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Central Scene: September 2019


Shrewsbury Street College Shuffle 2019

This event is exclusively for college students and the college community (including faculty, staff and families). The agenda for the day includes food tastings from participating restaurants on Shrewsbury Street. During the shuffle, there will be college performance groups entertaining strollers along the street. In addition, vendors and sponsors will set up booths. There’s lots of FREE goodies, raffles and games. Free transportation will be provided throughout the day from most campuses to Shrewsbury Street and back to each campus; see bus stop schedule. Check with your Student Activities Office for more information. 12 – 3 p.m., Sept. 14; various locations throughout Shrewsbury Street; $10;

Pulse’s Chili and Chowder Fest

Some of our city’s top restaurants are battling again for the title of Worcester’s Best Chili or Best Chowder. Indulge in live music, activities and of course, the food! Purchase of an admission sticker entitles you to try chili and chowder samples from all participating restaurants. Then cast your vote for the Peoples’ Choice Award! 1-5 p.m., Sept. 21; Compass Tavern, 90 Harding St., Worcester; $15, $5 for children (12 and younger); admission stickers available for purchase at participating restaurants, online and at the event;

Pride Week

With events such as Pow Wow! Rainbow Mural Painting and the LGBTQIA+ Pride Pageant leading up to the Pride Parade and Pride Festival, Worcester’s Pride Week has a lot going on! The participation of all, regardless of age, creed, gender, gender identity, HIV status, national origin, disability, race, religion or sexual orientation, are welcome. Sept. 3-7; various locations throughout Worcester; many events are free, some require tickets;

A Night With Janis Joplin

Fueled by these amazing songs, A Night With Janis Joplin is a sensational show that invites audiences to share an evening with Janis and celebrate her biggest musical influences like Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Odetta, Nina Simone and Bessie Smith. These are the women who inspired one of rock and roll’s greatest legends. 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Sept. 15; Hanover Theatre, 2 Southbridge St., Worcester; $35-$135;

3rd Annual Local CountryFest

Local CountryFest presented by Octo Rock Cinema Productions celebrates the local country artists found right here in Southern New England! 2019 lineup includes: No Shoes Nation (Headliner), Annie Brobst, Darren Bessette Band, Mychael David, Jake Ash Band and Lyssa Coulter. 12 p.m., Sept. 29; Indian Ranch Amphitheatre, 200 Gore Rd., Webster; $30 – $40;

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