Worcester Announces 11th Annual ‘Out to Lunch’ Festival and Farmers’ Market

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The popular series returns to the Worcester Common Oval for a shortened season in 2021

The City of Worcester, in partnership with the Worcester Cultural Coalition, have announced the return of the Out to Lunch Festival and Farmers’ Market on the Worcester Common Oval, to be held Thursday, August 12 and Thursday, August 19th, with a rain date of Thursday, August 26, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

‘Out to Lunch’ will host musical performances, area restaurants, farmers, organizations, and artisans who will sell their goods to the public, as well as local organizations and nonprofits. Applications for vendors and organizations will be open until July 19 and can be found on the City website: worcesterma.gov/worcester-common-oval/out-to-lunch. Vendors and organizations will be accepted on a rolling basis and notifications will be sent by July 21, 2021.

In its 11th year, the Out to Lunch Festival and Farmers’ Market invites the public to shop with local vendors and food trucks, learn about community organizations, and enjoy live performances featuring Worcester-based talent.  On August 12th, the series will feature Crocodile River Music and Niki Luparelli will perform on August 19th. In addition to mainstage acts, the series will showcase entertainment from the community during intermissions.

As the City of Worcester is returning to public programming after the pandemic, the series will be abbreviated to two concerts. “After a temporary hiatus last season, we are thrilled to reunite the community again on the Worcester Common for one of our favorite summer events,” said Yaffa Fain, Program Coordinator for the City of Worcester’s Cultural Development Division.

“Out to Lunch has been a mainstay in Downtown for the last decade, bringing a diverse audience to the Worcester Common to revel in a shared experience that celebrates our City’s ethnic and cultural diversity, creative community and small businesses,” said City Manager Edward M. Augustus, Jr. “We have been relentless in our efforts to vaccinate the community, allowing for in-person events like this to return.”

In order to achieve a comfortable community event for everyone, the series will be ‘mask friendly.’ Cultural Development Officer Erin Williams noted that, “We are so excited to begin bringing in-person programs back this summer, but recognize that everyone has their own level of comfort with returning to crowds. For this reason Out to Lunch will be ‘mask friendly,’ meaning people are welcomed to wear masks if they choose. In following state guidelines, those who are not vaccinated must continue to wear masks, however.”

Fain explained that the decision to shorten the traditional 10-week Out to Lunch series to 2 weeks was based on supporting the community while keeping pandemic safety in mind: “Like event producers around the world, we’ve been carefully tracking the progress of the pandemic, and waiting for the health risk to our community to be minimized. In addition to considering public health, we recognize that these events represent an investment of time and money for vendors and performers. For them to have good experiences, the community need to feel comfortable enough to attend a public gathering. The way things are going, we are confident that we’ll meet both of these goals by August.”

The 11th Out to Lunch Summer Concert Series is supported in part by the City of Worcester, Worcester Cultural Coalition, 90.5 WICN Public Radio, Bay State Savings Bank, and Radio Worcester.

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