With more than 38,000 college students in town, events and programs scheduled throughout the year on all of the area campuses, and an impressive array of shops, restaurants, museums, theatres, and nightclubs throughout the city to explore, you can always find something interesting to do in Worcester. 

Visit one of the city's classic diners. Check out the Shrewsbury Street College Shuffle in the fall. Explore the largest urban wildlife sanctuary in New England. You’ll find it all—and more—in Worcester.

Worcester food trucks with large crowd

Explore Worcester's Cultural Scene

  • Arts galore: Galleries and museums are tucked into many corners of the city, with some -– like the Worcester Art Museum, the second-largest in New England, and the world-renowned American Antiquarian Society—both located just outside WPI’s front door.

  • Tasty eats: Foodies will enjoy the city’s diverse restaurants and cafés, from elegant dining along Shrewsbury Street’s “Restaurant Row” to ethnic delicacies to inexpensive eats at local pubs and diners.

  • Catch a show: Worcester venues include the renovated Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, the storied Mechanics Hall, The Palladium, and the 14,800-seat DCU Center. Film buffs have their choice of both traditional big screen theatres, like Showcase North in Worcester, and smaller cinemas, such as the Elm Draughthouse in nearby Millbury.

  • Festivals and fairs: From food truck festivals to stART on the Street to Movies on the Common, find out what’s happening in Worcester.

  • After dark: There are plenty of nightclubs and brewpubs for the 21+ crowd.

Local Resources

WOO Pass

The Woo Pass app is a free mobile guide to all things fun, exciting, and creative in the Worcester area. Available through the App store on an iPhone or an Android, the app showcases the region’s attractions—from museums, theatre, restaurants, shopping, parks, to creative businesses.

City Ride Shuttle

Operating on Fridays and Saturdays, the CityRide shuttle connects WPI students with popular spots for food, shopping, and entertainment. The service is free for full-time undergraduates presenting a student ID. 

Outdoor Activities and Recreation

The best part of attending college in New England? The chance to experience all four seasons––and the Worcester region offers plenty of opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors and stay active year-round. There are parks and playgrounds in the spring (including Institute Park, just across the street from WPI), local golf courses and beaches in the summer, kayaking along Lake Quinsigamond in the fall, and skiing at nearby Wachusett Mountain in the winter.

Other options for sports, recreation, and outdoor activities in Worcester:  

And cheering on the WPI teams, of course

Worcester Parks

Worcester has more than 1,200 acres of parkland, including 53 parks and playgrounds, and five city beaches … and is home to one of the oldest parks (Elm Park in WPI's neighborhood) in the country. Learn more.