Things to Do
Marlborough offers an array of activities that meets every interest - from organized sport programs, annual events, and historic attractions to cultural activities, bike and walking paths, recreation parks, and golf courses.
The annual Marlborough Car Show takes place on Main Street in June every year. Organized by the United Brethren Masonic Lodge in Marlborough and the Push Rods Car Club of Waltham, this is a free, fun event, featuring more than 100 classics, muscle cars and hot rods.
The Annual Evening of Giving, now in its 26th year, is one of Marlborough’s December calendar highlights. The event is held in support of Roland’s House (the Marlboro-Hudson Homeless Shelter) and offers an evening of socializing, outstanding food provided by top local restaurants and caterers, as well as entertaining music.
Marlborough’s annual Labor Day Parade, which marked 60 years in 2011, is considered one of New England’s largest and premiere events. The parade, which runs 1.7 miles from Pleasant Street to Maple Street, includes over 150 bands, floats and other entries. Marlborough’s Labor Day Parade is considered an ongoing symbol of the City’s heritage and traditions—an event that unites families, friends, neighbors and the entire community.
Each October Marlborough celebrates the this Main Street downtown event. The day starts with the Main Street Mile Race and the festival includes entertainment, arts, crafts, and gift vendors, food court, children’s activities, truck fair, and our famous ChowderFest.
The Festival of Trees began as part of the Marlborough Historical Society’s Christmas at the Farm program and has grown every year to become a prestious holiday event in the Metrowest/Central Massachusetts area. It typically takes place around the first weekend in December. Organizations and individuals decorate Christmas trees, which the Historical Society raffles off at the end of the festival. Visitors can buy raffle tickets and place them at the tree they would like to take home. Awards for the trees include ‘Best in Show’ and ‘Best Tree Skirt.’
The Saints Anargyroi Grecian Festival takes place in Marlborough every Labor Day weekend. It is a glorious celebration of Greek food, pastries, souvenirs, Greek dancing and performers, face painting and kids’ games. The festival takes place at the Saints Anargyroi Greek Orthodox Church on Cashman and Central Streets
The Mayor of Marlborough and the Recreation Department host this annual series of free outdoor concerts throughout the summer. From mid-June to mid-August, popular bands from around the region perform on a Thursday evening at Union Common, on the corner of Main Street and Route 85.
The Taste of Marlborough and Brewfest is an annual early summer event held throughout the downtown area that attracts thousands of visitors. Tickets purchased in advance allow visitors to sample an assortment of international foods provided by local restaurants and caterers. Over 25 eating establishments usually participate and entertainment is provided at various venues. The evening is an extravaganza of food and good cheer and is a highlight of the local social calendar. The newly added Brewfest portion of the event includes beer tasting from a number of New England breweries.
139 Lakeside Avenue • 508-485-4300
Features live jazz every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 6:30-9:30pm.
Dante’s Jazz Club
Firefly's BBQ, 350 East Main Street • 508-357-8883
Ghost Light Players of Metro West
First Church, 37 High Street • 508-263-0052
Marlborough Public Library
35 West Main Street • 508-624-6900
River’s Edge Arts Alliance
155 Apsley Street, Hudson • 978-562-1646
Speakers Night Club
19 Weed Street • 508-480-8222
The Regal Cinemas
591 Donald Lynch Boulevard • 844-462-7342 ext.448
This trail consists of 5.6 miles of paved trails between Marlborough and Hudson that crosses the Assabet River five times, including over a refurbished, historical wrought iron railroad bridge. This scenic 12-foot-wide corridor for cycling, walking, and skiing is wheelchair accessible. The forested trail here provides a welcome buffer from the surrounding residential and urban landscape. The Marlbor- ough section starts at the intersection of Lincoln and Highland Streets.
Callahan State Park is a 820-acre park in nearby northwest Framingham with 7 miles of marked trails and nearly 100 acres of open fields, 70 acres of which are currently under an agricultural lease. The area is popularly used for activities including fishing, hiking, horseback riding and cross-country skiing.
Cider Knoll Conservation Land located in East Marlborough off Concord Road is 105.4 acres with 2 miles of trails ideal for bird watching. Portions of the landscape were once open fields and a small apple orchard owned by some of the original settlers of Marlborough. The property features scenic rock outcroppings, and a rich wildlife habitat.
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Formerly a large farm, Felton Conservation Land off Dudley Street features fields, woodlands, and a small Red Maple Swamp with abundant wildlife. The fields in this parcel provide grassland habitat for many species including nesting birds, small mammals such as mice and larger mammals such as white tailed deer. Grassland birds found here include Eastern Meadowlarks, Bobolinks and Savannah Spar- rows. The open area also serves as an important hunting site for birds of prey including owls and hawks as they search the site for small mammals.
Ghiloni Nature Trail / Marlborough State Forest can be accessed through Ghiloni Park, off Concord Road or at Hemenway Street off Wilson Street. These 125.6 acres abutting Ghiloni Park feature a self guided nature walk (interpretive brochure available at the Recreation Office at park entrance) and many different woodland trails. This parcel plays an important role in Marlborough’s natural landscape by acting as a wildlife corridor along Broadmeadow brook. This wildlife corridor links to over 100 acres of open space and is important for wildlife movement from one place to another.
Holt’s Grove Conservation Land is located on Stevens Street next to Marlborough High School. The trail loops through a predominantly deciduous forest of oak with red maple in the wetter areas. The stream from the pond eventually runs into Fort Meadow Reservoir. The pond and its surrounding vegetation are full of aquatic insects and other invertebrates as well as several species of frog. Holt’s Grove Pond was originally made and is still used for ice skating in the winter.
Marlborough Historical Society
377 Elm Street
Post Road Art Center
1 Boston Post Road East • 508-485-2580
The Desert in East Marlborough off Concord Road is named for its well-drained sandy soil and historic sand pits. Like much of New England, the landscape here records the passage of glaciers and this has played an important role in determining what lives here. This 615-acre parcel of conservation land features pine and scrub forest, and wildlife such as birds and beavers that have characteristically made a dam. There are plenty trails to keep visitors walking for hours. Hunting is available in designated areas
The Grove Conservation Land on Bolton Street, off Route 85 West offers woods, open fields and water access to Fort Meadow Reservoir for canoeing, kayaking, and fishing. The Grove is also full of wildlife, the most impressive being the enormous Great Blue Heron which visitors may be lucky to catch a glimpse of.
In addition, two public wading pools are located at Ward Park, also open June to September.
Wayside Country Store (Historic Site)
1015 Boston Post Road • 508-481-3458
Solomon Pond Mall
601 Donald Lynch Boulevard • 508-303-0204
City of Marlborough Skatepark (Ghiloni Park)
239 Concord Rd
Fore Kicks Sports Complex
219 Forest Street • 508-624-4433
Hop N Jump Indoor Playground
72 Jefferson Street • 508-305-2646
Marlborough Country Club
200 Concord Road • 508-481-5580
Navin Skating Arena
451 Bolton Street • 508-624-5580
New England Sports Center
121 Donald Lynch Boulevard • 508-229-2700
Trombetta’s Indoor Mini-Golf
655 Farm Road • 508-485-6429
Wayside Athletic Club
80 Broadmeadow Street • 508-481-1797
186 Main St. #14 • 508-251-9620
Offering Ashtanga, Kripalu, Vinyasa, Ayurveda and Kundelini, Children's and Pre-Natal Yoga. All levels and all ages.