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In back of Worcester City Hall! This Thursday! CONCERT AND FARMERS MARKET!


It’s BACK!




First concert and farmers mARKET THIS THURSDAY!

Local farmers selling their veggies, bread, eggs and other goodies!

Local crafters selling their art!

Be there! And enjoy … Great live music to shop to or just enjoy while eating lunch at one of the picnic tables topped off with huge, colorful umbrellas!

The City of Worcester does summer right and gets pretty, healthy and musical!

June 18 – August 20 

… every Thursday!

11 am – 2 pm 

… on the Worcester Common!

Each week will provide a new band and different farmers, crafters and vendors!

The schedule:

June 25 –  The Curtis Mayflower

July 2 – The EJMAC Project

July 9 – The Sonic Explorers

July 16 – Boombox

July 23 – Dale LePage & The Manhattans

July 30 – Farmers Union Players

August 6 – Grupo Fantasia

August 13 – Matthew Sanchez y su Orquesta

August 20 – The Drunken Uncles

This Saturday Worcester Food Truck Festival! This Sunday! Downtown Worcester! Another fab road race! Our Main Street finally comes alive!!!

WOW! This weekend!

Another great weekend for Worcester coming up! So affordable! So kid friendly! So community building!


Elm Park

Worcester Food Truck festival!

$5 gets you in! Kids 12 and under – free admission!

Last year ELM PARK WAS SWAMPED with kids and their parents and couples!!! A true family celebration! Enjoy the park’s huge cool sculptures, too! Yes, a few have been damaged, BUT THE WORCESTER SPIRIT transcends the setbacks! There are 24 WONDERFUL SCULPTURES still whole and perfect! The others to be resurrected! 

Show your support for public art!

Head off on Saturday to the WORCESTER FOOD TRUCK FESTIVAL!

THIS Sunday, June 21

Run Worcester!

The Worcester Common!

Run downtown Woo! Savor the center of our city!!!!

Be a part of this city-wide, very cool event that we love CUZ IT GETS A TON OF PEOPLE IN DOWNTOWN WORCESTER , it is accessible to ALL runners/walkers – is a Worcester road race that celebrates our city core!

Head to the WORCESTER FOOD TRUCK on Saturday at Elm Park! Run/jog/walk off all those food truck sandwiches and goodies at the RUN WORCESTER! road race!

Enjoy the after race party, drinks, food!

Blue, very COOL LOOKING race MEDALS OF DOWNTOWN Worcester to be given out!

RACE information from the website below!

If you click on blue colored words and yellow blocks, you can get to the website and register for the downtown Worcester race and learn more!


Worcester Running Festival Overview
Sunday, June 21, 2015




Save $35 on TWO half marathon special offer.
You can add the Narragansett Bay half marathon in East Providence on july 19, 2015 for an additional $25!
both races will have chip timing and finisher’s medallions. Select the race option for both half marathons when registering at either website for this double option offer. for details on the narragansett bay half marathon. A hotel special is also available!



Register Now


Date: Sunday June 21, 2015
Start Time: 7:00 AM
Location: Common in Downtown Worcester, MA.
Sponsored by: National Grid


Date: Sunday June 21, 2015
Start Time: 7:15 AM
Location: Common in Downtown Worcester, MA.
Sponsored by: Harvard Pilgrim Health Care 


Date: Sunday June 21, 2015
Time: 9:30 AM
Location: Common in Downtown Worcester, MA.
Sponsored by: Bay State Savings Bank 

Onsite Registration, Race Number & T-Shirt Pickup

Date: Saturday, June 20, 2015 (day before race)
Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Location:National Grid Sustainability Hub 912 Main Street Worcester MA, 01610
Entry fees for onsite registration on 6/14/2015: $70 for the Half Marathon, $33 for the 5K Run/Walk and $20 for the Youth 1K.

Date: Sunday, June 21, 2015 (day of race)
Time: 6:00 AM to 15 minutes before race start
Location: The Common in Downtown Worcester, MA. Next to City Hall.
Race Day fees are $75 for the Half Marathon, $35 for the 5K Run/Walk and $20 for the Youth 1K.

Sorry no refunds.
Please no running with baby strollers and no dogs are any other pets alllowed. Walking with baby strollers is allowed only in the 5k event.


Prize Structure: Half Marathon & 5K
Individual Awards:
Top 3 Open Men/Women (age 39 and under)
Winner Men/Women (age 40-49)
Winner Men/Women (age 50-59)
Winner Men/Women (age 60-69)
Winner Men/Women (age 70+)
Teams Awards will be awarded to the top teams.

Youth race.
Top 3 boys and girls. (Must be 14 or under to run the youth run.




Safety & Other Information

Aid stations, bathrooms, water, power drinks, and gels will be available along the race course. Participants with baby joggers may walk only in the 5k. No running with baby joggers allowed. Participants with baby joggers must also line up at the back for the start for safety reasons. 3.5 hour limit on the half marathon. No dogs or pets alowed in any of the races. Sorry no refunds.

Register Now


Elm Park! Today! Art in the Park celebration! See the sculptures! Meet artists! Dance to the live music!


Art in Elm Park!

