Summer in the City


Lindiana Semidei

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 Summer in the City

80’s themed events taking over Downtown Worcester


Worcester, MA- The City of Worcester and the Worcester Cultural Coalition will host a day of 80’s themed events on Thursday, August 24th, 2017 as part of the City’s #Worcester100 campaign and the Worcester Cultural Coalition’s #MakeArtEverywhere campaign.

The Worcester Common Oval and surrounding sites will become the center of activity for a day of free events in Worcester. The day starts with an 80’s themed Out To Lunch event, featuring “BoomBox,” and proceeds into the evening with an 80’s themed dance party on the City Hall Plaza – including a free breakdancing lesson! In addition to the Common Oval fun, the Worcester Windows Opening Reception will be taking place on Franklin Street in partnership with the Grid District and Bay State Savings Bank where new local “Paris of the 80’s” themed artwork will be on display and available for purchase. New local photographers will be exhibiting “Street Photography” in the City Hall Basement Community Gallery. No registration is required and the public is invited to participate in all of the activities.

Out to Lunch Concert Series: Bringin’ It Old School

It’s a band. It’s a show. Take a ride through the defining sounds of two of the most influential, and hilarious, decades in rock music. From am gold, classic rock and disco to synth pop, big hair rock and dance, Boombox: the ’70s and ’80s Experience will take you back down memory lane.

Let’s Dance: 80’s Night

Whether you grew up in the 80’s or not, Let’s Dance: 80’s Night will be sure to get your body moving! Reminisce with throwback pop hits from Madonna to Prince or bring it way back with hip-hop’s pioneers such as Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five and Run DMC. Worcester’s hottest throwback deejay DJ Chuck Chillin – famously known for his Old Skool Jam Reunion parties and WCUW radio show – will be sure to bring down the house. Arrive early for a very special breakdancing workshop from the very talented Maximus Beebop and try out some popping and locking breakdancing moves. So break out your Adidas and your flashiest 80’s gear and prepare for a memorable night of throwback fun.

Worcester Windows Opening Reception: Paris of the 80’s & Street Photography

The Worcester Windows program is excited to exhibit the works of Worcester’s local artists with a block party-like celebration hosted by the City of Worcester, The Worcester Cultural Coalition, The Grid District and Bay State Savings Bank. Look forward to mingling and music at the Bancroft Building with an outdoor sidewalk party featuring fun, games, and Parisian themed refreshments from Brew on the Grid and Techni all while viewing the “Paris of the 80’s display at Bay State Savings Bank. Continue the opening reception activities by walking across the street and under the Garage into the City Hall Basement Community Gallery and view the “Street Photography” exhibit on display. All works will be available for purchase and will help support and encourage the artistic endeavors local artists, with a portion of all items sold donated to the Worcester Cultural Coalition.


About the Worcester Windows Program

Worcester Windows is a community gallery program which uses storefronts throughout downtown Worcester as exhibit space to enhance the City’s downtown and to provide display opportunities for local emerging and established artists. Originally intended simply as a means to provide exhibit opportunities, Worcester Windows has grown dramatically, successfully raising the awareness of Worcester as a Creative City by not only bringing artwork to the public and showcasing local talent, but in also establishing itself as a true community gallery through which many of the exhibiting artists have sold works.

About the #Worcester100 Campaign

Worcester City Manager Edward M. Augustus, Jr. has challenged his staff and the community to make 2017 the biggest year on the Common yet with #Worcester100, a campaign to bring 100 events to the Common this year. So far, the Common has hosted thousands of visitors at events like the Craft Brew Races, Food Truck Festivals of America’s annual food truck and craft beer event, a Spring Garden Festival and Plant Sale hosted with the Regional Environmental Council, and many more.

For a complete list of upcoming events, visit Event organizers interested in hosting their event on the Common should call the City Manager’s Office at 508-799-1175 or email

Throughout the year, visitors to Common events are encouraged to post their photos with the hashtag #Worcester100. The best photos will be featured on the city’s social media platforms.