Thursday, September 22, 2016

September 23, 24, 25, 2016

Run for a Beer at the 11th Annual Oktoberfest sponsored by Gardner Ale House

“What’s Happening”

September 23, 24, 25

23, Friday - Moonshine Holler Concert & Family Picnic at the Lunenburg Library, 1023 Mass. Avenue, Lunenburg. Moonshine Holler plays Appalachian-style folk and country music. They will be performing on the library’s patio from 6:30-8:00 on Friday evening. Come with your family, your chairs, and a picnic meal and enjoy the music and the fun! No registration required. Call 978-582-4140.

24, 25 Saturday and Sunday - 26th Annual KidsFest at Wachusett Mountain -
KidsFest is two full days of music, food, and family fun! Live shows, walk-around entertainment, magic shows, clowns, our scenic summit SkyRide and much more! Enjoy great food and product sampling by vendors! This year will feature the XPogo Stunt Team, Rainforest Reptile Show, WXLO's Wachusett's Got Talent, Sterling Gym's Ninja Warrior Course and much more! 
On Sunday, September 25 is the Heart Warrior 5k & Kids Run, created to support the Boston Children's Hospital Heart Center. This fun race will feature a 5k run and Kids' Run starting at 9:00am and leading right into KidsFest. Registration details can be found at

24, Saturday – 11th Annual Oktoberfest, sponsored by Gardner Ale House -
11:00 AM – 10:00 PM, German Beer Garden, Beer Maidens, Food, Beer, Live Music, Lawn Games for Adults, Kids Alley for Kids, 7th Annual Run For A Beer 5K & 10K, Ceremonial Tapping of the Keg & Debut of 11th Oktoberfest Lager, World’s Largest Chicken Dance, 8th Annual Gardner Chair Luge
10:45 AM 7th Annual Run For A Beer 5K & 10K
11:30 AM Ceremonial Tapping of the Keg & Debut of 11th Oktoberfest Lager
1:00 PM World’s Largest Chicken Dance
2:00 PM 8th Annual Gardner Chair Luge
50’s Theme, Registration at Noon
Live Music
3:30 PM Harry Borsh and The Squires of Soul
5:00 PM The Night Owls
6:30 PM The Grin Whistle
8:00 PM Sweet Green
Inside the Ale House
Exquisite German fare including sausage plates, Wiener Schnitzel and whatever the kitchen comes up with this year in the way of authentic German delicacies. This finer German cuisine can only be had inside the Ale House.

24, Saturday – Fabulous Fall Festival, Downtown Gardner, This is a family-friendly, all day fabulous fall festival! Downtown will be transformed into a street festival, and streets are opened to pedestrians only between the hours of 9:00 a.m and 5:00 p.m. Downtown shops, joined by local crafters display and sell their wares out in the streets. There’s a Fabulous Food Court and Kids’ Zone featuring a variety of bouncy houses for toddlers and big kids. Take a chance to win great prizes donated by our shops, street vendors, and local businesses at our Chinese Auction. Come in costume to join our Costume Parade! If all of this is not enough fun, Gardner Ale House will hosting the 11 Annual Oktoberfest.

24, Saturday - 23rd Annual Johnny Appleseed Arts & Cultural Festival. 9:00-5:00, Downtown Leominster - Come celebrate in the heart of downtown Leominster as we honor one of our most popular residents, Johnny Appleseed. Browse dozens of vendors, from craft dealers to commercial vendors and school based activity clubs. Enjoy delicious foods at the international food court and have fun on the pony rides, petting zoo, moonwalks, unending entertainment and so much more! 

24, Saturday - Pickle Festival in Winchester NH - 128 Main St., Winchester NH - An old-fashioned town fair. The Winchester’s annual Pickle Festival is fun for all. Downtown Winchester becomes the fairgrounds, with Main Street (Route 10) the parade route. Kids march along the parade, which features local pickle-themed floats, plenty of pickle costumes and marching bands. Along the route are craftsmen (many demonstrating), food booths, and a lively competition among local cooks for the best jar of pickles. There are free pickles for everyone. Live music goes on all day, with everything from blues and country-western to a barbershop quartet and violin ensemble.

