Can't Miss Summer Festivals

Posted: June 30, 2017

Summer is about laying out on the fresh cut grass and enjoying the sounds of the bustling streets and the sights of the diverse festivals. In Worcester, cultural and artistic festivals are what we look forward and while we host them throughout the year, nothing beats a summer day at a vibrant festival. We have a line-up of the city’s must-attend summer events, so there’s no excuse not to attend.

Do You Like Cars, like we Like Cars?

July 1-3, 2017

Green Hill Park is home to over 100 antique and muscle cars during Fourth of July weekend. Harboring a group of local car enthusiasts, the Cars of Summer event is a staple of Worcester’s Independence Day celebrations. Between the cars, family-fun activities like monster truck rides, and on-site eateries, spending the weekend on Green Hill Park with the Cars of Summer is a no-brainer. +More

Salsa Dancing in the Park

Thursdays, July 6 - 20, 2017

Get outside, move your body, dance, shake and listen to the sweet sounds of Salsa music. Hosted by Raices Latin Dance with music by DJ Rey G, these free salsa lesson are all the rage during the summer nights. Watch as University Park is transformed into a dance floor of Caribbean beats. +More

Botanical Tattoo Weekend

July 8 - 9, 2017

Featuring pop-up art exhibits of botanical tattoo designs and art by botanical tattoo artists from across the country and around the world, the Tower Hill Botanical Garden offers its first annual Botanical Tattoo weekend. Spend the day watching live tattoo demos, trying your hand at botanical drawing, listening to live music, sampling food trucks and shopping at unique artisan booths. +More

Annual Local Farmer Dinner

July 23, 2017

With Lettuce Be Local turning five, the Annual Local Farmer Dinner featuring live music from Damn Tall Buildings and food from award winning chefs is the summer event of the year – especially if you’re a foodie. Courses from the incredible deadhorse hill and Kummerspeck will be paired with wines from Brick & Feather Brewery and The People’s Pint. +More

Butterfly Festival

August 12, 2017

Celebrate butterflies with a day of educational fun for all ages at the 10th Annual Barbara J. Walker Butterfly Festival at Broad Meadow Brook – a natural habitat for butterflies. From naturalist-led walks and workshops to live caterpillar exhibits, the butterfly festival should not be missed. +More

POW! WOW! Worcester

August 25 – September 3, 2017

Art lovers unite at the annual POW! WOW! Worcester event celebrating art and culture. Drawing over 10,000 people in its first year, the 10 day international arts festival is likely to draw more visitors its second time around. With gallery shows, lecture series, mural projects, concerts, and live art installations, the festival is centered around the Native American term POW WOW – a description of a gathering to celebrate culture, music and art. +More

Worcester Caribbean American Festival

August 27, 2017

The Worcester Caribbean American Festival is the most vibrant and live festival of the summer. Starting with a parade at the center of downtown – at the Worcester Commons – and ending at Institute Park, the event is filled with street performances, epic authentic Caribbean costumes and an array of local vendors. +More

Pet Rock Festival 2017

September 10, 2017

Animal lovers be sure to put Pet Rock Fest is their calendar this year, at a new location-Wyman Gordon in Grafton! This fabulous event features live music, performances and games for kids, the Pups in the Air Frisbee Dog Team, animal mascots, vegetarian food court, contests for dogs, a cat photo contest, and best of all-doggie snuggles! +More