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Massachusetts is renowned for its vibrant arts community, stretching from the hills of the Berkshires to the beaches of Cape Cod. There’s always an exciting museum, an amazing dance performance or an up-and-coming musician that you haven’t seen or heard before; you can find all of these in our Arts section.
During the summer months, Massachusetts’ arts scene comes alive like no other time, and this year is no exception. Here’s a handy guide to five summer festivals that have something for every traveler.
St. Peter’s Fiesta (Gloucester, MA)
For decades, the St. Peter’s Fiesta has drawn visitors from far and near to witness one of the most culturally rich festivals in the country. St. Peter’s Fiesta takes its inspiration from Gloucester’s sizeable Italian community and features a variety of entertainment, including dances, competitive sports, raffles and boat races, as well as the traditional Sunday mass and parade. For the full schedule of events at this year’s Fiesta, click here.
St. Peter’s Fiesta by Kindra Clineff
Outside the Box (Boston, MA)
A brand new entry to the catalogue of Boston summer events, what Outside the Box lacks in history, it more than makes up for in artistic diversity. For a week and two days in July, folks will be treated to performances by dancers, musicians, spectacle artists, actors and celebrity chefs on the Boston Common. Best of all, Outside the Box is free! You can find the full lineup here. The full schedule of events is here.
Boston Common by MOTT
Green River Festival (Greenfield, MA)
The Green River Festival is a truly unique summer get-together. Not only does it showcase the best musicians, food, arts and crafts from Franklin County, it also has something that few other festivals can claim: gorgeous hot air balloons! The hot air balloon rides are a premier attraction at this July event, which takes place on the Greenfield Community College grounds. To see the musical lineup, click here. For tickets and directions, click here and here.
Hot Air Balloons in Deerfield by MOTT
Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival (several Cape Cod towns)
The Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival has been presenting fine classical music for more than three decades. Hailed by The New York Times as “a triumph of quality,” the CCCF hosts a series of concerts around scenic Cape Cod, with shows in Chatham, Wellfleet and Cotuit this year, to name just a few locations. You can find a full listing of the concerts here. Tickets are available here.
Chatham Harbor by Bill DeSousa-Mauk
Plymouth Waterfront Festival (Plymouth, MA)
The Plymouth Waterfront Festival is a good time for the whole family. Situated right on the water, this August festival attracts more than 215 artisan and craft booths, making for a truly unique experience. Two stages of live entertainment and the Ducky Dash add to the fun. The Plymouth Waterfront Festival is also free to the public. For driving directions, click here.
Plymouth Waterfront by Adele Collins
For more on Massachusetts’ arts and entertainment scene, visit www.massvacation.com/arts.