Worcester Weekly: Columbus Day Parade, Railers opener + more, Oct. 8-14

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Sunday, Oct. 8 — Worcester Columbus Day Parade, 12:30 p.m., Shrewsbury Street [starts at Aitchison Street, ends at Washington Square]  In fourteen-hundred ninety-two, Columbus rolled up in the Woo. Then he heard about the dual tax rate and made a beeline for the Bahamas! That’s how it goes, right?! While the famous explorer’s legacy becomes ever-more embroiled in controversy, Columbus Day lives on as a day to celebrate Italian-American heritage.

Worcester Weekly: AbilityFest, Holy Cross football + more, Oct. 1-7

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Sunday, Oct. 1 — AbilityFest 2017, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Institute Park, Salisbury Street, between Park and Humboldt Avenues  For more than six decades, the Seven Hills Foundation has helped people from all walks of life “See, Believe and Achieve,” no matter their myriad challenges. And for the third year running, they will highlight that message with a 5K road race and the Murphy Mile Walk (registration is closed).

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Institute Park is set to host the third annual Seven Hills Foundation AbilityFest.

What you’ll be going for are the family-fun activities, exhibitors, vendors and live music from Worcester’s own My Silent Bravery — and to support the tremendous work of Seven Hills and the remarkable achievements of the folks they support. Free and open to the public.

Worcester Weekly: Oktoberfest, Worcester State football + more, Sept. 24-30

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Tuesday, Sept. 26 — Architectural Scavenger Hunt, 5-7:30 p.m., Leo’s Ristorante, 11 Leo Turo Way  There are so many new buildings going up in Worcester, it can be easy to forget about the treasure trove of historic, intriguing and captivating old buildings that continue to lend character, culture and rising heating bills to every hilly neighborhood and winding one-way street in the city.

Worcester Weekly: stART on the Street, Clustertruck + more, Sept. 17-23

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Sunday, Sept. 17 — stART on the Street, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Park Avenue, between Highland and Pleasant streets  If you’re going to bring gridlock to the heart of the city, you might as well do it with hundreds of talented artists, crafters and performers, and a list of activities longer than the backup on Chandler Street. That’s the great thing about stART on the Street — with so many cool things to see and do, for once nobody’s worried about the traffic.

Worcester Weekly: Holy Cross football, preliminary election + more, Sept. 10-16

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Monday, Sept. 11 — Lecture: Government’s Role in Segregation, 4:30 p.m., Rehm Library, Smith Hall, College of the Holy Cross, 1 College St.  “Racial segregation characterizes every metropolitan area in the [United States] and bears responsibility for our most serious social and economic problems.” This is the crux of the argument author Richard Rothstein will discuss, based on his 2017 book “The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America.”

A fellow at the Thurgood Marshall Institute of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund who has written a number of books on race, education and social equality, Rothstein said segregation — more specifically, how it happened — is no mystery; it was forged from the policies (“racially explicit and unconstitutional”) and politics of the mid-20th century. And it will linger until we learn from this history. Free and open to the public.

Worcester Weekly: Worcester Pride, SPM football + more, Sept. 3-9

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Road trip!

Sunday, Sept. 3 — Spencer Fair, 8 a.m. [gates open], Spencer Fairground, 48 Smithville Road, Spencer  Oh, the spectacle of the annual country fair! Step right up and win a stuffed animal for your favorite girl or guy. Watch your favorite girl or guy become a stuffed animal — bursting at the seams with corn dogs and cotton candy and all the fried dough. Never, ever leave the fairgrounds without losing a loved one for at least an hour or two. And, oh the manure smell. It’s magical!

Really, it is, and there’s nary a New Englander whose memory banks aren’t flush with childhood recollections drenched in powdered sugar and carnival ride background music.

Worcester Weekly: WPI football, POW! WOW! + more, Aug. 27-Sept. 2

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Sunday, Aug. 27 — 5th annual Worcester Caribbean American Carnival, noon-7 p.m., Institute Park, Salisbury Street and Park Avenue  So, hurricane season is upon us — as the folks in Corpus Christi and coastal Texas are painfully aware — which means a late-summer getaway to the Caribbean is not exactly for the faint of heart. How lucky, then, are Worcester peeps to have a bit of the Caribbean blow into their backyard?

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The Worcester Caribbean American Carnival — and parade! — returns for its fifth year Sunday, Aug. 37, at Institute Park.

Worcester Weekly: Solar eclipse, Holy Cross soccer + more, Aug. 20-26

Monday, Aug. 21 — Solar Eclipse on the Common, 1:30-3 p.m., Worcester Common Oval, behind City Hall, 455 Main St.  First of all the “path of totality” sounds like something out of a Superman comic story arc. (It would also make another strong entry in the omnipresent “great name for a band” debate.) Alas, it merely describes the course of a rare, awe-inspiring event, sponsored by Mother Nature.

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Watch an uncommon event on the Common as people will gather behind City Hall to watch tomorrow’s solar eclipse.

While Worcester-area viewers won’t get a clean glimpse of the first total solar eclipse to dawn over America since 1979 (and the first to span the contiguous United States since 1918), there’s still reason to party. So head downtown, meet up with your favorite lawyer, social worker or purveyor of gentrification, and add a dollop of community atop your scientific fascination.

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Wednesday, Aug. 23 — Canal District Music Series with Toni Lynn Washington, 6-8:30 p.m., behind Crompton Collective, 138 Green St.  It would be completely understandable for anyone to have at least a nagging case of the blues lately. Summer vacation has been usurped by back-to-school sales. Nobody has eclipse glasses in stock. Then there’s Trump v. Sanity in the High Court of Public Opinion.

Worcester Weekly: Battle of Badges, Party for ALS + more, Aug. 13-19

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Sunday, Aug. 13 — Civil War Movie Series: “Glory,” 4-6 p.m., Mechanics Hall, 321 Main St.  Nothing like a light-hearted, fun summer flick to help you forget August is half over already. Or you could go the other way, and immerse yourself in the harrowing, humbling experiences and selfless heroics of one of America’s most historically significant Army regiments. (Then again, watching Matthew Broderick and Cary Elwes try to act like soldiers is kind of funny.)

Worcester Weekly: ‘Evita,’ Redcoats and Creative Hub Kick-Off, Aug. 6-12

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Road trip!

Sunday, Aug. 6 — Redcoats & Rebels, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge  Am I the only one who thinks President Trump would be super-confused by OSV? It all seems so real. Does the Mass Pike get us back to 2017?! Get me a flux capacitor for The Beast, stat! Being so close to the drug-infested dens of New Hampshire, though, maybe he’ll just think he’s hallucinating off a contact high.