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Smart Barn Tour – Great Brook Farm State Park

Write this Summer!

Build Your Own Strawberry Shortcakes

Concord Youth Police Academy Begins

Kids Craft Camp @ Craft.ed Creative

Galaxy Crafts

Stump Trivia at Concord’s Colonial Inn

2019 Concert on the Lawn Series: Didgeridoo Down Under

Umbrella Artist-in-Residence Exhibition: Nicholas Mancini

District 5 Jazz Band

Free Fun Friday at The Concord Museum

COA Cinema – NEW Time! Fridays 12:30 PM

Poetry at the Old Manse

Carlisle Farmers Market

The Winter’s Tale – by William Shakespeare

Live Music at Concord’s Colonial Inn

Verrill Farm Corn Picking

The Winter’s Tale – by William Shakespeare

Patriot Hoops Clinics Summer Camps

Rocket Workshop

2019 CC Patriots Flag Football Registration is Open

Richard’s Traveling Silent Movie Show

Teens Teach: Solve a Rubik’s Cube

Create Your Own LED Bookmark

2019 Concert on the Lawn Series: Rolie Polie Guacamole

Concord Memory Cafe – Mondays July 8th and August 12th

Custom Crafts @ Craft.ed Creative Studio

Umbrella Artist-in-Residence Exhibition: Nicholas Mancini

COA Cinema – NEW Time! Fridays 12:30 PM

Carlisle Farmers Market

Summer Sizzlin’ Sidewalk Sale

Live Music at Concord’s Colonial Inn

Summer Social Ice Cream Party at Concord Market

GET IT DONE – THE COLLEGE APPLICATION PROGRAM AT FENN

Beede & Books

Kids Craft Camp @ Craft.ed – Slime Party

Eating Well to Prevent Malnutrition

Hearing Loss Information

Kids Craft Camp @ Craft.ed Creative – Pom Pom Crafts

Kids Craft Camp @ Craft.ed Creative – Mosaics

Joe Winslow’s Duo at Trail’s End Cafe

Nature Volunteer Open House

Live Music @ Main Street Cafe

Toddler Sing along with Ed Morgan @ Fowler Library

Drop-In Tech Help @ Main Library

COA – Ping Pong Club

Carlisle Farmers Market

Babysitting Training

Corn & Tomato Festival

440 Jazz at Trail’s End Cafe

Kids Craft Camp @ Craft.ed Creative – Weaving

TEDTalk Series at COA

Congresswoman Lori Trahan to Speak at Concord Council on Aging

Kids Craft Camp @ Craft.ed Creative – Recycled Arts & Crafts

Family Movie Night at Trail’s End Cafe

CCYL Fall Ball Boys and Girls Lacrosse

Umbrella Artist-in-Residence Exhibition: Nicholas Mancini

Kids Craft Camp @ Craft.ed Creative – Mosaics

ID Fraud & Internet Safety

Kids Craft Camp @ Craft.ed Creative – Canvas Painting

Summer Free Write

Endless Summer Farm Dinner to Benefit Gaining Ground

Farm to Table Late Summer Dinner –

Carlisle Farmers Market

Summer Social Ice Cream Party at Concord Market

Kids Craft Camp @ Craft.ed Creative – Watercolors

Thoreau and the Language of Trees – Illustrated Talk by Richard Higgins

Kids Craft Camp @ Craft.ed Creative – Fairy Gardens

Stump Trivia at Concord’s Colonial Inn

Larry Live in the Lounge at Trail’s End Cafe

An Evening with Thoreau

Restorative Yoga for Well-Being

Yoga for Strength and Empowerment at the Concord Library

Live Music @ Main Street Cafe

Umbrella Artist-in-Residence Exhibition: Nicholas Mancini

Jared Rocco at Trail’s End Cafe

Carlisle Farmers Market

Mindful Meditation and Creativity at the Concord Library

Live Music at Concord’s Colonial Inn

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Things to do in Concord, Massachusetts

Concord, Massachusetts, is a wonderful little town to live in. With its close proximity to Boston, it is ideal for people who want to be close to the city but want to enjoy the friendliness and sense of community that Concord offers. Concord is a lovely town for families, history buffs, outdoor enthusiasts, and for those who want to be involved with the community.

Lexington and Concord are known as the places where the American Revolutionary War began.  A beautiful bronze sculpture by Daniel Chester French commemorates this historic event. Founded in 1635, Concord was the first inland settlement to become incorporated in the state of Massachusetts. On April 19, 1775, the “shot heard ’round the world,” commencing the beginning of the War for Independence, was fired here, and many consider Concord to be the birthplace of the nation.

In the late 1800s, Concord was transformed into a town and destination for some of the nation’s greatest philosophers, writers, and poets to write and complete their famous works. Today, those who live in Concord have access to wonderful museums, schools, community centers, libraries, and recreation centers.

For information on things to do in Concord, Massachusetts, such as community programs, school events, festivals, and seasonal festivities, check out Living Concord’s listings often.

The Concord-Carlisle Community Chest

The local Concord community has a strong bond that connects its residents, and this bond is proudly reflected in the work of the Concord-Carlisle Community Chest. Here you will find neighbors helping neighbors. The Community Chest helps to identify nonprofits, local projects, town agencies, and individuals who can use financial support. Among the many philanthropic projects at the Community Chest, one that stands out is the Carlisle Council on Aging, which helps to support and serve older adults on issues associated with aging.

Another, the Center for Parents and Teachers, provides workshops and forums to help teachers and parents discuss topics associated with having children in school. A library of reading material is always available along with child care during workshops and training sessions.

Through diligent research and resourcing, the staff and volunteers at the Community Chest find financial resources to fund many community projects.

