Loyal to Local Gift Guide
Posted: Nov 24, 2021

Loyal to Local Gift Guide

We're fiercely loyal to our local businesses, and we know you've probably shared pride in showing your small businesses love too. Visitors come to Central MA for our uniquely curated shops, one-of-a-kind artisan-crafted collectibles, and locally-made goods. We've compiled our best shopping itineraries, gift lists, and a holiday gift market guide to help plan your next outing in the region.

Black-Owned Fashion Brands in Worcester
Posted: Feb 1, 2021

Black-Owned Fashion Brands in Worcester

February is Black History Month, and we want to take the opportunity to showcase and celebrate our local Black businesses, specifically within Worcester’s fashion scene. Worcester offers a rich, diverse and creative scene of entrepreneurs, many of which have started their own clothing, apparel and accessory brands and businesses. 

India's Cultural Influences in Central MA
Posted: Nov 24, 2021

India's Cultural Influences in Central MA

Although Central Mass. is situated thousands of miles from India, the Indian community here has fostered opportunities to celebrate and share their cultural influences, particularly during this past month’s Diwali celebration, and also heading into the new year. Between the India Society of Worcester's (ISW) community-wide events, and contributions from other cultural organizations in the area, there are plenty of ways for Indian folks to connect with their roots, and for non-Indian folks to experience and celebrate the rich and moving culture.

Holiday Happenings in Central MA
Posted: Nov 10, 2021

Holiday Happenings in Central MA


Central Mass. serves as the perfect getaway during every season, but perhaps most notably throughout the holidays. For day trippers from Boston, Central Mass. is conveniently accessible from several major highways and train stops, with Worcester at the center of it all. For those traveling by plane, Worcester boasts its very own airport and is just a drive away from Boston Logan International. If you’re visiting this holiday season, here’s what’s happening in the hub.  

Thanksgiving a la Carte in Central MA
Posted: Nov 19, 2021

Thanksgiving a la Carte in Central MA

The gratitude behind Thanksgiving Day is what fuels this holiday at its core, but not far behind: the delicious spreads that fuel our appetites. Whether you're cooking up your own feast or looking for someone else to do the work, restaurants in Central Mass. have you covered, from appetizers to aperitifs.  

A Seasonal Sports Roundup From Central MA
Posted: Nov 10, 2021

A Seasonal Sports Roundup From Central MA

As the temperature cools down, the athletic action in Central Mass. continues to heat up, with football, hockey and dance at the forefront of local sports this season. To keep you up to speed, we’ve compiled some of the hard hitting highlights of what’s been happening and what lies ahead.  

Central MA Honors the Warriors: Veterans & Memorials Tour
Posted: Nov 11, 2021

Central MA Honors the Warriors: Veterans & Memorials Tour

The city of Worcester honors the brave veterans who served our country by planting special commemorations around the city. Take a moment of pause to capture a true essence of gratitude displayed by beautifully dedicated memorials in the area.

Things to Do This Halloween
Posted: Oct 2, 2021

Things to Do This Halloween

It’s spooky season in Central Mass., which can only mean one thing: autumn adventures await every resident and visitor, whether you’re searching for a scare or simply something sweet. Our region has something for everyone worth screaming about: 

Treasures in the Salisbury Cultural District: New Cultural Trail
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Treasures in the Salisbury Cultural District: New Cultural Trail

Whether you’re a Worcester native or you’re planning a visit from afar, you’ll discover a wealth of culture in the Salisbury Cultural District. The district's new Cultural Trail appeals to those interested in stunning architecture with cultural hot spots. Fascinating historical facts and local anecdotes are included in the descriptions when you follow the suggested trail here. Below, you'll get a taste of what the trail is all about.

Treasures in the Salisbury Cultural District: New Trailblazers Trail
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Treasures in the Salisbury Cultural District: New Trailblazers Trail

Whether you’re a Worcester native or you’re planning a visit from afar, you’ll discover virtually endless opportunities in the Salisbury Cultural District. The district's new Trailblazer Trail appeals to those interested in learning about the spearheads who shaped Worcester as we know it.

Honoring Indigenous Peoples' Day in Central MA
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Honoring Indigenous Peoples' Day in Central MA

The recognition and celebration of Indigenous Peoples’ Day is part of a movement to properly honor Indigenous American history in the United States. It’s an effort to rethink the way we’ve learned American history and reveal further historical truths to create a broader cultural awareness of the original inhabitants of these lands. To give clarity to the full context of Christopher Columbus’ legacy, we must also learn from the struggles of Indigenous Americans for their justice and freedom.  

Holiday Season Travel Options in Central MA
Posted: Oct 6, 2021

Holiday Season Travel Options in Central MA

Travel during the holidays can be a whirlwind no matter where you’re headed, but with Worcester's growing menu of transportation options, Central Mass. can be a “home away from home” for any visitor, or a convenient departure hub for locals venturing out. To help avoid long security lines and teeth-grinding traffic, here’s our breakdown of the region’s best people-moving options for the 2021 travel season.