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Accommodations

Hilton Home2 – Worcester

Groundbreaking Spring 2020

Worcester, MA

Brief Description:

Property will include 105 overnight rooms and will be located at 36 Washington Square. Property is walkable to the convention center, Shrewsbury Street/Restaurant Row and the Canal District.

Rooms: 105

Residence Inn Boston Natick

November 2019, Natick

The Residence Inn Boston Natick will open in November 2019 with 136 upscale stylish rooms, complimentary Wi-Fi, breakfast, parking, shuttle, onsite bar & lounge, and 3,800 sq.ft. of function space.  Conveniently located just a short drive from Boston attractions and within minutes of Wellesley College, Framingham State University and Babson College. Enjoy nearby shopping and dining at one of New England’s largest shopping malls, the Natick Collection. Business travelers can enjoy easy access to the area’s leading corporations such as The MathWorks, Bose Corporation, and The TJX Companies.

Rooms:  136

 

Attractions

Worcester Public Market

Date of opening (month year): February 2020

City/Town: Worcester, MA

Brief Description: Public market located in Worcester’s Canal District. Includes more than 20 unique vendors – primary food and retail focused.

 

Worcester Black Box Theater / Worcester Pop Up Gallery

Date of opening (month year): Opening January 2020

City/Town: Worcester, MA

Brief Description: 295 seat theater for performances, films and special events. Connected to the Worcester Pop Up Gallery, operated by the Worcester Cultural Coalition.

Polar Park
Date of opening (month year):
April 2021

City/Town: Worcester, MA

Brief Description: 10,000 seat stadium with retail and mixed development. Stadium will be home to the Triple-A affiliate team of the Boston Red Sox, the ‘Worcester Red Sox’.

The Big Apple of New England

Summer 2019, Lancaster, MA

The Big Apple of New England, located at the Johnny Appleseed Visitor Center, is a 10ft apple structure which serves as an off-road attraction and a beacon to visitors and travelers coming through North Central Massachusetts. 

Launch Trampoline Park

Fall 2019, Framingham, MA

A brand new, state of the art entertainment park designed for fun for all ages opened in Framingham. 

EcoTarium: New Wild Cat Station
May 2019, Worcester

Two mountain lions and several native bird species are at the center of Wild Cat Station, a new spectacular outdoor exhibit at EcoTarium. Through innovative design and re-purposing of the former polar bear habitat, the mountain lion habitat ranges across two stories in height, offering multiple viewing stations for guests. It is one of the largest mountain lion exhibits in the U.S. at 18,500 square feet and meets all accreditation standards and USDA requirements to house large carnivores.

Worcester Black Box Theater / Worcester Pop Up Gallery

January 2020, Worcester

The Worcester Black Box Theater will be a 295 seat theater for performances, films and special events. It will be connected to the Worcester Pop Up Gallery, operated by the Worcester Cultural Coalition.

Pine Lake RV Resort and Cottages

Spring 2020, Sturbridge

Formally the Yogi Bear Campground, the Pine Lake RV Resort and Cottages will open in Spring 2020 with 396 campsites, including 36 cabins. The property is located on 76 acres and includes an 8-acre private pond, includes a general store, two pools, bath stations, etc.

Technocopia

Worcester

Technocopia is a non-profit makerspace located in Worcester, Massachusetts. Their 11,000 sq. ft. facility offers common work space, rental bays, and a variety of tools for artisans to create and work with. They also host training classes and workshops which make use of shared work areas including: a complete wood shop, metal shop, 3d printer station, electronics bay, glass flameworking shop, classroom, design studio, and CNC router and laser cutter shop! Every Thursday night they are open to the public for our Open Hacks and Crafts event.

ArtsWorcester – New Gallery

March 2019, Worcester

ArtsWorcester is located in the historic Printers Building on Portland Street. The primary gallery is 1,200 sq. ft. There is also a second 600 sq. ft. space.

Food + Drink

Worcester Public Market

Date of opening (month year): February 2020

City/Town: Worcester, MA

Brief Description: Public market located in Worcester’s Canal District. Includes more than 20 unique vendors – primary food and retail focused.

 

Chashu Ramen + Izakaya

Opening Spring 2020
Worcester, MA
Located on Franklin Street in downtown Worcester. New Japanese inspired restaurant and bar.

 

Bay State Brewing Co.
Opening Spring 2020
Worcester, MA
Located in Worcester’s Canal District Bay State Brewing Co. will be moving its operation in the Fidelity Bank Ice Center property.

