Summer Nights 2022

Details on Southborough's end of summer festival - August 27th

Above: Not all of the typical fun will be offered at this year’s summer nights. But the public can still look forward to an evening concert, plenty of food vendors, fireworks and the return of kids’ activities.

Southborough Recreation has shared details on this year’s “Summer Nights”. The festival will take place the evening of Saturday, August 27th.

It’s not quite as jam packed with free fun as it was in it’s heyday*, but much closer than the past few years. This year, in addition to music, fireworks, and food trucks – more kids’ activities are back.

Face Painting at Summer Nights (by Beth Melo - 2014) Inflatable obstacle course - summer nights (2017 by Joao Melo) Obstacle Course at Summer Nights ( 2018 by Beth Melo) Photo booth at Summer Nights (2017 photo by Beth Melo)

Families will be happy to see the return of free Face Painting (by Skyrise Theater), plus the inflatables, including the 65ft Obstacle Course and a 35 ft version, as well as moon bounces and a slide for the younger ones.

Older kids/teens and adults will also enjoy the photo booth with free unlimited prints. 

ARHS Robotics will be there with their popular demonstrations on the tennis courts. And you can look for the return of some vendor tables. (Rec isn’t sure what vendors have planned, but those may offer more free entertainment or some of the popular past giveaways.)

As always, there will be a slew of food truck/vendors. (Scroll down for those.)

Hit the Bus from 2015 concert video by Southborough Access MediaYou can enjoy dinner/dessert on the field while listening to the traditional concert on the outdoor stage. This year’s act is the popular New England band, Hit the Bus. The band’s website describes:

We play an eclectic mix of music ranging from the 50’s through today’s hits. HTB plays the music people want to hear, dance and party to!

It has been four years since the Town has been able to offer the big end of the year festival with both the free kids activities and fireworks.*

Rec confirmed that the following food trucks/food vendors are already signed up (with potentially more to be confirmed):

  • Anzios Pizza
  • Cousins Maine Lobster Truck
  • Grub Guru (Asian Fusion, Mediterranean)
  • Moe’s Sweet Eats (desserts)
  • Shabby Gourmet (smoothees & beverages)
  • Trolley Dogs
  • Trombetta’s Farm (ice cream)
  • Uhlman’s Ice Cream
  • Yummy Mummy (bakery)

Parking will open at 5:00 pm that evening. (Main parking is always at Neary School, 59 Parkerville Road, but some parking is generally accessible at Trottier Middle School via the Deerfoot Road entrance.) Fireworks will be after dusk at approx 8:00 pm.

*Recreation explained that the activities were scaled back this summer were “due to COVID delay/concerns and budgeting”. Last year’s event was cancelled due to the pandemic.

*In 2019, the festival wrapped up before sunset due to a EEE threat that summer – thus, no fireworks. In 2020 it was cancelled due to the pandemic. And last year the festival and fireworks were back, but the event was scaled back to not include the kids activities due to COVID delay/concerns and budgeting. Sadly, they weren’t able to offer all of the popular free kids activities from earlier years (like pony rides and the rock climbing tower, but it’s still got a lot of things for families to enjoy – especially given the free admission!

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