Institute Park hosts a number of activities, festivals, and events throughout the year. A notable annual attraction is the Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra’s admission-free Summer Family Concert Series which celebrated its 70th year in 2021. Significant gatherings that have brought vitality and large crowds to the park include Black Heritage’s Juneteenth Festival, and the Caribbean American Festival, among many others.

To reserve Institute Park for an event, concert, or festival, please call the Worcester Parks Division at (508) 799-1190.

Upcoming Events


June 2023 (NOTE -- the WPI Touch Tomorrow Science Festival has been cancelled for 2023)

Events in Institute Park in the month of June 2023

July 2023


Patriotic Pops Concert with Fireworks -- Monday, July 3, 2023, 7:45 P.M. -- FREE

Myron Romanul, Conductor; Gary Rosen, Master of Ceremonies; Jane Shivick and Christon Carney, vocal soloists. This concert featuring the Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra is a patriotic pops concert to celebrate the national Independence Day holiday. Music primarily of American composers including Copland, Gould, and Williams. The concert will conclude with Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture and Sousa's Stars and Stripes Forever, accompanied by fireworks in Institute Park. Rain date: Tuesday, July 4. (Broadcast date on WCUW, 91.3 FM: Monday, July 17, 2023, 9 P.M.). For more information visit

Jazz Brasileiro in the Park:  Brazilian Influences from Latin America -- Sunday, July 9, 2023, 7 P.M. -- FREE

Jorge Soto, Conductor; Natalia Hubner, vocal soloist. In association with the Latin American Business Organization, this concert will feature members of the Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra along with special guest artists and members of the Berklee College of Music faculty in an evening of Brazilian jazz.  Music of Antonio Carlos Jobim, Joao Gilberto, Luiz Bonfa, and Zequinha Abreau, among others.  Rain date:  Sunday, July 16. (Broadcast date on WCUW, 91.3 FM: Monday, July 24, 2023, 9 P.M.) This program is supported in part by a grant from the Worcester Arts Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. For more information visit