For a small city, the Marlborough,MA events calendar really packs a big punch! From the region’s largest Labor Day Parade, to food festivals, music concerts, and a variety of family-friendly community gatherings, Marlborough’s events offer a little something for everyone.
The annual Marlborough Labor Day Parade is the largest in New England. Since its first run in 1952, participation has grown from just 12 marching units to an impressive variety of more than 150 bands, floats and entertainers. The Marlborough Labor Day Parade route is 1.7 miles long and spans from Pleasant Street to Maple Street in Marlborough. The event is considered an ongoing symbol of the city’s heritage and traditions—a march that unites families, friends, neighbors and the entire community.
The Taste of Marlborough is an early summer evening event held throughout the city’s downtown. Thousands of visitors descend on the area to sample an assortment of international foods from more than 30 local restaurants and caterers and enjoy entertainment across about a dozen local venues. The evening is an extravaganza of food, drinks and good cheer and is a highlight on the local social calendar.
The annual Marlborough Heritage Festival has been celebrating the city’s rich heritage and cultural traditions for over 20 years. The Marlboro Mile Road Race, the Carnival and Octoberfest are all part of the festivities that make this a full weekend of fun, food, and entertainment for the entire family. Downtown Main Street is turned into a walking path for the day, as over 100 vendors set up to meet hundreds of visitors. Walk the street at your leisure sampling ethnic foods, listening to local bands, watching dance performances, chatting with neighbors, meeting local vendors, and taking part in activities for you and your children. General admission and parking are always free, and, to keep things fresh and interesting, the events and attractions are changed every year.
The Mayor of Marlborough and the Recreation Department host this annual series of free outdoor concerts throughout the summer. From mid-June to mid-August, popular bands from around the region perform on a Thursday evening at Union Common, on the corner of Main Street and Route 85.
The Marlborough Earth Day Fair is an annual community event that encourages and celebrates environmental sustainability. The Marlborough Earth Day Fair is organized by Green Marlborough and has been taking place at Ghiloni Park every spring since 2007. This fun family event features environmental experts, educational displays on energy and water conservation, recycling and composting information, exhibits from local organizations, a walk in the park, live music, food, and various other activities. The Earth Day Fair attracts a few hundred visitors each year, as it aims to connect people to local resources and organizations, celebrate local sustainability efforts and enjoy a day together.
The annual Marlborough Car Show is one of the city’s premiere summer events. Organized by the United Brethren Masonic Lodge in Marlborough and the Push Rods Car Club of Waltham, this free, fun exhibit takes place on Main Street and features more than 250 classics, muscle cars, hot rods, exotics and antiques. It is also a fundraising event that has quietly raised more than $100,000 for various local and regional charities. Watch a video from the 2017 Marlborough Car Show.
The annual Evening of Giving has been a Marlborough social calendar highlight for over 20 years. The event is held in support of Roland’s House—the Marlboro-Hudson Homeless Shelter—and offers an evening of fundraising and socializing, fine food and drinks, and music and dancing. The Evening of Giving is typically held in late November or early December and draws more than 1,200 attendees.
The Saints Anargyroi Grecian Festival takes place in Marlborough every Labor Day weekend. It is a glorious celebration of Greek food, pastries, souvenirs, Greek dancing and performers, face painting and kids’ games. The festival takes place at the Saints Anargyroi Greek Orthodox Church on Cashman and Central Streets.
The 20-year old River’s Edge Arts Alliance is a non-profit organization that serves the area’s cultural and artistic needs, offering a full calendar of activities and events throughout the year. With more than 350 members from over 30 area communities, the Arts Alliance offers a wide spectrum of arts activities. The affordable events, exhibits and classes are held in Hudson and Marlborough. Notable programs include the Band Lesson Program, Community Arts Series, Focus on the Arts, Pro Musical Youth Chorus, River’s Edge Chorale, River’s Edge Community Band, River’s Edge Players, Summer Drama Workshop and many visual arts exhibits.
Residents and local employees volunteer to help beautify the city through this annual opportunity to come together and show their community pride. T-shirts are given out and refreshments are provided for those who participate in this event.