The Central Scene: Things to do in October


The mission of African Community Education is to assist African refugee and immigrant youth and families in achieving educational and social stability through outreach in Worcester. Its fundraiser will feature authentic African cuisine and live African drumming performances throughout the evening. The evening will also include speeches from former and current students and a silent auction featuring African art, pottery and jewelry.

5:30-9 p.m. Oct. 12; University of Massachusetts Medical School, Blais Pavillion in the Lazare Building; 55 N. Lake Ave., Worcester; $30-$50; or


Bull Mansion travels back in time to unveil the charisma and seduction of the Prohibition Era. Have you wondered where the term “the roaring twenties” originated? At the Haunted Speakeasy, you’ll dance along to classics from the 1920s and modern hits, while enjoying era-themed cocktails. Come raise your spirits and mingle with the resident spirits of Bull Mansion.

8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Oct. 20; Bull Mansion New American Bistro, 55 Pearl St., Worcester; $70;


The Harvest Festival is a tradition for local families and features activities for children and those who are kids at heart. The event includes countless local crafters, artisans, specialty food vendors and farm-fresh harvests. The Publick House’s Scarecrow Contest is a perennial favorite. Enter your scarecrow for a chance to win incredible cash prizes!

10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 14 and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 15; Sturbridge Town Common, Sturbridge; Free;

The historic Canal District is gearing up for its annual celebration of all things creepy, crawly and scary. Canalloween has made the district the prime location to celebrate Halloween in Worcester. Canal District bars will offer costume contests, prizes, live music and much more.

Oct. 28; Canal District, Worcester; Free,


Celebrating the great comedy that is happening all around Worcester, WOOtenanny will host a week of comedy shows at locations throughout Worcester. From open mic and stand-up to variety, sketch and improv, you’ll be able to laugh your way through the week. Even better, proceeds from the Wednesday and Friday night shows will go to charity!
Oct. 16-21; various locations in Worcester; prices vary;