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It’s finally starting to feel like winter in Worcester. Anyone else going a little stir-crazy? Check out this list of our favorite places to hang out and things to do downtown!

Things To Do Downtown

Short days, cloudy skies…it can be easy to slip into a routine of take out pizza and Netflix on the weekends. If you are looking for something to do, keep these places in mind.

Worcester Common Oval

Did you know there is Public Ice Skating right behind City Hall? This Sunday, Jake the Lion from the Worcester Bravehearts will be there! The Oval will also have special hours on Martin Luther King Jr. Day from 12:00PM-5:00PM. Their regular hours are Fridays from 5:00PM to 8:00PM and Saturdays/Sundays from 12:00PM to 5:00PM.

Admission for public skating is $2 (children 6 and under skate free) and $3 for skate rentals with a $25 refundable deposit per skate rental.

Check WorcesterCommonOval.com for a calendar of family friendly events happening throughout the rest of the season!

Figs & Pigs Kitchen + Pantry

    

You may have heard about the new restaurant at the corner of Commercial and Foster Street…we hope you have at least heard about the mac 'n' cheese! This café is open from 10:00AM-7:00PM every day except Sunday (and also open to the concourse during Arena events). 

Comfort food, free WiFi, and specialty coffee -- plus a great view of an energetic corner downtown -- how can you go wrong? Camp out with your laptop and some house made chips or meet a friend for lunch. If you need to unwind after work, sip some Wachusett Craft Beer or Prosseco. Find menus and more information at figsandpigskitchen.com – there is always something new as staff members create unique gourmet sandwiches every day. Plus there are lunch totes available for sale (designed by Worcester Wares)! For $12, you can support small, local businesses and help the environment with a reusable bag.

Worcester Wares

    

Even if you aren’t in the mood for shopping, come and hang out in this funky corner of creativity downtown at Door 22 on Commercial Street. It is constantly changing with new goods and artwork! Come get inspired or leave a note for owner Jessica Walsh in her box of secrets.

Regular hours are Tuesday and Friday from 11:00AM-3:00PM, Wednesday and Thursday from 12:00PM-6:00PM, and Saturday from 12:00PM-4:00PM. Stay up to date with new items and shop online at worcesterwares.com.

Worcester Public Library

Libraries have a lot more to offer than what is on the shelves. There are plenty of events planned for this weekend and beyond, like Lego Time, Knitting for Kids with Carmen Barbosa, and a Tai Chai class. You can find all the info on events for kids, parents, and anyone in between right here

Food Truck Thursdays

Take a walk on your lunch break to the Worcester Common for some seriously good food from local businesses like The Dogfather, Say Cheese! and Press 'n' It. Every Thursday from 11:00AM-2:00PM, food trucks will be open behind City Hall with all sorts of yummy options.The event drew a crowd for opening day on January 7. Stay in touch by following them on Facebook.

Earn prizes with Woo Pass

Can’t decide where to get dinner? No problem! Download Woo Pass (available on iOS and Android devices for free) and get a mini guide to the city. Based on your location, the Woo Pass app features local accommodations, dining options, creative retailers, things to do, places to visit, offers, and special events. 

How does it work? Nearby businesses can be sorted by distance and will send automatic updates to you on deals and happenings. You can search for what you have in mind and save favorites as you discover them. When you visit Woo venues, you will be eligible to earn points. All you need to do is scan your phone at a participating attraction by using a QR code located at the place of business (ask someone on staff where you can find it!), and your points will begin to add up automatically via the app. Earn a certain number of points and then you can redeem them for really cool prizes!

Have fun exploring Worcester!