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Local Happenings in September

worcester_massachusettsNow that the fall is almost here, recreational priorities seem to switch.  The beach may be appealing in the middle of summer, but it is typically not as tempting around this time of year.  What is?  More local activities seem to be a preference.

So, what Worcester happenings are coming up?  Here are a few

  • Pet Rock Festival.  This impressively-large animal expo will be held on Sunday, September 12, from 12-5 at Quinsigamond Community College; the rain date is September 19.  Tickets for the event are $12 for adults and $5 for children.  An exciting array of notable, regional bands will be performing, and vendors, contests, and food offerings will also be available.  The money raised from this exciting day benefit various animal causes.  The Worcester Telegram and several other local businesses are sponsoring the “largest on the East Coast of this kind” fest.  For more info, go to www.petrockfest.com
  • Start on the Street.  This arts and music festival takes place on Sunday, September 19, from 11-5; the rain date is September 26.  The free celebration encompasses several blocks in the Park Avenue vicinity.  Artists, food vendors, bands, craft makers, activities, and so much more will be on hand.  Be sure to sport comfy footwear (you may do a lot of walking), and it might also be wise to take along a foldable chair (seating is limited).  Portable toilets will be available to the public at 255 Park Ave.  Detailed information concerning this event is available at www.startonthestreet.org
  • Worcester Art Museum: Unveiling Celebration of “The Dead Toreador.” For all the art lovers out this, this experience should be exciting!  Edouard Manet’s masterpiece will be on loan to the Worcester Art Museum from Washington D.C.’s National Gallery of Art.  The festivities begin on September 25, from 7 to 10 p.m., with dancers, small plates (tapas), wine, and live music.  Manet, a legendary 19th century French artist, received both acclaim and criticism for his collection of works.  In this particular painting, the dead bullfighter is symbolic of the appreciation Manet had for the animated showmanship of Spanish artist, Diego Velazquez.  The cost for this extravaganza is $40 for nonmembers and $30 for members.

Well, summer is not officially over, but it is winding down.  Nonetheless, an exhilarating fall is on hand.   For additional “around town” events, go to www.worcestermass.org/calendar-of-events

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