Sunday, Aug. 7 — Black Seed Farmers Market, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Worcester Islamic Center, 248 E. Mountain St. Hey, it’s National Farmers Market Week, everybody! So, congratulations to all the farmers out there, I guess. And, good luck — it’s your time to shine! [Check out this national directory to find nearby markets.] The Islamic Center draws from the diverse cultures of its surrounding community to provide patrons with products such as Halal beef, artisan starbread, maple syrup, honey, fresh vegetables — y’know, farmers market stuff. All that and children’s activities, including robot building. I mean, you could read the rest of the Sun on your way there, so …
Wednesday, Aug. 10 — Summer Urban Street Hockey Tour, 6-8 p.m., Buffone Arena, 284 Lake Ave. This is a pretty cool idea. Gotta figure by about this point in the summer, all the typical city-life vacation activities — spray parks, walks to the ice cream place, dirtbike races down Canterbury — are played out. So, of course, state government to the rescue! No, seriously, the Department of Conservation and Recreation collaborated with a hockey training school run by NHL veterans to put on a series of three-session clinics for inner-city youth across the state.
The free events, which also include food and drinks, are open to kids from 6 to 15 and no registration is required. They begin outside Buffone Arena, across from Lake Park, this Wednesday and on Aug. 17 and 24.
Friday, Aug. 12 — 134th Bolton Fair, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. (Midway opens at noon), Lancaster Fairgrounds, 318 7 Bridge Road, Lancaster Let’s not talk about why the Bolton Fair is in Lancaster. Once you’re out in the wilderness up there, you’re not going to be able to tell where you are anyway. But, that’s the whole point! The sun is beginning to set on another sweltering summer, so it’s high time to get away, off the beaten path. And time to get your country fair muscles limbered up — they’re baaaack!! You know the drill, farm animals, giant gourds, carnival rides, performers, the demolition derby, and just manure and cotton candy everywhere. Ah, summer in New England!
Saturday and Sunday, too. Parking is free. Three-day pass is $15 for adults, $9 kids 5-12; $10 and $5 for one day; seniors $6; military $5; kids under 4 free.
Friday, Aug. 12 — Worcester World Cup, 5 p.m. (opening ceremony), Foley Stadium, 305 Chandler St. This three-day soccer-centric event has now been around for more than a decade, bringing together many of the cultures that make Worcester what it is. Sixteen men’s teams will vie for the Cup, beginning with Honduras vs. Ecuador at 5:30 p.m. There are two more games Friday night and eight on Saturday — including a youth exhibition at noon and USA vs. Kenya at 3:45 p.m. — and nine Sunday.
Saturday’s games begin at 9:30 a.m., Sunday at 9, with an awards ceremony set for 7:15 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 13 — India Day, 1:30-8:30 p.m., Exhibition Hall, DCU Center, 50 Foster St. Geez, there’s, like, a lot of culture n’ stuff going on this week. India Society of Worcester began as a modest collection of local Indian residents in the 1960s and has grown into a thriving organization that offers an array of programs and activities, has grand plans for expansion and one that can commandeer the DCU Center apparently! (Or rent it out, whatever.) Anyway, a day of free fun, with all the trimmings, is planned: Indian dances, a meena bazaar, food, a kids zone, vendors, the works! Plus, everybody keeps saying how there’s plenty of cheap parking downtown. So, unless you’re at Worcester World Cup, you’re pretty much out of excuses.
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Friday, Aug. 26 — Farm to Table Beer Dinner, 6:30 p.m., Wachusett Mountain Ski Area, 499 Mountain Road, Princeton I just want to point out that every dinner, at some point in its journey to dinnerhood, is a farm-to-table dinner. Except probably ramen noodles; nobody knows where that powder comes from. Anyway, the swanky, trendy folks up at Wachusett Mountain obviously want you to get excited about this fancy meal they’ve got on the menu, featuring pairings with beers from Wachusett Brewing Co. Five courses, including a beef tenderloin entree and an explanation of why you’re wrong for thinking that fourth beer is weird, will cost you $65 plus tax and gratuity. Live music after dinner.