With the start of Fall just days away, the staff at TWIW has put together your go-to list of events and activities coming up in and around Worcester.
The following list includes festivals, sporting events, concerts, and one-of-a-kind special events that only take place right here in Worcester.
Mark your calendars! You’re going to have a busy fall!
Beaver Brook Farmers Market – Mondays and Fridays, Sept. 22 to Oct. 29
Worcester’s oldest farmers market is back for another season at 306 Chandler St (in front of the Youth Center and across from Foley Stadium) on Mondays and Fridays from 9am-1pm. Please join us as we welcome back farmers who have been serving the Worcester Community for 30 years +. Cash, credit, EBT are accepted and we are a HIP retailer (pay with your SNAP card and earn matching dollars!)
Clustertruck Food Festival – Saturday, Sept. 23
The Clustertruck Food Festival and Pulse Magazine are taking over the EcoTarium grounds for an evening of amazing food, drinks, music, and more! The party will be packed with Worcester favorites, including craft beer from Wormtown Brewery and live music by Doctor Robert. You’ll get the opportunity to purchase food from a huge selection of some of New England’s best food trucks, grab a glass of beer or wine, and enjoy live music all night outside the EcoTarium.
Mercantile Center Oktoberfest 2017 – Thursday, Sept. 28
Kick off autumn with Mercantile Center’s very first Oktoberfest! Continuing with the success of the last two beer garden events, this festival will have extended hours with a traditional Oktoberfest theme. The festival will feature local seasonal brews, food, live music by Blue Light Bandits from 5:00pm-8:30pm, and some friendly Oktoberfest competitions!
The Great New England BBQ Fest at Wachusett Mountain – Friday, Sept. 30 to Sunday, Oct. 1
Join us for the 8th Annual Great New England BBQFest featuring some of the area’s best BBQ vendors!
Additional highlights of this year’s event include the Oysterfest, now featuring oysters on the half shell, clam chowder and shrimp, along with a daily Oyster Shucking Competition. The People’s Choice Awards will feature chili on Saturday and pulled pork on Sunday. Then there’s the ever-famous Farmers’ Market, Craft Fair, and Beer Tent throughout the weekend. Our traditional Pig Roast will take place both Saturday and Sunday.
The Harvey Ball – Thursday, Oct. 5
17th Harvey Ball Smile Award ToPATTY EPPINGER. Celebrate the significant work that Patty Eppinger is doing for Worcester and her dedication to education and children. She makes Worcester and Central Massachusetts smile!
The Spirit of Robin Williams – Friday, Oct. 6
Roger Kabler is a true renaissance man. Along with being one of the finest comedy impressionists in the country, he is a talented actor and portrait artist.
He served as the Zima spokesman in national television commercials. He was a regular on the last Carol Burnett series in 1991. Roger also starred in his own NBC sit-com “Rhythm and Blues”.
He wrote, produced and starred in the award winning movie “Who the Hell is Bobby Roos?”, and has recently played to sold out Las Vegas showrooms.. Variety magazine calls him “an astounding impressionist”.
Murder Mystery Scavenger Hunt – Saturday, Oct. 7
Participants race through the Canal District, solving puzzles and assembling clues to solve a murder!
The Plot: It’s 1847, and Daniel McBodie, Chief Operating Engineer for the Blackstone Canal, and husband of socialite Abigail McBodie, was found murdered on the nearby railroad tracks. Who could do such a despicable deed? And why? Help solve the mystery alone or in teams of up to 6!
1st 50 registrants receive a free T-Shirt!
Worcester Wine Festival – Grand Tasting – Sunday, Oct. 8
Worcester Wine Festival’s Grand Tasting is the grand event for the entire weekend’s activities. Join wineries, breweries, spirit distillers, local restaurants and more at our signature walk-around tasting event to be held at historic Union Station in Worcester where over 400 of the finest wines from around the world will be available for tasting.
Rock and Shock 2017 – Friday, Oct. 13 to Sunday, Oct. 15
Forget what you know about horror conventions and music fests because Rock & Shock is returning for the 12th annual convention – the only event of its kind in the Northeast.
We were the first to blend horror conventions with music. So while fans can meet their favorite horror film stars, directors, writers and bands during the day – at night we have well-known national bands performing each night next door at The Palladium…That’s why this event is called Rock & Shock. – Rock and Shock
Worcester Railers Opening Night vs Manchester Monarchs – Saturday, Oct. 14
The Railers will play 36 regular season home games at the DCU Center. The action begins on Saturday, October 14 at 7:05pm vs. the Manchester Monarchs.
Applefest at Wachusett Mountain
Our longest running and most popular fall festival, AppleFest features over 150 craft fair & farmers’ market booths, family entertainment, scenic foliage skyrides to the summit, mountainside barbecue, pony rides, clowns, climbing wall, jugglers & magicians for the kids.
Applefest also features a Celtic celebration complete with authentic Celtic music, cuisine, a multitude of delicious brews in the beer garden along with live music.
The Princess Bride: An Inconceivable Evening with Cary Elwes – Saturday, Oct. 14
In this highly-anticipated event, fans of The Princess Bride will join the heroic Westley (actor Cary Elwes) in a behind-the-scenes look at life on and off the set of the classic film. After a screening of the iconic film, Elwes will engage in a moderated discussion on classic scenes, revealing never before shared secrets and tales of inconceivable antics! Journey back to the lands of Florin and Guilder; filled with adventure, romance and intrigue (and let’s not forget Rodents of Unusual Size!).
Bolton Orchards Fall Festival – Sunday, Oct. 15
The 15th annual Fall Festival hosted at Bolton Orchards has many vendors of our specialty products who will demo and sample the products as well as live music! This year we will be hosting a BBQ smoker as well!
New England’s Future 4 – Saturday, Oct. 28
Rivera Promotions Entertainment will showcase some of the best young boxing talent in their latest New England’s Future 4 event. Jose Antonio Rivera, a 3-time world champion boxer, actor and Worcester native, will be hosting this next historic event here at the DCU Center.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra – Friday, Nov. 24, 2017
2017’s tour, a completely updated presentation of TSO’s unforgettable “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve,” is set to begin on November 16th and will visit the DCU Center on November 24 with two performances at 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. It is the only Massachusetts stop on the tour.