center & Wildlife Sanctuary, 414 Massasoit Rd, Worcester. Visit https://www.massaudubon.org/ for more information.

Asere! Fiesta Cubana!

January 31, 2019: Direct from Havana, Cuba, under the auspices of The Ministry of Culture, The Havana Cuba All Stars present The Asere Friendship Tour's "Cuban Nights." With rhythms & melodies from the cha cha to the rumba, from “Son Cubano” style to the salsa, the All-Stars will showcase a wide variety of Cuban beats! Adults $49, Students $17.50, Youths $7.50. Music Worcester, Mechanics Hall, 321 Main St, Worcester. 7:30pm. Visit http://www.musicworcester.org/MW/ for more information.

Owl Prowl

January 19, 2019: Are owls really wise? How do they fly so silently? Can they really turn their heads all the way around? Find out at this early evening program for families. Practice owl calls & search the sanctuary trails for these magnificent creatures of the night, finishing with hot chocolate & games. Dress to be outdoors for about 45 minutes. Open to families with children ages 5 and up. Registration required. Adults, $4, Children, $3. Broad Meadow Brook, 414 Massasoit Rd, Worcester. Visit https://www.massaudubon.org/ for more information.

Hike Into the New Year for Families

January 1, 2019: Hike or snowshoe on the sanctuary, looking for tracks & signs of wildlife as you follow the trails. There'll be coffee & cocoa to help warm up back at the Visitor Center. Please bring water & dress for the weather. The hike is about 3 miles total. Bring your own snowshoes or borrow ours! Open to families with children ages 8 and up. Registration required. Adults, $4, Children, $3. Broad Meadow Brook, 414 Massasoit Rd, Worcester. Visit https://www.massaudubon.org/ for more information.

Noon Year's Eve

December 31, 2018: Join the festivities at the annual celebration with two kid-friendly countdowns at 12 noon and 2pm, create and toast resolutions, make 2018 time capsules, and more! Fun the whole family can enjoy together! &18/adult, $14/child. EcoTarium, 222 Harrington Way, Worcester. 10am-4pm. Visit http://www.ecotarium.org/events-activities for more information.

Movie Matinee Double Feature

December 13, 2018: Visit the library for an afternoon double feature movie matinee! They will be watching 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas' and 'The Polar Express'. All ages welcome! GVB Branch, 89 Tacoma St, Worcester. 3:15-4:45pm. Visit https://mywpl.org/?q=article/great-brook-valley-branch-0 for more information.

Worcester Youth Holiday Concert

December 7, 2018: Come out to listen to local, young talent! Youth musicians ages 10-18 will be performing solos, duos, and ensembles in various genres. $10. Worcester PopUp, 20 Franklin St, Worcester. 6-8pm. Visit https://www.worcesterpopup.org/ for more information.

The Sutton Chain of Lights

December 1, 2018: Celebrate in this quaint town filled with the Christmas spirit, family fun, shopping & an assortment of “old fashioned” New England experiences. A free Trolley ride is available to transport visitors to the various events. Sutton shops, churches, farms, art galleries, school & Historical Society will open their doors with locally made products, food, entertainment & warm hospitality. The day concludes with the lighting of Christmas Trees & caroling on the town Common. Vaillancourt Folk Art, 9 Main St, Sutton. 10am-4pm. Visit https://www.discovercentralma.org/see-do/events/?P:Current=3 for more information.

Holiday Festival of Crafts 2018

November 23-25, 2018: Once a year, the Worcester Center for Crafts is transformed into a European-style holiday marketplace complete with twinkly lights & the sweet smell of evergreens! Craft artists of the highest caliber are brought together all under one roof. Visit the Cafe, enter the artist raffle - bring the whole family! Free parking; $5 Admission at the door. Worcester Center for Crafts, 25 Sagamore Rd, Worcester. Fri & Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 11am-4pm. Visit https://www.discovercentralma.org/see-do/events/?P:Current=3 for more information.

3rd Annual Food Truck Festival

November 4, 2018: Enjoy live music, a beer tent & plenty of food to keep you full & happy all day long! Seating will be limited, lawn chairs are encouraged. First Responders (Police, Fire & EMS) & Military (active/retired/veteran) receive free admission with valid ID (service members only). Wachusett Mountain, 499 Mountain Rd, Princeton. 12-5pm. Visit their website for more information.

Movie Matinee at WPL

October 20, 2018: Miguel dreams of becoming a great musician although his family has banned music long ago. After entering the Land of the Dead, Miguel meets Hector, a very interesting new friend. Together they learn a lot about music & just as importantly, family. A small snack will be provided. Families with children 12 and under. Rated PG. Worcester Public Library, 3 Salem Square, Worcester. 2:30-3:30pm. Visit https://mywpl.org/ for more information.

35th Annual Applefest

October 13-14, 2018: One of the most popular fall festival celebrations including over 100 craft exhibitors, a farmer's market, kids entertainment & peak fall foliage viewing from the SkyRide. Also, enjoy live music, the Giant Pumpkin Weigh-off, Apple Pie Baking & Eating Contests, along with additional family entertainment. Wachusett Mountain, 499 Mountain Rd, Princeton. Visit https://www.wachusett.com/ for more information.

29th Annual Harvest Festival

October 13-14, 2018: This family fun tradition includes local crafters, artisans, live music, specialty food vendors & farm fresh harvests. The Publick House Scarecrow Contest is a perennial favorite! Enter your scarecrow for a chance to win cash prizes. Sturbridge Town Common & Publick House, 277 Main St, Sturbridge. Sat, 10am-5pm & Sun, 11am-4pm. Visit http://publickhouse.com/ for more information.

4th Annual Farm Fresh Fest

September 8, 2018: Enjoy a huge farmers' market filled with locally-grown produce, animal products, crafts & much more. Taste samples from local wineries, enjoy cooking demonstrations, take in some live music & let the kids have fun in our petting zoo and pony rides! Wachusett Mountain, 499 Mountain Rd, Princeton. 10am-5pm. Visit https://www.wachusett.com/ for more information.

Free Fun Friday at the EcoTarium

August 31, 2018: The EcoTarium is a family-friendly, indoor-outdoor museum. They offer three floors of interactive exhibits, exciting shows in the digital planetarium, daily Science Discovery programs, live animal habitats, hikes through forest & meadow nature trails, outdoor imaginative play & a train ride around the grounds (seasonal). 222 Harrington Way, Worcester. 10am-4pm. Visit http://www.ecotarium.org/events-activities/free-fun-friday-0 for more information.

Free August at WAM

Wednesday-Sunday: Enjoy a whole month of art for FREE! It's free admission to WAM, a popular summer tradition. Visit for lots of family-fun activities including try-on armor, a giant outdoor chess board, stroller tours, art carts, collection highlight tours & a drop-in drawing center. Outdoor activities are weather permitting. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St, Worcester. Wed-Sun: 10am-4pm; Third Thursday : 10am-8pm. Visit http://www.worcesterart.org/events/free-august/ for more information.

Free Fun Fridays

Fridays: Every Friday, from the end of June through the end of August, multiple sites are open for free. Visit some of the most treasured cultural venues in Massachusetts. The Worcester Art Museum & the Worcester Historical Museum are among the many featured places! Visit http://www.highlandstreet.org/programs/free-fun-fridays for more information.

Klems Farmers Market

Saturdays: Rain or Shine! Visit the many local crafters, artisans & more! Klem's, 117 West Main St, Spencer. 10am-2pm. Visit http://www.klemsonline.com/ for more information.