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Fun Facts

You may know that in Massachusetts we have some funny town names that are pronounced nothing like they look. Worcester is one of them!

Correct pronunciation: Wuss - ter

• Incorporated as a Town in 1722

• Incorporated as a City in 1848

• Population: 206,518 

• Home to 8 colleges and universities, and over 35,000 college students

• The 2nd largest city in New England

• The name Worcester means "war-castle"

• Native land of the Pakachoag Indians, who called the area Quinsigamond

Visiting Worcester, MA

Regalo is located in downtown Worcester, MA, which is about an hour from Boston, Hartford and Springfield. There are restaurants and hotels within walking distance of the venue, so once you arrive you should have everything you need. Here are some ideas to help you plan your trip.

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Local Restaurants

All of these restaurants are within walking distance of the venue and have excellent reviews:

Armsby Abbey – Hip, brunch & dinner, rare beers on tap

Deadhorse Hill – Upscale, brunch & dinner

Off the Rails Worcester – Was on Phantom Gourmet, comfort food

Chashu Ramen & Izakaya – Lunch & dinner

Shawarma Palace – Perfect 5 star, closed Sunday

Oishi Japanese Restaurant – Lunch & dinner

Not Ya Mama's Vegan Cafe – Great, closes at 4pm Sat/Sun

Rice Violet Thai – Lunch & dinner

Woosta Pizza – Lunch & dinner

Mezcal Tequila Cantina – Upscale, expansive tequila menu


These hotels are within walking distance of the venue:

Holiday Inn Express

110 Summer Street, Worcester, MA 01608

Rate: See website for current rates, perks and cancellation policy

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Homewood Suites by Hilton

1 Washington Sq, Worcester, MA 01604

Rate: See website for current rates, perks and cancellation policy

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AC Hotels by Marriott Worcester

125 Front St, Worcester, MA 01608

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By car: Worcester is right off of I-90 and is easy to get to by car. It's a 50 mins from Boston MA, 55 mins from Springfield MA, 45 mins from Providence RI, and 1 hour from Hartford CT.

By plane: People can fly into Logan International Airport in Boston (BOS) or Worcester Regional Airport (ORH). Mechanics Hall is 12 minutes from Worcester Regional, just under an hour from Logan Airport.

Shuttle from Logan Airport (BOS): We will providing a shuttle service on Friday and Monday between Logan Airport and the venue/hotels in Worcester. You will receive a link to sign up for shuttle service after you Register. 

Note to shuttle riders: You will not be able to get on the shuttle without a negative COVID test. Make sure you send your test results ahead of time with a timestamp or date visible in the image and email it to with the subject line "COVID Test for [Your Name].

Public Transportation from Worcester Regional Airport (ORH): You can take the #2 bus from the airport to Union Station terminal in Worcester, which is .5 miles from the venue. Cost is $1.75. No service on Sunday.

See the WRTA Schedule

Public Transportation from Boston: The Framingham/Worcester MBTA Commuter Line from South Station in Boston will drop you off half a mile from Mechanics Hall at Union Station. Cost is $12 each way.

Public Transportation from Logan Airport (BOS): You can take the SL3 bus to South Station (20-25 mins) and then take the Framingham/Worcester MBTA Commuter Line to Worcester Union Station. Cost is $15 each way.

See the MBTA Schedule

Amtrak: Union Station lies on the Providence & Worcester Railroad and provides another option for regional travel to Worcester. Union Station is a half mile from the venue.

See the Amtrak Schedule

Shuttle Donation


Mechanics Hall is located downtown and doesn't have dedicated parking, but there are a number of parking options in the area.

Garages: Pearl-Elm Street Garage (2am Fri/Sat, 12am Sun) and Major Taylor Garage (24/7) are $15/day, Worcester Common Garage (24/7) is $17/day. There are also smaller lots that may be cheaper but are less monitored.

To see garages, lots and meters, you can use the Park Worcester website.

Street Parking: Street parking in the area uses the Passport Parking App and is $1.50/hr, with a 2 hour max. After 8pm and Sundays are free street parking.

Depending on where you are staying, the hotel may have paid or free parking options.

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