Community Events

  • 2016-2017 Holiday Calendar of Events

    • December - January 2017
    celebratethe holidays_webimageClick on the link and download the 2016-2017 Holiday Calendar of Events.  December through January 2017 events are covered in the calendar.


    The Chamber's sponsor for seasonal calendars is the Fenn School.
  • Building Resilience to Climate Disruption in Our Communities

    • Friday, December 2, 2016
    • 7:00 pm
    Where: First Parish in Concord, 20 Lexington Rd.

    A panel of local experts will discuss what we can do in the face of intense storms and droughts . Turns out, there's lots! Learn about YIMBY. Alison Field-Juma, OARS, will discuss reconnecting the water cycle, Jim Laurie, Bio4Climate, will explain the process of restoring nature and living machines, and Mark Richardson, Garden in the Woods, will show us how to create sustainable yards and lawns. For further information, contact:
  • Holiday Show – Color, Grace & Passion

    • December - January 2016
    • 6:00 - 8:30 pm
    Three Stones Gallery
    Paintings, concert photographs, mixed media, hand-turned wooden bows, and handmade jewelry and cards by local artists.
    Show runs through January 13, 2017.
  • Coming of Age Family Holiday Concert

    • Sunday, December 4, 2016
    • 2:00 and 4:00 pm
    Follow along as Copland and Prokofiev describe two very different journeys
    toward adulthood.
    Concord Middle School Strings, Anna Anderson, Director
    Copland: Suite from The Red Pony
    Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf, Joyce Kulhawik, narrator
    Vaughan Williams: Sarabande from Concerto Grosso
    Satie/Debussy: Gymnopédie No. 1
    Audience sing-along with Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, White Christmas

    The Concord Orchestra
  • Holiday Stroll, Parade, and Tree Lighting Activities

    • Sunday December 4, 2016
    • 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    Enjoy Concord - Sunday, December 4, 2016

    Shopping at Stores 12 noon - 5:00 pm, Enjoy Concord - music, refreshments, and holiday specials at clothing, antique, jewelry, bookshops, and other establishments within Concord
    Santa at The Toy Shop 1:00 - 3:00 pm, 89 Thoreau Street
    Music, Entertainment, and Much More 
Visitor Center Lawn 2:00 - 5:00 pm MAGIC 106.7 Tent on Visitor Center Lawn - music, games, prizes, and more including Orangetheory Fitness and the girl scouts, 58 Main Street
    Middlesex Savings Bank 3:00 - 5:00 pm, Indian Hill Music playing in the branch from 3:30-4:30 and will have coffee, tea and light refreshments. 64 Main Street
    Setting the Barre Dance Performance 
Visitor Center Lawn 3:15 - 3:30 pm, Setting the Barre dancers performing on the
 lawn of the Visitor Center, 58 Main Street
    Santa, Selfies, Gift of Concord Raffle at the Concord Colonial Inn, 3:30 - 4:15 pm, Take a selfie with Santa at the Colonial Inn, enjoy hot chocolate, mini give-a ways, 3rd Annual Gingerbread House Village, and a free Raffle for a Gift of Concord certificate, 48 Monument Street
    Hot Chocolate Visitor Center Lawn 
4:00 - 5:30 pm, Hot chocolate from the Rotary Club on the Visitor Center Lawn, 58 Main Street
    Carols along Main Street 4:00 pm, Carols by the Choir from Redeemer Presbyterian Church at the steps of Bank of America,
Main Street
    Complimentary Yule Dogs 
Main Street 4:00 - 6:00 pm, William Raveis Real Estate,
85 Main Street
    Holy Family Parish - Goodies and Music 
4:15 - 5:45 pm, Hot chocolate, goodies, and seasonal music from our singing and handbell choirs,
12 Monument Square
    Holiday Parade Thoreau and Main Streets 4:45 - 5:15 pm, Santa, marchers, (Concord Family Network, Concord-Carlisle Community Chest, girl scouts), dancers (Setting the Barre), and special attendees including, Santa's wife, Louisa May Alcott, and Santa's Helper
    Concord-Carlisle High School Select Choir Performance 
5:00 - 5:15 pm, Concord-Carlisle High School Select Choir, Directed by Deborah Smith, with Student Director Linnea Hubbard- Nelson, Monument Square
    Tree Lighting 5:15 pm, Arrival of Santa by fire truck for the Tree Lighting with Concord Municipal Light and Power, the collection of gifts to the Concord-Carlisle Community Chest, and CCTV filming the event, Monument Square

