Blackstone Canalfest '15
Fall is the time
for festivals in New England, and Saturday, September 12, will see one
of the most exciting of them all - right on Harding Street in
Worcester's Canal District, directly accessible from Rte. I-290 at
Kelley Square And it's free!
Canalfest is a classic street festival complete with music,
entertainment, vendors, food, an abundance of kids' activities,
horse-and-wagon rides, kayak rides, historic as well as current canal
project information, a giant raffle and much more. At the center of the
festival will be an actual, re-created segment of the canal, 75 feet
long filled with over 4,500 gallons of water, recalling the era when it
served as a cargo waterway to the sea.
has a dual purpose: To celebrate the renaissance that is occurring in
the district and to promote public awareness of the Blackstone Canal
Replication Project itself. Food vendors will be drawn from the wealth
of local restaurants, entertainment will reflect the multi-ethnic
heritage of the district, and information booths will promote the
historical theme of the canal. Most importantly, however, the purpose
of the Canalfest is good, clean family fun; and with street performers,
multiple children's activities, horse-and-wagon rides, and food and
entertainment galore, it stands to accomplish just that. In this its
seventh year, it is organized and presented by the Canal District
Canal connected the City of Worcester to Providence and the sea in the
first part of the 19th century, catalyzing economic growth in the city
and hastening the advent of the railroads. It was covered over in the
1890s, but its waters still flow underneath Harding Street. The intent
of the canal replication project is to use the "unearthed" canal as the
focus of a new, mixed-use neighborhood and visitor destination in what
is once again referred to as the Canal District.
will celebrate the rebirth that is already happening in the
neighborhood. It will recreate a portion of the waterway along Harding
Street, and it give all participants a taste of the vitality that is
soon to characterize Worcester's most exciting and fashionable
district. It will be free, it will be festive, and most of all, it will
Parking will be
available for $1 at the Union Station Parking Garage.
Saturday, September 12th, 2015
11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Harding Street, exit 13 or 14 off of Rt.290 at Kelley Square.