July 2019
Summertime in the District
Summertime in Natick brings rising temperatures and more fun activities to enjoy everything the cultural district has to offer!

June brought the beginning of Natick Nights with Bling Quest, the Tunnel of Love dedication and the Concerts on the Common. July has more annual favorites happening with the 4th of July Parade, Natick Rec. & Parks Family Entertainment on Wednesday nights, Natick Nights Craft Brew Night and ArtWalk on July 18th.

We've highlighted a few events below but visit our website for a full listing at:   natickcenter.org.
The LaFleur Family wins the Bling Quest 2019 Scavenger Hunt game during Natick Nights on June 18th!
Tunnel of Love Dedication
June 20th was a fabulous time of celebration as Tunnel of Love supporters and creators packed onto the pedestrian bridge at Moran Park while the rush of commuters and noise of passing trains accompanied. Made with over 900 crocheted flowers, and individuals adding their own creations to the bridge daily, the Tunnel of Love was celebrated to honor those who made this grand public art project a reality.

On hand were Senate President, Karen Spilka, State Representative, David Linsky, Mass Cultural Council's Deputy Director, David Slattery, and many others such as Melissa Malone, Town Administrator, Board of Selectmen Member, Jon Freedman and Rep. from Senator Katherine Clark's office. They all spoke about the beauty and vibrancy that the Tunnel of Love has bestowed upon the town of Natick.

The TOL project was coordinated by artist Denise Girardin, Karen Perkins, Fran Weisse from the Morse Institute Library Stitchers and Jeff Olsen, as well as the numerous volunteers who helped to stitch and install the magnificent piece of art. Many of these people were on hand to celebrate on the night of the formal dedication.

Public art projects like this help activate and transform places and have the power to bring inspiration and joy to those far and wide!
TOL coordinators, Denise Girardin, Karen Perkins, Fran Weisse and Jeff Olsen at the dedication.
Community Members came to celebrate this astounding work of art that continues
to bring joy to so many!
A local family enjoying Bling Quest 2019 outside Paper Fiesta, one of over 25 businesses that took part in the Natick Nights event.
It's always a treat to have the vintage cars assemble on the common when the weather is nice!
Natick Nights in July
The community is enjoying Natick Nights that began on June 6th and continues through till July 25th.

Natick Nights showcases the entertainment and artistry that's unique to Natick Center. Complete with street performers, history tours, artist demonstrations, and even a beer or wine tasting, restaurant specials and a featured merchant each Thursday night.

These are just a few of the things that we will have on Natick Nights, so come downtown and "Make a Night of It!"

Each week has a theme:

July 4th - 4th of July parade, NO Natick Nights
July 11th - Craft Brew Night
July 18th - ArtWalk
July 25th - Christmas in July

We want you to be looking forward to every Thursday night as it will never be the same - the same great location - but a mix of events that changes each week!
4th of July Parade
Join us for Natick's 64th Annual 4th of July parade starting at 9:00 am, rain or shine! The parade route begins at Wilson Middle School and travels down Route 27 to the Natick Common and concludes right after St. Patrick’s Church. Come one, come all!
 
The parade is put on by an all-volunteer group, the Friends of the Fourth. Please see their website for a list of sponsors and for all the 4th of July events visit:

Natick's 64 Annual 4th of July Parade
begins at 9:00 am.
Natick Rec. & Parks Dept. hosts "Concerts on the Common" every Monday from 7-9:00 pm and "Family Performing Arts" every Wednesday at 6:30 pm on the common.
Concerts & Family Performances on the Common
Farmers Market
The Natick Farmers Market features local farmers and vendors from 9:00-1:00 pm on the gorgeous Natick common every Saturday. From fresh fruit & vegetables from local farms, to bread, cheese, pastries, unique crafts, live music and more!

Please visit  natickfarmersmarket.com   for more information and a weekly list of vendors.
The market is on Natick common each
Saturday from 9-1:00 pm.
ArtWalk on July 18th from 5-8:30 pm.
ArtWalk
Natick Center Cultural District's ArtWalk is celebrating its 12th season!

More than 60 artists will be stationed outside local businesses and studios in Natick Center to share their work during ArtWalk on Thursday, July 18th from 5:00 to 8:30 pm. There will be food offerings by local restaurants and farms on Washington St. and live entertainment. This event is held rain or shine.

Proudly sponsored by MutualOne Bank and by a grant from the Mass. Cultural Council.
Introduction to Storytelling
With a penchant for mentoring, Master Storyspinner Brendyn Schneider 
welcomes the chance to teach storytelling at the Morse Institute Library with ears wide open!

He is a Moth storyslam winner and GrandSlam finalist, a winner of multiple Massmouth regional and semifinal slams as well as a 3-time finalist for Massmouth's annual BigMouthOff show.
He has been a featured storyteller at WGBH/PBS: Stories from the Stage, Coolidge Corner Theater, Suffolk University, Emerson College, Club OBERON and other fine venues across New England. He has coached TEDxNatick speakers and last summer, he moderated a panel of master storytellers at Julliard in New York.
Thursday, July 18 from 7:00-8:00 pm
Community Room at the Morse Institute Library

Multicultural Day will be held on August 24th from 10-2:00 pm on the Natick Common.
Multicultural Day
The Cultural District's 3rd annual Multicultural Day will be held on Saturday, August 24th from 10:00–2:00 pm on Natick Common. This event will celebrate the various food, music and cultures found within the different ethnicities in our community!

If you are a part of a group or organization that would like to be represented please contact: Athena Pandolf, Executive Director, NCCD at athena@natickcenter.org or call the office at 508-650-8848. 

Proudly sponsored by  MutualOne Bank .

Natick Center Cultural District
20 Main St., Suite 208
 Natick, MA 01760 - 508-650-8848
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!