stART on the Street takes place on Park Avenue from Highland Street to Pleasant Street in the heart of Worcester, MA. If using GPS for directions, use Park Avenue & Highland Street as the destination, as some neighborhood streets will be re-routed during the festival. The festival is nearly 3/4 of a mile long - comfortable shoes and sunblock are highly recommended!
stART on the Street hosts 250+ artists and crafters displaying and selling their handmade goods in the center of Park Ave, some demonstrating their creative processes throughout the day. You'll also find fencing, belly dancing, capoiera, interactive features for all ages, street performers and more throughout the street. The festival route is lined with area businesses, stores and restaurants. The Highland Street end of the festival is anchored by a variety of food trucks from all around New England. Diners either make use of the tables and chairs in this area, walk the festival as they eat, or take a seat in the shady grass of historic Elm Park. Heading toward Elm Street you'll see several area non-profits on the sidewalk, as well as The Scott Riccuiti Memorial Stage in Elm Park, which traditionally hosts the largest music acts found in the festival. The Elm Street intersection with Park Ave is home to the vegan food court, as well as the Elm Street Stage and its wide variety of local music. More non-profits fill the parking lot of the Cornerstone Bank. Continuing on Park Ave toward Pleasant Street you'll find the Youth Market, where creative kids and teens sell their wares and get exposure to the business side of art. Park Grill and Spirits transforms into an outdoor beer garden with our third stage of curated local music. You'll also find another food court and seating in the parking lot next to El Basha. Public restrooms and stART information booths are placed throughout the festival.
Please be mindful of no parking signs and do not block driveways or narrow streets near the festival. Free bicycle parking is available from Worcester Earn-a-Bike (corner of Elm St. and Park Ave). Although there is no specific parking area for stART on the Street, there are MANY side streets and small lots around Park Avenue. Please be aware that Bank North (295 Park Avenue) is open on Sundays and may tow if their parking spaces are blocked.
There are three information booths throughout the festival - one at the Highland Street end, one at the Pleasant Street end, and one at the intersection of Elm and Park. Here you can buy water, check performance lineups, ask questions about stART, purchase stART on the Street merchandise or make donations to help keep stART a free event.
Artists & Crafters
Over 250 artists and crafts vendors will be selling their handmade items, ranging from clothing, woodwork, glass, jewelry and paintings to iron work, prose, photography, pottery and so, so much more - check the full lineup here! The one theme to the goods you'll see at stART is that the people who make the items you see for sale are the people staffing the booths. We believe in supporting small business and the local economy, and as a rule do not allow mass-produced goods to be sold. When you're bringing something into your home for years, we think there's just something special about being able to talk to the creator about their process, the materials they chose, or the meaning of their work.
Many vendors accept credit cards or electronic payment, but some are cash only. There are multiple ATMs along the festival route. In the event you need a bag, you can pick up a reusable stART on the Street shopping tote for $5 at any information booth.
In addition to buskers, street acts and roaming musicians, there are 3 stages of curated music offering varied performances throughout the day. Applications will be available soon, and lineups to be announced once finalized.
- The Ricciutti stage, dedicated to the memory of Worcester musician Scott Riccuitti, is located in a small natural amphitheater in Elm Park and hosts larger acts - guests tend to either take a seat in the grass to watch from the hill or dance in front of the stage.
- The Elm Park stage is located on the Elm Street side of the J. N. Phillips lot. Bands on this stage tend to range from jazz to folk, instrumental to a capella.
- The Park Grill stage, in the Park Grill parking lot/beer garden, typically hosts singer/songwriter or smaller acts.
Performers are located throughout the festival area - lineup to be announced once finalized.
Kids' Activities are located all along the festival route. Activities include face painting, button making, the building "block party" and more, sponsored by local organizations. Most activities are free. Please do not leave children unattended at the festival.
Local food vendors will be offering a wide variety of selections in the Food Court, Food Truck Court, Vegan Food Court as well as along the festival route. Many food vendors accept cash only. Tables and chairs are provided, and with a chair or blanket Elm Park makes a lovely spot for a picnic.
Over 50 local organizations will be spreading the word about the wonderful programs they host in your community. Find them along the sidewalk of Park Avenue along Elm Park and in the Cornerstone Bank parking lot.
Trash and Recycling
Numerous trash receptacles will be available throughout the festival. Please properly dispose of your trash and recycle your cans and bottles. If you see a garbage can overflowing, please let a stART Coordinator know so we can address. Our volunteers and other attendees will be very thankful!
Alcoholic beverages are not allowed in public areas at stART on the Street. El Basha, Leitrumís, and Sake Bomb Bistro will be open and offer full bar service on their property. In addition to their indoor dining and bar, Park Grill and Spirits will also host an outdoor beer garden with one of three stages of live music - this space is open to all ages, and proper ID is required to purchase alcohol.
Portable toilets are located in front of the Bank of America lot (255 Park Avenue) and in front of the Cornerstone Bank across from Elm Park.
Pets are welcome at stART on the Street when handled responsibly - please pick up after your pet, use a leash at all times, and keep in mind that several stART events have gotten quite warm - we care about the safety and comfort of your animals and ask that if the weather and pavement are too hot that you leave your pets at home. Lastly, some vendors have very fragile displays and items, so please ask a vendor if your pet is welcome before entering their booth.
Park Ave and select surrounding streets close to traffic at 6am to allow for load-in and setup. Any cars left parked on Park Ave or in front of a bright orange "no parking" sign will be towed - these signs are placed the day before stART to give drivers notice of the closure. The festival formally begins at 11am, but you'll frequently see people beginning to roam before that.
Keep in mind there is little or no shade on Park Avenue ñ wear sunscreen or a hat to protect yourself from the sun, and stay hydrated!
The festival ends at 6pm, with streets reopening between 7:30 and 8pm depending on how quickly everyone can pack up and move off the street. And by everyone, we mean 250+ artists, 20+ food vendors, 50+ non-profits, 10+ demonstrators, 3 stages, then stART staff cleanup and load-out can begin.
Every year, there are a few artists who have to move to the sidewalk to finish safely packing when the street reopens. With this in mind, we ask attendees to complete their shopping early to allow artists ample time to pack. For that special something which catches your eye after 6, we recommend asking the artist for their website or business card.
We are always seeking volunteers for several jobs, from trash collection, market research, staffing info booths, requesting donations, and other odd jobs. Have some time to help out? Visit the volunteer booth at the festival, or sign up for a specific shift on our Volunteers page.