All the Things You Need to Do this Weekend in Worcester

by | Nov 29, 2019 | Entertainment, Events, Headlines, Nightlife

You might still be feeling a bit full from your Thanksgiving dinner, but there’s no slowing you down this weekend in Worcester.

We’ve got a half dozen great events to finish out November and start December. The majority of these events just happen to take places in Worcester’s canal district — including Shop Small Saturday, a Santa-themed pub crawl, and getting breakfast in your pajamas with a visit from Santa. 

Here are those and all the other things you need to do this weekend in Worcester:

Keep your money in your neighborhood!

Nationwide, this Saturday is “Small Business Saturday” — a day where the focus is on encouraging shoppers to shop locally-owned businesses following the melee that is Black Friday.

Each year, the folks down at Crompton Collective host “Shop Small Saturday” with dozens of local vendors. The stores will be set up from 9 AM to 12 PM in the White Room. There will be plenty of unique gift items and you will even get to meet the people that make them!

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Shop Local and Get Beers!

Head on out to the Timberyard Brewing Co. for one of their four scheduled Winter Maker’s Markets and check out a variety of locally made goods and grab a cold beer. 

The market opens at 10 AM and Timberyard is located at 555 E. Main St. in East Brookfield. 

The line up includes:
Free Living Farm, The Domesticated Wild Child, Hop Hollow, Juju Pots, Country Wicks N’ Gifts, Window Box Farm, E.B Cakes, Tin Box Jewelry, Hollis Leather, Kira Beaudoin Artist, Art by Madeleine Paris, Phillip LeBlanc, Wicked Salsa, The Rustic Barn, The Bones of Hydra, Weaving Dreams, Gems and Tonic, Best Dressed Cup, Macrame by Becky, Abundance Family Farm, Farmer at the Door & More!

Why run when you can crawl?

The annual Santa’s Pub Crawl in the city’s Canal District kicks off at 3 PM this Saturday. This year, the hosts have also organized a toy and food drive to benefit Veterans, Inc. 

The pub crawl is just $10 per person or you can bring a toy or canned food item. 

All of the Santas can meet at The Compass Tavern on Harding St. There will be a best dressed Santa contest at the last stop [yikes!].  

Here’s the full schedule

The Compass Tavern 3:00-3:45
The Hangover Pub 3:45-4:30
The Union Tavern 4:30-5:15
Mai Tai Bar And Sushi 5:15-6:00
White Eagle 6:00-6:45
Patsie Dugans 7:00-7:45
Hotel Vernon 7:45-8:30
Rock Bar 8:45-9:30
Whiskey on Water 9:30- 10:15


Keep Shopping Local and Celebrate the Community!

This weekend’s theme is simple: surround yourself with great people and support local businesses. And this next event is no different.

Hot Power Yoga Center on Grafton St. is hosting a Small Business Saturday Community Night from 5 to 7 PM. 

The event is free and all you need to do is show up. There will be vendors, food, drinks and raffles.

The culmination of the evening will be a raffle where 100% of the proceeds go towards random acts of kindness all over Worcester County. This year, those acts of kindness will come with the story of Gabriella Lowell, who was killed  in June 2018 by a driver that was texting while driving. 

The note also asks the recipients to pay it forward in the hopes that we can spread positive energy and love throughout our community throughout the holidays and beyond.


Stay in your PJs and Go See Santa!

Maddi’s Cookery and Taphouse on Water St. is hosting a “Pajama Brunch with Santa” on Sunday from 9 AM to 3 PM.

Santa will be in the house from 10 AM to 2 PM. 

Maddi’s extensive tapline will feature ciders, sours and stouts for the special occasion.

Go grab some good food and drink and a picture with Santa!

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Patrick Sargent is the founder and lead reporter for He was born and raised on Grafton Hill and is a graduate of Holy Name high school and Worcester State University. Previous to starting TWIW, he worked as a contributing reporter for the Worcester Sun. Before that, over the course of several years, he had stints with GoLocalWorcester, Worcester Magazine, the Leominster Champion and Fitchburg Pride. He can be contacted at [email protected]