    The 2016 Holiday Gift Drive sponsored by Concord-Carlisle Community Chest & CC Youth Services will have festive drop boxes at Concord & Carlisle schools, Concord Council on Aging, Concord Town House, Concord Toy Shop, The Mane Escape, Revolutionary Concord, at the Parade of Giving, and Concord Tree Lighting.

    Click and download the Holiday Stroll, Parade and Tree Lighting Calendar of Events on December 4, 2016.  December 4, 2016 Holiday Stroll, Parade, and Tree Lighting Events
  • Retail Open Houses in Concord

    • Sunday, December 4, 2016
    • 12:00 - 5;00 pm
    The weather forecast for Sunday December 4th is great – sunny and cool. Stores throughout Concord Center and in town will be opening their doors to greet shoppers with treats and special promotions throughout the day.

  • Human Right Council Breakfast

    • Monday December 5, 2016
    • 7:30 am
    The annual Human Rights Day Breakfast will be held this year on Monday, December 5th at 7:30 am at the Trinitarian Congregational Church, Walden Street. The Concord-Carlisle Human Rights Council will honor The Nature Connection with the Climate for Freedom Award; everyone is invited and welcome. This award is given biannually to an organization in our community for its work in promoting a climate of respect for individuals and their families, and for recognizing that all individuals deserve equal access to basic human rights.

    The Nature Connection exemplifies these principles in its work with at risk youth, people with disabilities and elders. Founded in 1983, the organization brings animal and nature programs to people with limited or no access to the outside world.
  • Winter Holiday Concerts

    • Saturday, December 10, 2016
    • 2:00 and 5:00 pm
    Join the Concord Chorus, now in its 71st anniversary season, for a heavenly selection of music and carols for the holiday season. Kevin Leong conducts the 110-voice Concord Chorus on Saturday, December 10, 2016, at 2:00 PM and 5:00 PM at the Middlesex School’s Memorial Chapel (1400 Lowell Road) in Concord, Massachusetts. The program spans four centuries of choral music, including works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Edward Elgar, Randall Thompson, John Gardner, and Jonathan Dove. The concert also features organist Jonathan Wessler, pianist John Sullivan, and violinist Christine Binzel.

    Tickets are $25 for general admission, $20 for seniors, and $10 for children and students and can be purchased online at or over the phone at (978) 254-1551.

    Founded in 1945, the Concord Chorus performs two concerts of choral-orchestral and smaller works each season. The repertory of the Concord Chorus encompasses music from the 16th century to the present. For more information, please visit
  • Concord Women’s Chorus 2016-2017 Concert Season

    • Saturday December 17, 2016
    • 3:00 pm
    Hope, love and peace – these are the timely themes of the Concord Women’s Chorus (CWC) winter concert, "Wrapped in Song," to be presented  at Trinity Episcopal Church in Concord. Guest conductor Jennifer Kane will lead the program, which includes Gyögy Orbán’s “Mass No. 6," David Conte's "A Hope Carol," the Spanish carol "A La Nanita Nana" by Norman Luboff and the rousing spiritual "Go Where I Send Thee!" by Paul Caldwell and Sean Ivory.