 

Wachusett Brewing Co.
Now Open (February 2020)
Worcester, MA
The Wachusett Brew Yard is connected to the new Worcester Public Market. The taproom includes a bar built in a custom Airstream trailer and features 24 beers on draught.

 

Ruth’s Chris Steak House
Opening in 2020
Worcester, MA
Restaurant will be located in downtown Worcester at Mercantile Center. The property is in close proximity to the recent AC Marriott Hotel, the Worcester Common and the DCU Center.

Luci’s Taco Shop and Margarita Bar
Opening in Spring 2020
Worcester, MA
Restaurant opening on Shrewsbury Street (Restaurant Row). Located in the former site of simjang.  Same ownership as previous restaurant and deadhorse hill. Simjang will be opening in a new location TBD.

 

Events

 

Saint Spyridon Grecian Festival
June 5-7, 2020
Worcester, MA

Touch Tomorrow           

June 13, 2020
Worcester, MA – WPI
family-friendly festival featuring hands-on experiments, research lab activities, and interactive exhibits for all ages. The festivities run from 10am to 4pm, rain or shine!

Tough Mudder
June 20-21, 2020
508 International, Charlton, MA
New England’s only Tough Mudder race returns to 508 International in Charlton, MA on June 20-21 of this year. This race will attract up to 10,000 athletes and spectators for a weekend full of obstacle races, camaraderie and fun.

 

 

Central Mass Jazz Festival
June 14, 2020
Worcester, MA – Worcester Common Oval

 

Juneteenth Festival
June 20, 2020
Worcester, MA – Institute Park

 

Southeast Asian Coalition Annual Asian Festival
June 28, 2020
Worcester, MA – Worcester State University

 

Blueberry Festival
July 25, 2020
Douglas, MA – Douglas Farm & Orchard

 

U.S. Junior Disc Golf Championships
July 31 – Aug. 2

Leicester, MA – Maple Hill Disc Golf

 

American Legion Baseball Northeast Regional Championship
August 5-8, 2020

Worcester, MA – Fitton Field at The College of the Holy Cross

Italian Festival

August 13-16, 2020
Worcester, MA

Latin American Festival
August 15, 2020
Worcester, MA – Worcester Common Oval

 

Shine 2020 eSport Competition
August 28-30, 2020

Worcester, MA – DCU Center

Super Smash Brother e-gaming conference in Worcester, MA

 

MVP Open
August 28-30
Maple Hill Disc Golf Course, Leicester, MA
Maple Hill is proud to host its 3rd annual MVP Open and its 17th annual premier event. We are excited to continue to see all the fun and extras events back as well. The 2020 MVP Open will be disc golf the way it is meant to be, pie eating contests and all

 

Worcester Caribbean American Carnival
August 30, 2020
Worcester, MA

 

Armenian Youth Olympics
S
eptember 3-7, 2020
Multiple venues, Worcester, MA
The Worcester “Aram” Chapter is delighted to host the 2020 AYF Senior Olympics by “Bringing it back to where it all began”. Come join us to celebrate our traditions and our culture in this historically important location.

Worcester Dragon Boat Festival

September 19, 2020

Worcester, MA – Lake Quinsigamond

Family friendly event that includes dragon boat races, cultural performances, vendors, food, music, activities and more at DCR Regatta Point and Lake Quinsigamond. The 2019 event attracted more than 6,000 attendees.

 

Mass Brewers Build: Mass Collab Beer Festival
September 12, 2020
Worcester, MA
Annual festival on the Worcester Common Oval that features some of the top breweries across the state.

 

Worcester Chili and Chowder Festival
September 19, 2020
Worcester, MA – The Canal District

Live music and fun activities while some of the region’s top restaurants battle for the best chili.

 

Other

Wayfair Opens first Brick-and-Mortar location in Natick

August 2019, Natick

Wayfair opens first brick-and-mortar location in Natick. One of its perks is more personal service. At the Wayfair Home Bar, shoppers can get complimentary design advice and recommendations on whichever project or room they’re working on — whether it be the kitchen, living room or even backyard. Plus, there will be technology allowing you to digitally style a room in your home and then visualize it in virtual reality. As for physical items you can purchase in-store, there will be hundreds of products for sale. It’s a curated selection of what’s online — after all, there are more than 14 million items available on the website.

Worcester’s Printers Building – Artistic Hub

Adventure in Central MA

Worcester

Outdoor recreation and hiking are trending currently on discovercentralma.org.  The article, ‘You Won’t Believe These Hikes Exist in Central Mass’, is still a top performing page on the website and outlines trails throughout the region.

Worcester 300th Anniversary in 2022

2022, Worcester

Additional details TBD.