October 2019
Autumn has Arrived!
In Natick Center the beginning of autumn brings favorite events such as Natick Artists Open Studios and Spooktacular. Other events like the Student Short Films at Natick High School and the history of the Natick Fire Dept. provide new insights and historical information to the community. You can read more about all these events below!

From our bustling weekly Farmers Market to the shows at TCAN and events at Walnut Hill, to the daily programming at the Morse Institute Library, there's always something to see or experience.

THANK YOU to all those that donated to the Emergency Fire Relief Fund which raised over $35K for the businesses affected and those destroyed by the fire. The generosity of our community has been very touching.

Our Welcome Center is open at 20 Main St., Hours are :
M – Friday: 6:30 am – 7:00 pm,
Sat.: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm,
Sun.: – Closed.
Top Photo: Families enjoy all the fun Natick Days has to offer!

Bottom Photo: A poster signed by the community
during the last Natick Nights for all the businesses
affected by the July fire. Filled with kind words and hopes
for a bright future, it's located at our
Welcome Center at 20 Main St..
Thank you to SPARK Kindness for helping create this
act of kindness for the community!
Natick Days
As one of the signature events of the year for the Natick Recreation and Parks Department, Natick Days, celebrated it's 21st year with a Natick tradition that highlights the work of the service organizations and volunteers in town.

Attended by several thousand people this year, despite being rained out on the scheduled date, the weather was perfect for the festivities. This year included many favorite activities like pony rides, big trucks, raffles and great food options.

Thank you to all who generously sponsored the event and to the Natick Rec. and Parks Dept., DPW and NPD who makes this amazing event a success each year!
The community came out to enjoy the fun
activities during the 21st annual
Natick Days event!
PorchFest provided a wonderful stage for local musicians and the community to come together!
PorchFest
On September 14th the first PorchFest in Natick Center filled the air with live music that rocked the neighborhood! With 9 generous porch hosts and over 18 musicians and musical acts, it was an event enjoyed by the whole community.

Featuring local bands formed by Natick residents such as the Max Klau band and others like Rockwood, The Grateful Teds, Chris Wagner, the Walking Blues, Groundwater and more! With everything from folk, to rock, a capella barbershop quartet, punk and jazz, there was something for everyone.

We are grateful to the musicians who donated their talent and time as well as to the porch hosts who gave of their space and hosted the community by creating a welcoming environment. We hope to be able to bring it to Natick Center again next year!
Student Film Festival
On Saturday, October 5th from 4-6:00 pm at the Natick High School, the Arlington International Film Festival is hosting a pilot screening featuring student short films by partnering with the Natick Center Cultural District and Town of Natick.

The screening will be followed by an informative panel discussion with two of the student film makers. The line up of movies touch upon a myriad of topics and themes from undocumented people in the US to the refugee crisis to our generation’s over consumption of social media as well as documentary about Massachusetts’ first dragon boat team for cancer survivors.
Don't miss the Student Short Films from the Arlington International Film festival on October 5th from 4-6:00 pm at Natick High School.

For a list of the films please visit HERE.
Open Studios offers the community the opportunity to see art, learn about how it is made, and buy local art directly from the artists. 
NAOS
October 19 & 20
Natick Artists Open Studios, which takes place every October, is a fantastic opportunity to see art, learn about how it is made, and converse with local artists in a relaxed and festive atmosphere. Natick would not be the same without it!

Saturday & Sunday
October 19 & 20, 2019
11 AM to 5 PM

For Group Locations & Neighborhood Studios
and more, go to
For The Love of Natick
On October 19th at 10:00 am "For the Love of Natick" returns adding more artwork and creativity to the downtown landscape!

ArtWork by Jason Cheeseman-Meyer and Ginger McEachern and others will be formally dedicated as part of our Creative Placemaking 2019 Call to Artists.

Come see the art and meet the artists for on Adams Street to kick off the Natick Artists Open Studios weekend!
On October 19th at 10:00 am will be the formal unveiling of "For the Love of Natick" art
on Adams Street!
Don't miss out on donuts on a string and pumpkin smashing on the common!
Spooktacular
It's the 20th annual "Spooktacular Event" Halloween Party & Trick or Treat parade for ages 3-9 on Saturday October 26th 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!
October 26th from 12-2:00 pm will
celebrate the life and times of the Tunnel of Love!
Tunnel of Love Harvest Celebration
Join us as we bid adieu to our cherished TOL! We'll be celebrating the life and times of the project while taking the flower blanket off the structure and dismantling it. We will have live music (provided by Jam Sandwich) and perhaps some kids activities. The date corresponds with Natick's Spooktacular event so stop and see us in-between the Common activities and the Trick or Treat parade. Kids dressed in costume will get a TOL flower of their very own!
Celebrate 175th Years of the NFD
Did you know that at one point Natick had seven fire stations? Do you know the role the Natick firefighters had in Natick's designation as "Home of Champions"?

On October 30th from 7-8:00 pm join the Natick Historical Society and Deputy Fire Chief Dan Mathews as we celebrate the 175th anniversary of the establishment of the Natick Fire Department with stories of the history of the department since its founding in 1844. Held at the Morse Institute Library.

This event is FREE and open to the public.
On October 30th from 7-8:00 pm at the Morse Institute Library come hear how Natick
became the Home of Champions!
The market is on each Saturday from 9:00 am -1:00 pm and will be located on Common Street during the month of October.
Farmers Market
Our award winning Natick Farmers Market features local farmers and vendors from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm every Saturday! Held on Common St during the month of October, then moving into the Common St. Spiritual Center on Nov 2, not missing a Saturday market. 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. Local businesses may be a sponsor for the weekly market, please contact debrasayre@gmail.com for more details.
Raising Happy, Resilient Children
Join Bright Horizons of Natick for a workshop on October 15th from 5 -7:00 pm titled "Raising Happy, Resilient Children" with Rachel Robertson and gain “insider” information on how to boost your child’s resilience. It’s the key to both happiness and success. This program will:

  • Identify signs of resilience
  • Support the development of persistence and perseverance
  • Cultivate a growth mindset
  • Learn what can encourage and hinder resilience
  • Refocus on progress and effort over achievements and external outcomes.

Dinner will be provided from Dates and Olives and child care will be provided.
RSVP to Lauren Glancy-Shields at lauren.shields@brighthorizons.com

Rachel Robertson is Vice President of Education and Development at Bright Horizons, Rachel is host of the Bright Horizons parenting podcast, Teach, Play, Love: Parenting Advice for the Early Years.
October 15th 5:00 -7:00 pm at Bright Horizons
of Natick at 313 Speen St.

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!