October 2017
Celebration in the Cultural District!
The warm days of September kicked off with the 19th annual Natick Days celebration in the downtown with record attendance. The month of October showcases Natick Artists Open Studios and Spooktacular to invigorate our center with art and Halloween festivities. Please read more below about how arts, culture and community is flourishing in the cultural district!

Each week our popular Farmers Market is on the Natick Common with plenty of great food and craft vendors! Visit the Natick Farmers Market Facebook Page for weekly details.

Check out our complete list of cultural events and updates by visiting  natickcenter.org. 
Paying tribute to the Natick sports history, this statue finds a high-five irresistible
from young fan.
Artists working and creating public art
in Natick for all residents to enjoy.
Cultivating a lively and diverse downtown neighborhood by enhancing the cultural, economic and social life of our community!
Natick Center Cultural District celebrates !
The Town of Natick received the designation of "Cultural District" in 2012, thus the  Natick Center Cultural District ​ was born. We were part of the 14 original districts in the Commonwealth and this summer our five year designation was scheduled for renewal. We submitted our application as a district and received notice last month from the  Mass Cultural Council ​ that Natick received the "Cultural District" designation for another 5 years!

You might be wondering, "What is a Cultural District?". .. We support the arts, artists, culture and downtown businesses with events like Natick Nights, Multicultural Day, public art like the painted electrical boxes, partner with  Natick Recreation and Parks ​ to sponsor  Natick Days , Spooktacular and help promote  Natick Artists Open Studios ​. Just to name a few!

"How does being a 'Cultural District' help our town?" ... Having a strong arts and cultural presence in town creates an dynamic environment for businesses and adds to the livability of a community. It's also free for to all residents to experience in many varied ways.

We plan to continue on in this mission over the next 5 years and if you'd like to join us we offer a yearly membership of only $25 per person or $50 per family. We appreciate all support as we continue to make arts and culture an ever-increasing part of our town.

Please visit  www.natickcenter.org  for more details!
Natick Days
Natick Days is the signature event of the year for the Natick Recreation and Parks Department. This event, which celebrated it's 19th year, is a Natick tradition that highlights the work of the service organizations and volunteers in town.

Attended by several thousand people this year the weather was perfect for the festivities which included mini golf, bungee challenge, pony rides, big trucks, raffles and more! Thank you to all who sponsored and to the NRP who makes this amazing event happen each year!
Having fun playing mini-golf at the
Morse Institute Library during Natick Days.
Natick Artists Open Studios
Now in its 17th year, Natick Artists Open Studios is comprised of over 80 artists who live, work or show in Natick, and guest artists. Held on October 21 & 22nd from 11:00 am - 5:00 pm throughout the town.

Open Studios offers the community the opportunity to see art, learn about how it is made, and buy local art directly from the artists. Participants include painters, photographers, designers and creators of jewelry, ceramicists, sculptors, woodworkers as well as paper, fabric, glass and garden artists.

For the full details and brochure please visit their website at:   NAOS.
Artistic beauties displayed at the
Morse Institute Library in October
for Natick Artists Open Studios.
You're Invited...
The Public Art Committee of the NCCD invites you to the unveiling of the completed electrical boxes completed by artists, Catherine Gruetzke-Blais and Eddie Bruckner. Held on October 22nd at 1:00 pm beginning at 2 Washington St.
Yarn Storming
Morse Institute Library Stitchers (MIL Stitchers) will be 'storming' the Town Hall bollards (those posts that prevent someone from driving into the building) with knitting beginning October 7th and will be up through the weekend of October 22nd!
The MIL Stitchers is a service oriented knitting and crocheting group making our community a better place one knit and purl at a time.
For more info. visit: https://morseinstitute.org/

We will acknowledge this first 'yarn storming' event at the town hall, during NAOS when we dedicate the electrical boxes on October 22nd at 1:00 pm.
Spooktacular!
It's the 18th annual "Spooktacular Event" Halloween Party & Trick or Treat parade for ages 3-9 on Saturday October 28th at 12:00 pm. The event begins on the Natick Common so come dressed as your favorite character and enjoy the painting of pumpkins, apple cider, the great pumpkin smash and the wonderful children's parade!

At 2:00 p.m. there will be two separate children’s parades winding their way through downtown seeking candy and treats. It's a great time to celebrate Halloween in downtown Natick!

(There is no rain date for this event.)
Calendar
November:

Small Business Saturday - November 25th
Holiday Lighting on the Common
November 26th
Holiday Window Contest begins the evening of November 26th.
Farmers Market
Every week it's something new at the Natick Farmers Market located on Common Street during the month of October and inside the Common St. Spiritual Center beginning the first week in November on Saturday's. Fresh produce, donuts, meat, cheese, great vendors, one-of-a-kind crafts and entertainment weekly, it's not to be missed!

Please visit  natickfarmersmarket.com  for more information and a weekly list of vendors.
Keep Natick Beautiful
"Keep Natick Beautiful" a 501 (3) (c) formerly known as "Big Heart Little Feet" inspires and facilitates community service that embraces the Earth. Coming together for service, simplicity, and sustainability builds common ground by removing trash from our grounds. Their next opportunity to keep Natick beautiful in on October 15th:

Coolidge Hill: Big Fall Sweep, Picnic, and Reflection
Sunday, October 15, (12 – 3 pm)
Begins at grassy triangle along Jefferson St.
The Town Forest, Open Space Advisory, Cochituate Rail Trail, Friends of Natick Trails, and the Trails Maintenance Committees, and Keep Natick Beautiful invites you to:

Natick Trails Day
Saturday, October 21, 2017, 8:30 am – 3 pm
Will take place along Cochituate Aqueduct Trail – Park along Erie Dr. – East Natick
Inustrial Park, off Oak St.)

If you're interested in being part of these events Call: 508-740-9949 or Email: bpconaway@gmail.com
Natick Center Cultural District
20 Main St., Suite 208
 natickcenter.org
 Natick, MA 01760 - 508-650-8848
Please check out our Events Calendar at our website for information on Natick Center activities and information! Also visit the business directory for downtown information on local merchants, art classes,
organizations and much more!