    CWC’s spring concert, "Fountain in a Wood: From Walden to Loch Lomond" will be presented on Saturday, May 13, 2017, at 4 p.m. Inspiring compositions by John Purifoy, Tara Traxler and Dan Forrest celebrate the poetry of Nathaniel Hawthorne ("Address to the Moon"), Henry Wadsworth Longfellow ("Birds of Passage") and Ralph Waldo Emerson ("Always Something Sings"). The concert, led by Artistic Director Jane Ring Frank, will feature the premiere of a new commission by Boston composer Beth Denisch, who will use as text three poems by Scottish poet Kathleen Jamie. Other pieces include Stephen Hatfield's testament to the strength of women in "Chant for a Long Day," the traditional Scottish ballad "Waly, Waly" ("The Water is Wide") and the "Sky Boat Song," arranged by Greg Gilpin.

    The winter and spring concerts, accompanied by pianist Scott Nicholas, will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church, 81 Elm Street, Concord, Massachusetts. The church is handicap accessible. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and students, $5 for children 12 and under, and can be purchased at A reception follows each concert.
  • noa Artist’s Garden

    • Saturday, December 17, 2016
    • 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
    noa Designs
    Holiday gift shopping featuring visiting artists
    135 Commonwealth Avenue
  • Winter Workshop: Snow Globes

    • Tuesday, December 20, 2016
    • 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
    Who knows what Mother Nature will bring this year, but guarantee a little “snow” for the holidays with a homemade snow globe. A sprinkle of “snow” and a dash of creativity is all you need to make and take your very own mini snow globe.

    The Discovery Museums
    177 Main Street
    Acton, MA
  • Winter Workshop: Solstice ‘Scapes

    • Wednesday, December 21, 2016
    • 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
    Join us as we celebrate the Winter Solstice and paint some winter landscapes inspired by the shortest day of the year. We’ll use crayons, cray-pas and water colors to experiment with the technique of resist painting, as we create unique works of art.

    The Discovery Museums
    177 Main Street
    Acton, MA
  • Bessie’s New Year’s Eve Party Prep and Pajama Dance Party!

    • Saturday, December 31, 2016
    • 10:00 - 11:45 am
    Let’s get ready to shake, rattle, and roll into the New Year by making party hats and noise makers! Come decked out in your finest pajamas and stick around for our pajama dance party at 11:45am with a countdown to 12 (noon).

    The Discovery Museums
    177 Main Street
    Acton, MA

    • January 27-28, 2017
    • 8:00 pm
    Beethoven’s remarkable symphony started as a tribute to Napoleon and the
    ideals of the French Revolution, but became much more. It stands nearly
    alone in defining music’s own revolution from the classical to the romantic period.
    Lutoslawski: Symphonic Variations
    Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 “Eroica”
    Concerto, played by the Ehlers Young Artist Competition winner
    Pre-concert recitals at 7:15 pm by other competition honorees

    The Concord Orchestra

    • March 31 and April 1, 2017
    • 8:00 pm
    Eric Sawyer’s new work focuses on Thoreau’s famous essay, while Hoffer’s
    concerto has echoes of Walden Pond. And in keeping with transcendentalism’s
    connection to nature, Liszt’s piece is based on the four elements.
    Robert Schumann: Manfred Overture
    Hoffer: Piano Concerto
    Randall Hodgkinson, piano
    Sawyer: Civil Disobedience (world premiere)
    David Gullette, narrator
    Liszt: Les Preludes

    The Concord Orchestra
  • POPS 2017: OL’ MAN RIVER

    • May 19-21, 2017
    • 19-20 at 8:00 pm, 21 at 2:00 pm
    Jeffrey Korn, vocalist. Be it the wild waters of the Moldau,
    majestic stretches of the Mississippi, or the open ocean, these currents will
    sweep you away. But beware of those great whites!
    Friday & Saturday May 19 & 20, 2017 at 8 PM
    Sunday May 21, 2017 at 2 PM
    Franz Strauss: Nocturno for Horn and Strings, Jeff Stewart, horn soloist
    John Williams: Jaws
    Duke Ellington: The River Suite
    Hoffer: Jerome Kern Medley
    Smetana: The Moldau
    Grofé: Mississippi Suite
    Rogers & Hammerstein: Selections from The King and I

    The Concord Orchestra