The Concord Museum

To begin your journey exploring things to do in Concord, Massachusetts, head to the Concord Museum. Here you will find a vast collection of exhibitions, national treasures, artifacts, and other memorabilia from the War of Independence and early colonial life.

Inside the museum, you will find rooms that are carefully interpreted with furnishings of the early period of the nation’s history and founding. A special collection highlights writer Henry David Thoreau, with many artifacts from his life living near Concord and Walden Pond. You can see some of his personal items, furniture, books, photographs, and manuscripts that he kept with him. It is a rare experience to be able to glimpse an intimate side of such a famous author and philosopher.

Throughout the year, the museum hosts special exhibitions on loan from other prestigious museums and galleries from around the country. Check the calendar for information on these special exhibitions.

The museum is also pleased to host a lineup of historic and cultural events throughout the year. From the Mary M. Lesneski Memorial Lecture & Tea social to the historic Patriot’s Ball, the Concord Museum provides many opportunities to learn about the history of Concord.

Concord Free Public Library

To further learn about the history of the Concord area, stop by the beautiful Concord Free Public Library. The educational information available to you at the library is not only vast but also fun and lively. Participate in a book club discussion, join the cookbook club, enjoy family story time, and have fun in a toddler sing-a-long.

One of the highlights of the library is the Special Collections section. Here you will find an extensive collection of printed books, manuscripts, and archives pertaining to the Revolutionary War. According to the library, they have the most archived and historic materials related to Concord’s history from 1635 to present day.

Walden Pond

For anyone who has read the inspirational book “Walden” by the famed philosopher and naturalist Henry David Thoreau, spending time at Walden Pond and the surrounding woods can be a divine experience.

On July 4, 1845, Thoreau decided to build a cabin in the woods near Walden Pond on land owned by his lifelong friend and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson. At this time, Thoreau wanted to spend time communing with nature in a quiet, meditative way. He wanted to live a simple life and write about his experience, thoughts, and feelings. Thus, “Walden” or “Life in the Woods” was created.

In 1922, the Emerson family, who owned Walden Pond and the surrounding woods, granted the land to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to preserve the pond, woods, and nature for all members of the public to enjoy. Today, Walden Pond State Reservation is open for hiking, bird watching, swimming, boating, picnicking, and winter activities when the snow falls.

The Concord Recreation Department

If you are looking for organized activities, the Concord Recreation Department offers a variety of classes for youth, adults, and groups. Kids and adults alike can participate in dance or music classes, sports activities such as martial arts, and art classes.

Fitness classes are held in the state-of-the-art fitness center with a range of resistance machines, free weights, and cardio machines. Personal training sessions can be booked for a nominal charge. For aquatic fitness, the Beede Swim and Fitness Center offers classes for all levels. The pool is also open for public use for family fun time. Inquire into membership fees and day passes with the Concord Recreation Department.

Minute Man National Historic Park: Battle of Lexington and Concord Reenactments

If you would like to experience what a fife and drum corps sounds like, hear a canon or musket being fired, and watch a brigade of minutemen marching, you will not want to miss April’s Patriot Day’s Reenactment in Concord. The living historians are dressed in period-attire uniforms, and as the soldiers march over the North Bridge and down the famed Battle Road, you will feel as if you are in the heart of the battle that began the American Revolutionary War.

You’ll discover fast-paced battle reenactments, weapons demonstrations, ceremonies, marching, and “civilians” dressed in colonial-era costumes. For Revolutionary War history buffs, the Patriots Weekend is a must-do at the Minute Man National Historical Park.

The Concord Community Arts Center

The Concord Community Arts Center, known as The Umbrella Community Arts Center, is a special place to bond with residents of the Concord community through arts, education, and community collaboration.

The arts education program provides a variety of classes and workshops for adults, youth, and children. Learn how to draw, paint, or sculpt. Or try a movement class of yoga or dance. All of the classes are taught by professional educators, instructors, and artists, and they offer a fun and safe way to learn the arts.

Experience the magic of The Umbrella performing arts program with live plays, musicals, and storytelling through drama and theater. You’ll find Concord, Massachusetts, events for everyone in the family to enjoy here.

Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge

For those who love birding, local wildlife, and hiking through the wetlands, the Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge is a gorgeous place to visit. See freshwater turtles, great blue herons, muskrat, and a host of resident and migratory waterfowl. The refuge stretches along the Concord and Sudbury rivers and is managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to help protect and maintain this vital environment. Bring a pair of binoculars and a camera and capture the raw, natural beauty of one of America’s great wetlands.

Other Things to Do and Events to Experience in Concord, Massachusetts

You’ll discover many wonderful things to do in Concord, Massachusetts. Discover the colorful beauty of the fall foliage as you drive the back roads around Concord. Take a trip to one of the many local farmers’ markets and farmsteads to get a taste of home-grown produce, cheeses, and maple syrup straight from the trees of New England.

Through every season, you will find special events in Concord. Spring is full of events including the Patriots Day Parade and Patriots Weekend. In summer, head to Walden Pond to swim, boat, and contemplate nature. Fall is perfect for viewing the changing colors of the trees and a great time to visit farmers markets for pumpkins.

Winter brings a special magic to Concord. The trees have lost their leaves, and the snow falls quietly in the forest as mist rises from the rivers. Enjoy a bit of Christmas spirit in town with the historic buildings brightly decorated and carolers singing along the snowy streets. Enjoy the local farms while sipping hot cider as you pick out a festive wreath or Christmas tree for your home.

Throughout the year, Concord is a delightful place to live. The town has wonderful shopping and dining, as well as arts and community-based organizations. Living Concord’s calendar will help you find events and things to do in Concord, Massachusetts.

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