Family & Community Events for Central Massachusetts & the Blackstone Valley

Central Mass Community Events Calendar
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Central Massachusetts & the Blackstone Valley Current Events and Activities

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 their website 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 their website 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 their website 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 their website for more information.

Noon Year's Eve

December 31, 2018: Join the festivities at the annual celebration with two kid-friendly countdowns at 12noon 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 their website 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 their website 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 their website 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 their website 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 their website 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 their website for more information.

Ski Ward Ski Area & TubaSlide

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 their website for more information.


Archive of Some Past Events

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, lawnchairs are encouraged. First Responders (Police, Fire & EMS) & Military (active/retired/veteran) recieve 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 their website 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, kid's 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 their website 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's 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 their website 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 their website 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 their website 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 chessboard, 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 their website 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 their website for more information.

Klem's Farmer's Market

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