There's plenty to do in the local area this summer (and year round). You just need to know where to look! Town websites are a good place to start but not all are updated regularly. Googling "things to do" can get you started on the right path but it can be very time consuming. We have put together, for your convenience, a comprehensive, family-friendly list of great things to do in the local area. Most for FREE! Now get off the couch and get exploring!
Libraries are chock full of events for kids of all ages. From "Mommy and Me" readings to book discussions to art classes.
Franklin Town Library Calendar
Uxbridge Public Library Calendar
Milford Town Library Website
Medway Public Library Website
Taft Public Library Website (Hopedale)
Millis Public Library Calendar
Upton Town Library Calendar
Bellingham Public Library Website
Whitinsville Social Library Calendar
Blackstone Public Library Website
Hopkinton Public Library Calendar
How about taking in a local stage show or unleashing your inner performer with a theatre or inprov class. Whether your dream is to be on the stage or you are more content as an audience member, local theatre is a great way to keep yourself and your family entertained.
Milford Performing Arts Center
Franklin School for the Performing Arts
The BLACK BOX - Home of FSPA
Hopkinton Center for the Arts
Let's keep exercising that right brain activity and talk about all the wonderful things you can do blank canvas. Painting, drawing, glass blowing, bedazzling... all great ways to stay busy and entertained while staying social and making new friends... especially those Wine and Paint Parties! Here's some local studios that cater to artists of all ages...
Artworks Studio in Hopedale
Whitehall Farm Studio in Hopkinton
Franklin Art Center
Create-It Art & Design Center in Milford
http://www.dcolorex.comD'Colorex in Milford
Of course live and local music can be heard echoing through our local parks, restaurants and pubs on any given day. Get out and support our local musicians. There are various venues offering a wide range of genres for all ages.
Most towns offer a "Concert in the Park" series throughout the summer. The best thing is that most never conflict as they fall on different days of the week. For a that list keep an eye on our Local Music section on our website. We are proud to cohost a Family Night at the Bandstand at Milford Town Park with Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra. Get the schedule HERE!
For the adults, the local area offer something for everyone. Acoustic, rock, pop, country, covers, originals. Up to a dozen local choices on Friday and Saturday nights. And some venues offer live music on the off nights as well! Each week, WMRC posts a comprehensive calendar of who is playing where locally and where your favorite local bands are playing elsewhere. It's call The Local Lowdown. Check back regularly for update. You can also "like" The Local Lowdown on Facebook.
Something new to the area is the Young Musicians Showcase at Uber Cafe and Music House in Mendon. Every Friday from 5pm to 8pm, local, under 21 musicians are invited to show off their skills on Uber's stage. Recent Milford High School graduate Cam Knopp hosts. Come back Saturday at the same time for more acoustic music by some of the areas best talent. Uber is home to delicious food, tasty coffee, espresso and teas, and now live music!
Just about 20 miles to our west lies one of the best outdoor music pavillions in the area. Indian Ranch in Webster is worth the ride to see some great national acts along with local bands opening for them.
Here's a list of local music groups who perform at events thoughout the local area. All family friendly...
Blackstone Valley Community Concert Band
Greater Milford Community Chorus
Blackstone Valley Community Chorus
Local Historical Societies
Many towns honor their historical revelance with the help of local citizens who dedicate themselves to educating others about the past will preserving their history. Many historical societies offer tours, events and happenings. Some towns even have their very own museums.
Medway Historical Society
Hopkinton Historical Society
Upton Historical Commission
Mendon Historical Society
Holliston Historical Society
Milford Historical Commission
The Little Red Shop Museum (Hopedale)
Franklin Historical Museum
Blackstone Historical Museum
We might as well post a few random local museums worth checking out as well!
The Piano Museum in Hopkinton
Willard House and Clock Museum in No. Grafton
Attic Childrens Museum in Uxbridge
E.N. Jenckes Store Museum in Douglas
Local Recreational Activities
Boating, camping, hiking, swimming... exploring the great outdoors! Most towns have a recreation and/or parks department dedicated to outdoor activities. Check you town's website for more information. Here's a few town and regionial departments, programs and outdoor activities worth mentioning...
Upper Charles Trail
Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor
Purgatory Chasm State Reservation
Arcand Park and Silver Lake Beach in Bellingham
Beaver Pond in Franklin
Choate Park in Medway
Hopkinton State Park
Upton Recreation Department
Don't forget to check your town websites for recreational summer sports leagues as well. Most towns over various levels of competitve or recreational sports day camps or pick-up games.
The Rest of the Best
Some things are just to good, and offer too much to be categorized!
Milford Community School Use Program
Breezy Picnic Grounds and Water Slides