Sunday, June 19 — Pop Up Craft Night! With Flea Circus Fabrications, 7-9 p.m., Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner, 148 Grove St. That’s right: arts and crafts at Ralph’s. Don’t look at me like that! You might think you’d be making something like a guitar-shaped bong or papier-mache pentagrams. Well, someone might. But they’d all be wrong, because whoever Flea Circus Fabrications are [um, they’re these guys] have mason jar string art on the agenda.
This could be the super weird, very last-minute Father’s Day gift you should be looking for instead of reading the paper. (Thanks for stopping by, though.) Tickets are $20.
Tuesday, June 21 — Canal District Art Walk, 6-10 p.m., various locations, 50 Water St. to 139 Water St. You know who you never hear from anymore? Those unassuming, ever-satisfied Canal District folks. Oh wait. Anyway, wouldn’t you know it, for the third summer now, businesses and community leaders in the area have organized a sort-of pub crawl for the artsy folks, allowing new neighborhood restaurants like Lock 50 [who we told Worcester about first, b-t-dubs] share the “stage” with local musicians, artists and poets. Third Thursday of the month through summer. Besides all the stuff you’re going to want to buy, it’s free.
Wednesday, June 22 — Neighborhood Nature at Elm Park, 1-4 p.m., Elm Park, Highland Street and Park Avenue “Drop in anytime for activities, crafts, stories and nature walks. Take a break from the playground to learn about the plants and animals that can be found in Worcester through hands-on projects and games.” How cool is that? Half amusement park, half museum, totally free. Run by the Broad Meadow Brook sanctuary folks, this program can be found at the park throughout the summer.
Thursday, June 23 — Out to Lunch, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Worcester Common Oval, 455 Main St. Lots of people seem to think City Hall is out to lunch — hey-O! But seriously folks, take my wife … I can’t stop. … OK, so you know what Out to Lunch is because hundreds of folks in and around the downtown area have been flooding the Common each week the last few summers to get in on the music, food, farmers market and other vendors. Adam Ezra Group will be performing (it calls itself a “force to be reckoned with,” so there’s that). Plus, the summer people-watching on the Common is spectacular. And, it’s free.
Friday, June 24 — Free Film Friday, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Hanover Insurance Park at Fitton Field, College of the Holy Cross, 1 College St. Don’t get too excited, ladies, it’s a G-rated movie. You’re going to have to Magic-Mike it some other time. But, hey, Fitton Field looks great these days, and, y’know, there’s the whole free thing. The kids’ll love it. Remember, though, it’s important to pace yourself. They’ve only been out of school a few days — you’re gonna have to find a lot more stuff for them to do.
Saturday, June 25 — Family Canoe on Wildlife Pond, 3-5 p.m., Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary, 113 Goodnow Road, Princeton Speak of the devil. More family time?! Did somebody say, Yes please! Because every parent knows that what the kids are really trying to tell you as they somehow ignore each syllable a little bit more while glomming onto their latest device is, I need to get my canoeing on. Then again, there are lots of outdoorsy folks still out there … somewhere, probably GPSing their hike back to their Internet of Things tent. Costs $14 adult, $7 kids ($9/$5 for members). Canoes, paddles and personal flotation devices will be provided.