Worcester Summer Happenings
The longest day of the year has come and gone, and summer is officially here. Birds are singing, the air feels glorious, and the flora is vibrant. What better way can there be to enjoy the fruits of this coveted season than in celebration?
Here are a few of the many Worcester festivities taking place.
- July 4th Concert and Fireworks. Memorial Day Weekend may rouse summer cravings, but its official entry is still weeks away. July 4th, on the other hand, is summer. And, in celebration of Independence Day, the Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra will be performing a free concert on July 3 at Cristoforo Colombo Park—East Park. The ceremonial flag raising begins around 7:40 P.M., but concertgoers should arrive closer to 6 P.M. to better secure a spot (yes, there’ll be fireworks!).
- Canal District Wagon Tours. Blackstone Canal, a fascinating area pivotal in transforming once-rural Worcester to a bustling locale steeped in history, has many stories to tell. Hence, enjoy a horse and wagon tour on Thursdays from July 3 to August 21 between the hours of 5 – 8 P.M. The excursions are approximately 50 minutes long and begin on the half hour. For more info, go to http://www.thecanaldistrict.com/wagontours.html
- Cars of Summer. For some people, cars are merely a means of transportation. For others, they’re a passion. If you gravitate toward the latter, be sure to check out Cars of Summer at Green Hill Park on July 4 – 6 from 7 A.M. to 7 P.M. Automobile enthusiasts and their families not only get to see an impressive display of vintage cars, but they also enjoy activities, live music, and food. The cost? A three-day spectator pass for the event is $25, and a one-day pass is $10. For each paying adult in a party, a child under 12 gets in free. Got your engine revving? Check out http://www.carsofsummer.com/ for added details.
- Massachusetts Symphony Summer Concert Series. If you take pleasure in exceptional music performed in a wonderfully serene setting, then the July 13 and July 20 Summer Concert Series taking place at Institute Park is for you. On Sunday, July 13, the symphony will highlight assorted Broadway tunes, and on Sunday, July 20, the focus will be on Disney classics: both concerts are free and run from 7 P.M. to 9 P.M. For particulars, go to http://www.masymphony.org/mso/Concerts.html
- 7th Annual Barbara J. Walker Butterfly Festival. Love butterflies? Enjoy watching these graceful insects fly about in surroundings natural to them? If you answered “yes,” then put this butterfly festival on your calendar. It takes place on August 9 from 10 A.M. to 4 P.M. at Mass Audubon Broad Meadow Brook Conservation Center on 414 Massasoit Road. Admission is $5 for individuals 3 and over, and $4 for Mass Audubon members (maximum charge is $20 per family). For additional information, go to http://www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/wildlife-sanctuaries/broad-meadow-brook/news-events/butterfly-festival-at-broad-meadow-brook
Worcester is always jam-packed with amazing activities, and summertime is especially exciting. So, get out and have fun!