Remember the TOASTER that graced the Highland Street side of Elm Park a few years back? As big as a van, it was! Colorful, too! And touchable! Fun! 

This summer enjoy more big, bouncy, wild sculptures at Elm Park!

Celebrate by coming to the park today for the …


Today! Sunday, June 14

3 pm – 7 pm

Elm Park

Fun for the whole family!

Music 3 pm – Eastern Medicine Singers – an Algonquin Drum Group!

Carving of the Spiral:

Sculptor Anne Alexander will be hand carving a large spiral that will be exhibited during Art in the Park 2015.

Walk around the park and see all the sculptures!

Great kids’ playground with picnic tables! Beautiful pond, too!

If you haven’t been to Elm Park lately, you’ll be pleasantly surprised: new benches, new lighting, new decorative street lamps … Looks so pretty!

Bring a picnic dinner and enjoy this Woo-hoo day!       – R.T.

Al-fresco breakfast any time of the day/nite at the Bouly on Shrewsbury Street!

Jimmy and Lisa just this week set out these pretty, umbrella-topped tables outside their Boulevard Diner on Shrewsbury Street! Italian comfort food al-fresco, meaning, in my late dad’s mother tongue: IN THE FRESH!!! Air, of course! Pancakes and scrambled eggs … al fresco! Blueberry muffins and orange juice – al fresco! Brilliant! … Why not enjoy a homemade, amazing Italian breakfast in the summer breeze? Why not dive into your veggie omelette outside the diner that never sleeps? (open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!) And savor the Bouly’s Italian-American comfort food, like homemade Lasagna and homemade Eggplant Parmesan  … under the stars!


Visit the “Bouly” NOW and meet some of the freshest, nicest, down to earth people in Worcester!  Love THIS Italian famiglia!        – R. Tirella



REC Farmers Market OPENS tomorrow, Sat., June 13


Tomorrow! Saturday, June 13

REC Main South Farmer’s Market

Central Branch YMCA in Main South – Fuller Family Park

9:30 am – 1 pm

Arts and crafts

Live music

Free kids activities

Free yoga …

Fresh AFFORDABLE veggies

Fresh AFFORDABLE fruit

Fresh eggs

and more yumminess! ALL AFFORDABLE and locally sourced!

FOOD JUSTICE now! SNAP, WIC, Senior Citizen farmers market coupons accepted!


The schedules for REC’s other WORCESTER farmers markets …

At REC we offer farmers’ markets 6 days each week at locations throughout Worcester from mid-June through the end of October.

Come join our farmers on:

Saturdays at our Main South Market

Mondays & Fridays at our Beaver Brook Market

and Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays join our Mobile Farmers Market at 15 different locations throughout Worcester!

What makes REC Community Farmers Markets different?

When you shop REC Community Farmers Markets, you are not only enjoying the freshest local food, you are supporting local farmers, supporting jobs for local youth, and helping your neighbors gain access to healthy, fresh & affordable food! Shop REC & Support Our Community!

All markets offer fresh, affordable, locally grown veggies, fruit, meats & eggs. Some markets offer baked goods, prepared foods & artisanal crafts.


EVERY SATURDAY – REC Main South Farmers Market

June 13th – October 31st 2015

YMCA Fuller Family Park, 104 Murray Ave, Worcester
(behind Central Community Branch YMCA)
Free kids’ activities, live music and art, crafts and prepared foods for sale, in addition to veggies, fruit, meats & eggs.
Plenty of free off-street parking
Cash, credit, debit, WIC & Senior coupons, and EBT/SNAP all accepted.
EBT/SNAP purchases HALF OFF up to $40! (while supplies last)

EVERY MONDAY & FRIDAY – REC Beaver Brook Farmers Market

JUNE 15th – OCTOBER 30th 2015

9:30 AM-2 PM

Beaver Brook Park, 306 Chandler St, Worcester
(across from Foley Stadium)
Plenty of free off-street parking.
Cash, credit, debit, WIC & Senior coupons, and EBT/SNAP all accepted.


REC Mobile Farmers Market (check out our BIG BLUE VEGGIE MOBILE – with solar powered fridge & freezer!)

June 16th – October 29th
Cash, credit, debit, WIC & Senior coupons, and EBT/SNAP all accepted.
EBT/SNAP purchases HALF OFF up to $40! (while supplies last)

Elm Park: the Worcester Food Truck Festival! Sat., June 20!

From the food truck fest website:

Spend the day at Elm Park trying everything from lobster rolls to bubbling pizza, juicy burgers and an eclectic selection of international foods like Vietnamese sandwiches!

Saturday, June 20

11 am to 5 pm

Elm Park!

More than 7,500 people passed through last year’s Food Truck festival!

Street parking will be available and pets are allowed on a leash. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair and enjoy your treats in the park! 

From Noon – 5 pm (VIP hours 11 am – Noon)!

General Admission will be available at the gate, or for pre-purchase, for $5 (tickets purchased at the gate will be cash only).

Children under 12 are admitted for free!

Food and drink will be available for purchase separately.

ATMs will be on site. No refunds.

For more info – including which food trucks are participating and which beers are available – visit: