Summer at-a-glance: Concerts, Movies, Entertainers, Crafts, and more (Updated)

by Beth Melo on June 22, 2021

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Above: Fun this summer includes outdoor concerts and special programs on the Library lawn. (images L-R by Beth Melo and edited from Library’s Facebook post)

I’ll be posting in more detail about all or most of this summer’s happenings in Southborough. But I wanted to start off the summer with a Save the Date post for all the big events offered by Southborough Recreation and the Southborough Library.

In addition to specific events below, you can click here for general activities throughout the summer to entertain kids and here for summer camps.

Many of the events are geared towards kids, but they also include fun for adults and families.

Some of the following events are part of the Southborough Library’s Summer Reading Program. (Stay tuned for a dedicated post on that. In the meantime, you can visit their website here.)

Weekly and bi-weekly events

  • Every Wednesday starting June 30th – Outdoor Story Time @ Southborough Library’s back lawn: Join Miss Kim on the lawn (weather permitting) for stories and craft based on a weekly theme. Please bring a blanket or chair. No registration necessary. (Sessions take place 4:00 – 4:45 pm on July 7 & 28, and August 4th and from 11:00 – 111:45 am on July 14 & 21, and August 11 & 18.)
  • Biweekly – Read to a Dog (5:00 – 6:00 pm) @ Southborough Library Lawn: Children preferably ages 5 and up with some reading ability will read to a certified therapy dog. The event is limited and requires pre-registration. In case of inclement weather, this will be held over zoom. For details on this bi-weekly program, see dedicated post. (July 8 & 22, August 5 & 17)
  • Biweekly – Write Now! (7:00 – 8:30 pm) @ zoom: A creative writing club for adults hosted by the Southborough Library. Pre-registration required. We are all natural born storytellers; sometimes we just need a little encouragement. Write Now! is a club that will provide an opportunity to share your writing with a small group of other adult writers, get and give valuable feedback, and explore various genres of creative writing. No experience is required. (Stay tuned for more details.) (Thursdays, July 15 & 29, August 12 & 26)

Special Events

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

  • David Garden Music Concert (4:00 – 5:00 pm) @ Southborough Library Lawn: Families with children of all ages are welcome to join us for this fun concert outside with David Garden and Hit The Bus bandmate. Please bring a blanket or chair! No registration required. Sponsored by the Friends of Southborough Library.

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

  • Crafternoon: Henna Tattoos (4:00 -5:00 or 5:00-6:00 pm) @ Southborough Library Lawn: Southborough Library program for Ages 8+. Pre-registration required and participation is limited. Crafter and henna artist Mandy Roberge will bring her skills to create an intricate henna design on your hand or arm! Choose from a variety of patterns and designs. Covid safe procedures will be in place. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Southborough Library. 
  • Postponed to July 19 – Southborough Summer Concert Series (6:00 – 8:00 pm) @ Neary School grounds, 53 Parkerville Road: Free family friendly concert at Neary School field by the tennis courts. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs. Featuring: Knock on Wood. Sponsored by Southborough Recreation, the Southborough Cultural Arts Council, and Main Street Bank.

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

  • Graphic Novel Workshop (4:00 – 6:00 pm) @ Southborough Library’s back lawn: Southborough Library event for ages 8-12. Registration required. Write your very own graphic novel with Jonathan Todd, author and illustrator. Attendees will learn how to plot out a story, ink a graphic novel page, and leave with the beginning of their stories. This program is sponsored in part by a grant from the Southborough Cultural Council.

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

  • Southborough Summer Movie Series (9:00 pm) @ Depietri Field, 53 Parkerville Road: Free family friendly movies on the field in front of Neary School’s parking lot. Movies begin at dusk. Tonight’s feature: Lion King (2019 live action version). Sponsored by the Southborough Community Fund

Monday, July 12, 2021

  • Sleep, Stress, and You (7:00 – 8:00 pm) @ zoom: Southborough Library program. Join us for this virtual workshop over Zoom hosted by local resident Jill Vroman. Pre-registration required. Stress lives in our bodies, how can you shed it? Come and learn how to relax your body first, then learn to relax your mind. Learn when sleep is most potent and 5 takeaways for better sleep tonight! Registration is available through Southborough Recreation (you must have an account). Registration forthcoming. 

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

  • Mr. Vinny: Meet & Greet Giant Puppets (4:00 – 5:00 pm) @ Southborough Library’s back lawn: Join us outside and have your photo taken with a giant puppet! No registration necessary. Sponsored by the Friends of the Southborough Library.
  • Author Talk: Cartoonist Joel Christian Gill (7:00 – 8:00 pm) @ online: This online program is brought through a collaboration of local area libraries, including the Southborough Library. Join critically acclaimed cartoonist Joel Christian Gill for this exciting talk. Pre-registration required. Joel Christian Gill is a cartoonist and historian who speaks nationally on the importance of sharing stories. (For more details, click here.)

Wednesday, July 14, 2021 

  • Southborough Summer Concert Series (6:00 – 8:00 pm) @ Neary School grounds, 53 Parkerville Road: Free family friendly concerts at Neary School field by the tennis courts. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs. Featuring: Slo-Grass. Sponsored by Southborough Recreation, the Southborough Cultural Arts Council, and Main Street Bank.

Monday, July 19, 2021

  • Postponed from June 30Southborough Summer Concert Series (6:00 – 8:00 pm) @ Neary School grounds, 53 Parkerville Road: Free family friendly concert at Neary School field by the tennis courts. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs. Featuring: Knock on Wood. Sponsored by Southborough Recreation, the Southborough Cultural Arts Council, and Main Street Bank.
  • Houseplants 101 Workshop (7:00 – 8:00 pm) @ zoom: This workshop is part of the Southborough Library’s “Dig In! Garden Information Series” for ages 12 and older. Pre-registration required. This session’s topic is: Blackstone Valley Veggie Gardens will explain how to grow houseplants to make you happy, clean your air and beautify your home. They will review several of the easiest plants to grow and will also learn to identify common plant-growing problems.

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

  • Crafternoon: Dog Treats and Catnip Mice (4:00 – 5:00 pm) @ Southborough Library Lawn: Southborough Library program for Ages 8+. Pre-registration required and participation is limited. Participants will make dog bones with cookie cutters. Following that, students will sew catnip mice! Covid safe procedures will be in place. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Southborough Library.
  • Southborough Summer Movie Series (9:00 – 9:00 pm) @ Depietri Field, 53 Parkerville Road: Free family friendly movies on the field in front of Neary School’s parking lot. Movies begin at dusk. Tonight’s feature: The Sandlot. Sponsored by the Southborough Community Fund.

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

  • Wingmasters Owl Program (11:00 am – 12:00 pm) @ Southborough Library’s back lawn: Prepare to be amazed when Wingmasters bring live falcons, hawks and owls to demonstrate how animals communicate! The program will be outside. Recommended for ages 6+. Sponsored by the Friends of Southborough Library. No registration necessary.

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

  • Southborough Summer Concert Series (6:00 – 8:00 pm) @ Neary School grounds, 53 Parkerville Road: Free family friendly concerts at Neary School field by the tennis courts. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs. Featuring: Hit the Bus. Sponsored by Southoborough Recreation, the Southborough Cultural Arts Council, and Main Street Bank.

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

  • Southborough Summer Movie Series (9:00 pm) @ Depietri Field, 53 Parkerville Road: Free family friendly movies on the field in front of Neary School’s parking lot. Movies begin at dusk. Tonight’s feature: Onward. Sponsored by the Southborough Community Fund.

Friday, August 6, 2021

  • Storyteller Diane Edgecomb (11:00 am – 12:00 pm) @ Southborough Library’s back lawn: Who has the best tales in the world? Animals do! From folktales about adventurous monkeys to a true tale of a neighborhood squirrel that drives everyone NUTS we’ll have tons of participatory fun with Diane’s engaging stories about four-legged capers. Open to all ages, no registration required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Southborough Library.

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

  • David Garden Music Concert (11:00 am – 12:00 pm) @ Southborough Library Lawn: Families with children of all ages are welcome to join us for this fun concert outside with David Garden and Hit The Bus bandmate. Please bring a blanket or chair! No registration required. Sponsored by the Friends of Southborough Library.

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

  • Crafternoon: Book Bags (4:00 – 5:00 pm) @ Southborough Library Lawn: Southborough Library program for Ages 8+. Pre-registration required and participation is limited. This workshop will use basic sewing skills to make a book bag that participants can use for the library or school. Fun fabrics will be provided and the simple design is one that kids can try again at home! Covid safe procedures will be in place. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Southborough Library.
  • Southborough Summer Concert Series (6:00 – 8:00 pm) @ Neary School grounds, 53 Parkerville Road: Free family friendly concerts at Neary School field by the tennis courts. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs. Featuring: Dan Gabel and The Abletones. Sponsored by Southoborough Recreation, the Southborough Cultural Arts Council, and Main Street Bank.

Thursday, August 12, 2021

  • Family Yoga with Alexandra DeCollibus (4:00 – 4:30 pm) @ Southborough Library’s back lawn: For children ages 6-12 years old. Pre-registration required. Please bring a mat and mask. Families will be safely spaced outside. This program is sponsored in part by a grant from the Southborough Cultural Council.

Monday, August 16, 2021

  • Lifecycle of Seeds Workshop (7:00 – 8:00 pm) @ zoom: This workshop is part of the Southborough Library’s “Dig In! Garden Information Series” for ages 12 and older. Pre-registration required. Blackstone Valley Veggie Gardens will explain all about sowing, harvesting and storing seeds. Presentation deals with all types of seed starting as well as which seeds to harvest and how to store them to add to your sustainable life.

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

  • Southborough Summer Movie Series (9:00 pm) @ Depietri Field, 53 Parkerville Road: Free family friendly movies on the field in front of Neary School’s parking lot. Movies begin at dusk. Tonight’s feature: Raya & The Last Dragon. Sponsored by the Southborough Community Fund.

Thursday, August 19, 2021

  • The Ed Popielarczyk Magic Show (3:00 – 4:00 pm) @ Southborough Library’s back lawn: All ages are welcome to this fun outdoor magic show with a bit of comedy! No registration necessary. Sponsored by the Friends of the Southborough Library.

Saturday, August 28, 2021

  • Summer Nights (5:00 – 8:30 pm) @ Neary fields, 53 Parkerville Rd: The annual end of summer town festival. Details are still TBD as officials look at state and public health official guidance this summer. The event is usually a festival of family activities with food trucks, a concert, and after dusk fireworks. Southborough Rec promotes, “Summer Nights may look different, but we are cautiously optimistic that we will be able to gather safely together to enjoy fireworks and fun!”

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

  • School Back in Session: First day of Northborough-Southborough public schools

Updated (6/22/21 2:06 pm): I initially forgot to note that the Outdoor Story Time schedule starts next week. (For this week’s events, click here.)

Updated (6/30/21 9:25 am): The June 30th concert was postponed due to forecast thunderstorms.

Updated (7/2/21 4:08 pm): I had mistakenly listed all of the Outdoor Story Times as morning sessions. Some weeks the session takes place in the afternoon.

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