24, Saturday – Schnitzelfest, Hillsborough New Hampshire, noon- 8:00 p.m., You don’t have to go to Munich. You don’t have to travel to Hamburg or Frankfurt or even Dusseldorf. Because the best German food, beer, and wine outside of Germany is right here, at Schnitzelfest! Ach du lieber. Come join us rain or shine – it is going to be wunderbar! Come enjoy real Bavarian favorites, authentically prepared, like schnitzel, potato salad, sauerkraut, fantastic breads and deeeee-lectable desserts, all served under the big tent. There’ll be a Harpoon® sponsored beer tent and wine bar, many craft vendors, lots of entertainment, including the Zauer Kraut Bavarian band and The Mad Bavarian Brass Band so you can really get your ‘oompah!’ on. Butler Park, 3 Central St., Hillsborough NH

24, 25 Saturday and Sunday – Fall Festival at Tower Hill - There's nothing like autumn in New England, and there's no better place than Tower Hill Botanic Garden to take in all the season has to offer. In addition to the panoramic view of Mt. Wachusett and the Reservoir, the Garden displays hundreds of trees and shrubs known for their spectacular fall color. The special weekends in autumn feature heirloom apples, locally made products, and much more. Stefilia's Stone creates a dynamic display of original music with a splash of indie, adult contemporary and folk-pop. Lester Rawson Band, Sunday, September 25 The Lester Rawson Band plays an altogether pleasing mix of blues, R&B, classic rock and country--not note-for-note covers, but unique treatments of sturdy standards and a few great tunes that are sure to surprise and satisfy. 10am - 5pm Sat, Sep 24 - Sun, Sep 25, Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Drive, Boylston, MA, 774-230-7153,

24, Saturday –Lasting Impressions: Art Quilts 2016, Whistler House Museum of Art, 243 Worthen Street, Lowell, MA - All artists seek to make an impression on the viewer with their creations. For Lasting Impressions, we asked quilters to take that sentiment a step further and use stamps, dye, stitching, and other techniques to make their fabrics as striking as their designs. With quilts comprised of at least 50% handmade fabrics, this eclectic exhibition showcases the breadth of technique and style that can be achieved through the quilter's manipulation of his/her medium.

25, Sunday - Historical Piano Concert at Ashburnham Community Church, 84 Main Street (Rt. 12) Ashburnham. 4:00-5:00, Jerilyn Jorgensen, violin, and Cullan Bryant: pianos by Brodmann, c. 1800-1805, and Bösendorfer, ca. 1830, both of Vienna: Beethoven’s sonatas for piano and violin, Nos. 2, 8 and 10. Admission $10, children and students, free. No advance reservations. Visit

25, Sunday – Johnny Appleseed’s Birthday at the Visitor Center on Route 2. Stop in for a slice of cake (while it lasts), to help celebrate Johnny’s birthday.

25, Sunday - Plastic Imagination at the Fitchburg Art Museum, 185 Elm St., Fitchburg. Plastic Imagination explores the work of 10 contemporary New England artists who create extraordinary things with all kinds of plastics. Lisa Barthelson, Tom Deininger, Dana Filibert, Joseph Fucigna, Lynne Harlow, Niho Kozuru, Margaret Roleke, Dean Snyder, Bill Thompson, and Brian Zink all find inspiration in the fillers, films and moldable plastics made popular throughout the last century. Some shave, sand, and paint different densities of foam. Some play up the translucent or opaque qualities of Plexi or Fiberglass, and some recycle plastic toys, treasures, and trash. Some present everyday plastics as strictly formal studies, while others crave the layers of meaning (social, political, cultural, environmental, and economic) that result from a focus on this ubiquitous and arguably indispensable material. Open Weds.-Fri. noon-4 pm. Sat.-Sun., 11 am-5 pm. Call 978-345-4207 or visit