3 Things Not to Miss at Worcester’s StART on the Street

3 Things Not to Miss at Worcester’s StART on the Street

WORCESTER — Visitors to the 17th Annual StArt on the Street celebration will find artisans, crafters, makers, musicians and performers, lining Park Avenue this Sunday with a colorful and cultural presence, again proving Worcester as one of New England’s creative destinations.

With over 300 artisans selling their work, live music and food, visitors will recognize some favorites from years past. However there are plenty of new things to see and do this year.

Here are three you won’t want to miss:

  1. The Makers Lot 

Organizations like the Worcester Center for Crafts, Technocopia, and the WorcShop will be giving demonstrations of what goes on in their studios. Watercolor workshops and a Really, Really Free Market (that anyone may donate to) will be hosted by the Worcester Art Museum’s Southeast Asian artists in Residence. Michaelangelo’s Barber Shop will be there with one-of-a-kind haircuts, and Shire of Quintavia and MA Historical Swordsmen will perform throughout the day, among others.


  1. Interactive Trucks

New to StArt this year, anchoring the Highland Street end of the festival, will be comedian Shaun Connolly and his comedy club on wheels. Next to his truck will be Mobile Mic Studios, inviting bands and individuals to record their own music.


  1. Music & Performance

Two stages, featuring a diverse line-up of musicians and performers like Santa Africa, Mamadou, and James Keyes, will keep everyone movin’ and groovin’. There will also be a live street performers stage, animated statues, and roaming performers throughout the event.

There are kids activities running continuously, up and down the street. A food court filled with a delicious mix of food trucks and tents featuring everything from traditional fare, to sweets, treats, and international favorites. There is also a vegan food court presented by MadeGood!

And then of course, there’s the art. Paintings, pottery, drawings, clothes, soaps, jewelry and so much more. All one of a kind, handmade pieces and products, crafted by local and regional artists. 

The 17th Annual StArt on the Street is this Sunday, September 15, from 11 AM to 6 PM. Located on Park Avenue between Highland Street and Pleasant Street in Worcester, this family friendly event is free and open to all.

For a complete listing of artists, events, performance times, and festival details, please visit their website at www.startonthestreet.org.


Lead photo credit: Claudia Snell on Visualhunt / CC BY-NC-ND

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    Darcy Schwartz, "Miss Darcy" as she is known to her students, is the founder of ArtReach, a woman owned, artist-owned, working art studio founded on the premise that developmentally appropriate, creative activities can serve as launching points for artistic exploration and expression at any age.A printmaker, an illustrator, and a writer, Darcy holds a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute, and an MFA from The School of Visual Arts in New York, where she completed a certificate program in art therapy. Darcy is a member of the NAEA (National Art Educators Association), and SCBI (The Society of Children's Book Illustrators), as well as many other community and philanthropic organizations.For more information on Darcy, her studio, her work, her writing, please see the bio on her website, www.artreachstudioafs.com